Our dishwasher has always been a “sore spot” with me. Sometimes I love it and I’m grateful that I have one. Other times I think it’s just a great big pain in the you-know-what.
Growing up we never had a dishwasher. I hated to wash the dishes and looked forward to the day when I had my own place and a dishwasher.
We used to use our dishwasher all the time, but it’s always been one thing after another. We had to have our original one replaced because it just stopped working. We actually went several months without replacing it until my husband finally broke down and bought a new one.
When I’m tired or we have a lot of dishes to do I consider our dishwasher our best friend. But lately it’s not been doing a good job. I’ve actually had to re-wash dishes that just came out of the dishwasher. I often find bits of food or a soapy residue on the dishes. A true test of how well the dishwasher did is with my coffee cup. My coffee cup is clear glass. Sometimes it comes out of the dishwasher with a white “haze” over it that I can actually wipe off with my finger. Eww!!! Needless to say I re-wash it in the sink.
I try not to use the dishwasher too much because I don’t want to waste water and electricity. I usually save it for large amount of dishes but I often find that I rather just hand wash everything rather then put it in the dishwasher only to have to re-wash them again after the dishwasher is done. Sigh…
I was sent a bottle of OxiClean Dishwashing Booster. I have heard great things about OxiClean in general but have never used any of the products before.
This is the first and only booster OxiClean designed for your dishwasher. It helps boost the cleaning performance of your dishwasher’s detergent by removing cloudy film, food particles, spots and streaks that detergent alone can leave behind.
OxiClean Dishwashing Booster goes into the booster compartment of your dishwasher. We never used a booster before. We had no idea where the compartment was but we found it. The bottle also recommends for the first time you use two squirts of the booster in the bottom of the dishwasher too.
I was also sent a lovely plastic tray to clean in my dishwasher with the OxiClean Dishwashing Booster. I was going to use the try to give the booster a true test but I decided to go with my glass coffee cup. If there is going to be any kind of a residue my coffee cup will show it.
To my amazement my coffee cup came out crystal clear. WOW! I was very impressed and thrilled to not to have to re-wash my beloved coffee cup again. There is nothing less appetizing then putting coffee is a cup covered with a white haze (film).
Another thing I appreciate about the booster is that so far I have not had a reason to re-wash any of our dishes. It appears that the boost has given our regular dish washing detergent a BOOST in cleaning power too.
Did you know that in 2010 Phosphates were banned from dishwashing detergents? I didn’t. Not only that, what exactly are Phosphates?
OxiClean recently did a survey and found that 69% of respondents either do not know what phosphates are (14%) or that they were banned from dishwashing detergents (55%).
According to a recent press release;
OxiClean Dishwashing Booster was specifically designed for the millions of consumers affected when phosphates were required to be removed from dishwasher detergents in the U.S. in July 2010. Since the reformulation of detergents, consumers have noticed that their dishes and glassware are not as clean as they used to be because many phosphate-free detergents may leave behind a cloudy film that can build up over time, resulting in grimy dishes wash after wash. OxiClean Dishwashing Booster’s unique multi-action formula dissolves the cloudy film (hard water salts and calcium carbonate) that builds up during the rinse cycle, leaving dishes and glasses clean and pristine.
The survey also found that…
- 49% feel frustrated because they don’t know what’s causing the spots on dishes. I can certainly relate.
- Top three things that consumers believe cause the spots/cloudy dishes are dishwashing detergent (50%), hard water (34%), dishwasher not working well (30%). I think we suffer from all three problems.
- Over half (56%) have switched their detergent 2-5 times. I think we’ve switched more than that.
- 88% agree or strongly agree that it is embarrassing to serve on dishes that have spots or are cloudy. I agree 100%!
- Almost 1 in 3 (32%) say their biggest kitchen challenge is achieving sparkly dishes; 30% say spots on dishes are their biggest kitchen complaint. I agree with this too.
So far, so good. The OxiClean Dishwashing Booster seems to be working great. We put it in the washing machine over a week ago and have used the dishwasher several times and it seems to be working just as well each time. One bottle should last two months. With first use it is recommended that you fill the booster section of the dishwasher with half the bottle. Early next month we plan on using the second half so that our dishes, especially my beloved coffee mug, continue to come out of the wash cleaned and without spots or haze.
Look for OxiClean Dishwashing Booster where ever dishwasher products are sold.
*I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of OxiClean and received a product sample and serving tray to facilitate my review, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate