How to load your dishwasher and more dirty dish secrets! #MyPlatinum

 The Mommy Bunch disclaimer

One of the things that drives me absolutely crazy about the dish-washing routine in our house is that my husband feels we have to wash the dishes, before we wash the dishes. Meaning, he will scrub and rinse and whatever else he does for 45 minutes at a crack before ever starting the dishwasher.

Yes, we have an automatic dishwasher…although with as much pre-washing as he does I’m not really sure why.

We have used every brand of dish-washing detergent under the sun, and he seems to think that none make any difference at all, and that dried on foods will not come off unless you first soak and scrape them off.

Of course I had to set out to prove him wrong. I mean, what loving wife wouldn’t?  🙂

I was introduced recently to Cascade Platinum Pacs, and I figured if anything would do it…this was the best chance I had.  After a bit of a struggle getting my husband to leave the dishes alone so I could actually wash them while they were dirty, I tested the pacs out.

Here is what Cascade promises:


Using the Cascade Platinum Pacs

The dishwasher was loaded, and I made sure to add the dishes without rinsing a thing. I added this bowl that still had chili remnants, plus a few other pans that had some dried on food.


Cascade Platinum

After the dishwasher finished, I check the dishes to see how well the pacs performed. The bowl that had chili came out spotless, but to my husband’s credit none of it was actually dried on.


One of the pans that did have some dried on food came out 95% spotless. There was one small spot of dried on food that had not quite rinsed away. This could have been from how the pan was positioned in the dishwasher (which is probably the most likely case since the rest of the pan rinsed clean no problem).

To help with properly placing your dishes in the dishwasher, Cascade actually has some tips (of which I did not follow).   🙂

How to Load Your Dishwasher by Cascade Platinum

All in all, my dishes came out clean with no pre-rinsing, soaking, or even scraping. I am pretty satisfied with the job the Cascade pacs did on my dishes, and we will most likely get them again.

Want your dishes to sparkle too? Enter to win a KitchenAid Makeover and 1-year supply of Cascade!

Information on how to enter using Instagram can be found here:  #MyPlatinum Instagram Contest

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Tell us….

Tell us your dirty little habits….dishes here people, dishes.  What secrets or funny stories do you have to share?

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.

Jesica H

When she isn’t drowning in a pile of never-ending laundry or picking up Legos, Jesica is busy helping other parents make their lives a little less stressful with homemaking hacks, easy recipes, fun DIY projects, and more. On her successful blog, The Mommy Bunch, her Cricut crafting tutorials are the most popular articles and are what sparked her passion for helping others build a business of their own. Jesica started where you can find loads more craft tutorials and business advice. In her FREE Facebook group, Rock Your Craft Business, Jesica teaches other entrepreneurs how to take their craft business to the next level by building their brand, targeting the right customers, and utilizing smart social media strategies. Join us!

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8 thoughts on “How to load your dishwasher and more dirty dish secrets! #MyPlatinum

  • June 13, 2013 at 9:26 am
    Cascade smells so good. I seriously could just buy it for the smell. :) Reply
    • June 14, 2013 at 8:36 am
      I guess you better enter to win that Kitchen-Aid Makeover Kristin! You get a dishwasher!! Reply
  • June 13, 2013 at 10:04 pm
    I have to rinse my dishes before putting them in the dishwasher too, and they still don't always get clean. Reply
    • June 14, 2013 at 8:35 am
      You sound like my husband, lol. I don't think he will ever change. :-) Reply
  • June 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm
    I have to say that I always rinse my dishes before loading, which is a huge waste of water. I have tried to run without rinsing and always have left on food. I think I would like to give this tablet a chance and see how they hold up. Thanks for the review! Reply
    • June 14, 2013 at 12:48 pm
      Sometimes I think it is also in how you load, and your if it is a really old one it might now perform as well. We bought ours brand new less than 2yrs ago so it shouldn't be the dishwasher, lol. Reply

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