Who controls the dishwasher, controls the house, and so says me. When I go around my mums and put stuff in it, it’s never in the right place, according to mum. As soon as I leave the kitchen I can hear plates being rearranged and knives and forks chinkeling (new word). It was the same around my ex girlfriends. Apparently there is a ‘certain way’ to fill them that only women know. God forbid if you don’t put your own plates in there though. It’s not the only housework women secretly want to do and don’t trust men with. The truth, of course, is most women are flipping control freaks and drive you up the wall when it comes to housework. I actually don’t mind doing housework as its therapeutic and nice to see everything clean and tucked away at the end of the day. I don’t do it to show who is boss but just do it in my spare time. But again, who owns the dishwasher, owns the house.
Not surprisingly women’s housework hours have fallen over the decades. It’s not only that they don’t want to do all of it now but they have to work as careers are become more attractive and possible and employers becoming more powerful to make us all work to meet the increasing bills so les time to do it. A Living Magazine survey found that in the 19 countries surveyed, on average, in 1961, women did an average 219 minutes a day to the husbands rather pathetic 24 minutes. By 1985 the gap had closed as women did around 150 minutes and men up to a dizzying 51 minutes. By 2015 it’s up to just 122 minutes for women and 48 for men. Although there are far more single female households today than there has ever been its clear men are becoming more feminine. If you girls don’t like doing housework then get a hunky Scandinavian man as they do just under 30 minutes less than women although I’m not convinced many women are attracted to guys who want to do housework all day. I still believe the core attraction between man and woman is the woman wants to feel gently submissive to the man, hence women rarely dating men shorter than them, unless they are loaded.
Ok, I’m neglecting the dishwasher product review stuff.
As I said, as a bloke I think we chaps should try and control the heavy engineering in the kitchen more. Modern washing machines have lots of LCD displays and settings that bamboozle women like DVD players and Smart TVs do so right up our street. But that dishwasher needs filling with plates and, as I said, that’s women’s work. Apparently the plates chip if they are touching each other and the cutlery can stop the spinner. Yes right! But what we chaps must do is make sure we keep the dishwasher quenched and salted.
You don’t need to buy specialist dishwashing liquid in truth and you can just use regular washing up liquid. The purpose of the salt is to avoid scale deposits on the dishes and in the dishwasher. Dishes must be washed with soft water. The water in our area (Midlands) is quite hard and so deposits in kettles and big kitchen and bathroom kit that use water quite noticeable. Use should use dishwasher salt if you are in hard water area. The Finish people say their salt is Special and effectively ‘softens your water to boost the cleaning performance of your detergent by preventing spots and watermarks on your dishes’. It does make a difference when you use it but I would have thought it doesn’t have many cleaning qualities. That’s up to the washing up liquid or rinse tablets. Finish Special Salt also guarantees plates and stuff free from residues. I’m not sure what the residues are though. Its purity ensures that your dishwasher's built-in water softening unit works effectively. Apparently other salts may contain impurities like iron, calcium and carbonates which could damage the water softening unit. I have checked and my dishwasher is new enough to have one of those units. Who knew it was so complex? It was meant to make washing dishes easier.
The salt is available in 1kg and 2kg bags from local supermarkets and shops. It’s not light to carry. The package is plastic and like a sandbag so snug to your basket. There is a catering 5kg pack but you don’t want to be lumping that around. Price wise the standard 2kg bag I around £1.50 in supermarkets. It does the job and no different to any other brand if the truth be told as it just salt. You put the salt in the slot first and then the rinse aid tablets in the other slot. It’s definitely worth finding out hard your water is in your region too. Most of the South East and Central England is hard water. The Finnish salt last a long time and you don’t need fill up the draw for a smaller wash. This can cloud glasses and cutlery. I would say a packet of 2kg will last 4- 6 months.
Our dishwasher is probably put on about once every two or three days so it can get a bit pongy when you open the door, especially if we have cooked curry or chilli or other spicy food. If the plates are particularly dirty I will usually rinse them underneath the hot tap but more often than not I will just scrape off any food remnants into the bin and then put them in the dishwasher.
I had not used one of these dishwasher fresheners before and I was first introduced to them when I put my coffee cup into my friends dishwasher and commented how lovely and fresh and lemony it smelled. I was quite impressed by this so I looked round and found them at one of the pound stores. They are widely available at supermarkets, houseware stores and online and range from £1.00 to £2.50.
You simply clip the freshener onto one of the racks or basket or hang it from the upper rack, the only thing you need to be careful of is that you don't block the spray arms from rotating. You can see the liquid gradually reducing as you use the dishwasher and it is supposed to last for up to sixty washes. I have had my current one in the dishwasher for about three months and it is probably about half way down so this would be about right for my usage.
Although it doesn't completely mask really strong smells you can smell the lovely citrus smell every time you open the dishwasher which is far more pleasant and refreshing than the aroma of two day old food. It probably won't be suitable or appeal to everyone as some people won't like the lemon fragrance or the idea of adding something else to the wash. Also if you put your dishwasher on every day you probably won't get a build up of smells and won't need one but for me it is ideal as I don't use the dishwasher every day but there are always things in
it and sometimes for up to three days.
It doesn't claim to make your dishes any cleaner or brighter but it does prevent nasty smells escaping from your dishwasher every time you open it and gives you a pleasant citrus burst, so I will continue to buy these refresheners and will keep an eye open to get them on offer for £1.
As a new dishwasher owner, I looked at this product with a degree of scepticism: is it really necessary to clean a dishwasher? Surely it should clean itself?
When my new favourite appliance started to leave food residue and tea stains on my crockery, I decided to take drastic action and reach for the instruction booklet. ( The Husband called these 'destruction booklets' as he reckons his brain cells start to self destruct when he tries to make sense of them). Anyway, I looked up the problem and found a solution.... Or so I thought. Rinsing our the filter, topping up the salt and running the machine on a hot cycle whilst empty didn't quite cut the mustard. There was still egg on the cutlery after our weekend fry up.
I bit the bullet and reluctantly paid a fiver (I think) for a single carton of Finish Dishwasher Cleaner Intensive. It was certainly a doddle to use: simply peel off the label on the lid and put in in the dishwasher plate rack, turn machine on and wait. The cleaning liquid smelled pleasantly fresh and seemed to be slightly thicker consistency than water.... A bit like Finish RinseAid.
It worked brilliantly. I opened the door to a sparkling washer interior. No sign of that powdery lime scale residue that often coats the metal lining. There was no smell of the cleaning product either, the machine almost smelled brand new. The final test had to be on the Sunday Roast washing up. It passed with flying colours. The only downside is the price, which is why it only gets four stars.
Although it is a little pricy, I have invested in another pack and will be looking to give some of the cheaper brands a try out too.
Everyone who has a dishwasher knows that it is important to maintain it so it can clean the dishes effectively. Another short but sweet review from me.
These come in 250ml and twin packs, and they are dual action getting rid of both grease and lime-scale. They leave my dishwasher smelling fresh and shiny too! I usually stick one of these in when my dishes start not getting cleaned probably, so a good couple of months in between uses and I have a tabletop dishwasher.
** Value for money **
These £3.99 separately from tesco, I buy twin packs for £6.99 as I find this works out better cost wise with how often we shop. They aren't bad value for money, however there are cheaper brands out there but I haven't tried them as I prefer this brand for my dishes (it all started with the dishwasher tablets after trying a couple of brands that didn't work very well.... It's a slippery slope...)
** How much do you use? Does it damage your skin on contact? **
I use 1 pack for each wash and do it on the most intense setting (my dishwasher has 6 settings) which is 2 hours 25 minutes. I don't need to use any more than that as it cleans it really well. It says on the pack that it is an irritant, I've never found this out as I've never managed to get any on my skin. (This is good going for me as I'm a clutz!)
** Is it long lasting? **
I would say yes BUT you have to bear in mind that I have a tabletop dishwasher not a full sized one, so while it lasts about 2 months between uses for mine, it may be different for a full sized dishwasher.
Would I recommend? Most definitely. It's a good, well known brand and does it exactly what it says it will.
*** Also posted on ciao under the same name **
My husband installed a dishwasher when I was pregnant because my bump meant I couldn't wash the dishes (as I was about a mile away from the sink!) and he is adverse to washing dishes. I'd always wanted a dishwasher so I was thrilled as I hate having dirty plates around and I hate drying dishwashers.
I admit I am lazy, a quick scrape of the leftovers and whack the plates in the dishwasher. There's only the two of us and our 2 year old, but we still run the dishwasher at least 5 times a week. We soon realised it needs regular cleaning, and I am far too busy to be scrubbing it out. Hello, Finish Dishwasher Cleaner!
At first I thought that it couldn't possibly clean the dishwasher properly. It is just a bottle of cleaner, how on earth would that work with no scrubbing etc! So I was very pleasantly surprised with the results (more about that in a minute). As Finish is a well known and respected brand, and we also use their dishwasher tablets, it made sense to try it.
The cleaner is an 'Intensive Cleaner' - ideal for minging dishwashers. We all know how gross they get (like the foul stuff you have to scrape out of the filter...nice) and they also get limescale, particularly in hard water areas. So it is ideal to have something that not only cleans the diswasher but also de-scales it.
The cleaner is a yellow liquid in a clear bottle with the Finish logo on. The bottle and ingredients are 100% recyclable. You get 250ml of cleaner per bottle which is quite a lot. You can expect to pay around £5 from most supermarkets, but look out for the promotional packs that also include the lemon fresheners - they are sometimes on offer at £5 in supermarkets which is a real bargain. We picked up a double pack of the cleaner and 2 fresheners for £5, so good that we went back for a few more!
The cleaner is designed to clean the entire dishwasher including those hard-to-reach areas like the pipes and drain. It de-scales and de-greases and is supposed to leave the dishwasher sparkling clean. All of the dishwasher manufacturers recommend it, and Finish recommend using it once per month. I have to admit that I only use it about once every three months, not because of the price, but because I just don't think it needs any more than that.
Using it is simple - you simply empty the dishwasher of plates etc, pull off the label that seals the cap, then put the bottle into the bottom rack upside down. You then need to run it on a long cycle of at least 65 degrees.
Absolutely fantastic. I definitely felt that my dishwasher looked and smelled a lot cleaner. OK, it wasn't as shiny as new, but it was definitely a lot cleaner. Obviously I can't account for every nook and cranny but I trust it did the job in those too. It left a subtle fresh scent which was very pleasant.
I was very reassured that my dishwasher was much cleaner, and that in turn my dishes would be cleaner. I tend to use the cleaner when I feel that my glasses are coming out a bit greasy or grimy. When that happens, I use the cleaner and then the dishwasher and racks are thoroughly cleaned, the glasses go back in, and they come out perfect.
All in all, I can't fault it!
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After our dishwasher started leaving some deposits on glasses, I did a little research and picked up a bottle of Finish Dishwasher Cleaner, followed the instructions and tried it out.
Little did I expect the result: On opening my dishwasher, the lower dish rack was streaked and stained with a very hard to remove blue residue, matching the color of the product. My wife and I spent hours and hours trying to remove it. Most had to be scraped off. Some came off when we rubbed and rubbed with various safe household cleaners.
I contacted Finish, which is serviced by a company called Reckitt Benckiser. They said they had "never" had an issue with the product and would stand behind it fully. They asked and I sent them closeup photos of the stains. They sent a return delivery label and asked me to send the empty bottle and some of the scrapings for testing. They also suggested I use an organic solvent to try to remove them. The safest one is rubbing alcohol. It helped a bit. About a week later, I received a call.
They totally denied any responsibility for the stains. "It wasn't our product that caused the stains".
If I were you, I would find a different product to use. I will not use any Finish product again.
OK. Great invention. Sort of . But they don't half get manky in there. Especially when you have an other half like Mr ToT, whose 'helpful' contribution to dinner every evening is to take all the dirty plates and crockery and glasses and stuff back to the kitchen and put in the dishwasher. Trouble is he has some kind of psychological aversion to rinsing them first. A quick scrape of the leftovers into the bin and straight into the machine they go, along with all the stuck on gravy, rice, odd peas (very odd some of them), chicken skin, what have you. And as we are only the two of us, the dishwasher only gets run a couple of times a week. So by the time it does....minging!
It's bad enough having to scrape the foul sludge out of the filters once a month or so (does he do that? Ha! You have to ask?) but the whole machine gets a wee bit greasy and grimy inside. I used to give it a good wipe out once a week but when I saw an instant lazy way to clean the machine on the supermarket shelf, I thought I'd give it a go. We live in a very hard water area too so the fact that it is supposed to remove limescale is a bonus and should add to the life of the machine.
Enter Finish dishwasher cleaner.
Finish is a well-respected brand in dishwasher thingummies, in fact, their range is getting comically obscure with balls, power, tabs, additives, all sorts just to confuse us, but there's just the one cleaner, thank goodness.
250ml of dishwasher cleaner in a 100% recyclable bottle, and the active ingredients are 100% biodegradable too. I don't know about the inactive ingredients, doesn't say, but why do I have to have lazy inactive ingredients lounging idly around my dishwasher while the motivated little ingredients do all the work anyway? Reminds me of my office...
It is designed to clean all areas including the hidden ones you'd never get to yourself, for example the pipes, drain and water pump. It removes grease and limescale and is recommended by all major dishwasher manufacturers.
How to Use
In an empty machine, pull off the label that seals the cap, and bung the bottle in to the bottom tray, upside down. Then run the machine on a long, hot programme of at least 65degrees. They recommend once a month.
What do I think?
I think they are having a laugh saying once a month, unless you have more money than sense, but I've been happily using it once every few months since that first time.
The machine is definitely a bit brighter and cleaner after the cycle and although I can't see inside all the little nooks and crannies and pipes, I take their word for it that it is removing grease and limescale there. This not only makes me feel that my crockery will be cleaner, but that the machine should live longer before choking on our horrible hard water.
The machine smells nice and fresh and is very shiny after this has been used and it saves me from having to spend time cleaning the racks etc, they are fine just with this every now and then. The major difference in results is that the rinse function is much better and glasses come out noticeably cleaner and less streaky after the machine has been cleaned, and this lasts for quite a few weeks.
Lately when using my dishwasher I noticed that specially the cutlery was left with some stains and also the dishwasher rubber seal was left with some dirty bits even when I cleaned it after every use.
First I though it was because it is a fairly old machine and nothing could be done but buying a new one but after reading a review here in dooyoo about the previous generation of this same product I decided to give it a go.
A bottle containing 250 ml of Finish Dishwasher Cleaner Intensive Clean & Care, which is exactly for one cleaning, retails at £3.61 and can be found at all major supermarkets.
The product comes in a transparent bottle with a blue cap and on the back label there are more information about it and instructions with pictures which are very easy to follow. Also ingredients and warnings.
It claims to clean all vital and hidden parts of your dishwasher, like filter, spray-arms, pipes, water pumps and drains, to maintain cleaning performance.
And to remove grease and limescale.
It is recommended by Electrolux, Bosch, Smeg, Indesit, Hotpoint and Siemens but I am sure you can use it with any other brand as well as in my case, my dishwasher is none of the brands mentioned.
You can also read in the back label that the active ingredients are 100% biodegradable and packaging is 100% recyclable. Less harm to Nature is always welcomed.
To use, first you need an empty dishwasher then you need to remove the sticker on top on the bottle cap, place the bottle upside down in the bottom rack, like it would be a plate and finally run the dishwasher on a minimum 65C program.
After that the machine looked very clean and sparkly inside and smelling very fresh but as this was not my main concern but the performance of the machine I was eager to put it to work.
Now after several washes, I can positively say that all the dishes come out really clean. No more stains! And the rubber seal is not getting too much dirty either.
Summing it up, I will definitely be using this product again. Not as much as their once per month advise, otherwise would be a bit too expensive but every 2 months or 3 should do the job.
Eliminates grease and limescale build up in your dishwasher.