So, I’m not sure if I mentioned that I wasn’t really a dishwasher user when I lived alone. With only 6 bowls etc, I’d never have enough dirty at once to run it. I was always running out of utensils and crockery before it the dishwasher was full and deserved being run. And I always end up with things that need hand washing, like pots and pans. And my special knives.
98% of the time, my dishwasher was a dish drainer. I loved using it to put all the things that needed to dry/drain. It was so simple to ‘hide’ the drying dishes and make the house neat quickly!
However, when we moved, the BF ‘asked’ that the dishwasher be revived in it’s true purpose… Cheeky isn’t he?
I think he thought I would be opposed to the dishwasher. I’m not – I’m from a family of dishwasher users. And now that we have twice as many dishes, and cutlery – but also use them up twice as fast, it makes sense.
The 2% of the time I did use my dishwasher, I used tablets that
John West my mother rejected. They were the cheap homebrand ones, and they didn’t really do the job for her. Then, moving in with the BF, I had a handful of his equally budget tablets. So I have some experience with different dishwasher tablets.
Now, I’m trying something fancy… I’m trying Finish Powerball tablets.
So here’s my ‘before’ photos:
And after? How’d the Finish detergent go?
There really is nothing to complain about! The Finish tablets definitely run rings around the ‘budget’ tablets.
Now if only the dishwasher would dry plastic better! Is that my dishwasher’s fault – do your plastic containers dry (those who still use them).
Let’s compare the choices in store:
Here’s how they compare on cost in a table:
|Total cost||Number of tablets||Cost per tab|
|Coles Smart Buy||$4.99||30||$0.17|
|Coles Ultra Max||$9.99||26||$0.38|
|Earth Choice all in one||$16.00||42||$0.38|
|Fairy all in one||$20.99||38||$0.55|
|Quantum Finish Power Ball||$21.00||40||$0.53|
|Quantum Finish Power Ball||$27.99||40||$0.70|
How do you choose things like dishwasher tablets, when the quality of the wash isn’t there at the lower end of the cost spectrum? Surely, you don’t resort to 100% handwashing like I did when I lived alone? (I’m thinking of bigger households!) Do you go as far to think about the cost per weight of tablet (yes, the cheap tablets ARE heavier, so you’re getting more for your money, but not the same cleaning ability – it’s only a few grams though!)