Cascade Platinum Dishwashing Detergent Review & Giveaway

Disclaimer:  This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.  Giveaway items provided by Cascade.

I remember the days when I did not have a dishwasher, but they are NOT fond memories.  Nowadays, the only hand washing I do is pans and fragile glasses that I prefer not to put in the dishwasher.  Cascade has been my dishwashing detergent of choice, but until now, I had never tried Cascade Platinum.

For our first party I had to make two dishes- homemade mac 'n cheese (recipe courtesy of The Pioneer Woman) and a dish of Duncan Hines brownies.  The catcher was that I had to leave the brownie dishes overnight and wash them the next day with all the other dirty dishes while the guests were there to show them how good Cascade Platinum detergent and rinse aid works on stuck-on food.

My 'before' photo of brownie pan

I had always tended to rinse off my dishes if it looked like there was a lot of food on it, and sometimes I would scrub to get the stuck on stuff off and then wash.  The good thing about this detergent is that it works better if you leave the food ON the dishes (of course, scraping off large food particles in trash).  Just why is it better?  According to the company, the detergent has special enzymes that attach to the left-on food particles and breaks it down so it just washes away.

Mac 'n cheese is starchy, making the dishes pretty hard to get clean afterwards.  I have soaked and scraped many a pan over the years to try to get them clean, especially candy or pasta dishes.  I was very pleased to see that all food had been removed, without any rinsing, soaking, or scraping!  The rinse aid also made a huge difference (I had not used a rinse aid in several months), leaving the glassware spotless and the plastic dishes dry.  This is definitely a must-have in our household now.

Our 'after' photos, while emptying dishwasher

There are 7 tips for the best dishwasher success:
  • You can stack 'em high or stack 'em low - just make sure bulky items don't block the sprayer
  • Place tall dishes and pans in the back of the bottom rack so they don't block the detergent chamber
  • Check your bottom  - place glasses and other fragile items in the top rack.  This keeps them away from the powerful sprayer under the bottom rack
  • Your tine to shine - keep glasses looking great.  Set them between tines on the rack, not over them - wet contact points can cause spots
  • Lock and load - threading longer utensils through coffee-mug handles can help keep them secure in the wash
  • Check to ensure that there aren't any stray utensils that will block the nozzle or sprayer
  • Load big dishes on the bottom rack, face down so the water is sure to reach all the nooks and crannies

Nellie says the food smells good ;)

You can purchase at retail stores nationwide for about $4 and up.  Are you a fan of Cascade yet?  If not, you can follow them on Facebook /cascade, and Twitter @MyCascade, and don't forget to write your own review for a chance to win a new dishwasher and Cascade Platinum (make sure to use the hashtag #cascadeshiningreviews)!

Have an opinion to share? Head to the Cascade website to leave a short review of Cascade Platinum ( including #CascadeShiningReviews. One reviewer will win a Kitchen Aid Dishwasher!

Of course, you can enter the giveaway below for some goodies too... the prize will consist of the items in this photo... {Cascade Platinum, Cascade Platinum Rinse Aid, Whisk, Spatula,Cheese grater, Oven mitts}

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  1. My biggest issue is spots on the glasses, it just makes me crazy!

  2. I hate when the glassware has a film on it from the dishwasher detergent!

  3. I dislike the etching and filming on glassware.

  4. I do not like spots on my glassware

  5. My pet peeve about dish washing - EVERYTHING! It's my least favorite household chore. I don't like it when my dishes don't get clean in the dishwasher and I have to do them by hand.

  6. My pet peeve on dish washing is having to hand wash dishes. I love my dish washer!

  7. I hate when the pans aren't rinsed out and everything is caked on. UGH!
    kaytewatts AT aol DOT com

  8. When there are spots left on the dishes after they are washed and when I use the heated dry and they are still wet! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  10. I hate that sort of dull not quite clean thing that I get sometimes.

    (sorry about the delete above it made no sense!)

  11. I hate when stuff hardens and its a pain to scrub off.

  12. when my daughter doesnt soak her dishes :( its so hard to get it off

  13. white stuff left on bowls, like the detergent didn't rinse off

  14. I have to rinse off my dishes before putting them in the dishwasher

  15. My biggest pet peeves are 1) finding that the dishwasher did not get ALL the food off of a plate/pan and 2) finding food has transferred from one item to another and then "baked" on during the drying cycle. Drives me BONKERS!

  16. I can't stand it when cheese is stuck on plates.

  17. residue on everything...and that weird smell

  18. My worst pet peeve is when I use a cooking spray on my pan so my lasagna won't stick but it ends up sticking anyway.
    Laurie Emerson
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

  19. When I try to enter my entry in the form it says that my mandatory comment is not confirmed.
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com


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