“ Brand: Finish / Type: Dishwasher Pod / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
I'll be the first person to admit I'm not very domesticated. I loave cleaning and if there's anything I can do to make a chore easier then I'll do it, hence I own a dishwasher.
A dishwasher is the best invention known to man, simply put your dirty plates, cups ect. into the machine, add a tablet and it's as simple as that. Sparkling, clean didhes in no time.
When I first got my dishwasher I was very overwhelmed with all the products available, tablets, detergents, rinse aid, salt etc. I didn't expect it to be so complicated. And then I spotted Finish Powerball!
Finish powerball is a dishwasher tablet that looks like it belongs in a space ship or something. It's a rectangle tablet split into 3 compartments, 2 sides both filled with some sort of blue powder and the famous powerball in the center.
Finish is a 3 in 1 tablet which means there no need to add salt or rinse aid to your dishwasher as it all included in the one tablet, thank goodness for that.
Each tablet contains two detergents, rinse aid, salt and glass protection.
The powerball technology cleans even the most stubborn stains and leaves your dishes unbelivably clean.
There is no fiddy wrappers to wrestle off on these tablets you simply pop it into the dishwasher and the plastic casing disolves in the wash.
My plates comes out gleaming, glasses sparkling and silver wear shining. Even stubborn tea and coffee stains are long gone. I've also put roating pans and oven trays full of baked on grease into the dishwasher and with these tablets they come out as clean as when I first bought them.
Nothing is too big a job for this product, I get fantastic results every time and it makes a not too pleasant job oh so simple.
Finish powerball are the only dishwasher tablets that I ever buy, I have used other brands in the past and have never got the same result. There is no power residue left behind like there is with other tablets.
I would recomend these to anyone with a dishwasher and especially to those who like me were confused about the range of products available. This makes easy work out of doing dishes.
I have a dishwasher. I HATE handwashing dihes, and dishwashers use less water than handwashing as well as kill more germs with the heat.Washing the dishes with the machine is simple. I scrape the plates (would have to if handwashing aswell), load in the machine, put my detergent in, and switch it on. Easy peasy and at the end I have gleaming plates, bowls, cups, glassware, cutlery, and pots and pans.
But owning a thing means some care and mainteneace needs to be taken. In this case, the machine needs the filter degreased and any limescale that has made it past the salts removed. This not only prolongs the life of the machine, but helps it clean your dishes better. Enter Finish Dishwasher Cleaner. This little bottle of citrusy wonders may seem quite pricey at £3.50, but compared to the cost of replacing a dishwasher, it is peanuts. The dishwasher may get hot, but if you have allowed your filter to remain un sanitised and the grease to remain, slime builds and bacteria can still breed. Not a great picture, and the results are one that I don't mind forking the £3.50 for to avoid.
At first I thought it was all hype. We live in a medium water hardness area, and I use 4 in 1 tablets to make sure the salts combat limesclae. I duly remove the filter on a regular weekly basis and wash under the tap, dislodging any food I missed scraping off the dishes, using a soft brush to distribute washing up liquid to remove the grease. Despite this, 3 months into using it, I began to notice deposits on my dishes. It felt gritty. What was this? Then some of the dishes were not as clean as they could be. I checked the sprayer arms..they LOOKED okay. Hubby suggested we try the dishwasher cleaner as it could obviously get into places we could not see and it must need a clean out. So, off to Tesco we went and bought a bottle. This is found on the aisle with the dishwasher detergent, and costs about £3.50 a bottle.
Upon reading the directions I saw I had to remove the lid, leave the stopper in (it dissolves in the wash), and place upside down in the cutlery basket. The dishwasher was to be devoid of any dishes, and the wash cycle had to be at least 60 degrees. On mine, that meant I had to use intensive wash at 70, which was fine by me! It also warned to keep away from eyes, not to spill any onto skin, and that it was harmful to eyes. Obviously strong stuff, but with a stopper in, not a real issue!
I follwed the instructions, and when the cycle was finished, opened the dishwasher door. I had thought my dishwasher looked clean before. Wow! Every surface absolutely gleamed! A scent of oranges wafted up pleasantly as well, very nice!I removed the filter, and it was cleaner than I had seen it in a long time; it was in as new condition. But did it clear my problem? I loaded in my dishes and put it on the 40 degree 30 minute eco wash. Once that finished, I looked. Absoloutely perfect! I did not have any further problems for another two months, when I got the same problem again, which went away after my friend Finish got done with it!
I actually use this every other month, as we only run the machine once a day max. Everytime we do, the performance of my machine goes back to as new. Do I need to use it monthly as suggested? If you use your dishwasher more often, have an older machine, or live in a hard water area, I would, yes. It seems obvious by my results it cleans parts of the machine I cannot see and probably am best not trying to mess with to do by hand.
So long and short of it is, this IS not a product that is hyped up and you don't need. It fills a very real niche, and even if you THINK your machine is alright, I suggest you give it a try. It is worth every penny.
Dishwashers are very much a part of our busy lives. I have had a couple of different machines during the last 22 years, the first was bought when as a mother of 3 young children I was very ill and standing at the sink washing dishes was a exhausting. But, although some people say they would rather enjoy the companionship of doing the dishes together, actually it is far more hygienic to use a dishwasher than wash and dry dishes.
 Fact. A used, damp tea towel can harbour up to 30,000,000,000,000 (30 trillion) colonies of bacteria - such is the rate at which bacteria multiply.
 Fact. Dishwashers will reduce the spread of germs. A dishwasher is washing the dishes in temperatures of 50-70°C, a far higher temperature than hands can tolerate
But to enable it to do its job and keep your dishes sparkling clean the machine must be kept clean, free from grease and lime scale. We are fortunate and live in a soft water area in Scotland, but I know of friends and family who suffer with lime building up in their machines. It can block the water jets in the rotary arms and leave mineral deposits on your dishes and cutlery. Lime scale may not be a problem, but grease certainly is and a horrible layer has formed on the rubber seal at the base of the door. I usually wipe it with some Jif cleaner and have tried various sprays but the grease has actually baked on during the high temperatures and is really hard to remove. My dishwasher is elderly and has washed hundreds of loads of dishes, and I am keen to keep it working. The interior metal glistens, the outside is showing a little wear and tear, but not too bad, but as hygiene is important, the grease worried me, so I was so pleased to read about a new product by Finish that I could put into my machine and it would Eliminate grease and Lime scale.
Finish dishwasher products are well known and trusted so I searched the shelf in Tesco and found this little bottle which was going to perform a miracle on my dishwasher. Quite pricey if I remember rightly about £3.50, but I popped it into my trolley and decided to give it a try.
The dishwasher washed my dishes, and for the first time in ages I was keen to empty it! It is a job no-one likes in our house, possibly even worse than drying dishes, as it involves finding a home for the dishes which seem to multiply when they are getting washed!
The bottle contains 250ml of liquid containing natural orange and lemon oils. Naturally, I could not smell it as the bottle was sealed, and I was not sure if sniffing would be dangerous, as there is a warning to keep away from children, to keep away from eyes, and not to mix with other products. Not to ingest, but if ingested to seek medical advice.
I had read the instructions and peeled off the sticky label over the cap on the bottle, and placed the bottle upside down in the cutlery tray. There was a wax seal, which prevented the liquid running out, but which I presumed melted during the process. Little pictures helped make the instructions really clear. The cycle was to be at least a minimum 65degree C, so I choose the hottest one.
The wonderful smell of citrus fruits greeted me when I walked into the kitchen to check the progress. I was picturing this little bottle of liquid working hard inside my machine. I knew I didnt have a lime scale problem, so all it had to do was get rid of the grease and leave my machine sparkling clean and ready to wash the next load of dishes.
At last it had finished! With bated breathe, I opened the door. Gleaming bright! Wonderful, fresh smelling. Fantastic, I thought well worth the money. I knelt down, and ran my hand along the seal. Oh YUK! The grease was still there. It had left all the metalwork gleaming, but didnt have appeared to have sorted out the grease problem. Discouraged, I set to with my faithful Jif cleaner and a cloth and removed some grease, perhaps it was a little easier to remove, but that could have been the effect of the hotter wash.
The producers Finish suggest you use the product every month for optimum results. Well call me mean if you like but I would rather use my Jif and save up my £3.50s because in a year I will have £42.00, so will be able to buy a new dishwasher after a few years!
Awesome Ali, I tried "Finish" and "Glisten" to clean my dishwasher. I had similar results (both cleaned well but it didn't descale my hard water build-up). I tried this brand because it claimed to desolve hard water build-up and I got GREAT results. It's called "Diskwasher Magic". I found their website to see if it is available in the UK. I'm not sure, but you can order from them.. http://www.magicbrands.com/dishwasher/index.asp (P.S. I don't have the minimum of 75 words to write... )
I have used Finish Dishwasher Cleaner each time my dishwasher needs cleaning simply because I know of no other on the market. It cleans the inside okay, but doesn't even begin to remove the limescale off of the element. I think for quite an expensive product it ought to do the job better. If the inside of your dishwasher needs cleaning then I would recommend this to you as it does do a good job but not for de-scaling our element. If anyone has any tips on descaling the element or knows of any product that does the job better I would be very grateful to know.
I have used Finish dishwasher cleaner a few times, and thought that it seemed to a reasonable job. However, at the weekend, I needed to fill up my salt dispenser, and feeling slightly energetic decided to clean out the filter as well. I used a normal kitchen cleaner(just sprayed around inside the machine) and I also used this to clean all the seals (which you have to do separately anyway.) My dishwasher is now sparkling clean and odour free. I'm not saying that the Finish dishwasher cleaner is useless, just that I think it is a bit expensive, and you can do the same job manually quite easily.
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