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To be honest, I'd never really considered using a rinse aid as we use the quantum finish dishwasher tablets so didn't think we'd need them and I didn't really understand the point of them. But then I started to find that sometimes there was still dirt on the plates which was when my partners mum suggested adding dishwasher salt and rinse aid to the loads.
Touch wood, we haven't had many issues since we started using it and I do notice the difference in the quality of cleaning if we forget to add it, or don't notice it's run out and needs refilling.
=Does it do what it says it will?=
On the Asda website it states:
"No. 1 recommended. Finish Shine & Dry lemon sparkle, with its Quick-Dry formula, actively dries your dishes for a brilliant shine."
This is where it goes from excellent to just good for me. It does leave my dishes sparkly and shiny however they are still slightly wet when they come out, the only ones that are ever almost completely dry are the plates. But I haven't found any other brands that even begin to compare to this.
=Value for money=
It's good value for money and lasts a long time. As stated in a previous review I have a tabletop dishwasher so lasts double the time for me. I have to top up once every 2 to 4 weeks and I used the dishwasher 2 - 3 times most days. So it takes a long time until the bottle itself is empty. I buy it from tesco but as I could find the prices for both types of bottles, this information is from the Asda website.
For a 400 ml bottle it costs £3 for an 800ml bottle it costs £5. I really don't think this is bad value considering how long it lasts for me. However the 800 ml works out cheaper from Tesco as I can usually pick it up on offer for £3 - £4.
=How much do you use? How irritable is it? Long lasting?=
I us the amount it says, as it's impossible to overfill the part that has the rinse aid in (you can put less in though if you'd prefer) and as stated above it lasts 2 - 4 weeks depending on how many loads I do a week.
As for being an irritant, I have spilt some by accident before and it hasn't burnt or anything, but I've always washed it off immediately, it may be a completely different story for someone with sensitive skin, or if it's not noticed straight away.
My dishes are cleaned properly and it remains this way until I need to clean the dishwasher with the cleaner. My dishwasher also stays pretty clean and shiny too.
Would I recommend? Yes.
~Also posted on ciao under the same name~
A dishwasher is something that I'd never be without - ever again. Even my husband agrees, years ago before we had a dishwasher I cooked the dinner, and he did the washing up. He always used to say, and still does, that I have the ability to use virtually every single pot, pan, and piece of cutlery just to make beans on toast. I think that I probably agree with him, as we have a full size dishwasher, there's only the two of us, and the dishwasher is on every single night. In fact some days it's on two or even three times if I've been baking that day.
Although having a dishwasher makes life easier i.e. no washing the pots, a dishwasher does require all sorts of products to go along with it; rinse aid, tablets powder or liquid, special salt, fresheners, cleaners, and protectors. Granted you don't need all of these products to run a dishwasher, but I would say that rinse aid is one product that you shouldn't do without.
I always buy the Finish Rinse Aid, I've tried cheaper brands in the past, but they just don't give the same results that the Finish Rinse Aid does. Finish Rinse Aid is available in two fragrances; the original - which to be honest doesn't really have a fragrance as such, and the lemon sparkle - which does have a very strong zesty lemon fragrance. I always buy the lemon sparkle fragrance, as I like the zesty lemony fragrance that lingers on my dishes for a little while after the they've been in the dishwasher.
Dishwasher products aren't exactly cheap, which is why I have tried cheaper versions of rinse aid. However I always come back to Finish Rinse Aid for the superior results that it gives. One of the major supermarkets will normally have the Finish products on offer though, so you can normally pick them up for less than full price. I've recently bought Finish Rinse Aid from Waitrose, where they currently have it on a 3 for 2 offer, along with other products in the Finish range. It's normally £3.50 for a 400ml bottle of Finish rinse aid, and I find that this will last me approximately 4 months.
You add rinse aid to your dishwasher to aid in the rinsing cycle basically. Rinse aid cleans away any residues so that your dishes, glasses especially, are left shiny and clean with no streaks or water spots. Finish Rinse Aid really does make a huge difference, on glasses especially I find that they are always left shiny and clean, and with no streaks or water marks whatsoever. With cheaper versions of rinse aid I've found that my glasses can come out of the dishwasher with a cloudy residue, and with water marks and streaks still on the glasses. Finish Rinse Aid makes a big difference on everything in the dishwasher, but I think that I notice it more on the glasses.
You can use rinse aid over and above the dishwasher tablets that claim to have rinse aid built into the tablet. I've found that I get a better result (and it works out cheaper overall) using basic cheaper dishwasher tablets (still Finish tablets though, just not the all singing, all dancing dishwasher tablets) and a separate rinse aid.
I'd definitely recommend Finish Rinse Aid, but I would advise shopping around to get it that little bit cheaper. I have a Siemens dishwasher, and Siemens do recommend Finish products. I suspect that you can use Finish Rinse Aid in any brand of dishwasher though.
In our house of late, we have been experiencing dishwasher problems. Plates coming out with encrusted bits of chilli con carne on them and mugs with coffee and tea stains around the rims. Not really good enough when you are using a top branded dishwasher. We also noticed that crockery was coming out smelling of ponds and rivers, which made eating food off them unpleasant.
We had been using Finish tablets, which usually performed well enough, but seem to have been struggling to deliver outstanding results recently. We got a bottle of this Finish liquid. It was the Lemon fragrance one that we plumped for. You simply add it to the draw of the dishwasher and do a cycle as normal. he liquid dispenses alright but make sure you are watching because it is not that viscous and thus flow is speeded up.
The next stage, you slam shut the door, leave to complete and hope for the best! Thank goodness, this did work! The dishes were finally restored to their usual gleaming state and the plates shone once more and coffee stains vanished into the ether. What I noticed more than anything else though was the incredibly potent smell. I was taken aback at how the kitchen had become overwhelmed with the scent of lemons. Except, when this has diffused, the lemon does not smell just of lemon, it smells vaguely clinical and I was not so keen on that aspect. If you have sensitive noses, it could make your nose and eyes tingle, as it did with mine. The best advice here is to open the dishwasher and leave for about ten minutes to let the scent subside!
In terms of cleaning, faultless and no problems since, so I do recommend this to get those dishes back to having extra sparkle. A 500ml standard bottle cost us about three pounds I think from Tesco.
As an owner of a dishwasher for over 15 years, I've used a whole gamut of products in my machines. Often one finds that one product is much the same as the others. Then again, once in a while, you find out that there's one manufacturer who can make a superior product to all the others. This is what I found when I started using Finish's rinse aid.
To tell you the truth, there's really very little one can really say about a dishwasher rinse aid. It's simply a liquid that you put into your dishwasher to help prevent water spots from forming on your dishes, and especially your glassware. The big question is, does this stop water spots from forming on your dishes and glassware. In a word, yes, it does - beautifully, in fact. The thing is, I've tried other rinse aid products and each and every time I've returned to using the Finish. There was one company that made a rinse aid that actually left more spots on my dishes than had I run the machine without it.
I've also found that I prefer using the Finish liquid rinse aid to doing without and using the combination power balls. This is because my new machine can be properly adjusted for just the right rinse aid for the water in my area, and will only take the amount of rinse aid it needs. If you use the combination tablets, you get the amount that the manufacturer gives you in the tablet, which might not be the correct amount for your location.
I've used both the regular one as well as the lemon scented one, and they both work exactly the same. I can't say, however, that the lemon scented one really makes any difference to the way my dishes smell, but I do detect a slightly lemony smell in my kitchen when I open the dishwasher right after the machine has completed it's cycle - but this dissipates almost immediately, so I don't see much of an advantage to using that version over the original one.
The only drawback of this product is that the liquid does come out a bit fast from the bottle and in all the years I've used Finish's rinse aid, I've never been able to add it to my machine without spilling some of it. Still, this isn't enough to rate this product down, since all the other liquid rinse aids I've used have the exact same problem.
All in all, this is an excellent product. It will get your dishes looking brand new and spot free and even if it is slightly more expensive than some of the other brands out there, it works so much better that it isn't worth your money to buy anything less than the best. That's why I'll recommend it highly and give it a full five stars.
Thanks for reading!
Davida Chazan © May, 2008
The UK web page for Finish products can be found at http://www.finish.co.uk/ and this product can be found at http://tinyurl.com/5agbn3
The best price I found for this was on-line at http://www.bellbrush.com/finish-rinse-litre-p-177.html where they sell 1 liter bottles for only £4.95 (but this site might be just for industries). Another site, British Food Direct (www.britishfooddirect.com) sells the 500ml bottle for £3.60.
Off line, the 500ml bottle costs £2.98 at Tesco, £3.27 at Sainsbury's, £2.46 at Morrisons and £2.98 at ASDA.
Prevents water spots and streaking for a brilliant shine! Available in: Regular and Lemon Fragrance; 250ml, 500ml or 1L.