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!
Amber saysSeptember 5, 2014 at 8:28 am
I hate when plates don’t get rinsed off right away, makes it so much harder to get clean 🙂
Heather @ Life of a Traveling Navy Wife saysSeptember 5, 2014 at 8:57 am
LOL my biggest gripe is they don’t clean themselves! 😉
Cassandra Eastman saysSeptember 5, 2014 at 10:22 am
I hate when I wash my dishes and they have soap spots!!
Holly Thomas saysSeptember 5, 2014 at 10:59 am
My lasagna pan is the hardest to clean.
Paula C. saysSeptember 5, 2014 at 11:06 am
I hate putting baby bottles in the dishwasher, they don’t get clean enough, and there’s always a residue on them.
Jess Scull saysSeptember 5, 2014 at 11:32 am
Cascade is my go to! Thanks for the giveaway!
Linda Szymoniak saysSeptember 5, 2014 at 12:36 pm
The thing that gives me the most grief after I cook is the ring of baked on scalloped potatoes., I have to soak and scrub and soak and scrub. I really wish I could just throw the casserole dish in the washer.
sherry butcher saysSeptember 5, 2014 at 7:14 pm
Washing skillets and ending up with dry lines from the rinse. I have very hard water and even with a new dishwasher I sometimes have this peeve.
Seyma Shabbir saysSeptember 5, 2014 at 8:59 pm
my biggest gripe is cleaning cutting boards.
sabrina faith saysSeptember 5, 2014 at 9:32 pm
I hate when people don’t wash the dishes off right away It grosses me out so much and makes doing the dishes SO much harder!
Winter White saysSeptember 5, 2014 at 10:50 pm
Cascade is the dish liquid of my childhood! I live by their products!
Dorothy Teel saysSeptember 7, 2014 at 3:21 pm
I really hate to wash casserole dishes in which I have cooked macaroni and cheese or tater tot casserole, just about any casserole dish is hard to wash
Robin Abrams saysSeptember 8, 2014 at 10:31 am
I really hate cleaning pans
Alison saysSeptember 8, 2014 at 5:31 pm
Uggh me too, and the better the meal the messier the pans right?!
Hayley saysSeptember 9, 2014 at 6:34 am
I have to buy Cascade brand dishwasher detergent or my hard water leaves soap stains and spots all over my dishes! It’s very unfortunate because Cascade is quite expensive, but it really works the best. So having to re-wash all my dishes by hand if I use another brand of soap is probably what I complain about the most.
jenn giannetto saysSeptember 9, 2014 at 10:51 am
i hate when people leave dirty dishes around the house. i like everything to be rinsed and put in the sink
heather saysSeptember 9, 2014 at 6:18 pm
Baked on cheese is the worst to try to get off dishes and pots and pans.
Kaycee @ My Crafty Zoo saysSeptember 12, 2014 at 8:07 am
My biggest gripe is that my husband leaves dirty dishes wherever he goes! Drives me nuts!
Kimberly saysSeptember 12, 2014 at 12:41 pm
I hate that my husband doesn’t rinse dishes when he puts them in the sink. Dried on food is so hard to scrub off.
ellen casper saysSeptember 12, 2014 at 12:43 pm
Dirty dishes left in the sink and not even rinsed
Pauline Waltemire saysSeptember 12, 2014 at 12:49 pm
when my kids dont scrub the spatulas and large spoons before putting them in
linda burleson saysSeptember 12, 2014 at 12:50 pm
I hate hate hate greasy dishes!
tammy shelton saysSeptember 12, 2014 at 1:08 pm
My biggest gripe is that it doesn’t load and unload itself.
Marnie G saysSeptember 12, 2014 at 1:58 pm
The worst is baked on cheese and sauces from pasta dishes.
steven weber saysSeptember 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm
My biggest gripe is when someone loads the dishwasher but doesnt start it!
Susan Smith saysSeptember 12, 2014 at 3:29 pm
I hate baked on noodles.
Jennifer Reed saysSeptember 12, 2014 at 10:50 pm
My biggest dirty dishes gripe is washing breakfast dishes after the fact. I never wash them right away because of time constraints and the oatmeal, eggs, sausage skillets are always hard to wash when they have set for awhile.
judy mitchell saysSeptember 13, 2014 at 6:50 am
my biggest pet peeve is that i seem to be the only one who who knows how to turn the dishwasher on.
Sarah Hall saysSeptember 13, 2014 at 1:20 pm
My biggest gripe is anything with baked on cheese like a lasagna pan.
Alison saysSeptember 14, 2014 at 6:54 pm
Soo true! Cheese is soooooo good but it sucks royally to clean!
Angela saysSeptember 13, 2014 at 5:38 pm
i hate stuck on cheese