Thank you to Double Duty Divas and Cascade for making this post possible. My love for shiny clean dishes is all my own.
I showed my friends and family my dirty dishes…days old, crusty, dirty dishes. Yes, for all to see. It was quite a life altering experience for me since dirty dishes is one of my biggest pet peeves. I don’t like to see them in the sink and I certainly don’t let them stay out for others that do not regularly live in my household to see. However, I did it, and I survived thanks to Cascade. Here’s how this all came about.
Basically I was asked by Cascade to trust them, hold a dinner party for 10 of my closest family and friends and demonstrate how well Cascade Platinum and Cascade Platinum Rinse Aid work together to create sparkling clean dishes. Now since I like parties, I love to eat, and clean dishes make me happy, I obliged. In preparation for my guests I made a lovely pan of fudge brownies (and of course allowed the pan to sit overnight to get good and crusty). We also had dishes like Macaroni and Cheese (recipe courtesy of the Pioneer Woman so you know there were some messy dishes to clean up there)…the messier the dishes, the better the food.
In addition to the amazing food, Cascade armed me with some dish-washing knowledge to share with my guests…many of these handy time saving tips I did not know:
1. Skip the pre-wash (oh my this one is my favorite!!). You really can skip it because Cascade Platinum works best when food soil is left on the dishes because its special enzymes latch onto that food, breaking it down so it can wash away. If there’s no food soil, there’s nothing for they enzymes to attach to and your detergent isn’t working its hardest for you. I truly had no idea!
2. In lieu of pre-washing, simply toss the large bits of food into the trash or garbage disposal and don’t worry about food left on the dishes damaging your machine or pipes. Few people know that there is a garbage disposal built into the bottom of almost all dishwashers – but there is! That disposal works exactly like the disposal in your sink. (Okay, I’ll admit…mind blown!!)
3. You can stack your dishes however your want, high or low, as long as you make sure bulky items don’t block the sprayer. Also placing tall dishes and pans in the back of the bottom rack helps keep them from blocking the detergent chamber.
4. Keep glasses looking great, set them between tines on the rack, not over them – wet contact points can cause spots.
5. Threading longer utensils through coffee-mug handles can help keep them secure in the wash. (Why the heck didn’t I think of that!)
And after following these tips and how did the messiest dishes in history with 24 hour stuck on food fare after a cycle of Cascade Platinum and Cascade Platinum Rinse Aid? Well take a look for yourself.
Needless to say this girl, is pretty impressed and I’ve continued to get the same awesome results every load of dishes I’ve washed since then. I thought my dishes were clean before, but honestly, not even close. To find out more or to share your own #CascadeShiningReviews, make sure you check out the Cascade website, visit the Cascade Facebook page and follow Cascade on Twitter.
Now for the giveaway! (I know ya’ll love free stuff so I wasn’t planning on letting anyone down!) For being awesome fans of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Cascade is letting me give one of you an awesome assortment of cool prizes. Just complete the Rafflecopter form below to make sure you’re in the running. The awesome gift pack you will receive if you win will include:
· Cascade Platinum
· Cascade Platinum Rinse Aid
· Cheese grater
· Oven mitts
Have an opinion to share? Head to the Cascade website to leave a short review of Cascade Platinum (http://www.cascadeclean.com/us/cascade/review) including #CascadeShiningReviews. One reviewer will win a Kitchen Aid Dishwasher!