Wednesday, August 8, 2012

How Finish Powerball Tabs Changed My Life. No Joke!

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A couple years ago I began getting really frustrated with our dishwasher. See, it came with the house and it wasn't something I would have chosen for myself, at all. It was more of a sanitizer than a dishwasher. {Losing phosphates in the dish washing soap then turned a frustrating problem unbearable. I miss phosphates!} While I absolutely love taking the time and effort to washing all our dishes by hand, we finally decided to save our pennies, make an investment in my sanity and purchase a nicer dishwasher.

Several hundred dollars later my new baby arrived. We installed it, then sat back and stared at it for a while. It's pretty and virtually soundless while running. Only thing is, we were still washing dishes prior to running them through the dishwasher. No joke, I don't care what kind of food you put in there, even after 2 hours of hot water and soap, our freakishly expensive new dishwasher still spat out semi-clean dishes.

This is my kitchen after  a meal.
Now you see why I need
dish washing soap that WORKS. 
I tried several different varieties of soap. Bought stock in Jet-Dry. Tried every setting imaginable on that blasted contraption. Only to still have dirty dishes.

We finally threw in the towel and got the manufacturer involved. Handy man Joe came out and spent some time looking it over and what did he say? Nothing's wrong with it. Not a thing.

Then. Why. Are. My. Dishes. Still. Dirty?!

Bless him for being so patient with this frustrated mama. He gave me a few tips and I half-listened, ever more frustrated that consumer reports led us wrong when we decided to purchase this particular appliance. Maybe a Bosch would have been better?!

The next time I was at the store, I decided to take his advice and get Finish Powerball Tabs to try out. {I have used other Finish products for years, but never the Powerball Tabs specifically.} I also threw some Finish Power Up in my cart because I liked the name. Kind of like Cowboy Up sans the ole Wild West thing. No really, I was desperate and gullible enough to believe the packaging, claiming it was going to change my life.

Oh my did it ever. I hereby promise to never purchase any other dish washing soap again. I'm a believer. I'll name my next baby Finish and give boxes out as gifts during the holidays. I will.

The difference in how Finish Powerball Tabs cleaned versus every other brand name soap I tried is amazing. I've been using it for weeks now and I progressively put the dishes in the dishwasher more and more dirty wondering, Can it clean this?! It can!

So here's my .02 worth for anyone else out there struggling with their dishwasher: Save yourself time, energy and frustration and just use these Finish PowerBall Tabs!! They've somehow managed to come up with a formula that's phosphate-free and WORKS.

Even better- here's a FREE sample of Finish Powerball for you to request!

Plus, there's a $3.25/1 coupon in the latest Costco coupons that just came out! Wahoo! 

**Disclaimer: I get nothing out of this post save the sheer joy it brings me to pass along great cleaning tips. I don't work for Finish. I wish I did, maybe then I'd get employee discounts. I will however share this post with them via Facebook in hopes that they'll give me a few free boxes to give away to all of you. Sound good?

13 comments:

JenB said...

We've had a ton of issues with our dishwasher too. A repairman did recommend the Finish powerballs. I found a deal at Sam's a while back so I'm fairly stocked up. Another HUGE thing I've found is Lemishine powder. It's there with the rinse aids ... add it with your detergent and it removes that film. Many people swear by it, I am just one.

Kim said...

Thanks for the info. I just requested a free sample. I too am one of those that washes before putting dishes in the dishwasher. However, here's my question . . . do you run your dishwasher every day or after every meal? My husband is an expert at loading the dishwasher so that we can fit at least two days worth of dishes in there. Do you think that if I put dirty dishes in and left them to run until the next day Finish would still get them squeaky clean?

Utah Deal Diva said...

JenB- YES! Finish Power Up and Lemishine are very similar. I bought both and have been using them -but I like the Finish power Up more. Figures too as it's slightly more expensive!

Kim- I too belong to the "Expert Dish Washer Loader" club! It's a talent, what can I say. ;) We normally run our dishwasher every other day or every 2 days. Even with a large family, we've never run ours after each meal, despite my sarcastic picture in the post. ;)

Moderated by Alex's Mom said...

I had the exact same experience as you did. In fact, for Mother's Day 2011 my husband told me to pick out a new dishwasher. I couldn't bring myself to pay the $$$--then someone told me it could be the dishwashing detergent I'm using. A friend told me to add citric acid to my detergent--made a huge difference--but I still have dirty dishes when we load the washer full. I'm definitely going to try these. If they work, I may even look for a new dishwasher since it's been 2 Mother's days now--and my washer is looking pretty old. I'm crossing my fingers and toes I've hit gold on this one! Any suggestions on dishwashers? Bosch just seems too small.
Stephanie

The Mom @ Babes in Hairland said...

I agree completely as well! I use the power balls and outside of hardened on oatmeal, it's the best stuff I've come across. Our dishwasher is middle of the line and is about 8 years old but does a fairly good job. I stopped using Cascade or anything lemony a long time ago because the citrus was eating away at my silverware. After I stopped using it, the rust spots stopped appearing on them. They know they've got a good product so they charge up the wazoo for it! :)

Anonymous said...

Some people drive to Idaho for lottery tickets, but I've joked about crossing state lines to buy mass quantities of dishwashing detergent with good old phosphates!

I love the finish Powerballs, too. It didn't take a repairman to recommend them, I discovered them when I was becoming a slave to coupons. Cascade no more, Finish has higher value coupons. Much to my surprise and delight I loved them! A couple tips: don't get the dissolving plastic packets, get the little soap cakes with the red dot in the middle...the cheap ones. I am also a fan of the Finish Dishwasher Cleaner as well. I have hard water in addition to no phosphates, and the inside of my stainless steel machine can get to be pretty scary. This stuff seems to clean out all the filters and traps on it's own, and the inside sparkles like new - all that build-up can't be helping the with the cloudy and filminess left on the dishes.

Angela said...

Do you have to use both powerball tabs and power up or can you get good results with just the powerball tabs?

marcie said...

Are you using the regular Finish Powerball Tabs, or Finish Quantum Tabs? The link takes you to a sample of the Quantum ones.

I have not tried the Quantum ones as they are more expensive.

The Poulters said...

on my way to the store.....

Anonymous said...

I do use these and love them, but if you are still a phosphate lover like myself, you can purchase plain phosphate at hardware stores, and I just add a little bit.. it helps so much! I also do this with my laundry and it is amazing!

Kim said...

I love my Bosch, but I also love the Finish tabs too! It's all I will use. Another tip for helping get sqeaky clean dishes is to add a little white vinegar to the bottom right when you start it. Doesn't take much I just pour a little in, maybe a couple tablespoons to a 1/4 cup. (I do use a rinse aid too.) It helps my black nylon utensils stay black and not covered in that nasty white film. It also deodorizes the dishwasher and keeps it from getting that funky smell. Also, someone metioned they had a stainless interior that got nasty. Mine is too and using vinegar everytime, it has stayed just as shiny as it was when I got it over a year ago! It's a bonus that white vinegar is super cheap and one less "cleaning" product I have to buy!

Anonymous said...

Here's the CHEAPEST way to clean dishes:

So before I knew about the "phosphate" thing, I, too had "dirty washed dishes" problems. I tried jetdry and lemishine--and they seemed to make it worse!

I finally found the solution--and it's cheap and doesn't matter which brand soap you use: white vinegar.

First, if you already have the cloudy stuff on your dishes you may have to wash by hand first--especially pots. But you won't have to do it again if you follow the next steps. (But before hand washing, try just adding vinegar as told below, it may clean it just fine!)
Second, during rinse cyle, just pour some white vinegar into your dish washer. I don't measure, just put in about 1/2 to 3/4 cup.
Result? not only are your dishes clean, but your dishwasher will sparkle, too!
Third, put it in the jetdry thing, so if you sometimes forget, you'll still have clean dishes.

Oh,and if you worry about the vinegar smell, remember that white vinegar is a natural deodorizer whose smell will soon dissipate. Most of the time it is undetectable.

Hope this helps!

Sarah said...

Yep I was going to say the vinegar thing, too. I religiously use Finish Powerballs, and as soon as the dishwasher starts, I throw in 1/2 cup or so (I don't actually measure) of vinegar. Clean, clean, clean!

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