Product Type: Fairy household products
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I wish a fairy could do my dishes
Fairy Platinum Dishwasher Tablets
Member Name: hayley_dl
Fairy Platinum Dishwasher Tablets
Advantages: cleans well, leaves no streaks, no need for added salt or rinse aid
Disadvantages: salt can stick together
I don't really know why we have a dishwasher, we never use it to save electricity. In fact, we only ever use it when were entertaining or when the mugs are stained to save bleaching them.
None the less we do own a dishwasher and as such need dishwasher tablets. I chose these Fairy platinum tablets quite simply because Fairy is a brand I know and have come to trust. I've used them for years when it comes to washing dishes by hand. These tablets also have glass protection which was important as glasses were also almost relegated to being washed by hand due to the staining they had when they came out of the dishwasher.
What Do Fairy Say?
Fairy claim that these tablets will give you "superior dishwashing and a cleaner machine", this claim is when comparing these tablets to their standard dishwasher tablets.
They claim superior dishwashing as these tablets provide: rinse aid action, salt action, metal shine and glass protection. They claim that these will give you a cleaner dishwasher as they prevent build-up of grease and grime on the drainage system, filters and spray arms.
They also say that as rinse aid and salt is included in the tablets you do not need to worry about adding this as extra in your machine no matter how hard the water is.
As with any product of this type this comes with a rather large collection of warnings.
These are: keep out of reach of children; avoid contact with eyes, if contact is made then rinse the eye and seek medical attention; do not ingest; wear face and eye protection; only use with dry hands; don't let silver touch stainless steel; don't machine wash hand painted china or fine lead crystal; close dispenser immediately after loading the tablet ad do not unwrap or puncture the pouch.
Now maybe it's just me but I don't keep a face mask and goggles in my kitchen for any purpose really, let alone the express purpose of loading my dishwasher! I do understand health and safety but that's taking things a little too far. I've never had any problem with these, none of the packets have burst or leaked and I don't exactly stick my face in them anyway to get any in either my eyes or mouth. However, they say you need face and eye protection so I'll leave that to your discretion!
These tablets are rather large measuring 4cm square and 2cm deep. The majority of the tablet is dishwasher salt but there are two equally sized swirls on the top coloured yellow and blue. The yellow part is the part that cleans the dishes and the blue part is the part that cleans your machine.
Due to the size of these they only just fit in our drawer, fairy do seem to acknowledge that these tablets won't fit everyone's machine as they say that if it doesn't you can also place them on top of the cutlery drawer and start the machine on a cycle without a pre-wash. However as I've not tried this method I can't confirm how well it works.
After I've placed the tablet in the drawer and clicked it shut I set the machine to a 70 degree wash. The packet does say that these will work equally well on a 50 or 55 degree wash thereby saving you money and saving the environment but I think it's a psychological thing - I've had it drummed into me that things clean better on higher temperatures and so the maximum temperature it is.
When the machine has finished having the nervous breakdown consisting of bleeps to rather loudly inform me that it's finished the wash I start unpacking it (why is it unpacking it is always more of a chore then packing?)
Anyway, the dishes have always come out clean. I rinse the dishes anyway before putting them in but I don't worry about trying to get burnt on food off and these tablets have always managed to get even the most stubborn stains off. I mentioned earlier that we use these to remove tea and coffee stains from mugs and they always come out perfectly clean. The metal shine claim is hard for me to judge as mum insists that none of the saucepans go in, however the cutlery always comes out clean and shining so if it can work with the cutlery I see no reason to believe it should be any other way with saucepans. I mentioned at the start of the review that the glass protection is one of the main reasons I bought these tablets and so I'm happy to confirm that this is true. The glasses always come out shining without any water streaks or other marks. We live in a hard water area but don't use rinse aid or salt since these tablets say I don't need to. I've never had any problems with this - as I said the dishes always come out clean without streaks, added marks or dirt that hasn't been removed so I would agree with the claim that this isn't needed.
As for keeping the machine clean, I can confirm that we've never had any visible build-up of grease and grime on my machine nor have I had any problems that could be caused by this. However as I said I rinse the dishes before putting them in and I don't use my dishwasher very often anyway so although it would be nice to say that it was down to the tablets it's hard to tell whether it's the tablets, lack of regular use, the fact I rinse the dishes or a combination of them all.
The only real problem I have found with these tablets is that even when the packets been resealed and kept dry if they're not used for a while the salt tends to stick together quite firmly. This means that it doesn't dissolve properly and I'm left with a line of salt down my dishwasher door. It took me a while to figure out that this is what it was since I originally blamed the dishwasher however now I know that this is possible I simply work the tablet gently between my fingers to loosen the salt before I load the tablet. Since doing this I have completely solved that problem and I've never had a problem with this breaking or tearing the tablet.
Price, Availability And Recommendation
I buy my tablets from ASDA where they cost £10.19 for a pack of 33 tablets. They're not the cheapest tablets available working out to just under 31p per wash. However remember that these include the salt so you're saving a little bit there.
I also strongly believe that when it comes to dishwasher tablets you really do get what you pay for, many of the cheaper ones I tried either struggled to remove stubborn stains or left streaks on the glasses in particular - I experienced none of these problems with these tablets. In fact the only problem I did find was the sticking of the salt but this is easily worked around and softening the salt has become an unconscious habit every time I take a tablet out the pack now so isn't a problem for me at all. Therefore I'm happy to give them the full 5 out of 5.
Summary: not the cheapest but you get what you pay for