The dishwasher is something in our kitchen that I don’t give a lot of thought to. Although Sarah will tell you I’m particular about how it’s loaded (who knew?); I load it up and empty it and that’s the end of that. I use a variety of dishwasher detergents, sticking with major brands, and a few times a year, I buy Jet Dry. Jet Dry is a necessary evil which seems to help immensely with getting our glassware crystal clear, instead of spotty, but it’s so expensive, I really hate having to buy it, in addition to the regular detergent. It makes me think my dishwasher is incredibly high maintenance, but it’s certainly better than having to wash everything by hand (especially this weekend as I’m prepping for our End of School Year Rainbow Cake Party!).
When Mom Central Consulting asked if I could give Cascade Platinum a try, I figured I had nothing to lose. I’m, of course, familiar with Cascade products, and use them often, but Cascade Platinum was new-to-me (it’s only been available since February). First off, I’m partial to the gel pac packaging, and prefer them over messing with the liquids and powders. Although the gel pacs can certainly be punctured, I just feel that with kids and pets in the house, they are less prone to problems (powder spillage, liquid leaking, etc.), and ever since the pac packaging came on the market, it has been my go-to.
So makes this one better? Or different?
Well, a couple things. It is specially formulated to bring extra shine to your glassware, and fight against hard water build-up, as well as food build-up. Which since I’m partial to not rinsing my dishes before loading the dishwasher, this is definitely an added perk for me. It also works to clean the inside of your dishwasher. I used Cascade Platinum for a few weeks and noticed the biggest difference was in how our glasses were coming out. They weren’t spotty and moreover, I didn’t need to rerun the same load, which has been a problem of late. This also meant I could get away with not using additional products in the dishwasher, like Jet Dry. So while Cascade Platinum might cost a little more than some of its competitors, it saves me the extra money of having to buy more than one product to get my dishes clean.
And the fact that it’s cleaning the inside of my dishwasher too?
That, folks, is called a bonus.
Gail Simmons, Top Chef judge, has partnered up with Cascade because she thinks food presentation (your sparkling clean dishes!) is just as important as food preparation. You can learn more about Gail’s partnership and how they’re working together on Cascade’s facebook page right here.
One last thing. Cascade is having a contest on Instagram (details here). Every week, two lucky winners will receive a brand new Whirlpool dishwasher, and one grand prize winner will receive a kitchen makeover. The contest ends this weekend, so get on over there.
Ok, that’s my spiel for today. Love this stuff. It’s a little more costly, but I think it’s worth it. I owe you one more book report, which I will squeeze in next week.
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.