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I bought this dispenser because when I saw it and read the back of the item how it worked, I decided it would be suitable for washing my dishes. I thought the design of it was worth a go and since it was also quite cheap, I thought if I didn't like it I wouldn't have wasted a lot of money.
It comes in a cardboard sleeve, which has the instructions on the back of the sleeve. It has a long handle which can be filled with any washing up liquid you like to use to wash your dishes. It has a long handle which is transparent so you can clearly see when the washing up liquid needs to be replaced inside the tube. The top part of the dispenser is a bright lime green colour and it has an opening at the top which just clips open, it has a fairly large hole at the top of the tube to just pour the washing up liquid into the tube and then to just clip the top back into place again.
The tube is a really strong plastic which is smooth on one side and a kind of design on the front and just kind of like a grid pattern. It has a scourer at the end of the dispenser which is used to wash the dishes. The grid design is designed to give for a good grip of the tube while washing the dishes so that it doesn't slip from the hands. It is really light too and not at all heavy with the liquid inside.
The pad has a rough side which is green in colour and a heavy duty pad, it has a black plastic attachment on the back of the scourer to hold it in place onto the dispenser. The scourer is already on the dispenser and ready to go and just to fill the tube with your favourite liquid. So no need to place a scourer on it when first purchased. The scourer can easily be taken from the dispenser by just pulling the end of it to click and slide it from the dispenser. Really easy to do with little effort needed.
I find this is a super dispenser to use to wash my dishes, it protects my hands and is easy to use. I find it reaches inside the cups really well to clean the bottom of the cups. It cleans saucepans really well and doesn't scratch the surfaces. With this one I wash my stainless steel sink with it, because it is just a heavy duty scourer and not the extra duty one it means it is much more gentle on surfaces.
I clean all my dishes with this dispenser and what I like about it is I can just wash my dishes without having to sometimes use any washing up liquid in my water because the liquid inside the tube washes the dishes. I do add a little liquid to my water though because I just like a little extra in the sink, but that is just my preference. I just prefer the added amount in the water.
I don't use this every time I wash my dishes and usually only use it when my hands are painful and I need to not squeeze a scourer because this does the work for me and so helps my hands to be less painful until the pain has eased a little. I do struggle with pain in my hands at times and this dispenser has helped quite a bit to help those bad pain days.
I really love this product, I have found it to be a very good quality and super value for the price of just £1.50. Replacement pads can be bought to replace the original pad, and can be bought in packs of 3 for around the same price of £1.40. So this dispenser can be used for a very long time and over and over again. The tube is really strong and doesn't bend or snap while putting pressure onto the pans or surface etc. I like the way I can see when I am running low of the liquid inside the dispenser.
I find it works well with just water in the sink and to use the liquid from the actual dispenser to wash the dishes. I do however like to add a small amount of washing up liquid to the water because I think it works just that little bit better with this product. It is fine used without any extra liquid in the sink and I usually just use it that way when I am wanting to wash just a couple of dishes, it works well for just one or two dishes or cups. I also sometimes just use it to wash my stainless steel sink just to clean and refresh it.
I love this dispenser, I have found it has worked well to wash dishes, I think it is so affordable and I love the idea of the replacement pads being available in supermarkets instead of having to buy them over the internet or from a supplier. With this one they can just be picked up and bought at supermarkets and just so convenient to buy.
I highly do recommend this product, I think it is well worth the money, is easy to replace the pads and most of all it helps my hands on my very bad days. It gives me all the results that I expect from this kind of product. I don't know how long it would last used on a daily basis because I use it alongside my usual scourers but I would say it is very durable and probably last for a very long time, possibly a year or so and just then to replace the pads.
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I give this product 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
This is by far the best cleaning tool I have bought for my kitchen. This dishmatique is basically a scourer with a handle, but you fill up the handle with washing up liquid and it comes out through the sponge as soon as you put pressure on it when your cleaning something.
I seriously couldn't do without my dishmatic now! I use it to clean everything from my dishes to scrub off food before they go in the dishwasher, to my microwave and the hob of my oven! I even have one upstairs in the bathroom, to quickly do the sink and even the bath, it is so easy to clean with this dishmatique. They are great to use on a dog or cat bowl, if the food gets dried and stuck onto the bowl, it is a lot easier to clean them with this. I even clean my bins with them I have 4 different ones, for different things in my house!
The soap doesn't come out too heavily, it comes out perfect enough to clean. The dishmatique has a sponge part, and a scourer on the end, which just slides off on a plastic frame, and you can replace it with a new scourer. It is really easy, no hassle or fiddling about at all, you can work it out without even looking at the instructions, it is such a simple tool!
You can pick up these dishmatique's in Tesco near all the washing up liquids, for around £1.45, and the spare scourers are not much more, I can't remember exactly how much they cost, but you get three in a pack and they last ages anyway. I have had the one in my kitchen for two months, and I'm only on my second scourer, they are such good quality, they do last a long time, considering I use these everyday on all sorts of different surfaces.
The only thing I can fault this on is sometimes it does leak a bit, so I put mine in a cup once I've used it, to save the water leaking everywhere. But this doesn't put me off them, they are such a good idea, and a great cleaning tool to have in your kitchen, I use it to clean absolutely everything. Once you have bought the actual handle once, all you need to do then is buy the scourers, there is no need to replace the handle, it is very lightweight but great quality and I can see it lasting a long time. It takes a lot of washing up liquid and I only top it up every few weeks.
I highly recommend giving the dishmatique a go! Lots of my friends have bought it too since they have seen how good mine is! They are so cheap, they are not worth not having!
I am not the kind of person who likes washing up. Infact I hate it and would rather stand and do my ironing for hours on end than wash up. Sadly my kitchen isn't big enough to have a dishwasher in it, well it would be if I took out a cupboard or removed the cats litter trays, but I don't have one and have to wash up by hand.
I go through hundreds of scouring pads, dishcloths, dish and pan scrubbers and washing up liquid, you can never have too many bubbles after all, but I hate having them in my hands as I am washing used crockery, cutlery and other utensils, with or without marigolds on and my skin doesn't like it much either way. So whilst browsing in Asda for some bleach I came across the Dishmatic range which was on offer. Each 'Dishwand' as they are called was 50p in price, instead of their usual price of £1.10 so more than half price and the refill packs of pads were also 50p instead of being £1.58, so I bought a few packets of those as well, given they were on offer and went home quite happy that I had something new to wash the pots with. If you want to buy one of these online you can buy the Dishmatic wand and a pack of refills for £3.99 plus postage.
To look at this 'Dishwand' it is essentially a scouring pad on a plastic stick, it has a long elongated handle which then has a light green coloured rubber handle which you hold. The rest of the handle is clear see through plastic and on the end are slots for the actual scouring pad to slot into. Because of the way the wand is designed it claims to make washing up much easier by giving better access to nooks and crannies of your more awkward crockery, utensils and so on. On the bottom of the green handle is an integrated cap which is hinged, so you can't lose it, it doesn't come off the Dishwand, you simply open and close it and without the cap the whole product becomes pretty useless. The main point of this product is to make life much easier, simple and straightforward when washing up, so to make this happen you simply ensure the cap is opened up and then fill the handle with your favourite washing up liquid, close the cap and you are ready to wash up. So yes you fill the handle with washing up liquid, instead of pouring some into your bowl or sink and as soon as you have hot running water the Dishwand becomes activated and ready to use. The washing up liquid reacts with the hot water either coming from the tap or in your sink and works it way through the scouring pad onto whichever item you are cleaning by creating a lather and a few bubbles. I have to say as soon as I started to use this it was so easy to use, it was rough enough to remove the food that had become stuck-fast to the plate because I had been to lazy to wash it immediately after using. It cleaned my frying pans, my sharp knives and even my Grill with minimal effort.
If you need to clean things such as a George Forman grill without wanting to cause damage you can also buy refills which are called 'Non-scratch' and they are really useful to have. I also bought the heavy duty ones and use them to clean the inside of my oven, the worst job in the world by far, after using Oven Pride to ensure it is sparkling clean. So I think in total there are about three different attaching scouring pads that you can buy for this Dishwand, the other one being extra heavy duty, and all of them do different jobs for different types of items and they all retail around the £1.50 for a pack of 3, so not overly expensive and really easy to get hold of.
Once the washing up liquid is in the Dishwand it does last quite a long time, but longer than I was expecting it to last, but, if you have a large family and do a lot of washing up, then it obviously isn't going to last as long as mine does where we are a two person household, that said, I must re-fill the Dishwand every two weeks and in doing that I do use much less washing up liquid than normal. So for me this is quite economical.
Does it live up to its claims of being a product which is sold as being an essential tool for every kitchen that protects hands and saves time? For me yes it is and does all of those things. Long gone are the days when I have to shove my hands into water and scrub pans and crockery for a few minutes to remove burnt on food and other such items and I am glad it is something I purchased because it was definitely worth its 50p and I have since bought a few more refill packs because I am conscious of germs and other horrible little bacteria's which may or may not grow on items like this and I do change the scouring pad really regularly, possibly more than I need too, but better to be safe than sorry and I always buy them on an offer because they are so widely available.
So for me a must have for the kitchen because it does everything it says it is going to do and it makes the job much less of a chore.
Whilst browsing a local independent kitchen shop I spotted the Dishmatic and thought it looked like a useful gadget. We don't have a dishwasher and there's nothing worse than plates and mugs piling up in the bowl, we have an open plan home so the kitchen can be seen from the lounge and dirty plates etc is not a good look. I try to wash things as I use them but as we are on a water meter its not always practical to use a bowl of water for a couple of things, this is where I was sure the Dishmatic would come in handy.
The Dishmatic is basically a scourer sponge on the end of a hollow handle, mine came attached to a card which simply said Dishmatic, Fill and Clean. The handle is made from hollow textured clear plastic and has a green end, this has a little hinged cap on it. At the other end of the handle is a scourer sponge which is angled so it gets into all the corners and edges of the dishes and mugs etc.
To use the Dishmatic is easy, you just flip the little cap open at the end of the handle, fill with washing up liquid of your choice and that's it. When the scourer is used for cleaning the washing up liquid is dispensed into it.
I am really pleased with this little gadget, its so useful I use it everyday. Its ideal for just washing a couple of things up without having to run lots of water, it also means you can keep your hands out of the water too. I like the fact that the handle is clear so you can see how much washing up liquid is left in there, I also like the fact that the little cap on the end of the handle is hinged so it stays attached.
The sponge on the end of my Dishmatic is the green scourer and I find this is ideal for most things, of course if you have really delicate glass and china then a more gentle sponge would be needed, these are available so you can change the sponge on your Dishmatic should you need to. The sponge is easily removed, it just clips on and off.
I would recommend the Dishmatic whether you have a dishwasher or not, if you do have one this would be handy to give real messy things a quick going over before they go into the dishwasher, my mum does this, and if like me you don't have one it makes the chore of washing up so much easier whether its one or 2 mugs or a full load. I love the angled head as it gets into all the corners, I also love that it saves my hands from all that soapy water.
All in all a very useful little item for £3,99.
I do have a dishwasher but I generally wash my dishes by hand because I only usually use the dishwasher at the weekend after my large family have come over to visit my home. I bought this product recently to try because it was cheap enough and it looked like an amazing product to test out. I liked the look of it and it looked useful for my home.
It has a tube like handle which has the scourer pad at the end of the handle. The handle can be filled with any washing up liquid. The tube is clear and so it is easy to know when it needs to be refilled etc. the pad is green and not too rough a surface and one that does not scratch the dishes etc.
The liquid releases really well from the pad and the dishes can be washed in the normal way. This product does fit well into cups and it is very easy to clean them. The product is handy because it means that the hands do not have to get wet. I do not mind if I have wet hands or not but for anyone like my wife who wears gloves while washing the dishes, this product can help the hands much more because it means that less contact with water is much more convenient that keep having to put on gloves if you want to wash the dishes in a hurry etc.
The top of the tube has a hinged lid and so it cannot be lost when having to refill the tube. The scourer has a sponge attached too and so it is easy to press onto plates to clean them. I find this little product cleans my glasses and cutlery well too. It also cleans pans and anything that needs to be cleaned such as casserole dishes and baking tins. It cleans them all very well indeed and it is not too abrasive.
There are replacement pads that can be bought for this product and so when the original pad has worn, a replacement can be just clipped on the end of the tube and it is ready to go again.
I really like this one, it is a nice little kitchen essential in my home and I am very pleased I bought it for only £1.33. The replacement pads can be bought currently for only £1.58 for a pack of 3 and so this product can be used over and over again. It works out at just over 50p for each replacement pad and to me that is super value for money. I highly recommend this product for anyone looking for a nice handy one to wash the dishes with having less contact with water. This product is very good value for the money and is excellent quality indeed.
I rate it 5 stars.
I had not seen or heard of dishmatic before I started working at my new workplace where they have one in the staff canteen. Having used the work dishmatic several times I decided I really wanted one myself and went on the hunt for one. I managed to find one in Asda and it was also on a special offer which made it even better.
I purchased the dishmatic for just £1.00 today from Asda. I was really surprised at how cheap they were as I was expecting to have to pay more than double this.
The dishmatic is a scourer topped sponge attached to a clear and green handle. What makes the dishmatic so unique is that you can fill the hollow handle with washing up liquid from the flip top opening at the top of the handle. As you use the scourer the washing up liquid is dispensed through it from the handle.
The handle is really easy to fill with the washing up liquid simply open the flip top cap and squeeze the washing up liquid straight in then close the cap when done.
I find this so easy to use and it is great when you just have a couple of glasses or plates as you do not need to fill a whole bowl of water, just simply run the tap and run over the item with the dishmatic. The scourer also works well to remove stubborn marks and burnt on food. You can buy new pads for the dishmatic so you do not need to replace the handle every time the pad becomes worn. A pack of three pads are priced at around £1.30 in Asda at the moment. You can also buy different types of pads, White for non-scratch, Green for heavy duty and Black for extra heavy duty. The washing up liquid is distributed slowly so it does not use a large amount but there is just the right amount to clean the dishes properly.
I will be certainly buying replacement pads for my dishmatic I think they are a great little gadget for the kitchen and make washing the dishes slightly more appealing.
I bought 3 of these in the Asda cleaning event a while back actually it was after the cleaning event therefore I got these for 50p each!
There's a long clear handle and a sponge on the end, a scourer type sponge, you fill the handle with washing up liquid and that is it.
Doing the dishes is so easy with this. Simply fill the sink with hot water, put your dirty dishes in and grab your dishmatique, use this instead of your usual sponge and there's no need to pour any washing up liquid into the water, it also saves scaulding your hands in the boiling water!
You can even simply hold the plate under running hot water and scrub with this, making it even easier if you only have a few dishes to do.
I seem to use a lot less washing up liquid with this, the top cap unscrews and this is where you pour in your usual washing up liquid, this then slowly comes through a little hole behind the sponge and is used directly onto the dirty dishes.
I know it doesn't beat a dishwasher but it is a really good, effective way to get your dishes clean.
They last really well and I have only just started using my second one, I haven't bothered buying replacement heads as I bought 3 but when I come to needing them I will buy them. They cost £1.58 for a pack of 3 in Asda.
I hate dishes piling up in my house generally because once they start piling up I then put off doing them for as long as I possibly can, as such I don't see the point in filling a washing bowl with water and washing up liquid when I am simply washing a cup and plate or something similar. I first bought the dishmatique as I had seen my friend using one in his house and now I haven't been without one for about the past 5 years.
You can buy these from supermarkets and usually sell for £1.33 which is complete with one head, the dishmatique or dishmatic as it seems to be called now comes on a cardboard sheets with simply a piece of cardboard wrapped around the front on it to hold it on.
The contraption is a dull green plastic tube which is curved to make it comfortable to hold and use, at the top there is a small black screw cap which covers the hole where you fill it up with washing up liquid. At the bottom of the tube the plastic levels out and has two n=bits of plastic standing out from the base which is where the sponge clips into place.
The sponge is yellow in colour and has a green scourer type top to it, the dishmatic comes with one sponge and then you buy refills in 3 packs, you can buy the normal sponges or heavy duty sponges to clip onto it and they cost £1.75 for the 3.
The product is easy to use, you unscrew the lid and fill the body of it with normal washing up liquid, when using the product simply run under some warm water to help the washing up liquid lather and clean your dishes. I find that as I am only doing a couple of dishes at a time I like to rinse them under running water as this does make the washing liquid lather well and I don't like this on my dishes although I do make sure as I am using the water it lands in the bowl so I can use it for washing benches etc and therefore not wasting it.
This product allows you to wash stubborn dishes under very hot water without scalding your hands which is a bonus as my hands are very sensitive. The product is very sturdy and I am only on my second one in 5 years which I think is brilliant, I even have a heavy duty sponge head under the sink which I attach to clean out the rabbit hutch. I love the fact you can have many different heads for different jobs and they just clip on and off easily with no fuss for the job required. Finally a plus for me is that this make cleaning the George foreman grill very easy which is a job I really hate doing so this is another added bonus.
From reading other reviews I have read that the cap is now on a hinge fastening to prevent it getting lost which is a great idea although I have never lost mine I can see how easily it could happen however there is nothing wrong with the one I have so I won't be replacing it just yet.
I'm always looking for little ways to make doing household chores easier . Whilst browsing the aisles of my local supermarket, some three years ago now, I came across the Dishmatic device (it used to be spelt Dishmatique) which was such a simple idea - a handle that was filled with washing up liquid, attached to a scrubby scourer, that would dispense just the right amount of liquid as you apply pressure to the dish you are washing, and would keep your hands out of the hot water at the same time .
Like I said - simple, yet fairly brilliant. Even better, I noted that there were different kinds of pads you could attach to the ends. By default, it comes with one of those scourers with the soft spongy bit topped with a green scrubby bit. This is perfect for most general purpose washing up, and works wonderfully not only on washing normal dishes, but at scrubbing burnt on muck off my oven shelves too!
However, this isn't particularly good for non-stick pans - not if I want the lining to remain all in one piece, anyway. Lucky then that there is also a non scratch head (white sponge with a white scrubber) that can be used on my non-stick pan without fear of ruining them .
I've also seen metal wire scourer heads available, though I have never used them .
The handle of the Dishmatic is very easy to fill with the washing up liquid of your choice - the cap is attached via a small hinge, which is handy as I would only lose it if it wasn't . I know this from personal experience - the first Dishmatic I had was one of the older designs with a removable cap, and was rendered useless after I lost it! The heads are easy to pop on and off as required, and the device, though light in the hand, is very sturdy, allowing you to get a really good amount of scrubbing force going. I've dropped mine and then stood on it a fair few times, and it shows no signs of giving up the ghost just yet.
The scrubbers and scourers are decent quality, and will last a couple of weeks before needing to be replaced. This dispenses just the right amount of washing up liquid - enough to get things lovely and clean, without overwhelming me with bubbles.
The only small problem with this is that I find it tricky to wash smaller items, such as cutlery, due to the sponge head being held fairly rigidly in place - I can't take it and scrunch it up in my hand like I would with a normal sponge. This is only a minor issue though, and I don't mind keeping an extra sponge to hand just in case I need one .
This is pretty cheap - the Dishmatic handle, with one head included, costs £1.33 in my local supermarket at the time of writing, with refill packs costing £1.58 for a pack of three. I think it's a brilliant product!
Having bought a Dishmatique Flex I have found it well designed with hand grip and the right length to enable using it without putting one's hand in the hot water of the sink, HOWEVER, try and get a replacement sponge! Impossible. So you waste your money on an item that suits the task beautifully, but have to throw away, as with the money that it originally costs, because the replacement sponges are unavailable. While searching another supermarket for a sponge replacement, the attendant also acknowledged that she had had to throw hers away as she couldn't get replacement sponges. The product is possibly the best on the market, but pointless buying as you cannot obtain get the sponge replacements. Was this a deliberate attempt to rip-off the consumer - extremely annoyed and disappointed.
The best part of a year ago I decided to invest in a Dishmatic (otherwise called a dishmatique). I'm not a huge fan of doing the washing up and hate having to have my hands in mucky water for so long if there's a big load. I bought my dishmatic from Tesco, and it now costs £1.30. It comes with one pad attatched.
The idea of the dishmatic is that you fill the handle with washing up liquid which is them distributed over whatever you are washing through the scourer pad on the end. There is a small flip top cap at the end of the Dishmatic which you flip up to open, fill, then clip down to close. It's very easy to fill up and I would say it holds around 20 ml of washing up liquid.
The Dishmatic uses pads which you can replace, and buy refills of. There are three types of pad available:
White - Non Scratch.
Green - Heavy Duty.
Black - Extra Heavy Duty.
I find that the only one sometimes available is Green, and it seems to quite a general sponge which is neither too tough or too soft, so can be used for most types of dishes, whether non stick or just caked in dried food!
Refills currently cost £1.92 from Tesco for a pack of three. I actually find this rather expensive, especially on top of the initial £1.30 for the Dishmatic's body and first sponge.
I found that my dishmatic was extremely easy to use, and does distriubute the washing up liquid over your dishes as you wash. It is easy to hold and does get off food and marks with sufficient elbow grease.
There is two things which I found that I don't like so much when using the dishmatic - the first is that you can't feel the dishes as well for any food or marks which you've missed, and also that the dispensing of washing up liquid can sometimes be annoying. For example, if you're washing a pan which has quite a lot of dried food on it, if you have to scrub if for a few minutes you will have mounds of liquid dispensed on it, whereas if you were washing it up using washing liquid in the sink you wouldn't have that problem.
The dishmatic's handle is made of clear plastic so that you can easily gage how much washing up liquid is left, and see how quickly it is being used up. Is it also quite durable, so will last a long time - mine is almost a year old and isn't shwing many signs of wear, although the flip cap for refilling is looking a little weaker than when I first got it.
I do like this dishmatic, but I'm not sure if it's worth the money you pay for it, considering there's the constant need for refills. i tend to go through a refill every 3-4 weeks, meaning that it can work otu quite expensive in the long run, more so that using bog standard washing up sponges. I also think that I may go through more washing up liquid than if I only put a little in the sink in the first place. This is a great idea, but isn't always the ideal option.
I have been using the Dishmatique for so long and it's undoubtedly a must have in the kitchen! I have used it at university the whole year too, having to wash up everything without a dishwasher. So many people use ordinary sponges or scourers, and then they peer over at me and see me with this 'device'. It's nothing special guys, just a dishmatique! I thought more people would have had these but obviously not. It makes washing up a whole lot funner and easier.
You can buy it at Tesco for around 99p, where it comes with a new head already on. There are three different heads you can buy for this washing up stick. The white one is for non-stick items such as pans, so they aren't scratched. The green ones are the standard heavy duty ones for everyday use. There are also black ones, which are for tough grease and grime. I think it's a brilliant idea that there are three types for all types of washing up! Having one of each handy at all times is a must, and makes tackling tough grime easy!
The dishmatique is simply a plastic tube with a lid at one end that opens. It is through here that you can fill it up with washing up liquid. This is where you put your fairy liquid guys! But, you should only put a bit, and feel the rest up with water. I'm sure by using the dishmatique, you will save on washing up liquid by doing this as you don't need near as much! It's easy to fill up and the cap clicks back in nicely. Only a few times has it opened when the dishmatique is standing upright in a pot, and then the washing up liquid pours out all in it, but on the whole it seems quite reliable.
The new heads can be reasonably hard to get on at first but they do fit! They come in backs of three for around £1.40. You must break them apart as they are slightly attached to each other. They slide onto the top of the dishmatique relatively easily. Once on, the washing up liquid goes through small holes at the top of the dishmatique in the plastic end to mix into the cleaning brush. This is where you get your nice bubbly foam from. It works really well and once you put pressure on the brush, the bubbles will come pouring out. I have had some problems where it's hard to 'get it going' - by this, I mean the bubbles don't come out in good enough volume upon use. If you give it a bit of pressure and start scrubbing, the bubbles usually follow.
It is important to wet the brush before use, and also rinse it preferably with boiling water after use - you don't want your washing up brush getting dirty itself! This is one of the problems I fear - that bacteria lurk on the end of my brush between uses. Also, the fact you are using the same sponge to wash up everything over quite a time period (one brush can last up to 3 weeks or even a month) is quite a disgusting thought, BUT with good old sponges, it's the same story! Without a dishwasher, it will never seem hygienic.
The brushes start to wear down after 3-4 weeks, or even less if they have undergone some heavy use. This isn't a bad time period for them to last. Most places stock their replacement heads - it's not one of those gadgets you buy and then can't get replacements for. Once the brush starts to peel away in places and get overly dirty, I tend to change it.
Overall these dishmatique things are excellent, and I'd really recommend buying one for your kitchen! They aren't expensive, are widely available and do a superb job. The way there are three types of scrubbing brush is excellent as it enables you to tackle all washing up with one little gadget! The only drawbacks I have thought of is that the brush gets quite dirty throughout use and you use it to clean so many different things that bacteria may be all over the brush. However when you're washing up by hand, I think this is possible with any sponge or materials. It's very easy to use, doesn't require too much effort and I would recommend getting one!
Thanks for reading!
I have been using ths dishmatique tool for a very long time and it's perhaps the most useful kitchen tool we have. It's ideal for washing up and I think every restaurant should have one for when they wash things by hand. They are available to buy in places such as Tesco and Asda and are basically cleaning brushes with heads that can be replaced.
The heads are like scourers and you have to buy new ones when yours gets too dirty. The brush despenser itself costs around £1.15 to buy and it comes with one head, but you need to buy new heads, which cost around £1.73 for 3. They aren't cheap but one head can last a long time depending on the amount of washing up you do.
The brushes are made of plastic and you can see through them. The black end unscrews so you can put some soap in - I'd recommend fairy liquid washing up soap. You should add a fair amount so it's concentrated but should still top it up with water. Bare in mind when you're washing, the plates will be wet anyway so it's better to be concentrated.
You screw the black cap back on and it's ready to use once you have slid on the new head. You simply wet the head and the plate and start scrubbing with it - as you push the head against the plates or cutlery, it acts like a sponge and soap just comes out. It's really good as the scourer can get dirt off plates, glasses, cups, mugs, pans, trays and cutlery. It can be used for many kitchen items.
The heads consist of a yellow sponge with a green scourer on the outside, which are used to rub the items you're cleaning. It works really well and the soap gives the items a really good clean. I'd highly recommend it as it's very easy to use and makes washing up easy!
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First off I should say I've never much liked washing up. Plunging your hands into half dirty water, that's either scalding hot when you first start or nastily lukewarm by the end. Or using washing up gloves that leave your hands feeling dry and scratchy. It also never seemed particularly hygienic washing dishes in water that's already full of the dirt from the ones that have gone before, I guess along similar lines to why I'd rather have a shower than a bath.
Now to be fair, with a dishwasher in the house, there isn't that much need any more to wash up by hand, but there are the odd items that can't be dishwashed or occasions when you need a dirty item but can't wait for the next washing cycle. This is where the Dishmatique brush comes in and it's been an essential item in our kitchen for a number of years now.
The Dishmatique consists of a green plastic handle, about 8 inches long with a screw cap at one end and a flat surface at the other. The flat surface is designed to slide into a plastic backing on the Dishmatique head and click securely in place. There are two choices of head, the standard green heavy duty scourer and the white non-scratch head, which can be used on more delicate surfaces, but tends to be harder to find in stores. Each has a cleaning surface, either green or white, laid over a sponge body, which has the flat plastic attachment on the other side.
By removing the screw cap on the handle, the handle itself can be filled with your choice of washing up liquid and as the handle's see through, it's easy to see how much it contains. The idea is that in use, the Dishmatique releases a small amount of washing up liquid as you wash your items with it, so it can be used under running water (or I guess in a bowl of plain water if you wished).
We bought our Dishmatique several years ago and are still using the original handle - unlike the Only Fools and Horses broom it may have had different heads but it's still the same handle so it is the same Dishmatique that we've had for years!! They're currently available for just £1.17 from supermarkets, which includes a scouring head, and replacement heads can be bought in packs of 3 for £1.48. This is very good value for money for an item that will last for years. In theory it may save you a little money on your water as well, as presumably if a shower uses less water than a bath, washing up a few items under running water will use less than filling a bowl, but don't quote me on this!
In practice, the heads are easy to replace and last a fair while before they need replacing. Eventually the green or white cleaning surface starts to wear away. You do have to be careful to use the non-scratch head for delicate items as the scouring head will damage them, but it's easy enough to swap the heads over and because the liquid doesn't flow out at great speed, it's not generally a messy experience. I guess they're cheap enough to buy a second one to use purely with the non-scratch head - not sure why I hadn't thought of that before!! Similarly, filling the Dishmatique with liquid is very easily done. In our kitchen, the liquid in the Dishmatique only needs topping up about once every 3-4 weeks and we use it every day for a handful of items, so it's an efficient way of using your washing up liquid.
Overall this is a very useful little item, that makes washing up that bit more pleasant an experience.
Very easy to use
Much more agreeable than using a bowl of water to wash up
Great value for money
Need to change heads for delicate items
Non-scratch heads can be difficult to find
It's more than ten years ago and probably nearer fifteen since I got my Dishmatique. It was an impulse buy in Tesco and my husband scoffed, but the same one is still living in the cupboard under the sink and it's in regular use. It's the most effective aid to washing up that I know. Take a clear plastic tube about nine inches long. Put a screw cap on one end and then fit a scouring pad diagonally to the other end. If you can't picture it have a look at http://www.easydo.demon.co.uk/dishmatique.htm and you'll see exactly what I mean. Fill the tube up with your favourite washing-up liquid and you're ready to go. It's clever, it's simple and you can't think why you didn't invent it yourself. There's a choice of scouring pads to fit on the end, although you'll find that the green, heavy-duty scourer is fitted when you buy the Dishmatique. Use this if you're doing pans. I use it to give the stainless-steel sink a polish too. It's brilliant for giving oven (or barbeque) racks a good cleaning. Change to a white pad and you can safely use it on good china or crystal as it's so gentle. Just a small amount of washing up liquid is released when you apply some pressure to the pad. There's sufficient to clean, but not so much that it's wasteful or to leave you drowning in foam. You could use an ordinary scouring pad and washing-up liquid, but you'd use a lot more than you would with the Dishmatique! Your hands would be in contact with more chemicals too. Once the pad has had its day you can replace it. The replacement heads click onto the tube and you buy them in packs of three. They're simply flat pieces of black plastic attached to yellow sponge with either the green or white scourer on top. I keep one that's never seen washing-up liquid just to rub over new potatoes. It gives that "carefully scraped" look without all the effort. There is a la
rger version of the Dishmatique, called the Bathmatique, for the bathroom, but I have another Dishmatique filled with Flash liquid. Tide marks disappear very quickly! The tube is sturdy. In more than a decade ours has been dropped countless times and has had countless things dropped on it. It's ended up in some strange places cleaning strange things, but after a quick wash and a replacement scourer it's as good as new. It looks as though it will go on for ever. Drawbacks? After my extensive trials I'd say that there's just one and that's the fact the rigid plastic backing does stop you getting into some areas. The point at which a pan's base meets the sides can be difficult to clean, particularly if it meets in a curve. You might need to have another scourer handy to do this. I did worry that the sponge and scourer could be an ideal breeding ground for germs, but I've found that it's easy enough just to click the scourer off the tube and pop it into the washing machine. I usually put it into a net bag and it goes through with the towels. The first time that you replace the scouring pad you will think that you've broken something. The pad with which the Dishmatique is sold appears to be held in place with a mild adhesive. This is loosened after contact with water, but you will find yourself looking for the piece of plastic that you're certain you've broken off. Don't worry ? you haven't! Once past this first refit you'll find that it only takes a moment to slide the old scourer off and click another into its place. So, how much will this cost? Tesco sell the Dishmatique at 99p. This gives you the tube plus the one scourer which is fitted. A pack of three replacement scourers costs £1.39. If you're ordering the replacements from www.tesco.com do be certain to specify which colour you require. How long each scourer lasts will depend on usage, but I
find that I replace about once every six weeks. My usage is probably lower than average though as the bulk of the washing up is done by the dishwasher. I just wish that all my impulse buys lasted as long, and were as cheap and effective!