5 Tips for Getting Immaculately Clean Dishes in Your Dishwasher + Giveaway

By Shannon Gurnee
In Cleaning Review
October 27, 2014

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine. 

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With our family of 8, we make a LOT of dirty dishes!  Thanks to Double Duty Divas and Cascade, I had the opportunity to invite some of my family and friends for a Dishwashing Party!  Ok, let me explain a little more.  I didn’t actually have our guests wash dishes, but rather I showed them the washing power of Cascade Platinum detergent and rinse aid.   In the first party, the Cascade products did an amazing job with our dirty dishes from brownies and macaroni and cheese.  In our second party, it didn’t an awesome job cleaning our dirty dishes from brownies (again) and french toast with syrup (so sticky!!!).

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I love how easy Cascade Platinum Pacs are to use and how clean the dishes get!  Plus, when I use the Cascade Platinum Rinse Aid, my dishes come out spotless.  Now, I’ll be honest and admit that I am not typically one who puts dishes dirty in the dishwasher.  I pretty much wash them before I put them in the dishwasher and then use the dishwasher to sanitize them.  However, with these two parties, I had to put dirty dishes in and was amazed both times at how clean and shiny they came out!  Let me share with you 5 Tips For Getting Immaculately Clean Dishes in the Dishwasher.

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5 Tips For Getting Immaculately Clean Dishes in the Dishwasher

1 – Use Cascade Platinum detergent and rinse aid.

2 – Skip the pre-wash.  Why skip the pre-wash?  Cascade Platinum works best when food soil is left on the dishes because its special enzymes latch onto that food, breaking it down so it can wash away.  If there is no food soil, there is nothing for the enzymes to attach to and your detergent won’t work it’s hardest for you.

3 – In lieu of any pre-washing, simply toss the large bits of food into the trash or garbage disposal and then stop there.  There is no need to run anything under water.  Simply load the dishes into the dishwasher.  This is a major time-saving tip!

4 – Don’t worry about food left on your dishes damaging your machine or pipes.  Not very many people know that there is a garbage disposal built into the bottom of almost all dishwashers – but there is (I have to admit that I didn’t even know that)!!  That disposal works exactly like the disposal in your sink.

5 – Follow the tips in my first post on Cascade when it comes to loading your dishwasher.

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About Cascade Platinum Pacs

Cascade Platinum Pacs deliver the premium, advanced triple action formula that helps prevent residue on dishes and filming in the dishwasher.  These Pacs have the Grease Fighting Power of Dawn and scrub away tough 24-hour stuck-on food.  When you use the Cascade Platinum Pacs, there is no need to pre-wash your dishes.  Pretty awesome, right?

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About Cascade Platinum Rinse Aid

Cascade Platinum Rinse Aid provides outstanding spot and film protection.  It helps to rinse away food particles and residues that can cause spots on dishes.  It also provides great drying action.  Etch protection helps prevent further damage to dishes.  It does a great job on dishes.

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1 lucky reader on The Mommy-Files 1 pack of Cascade Platinum, 1 Bottle of Cascade Rinse Aid, Whisk, Spatula, Wine Topper and Sugar Sifter!!!

Have you used Cascade Platinum before?  
What was the dirtiest dish you’ve put in your dishwasher?

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine. 

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

67 Responses to “5 Tips for Getting Immaculately Clean Dishes in Your Dishwasher + Giveaway”

  1. beth combs says:

    Anything with melted cheese

  2. Julie L says:

    Lasagna would be one of the hardest things to clean since the cheese melts or burns on!

  3. Ronda Walton says:

    Three. Cheese Lasagna
    Not only is there the tough baked on sticky cheese, but the tomato sauce and grease from meat.

  4. Jennifer Hess says:

    Definitely anything cheese and lasagna!!

  5. jennifer says:

    baked on lasagna is my worst nightmare!

  6. sandra says:

    spaghetti with marinara sauce

  7. Denise L says:

    They are small, but spatulas always give me trouble. Usually because they have melted cheese attached to them.

  8. Seyma Shabbir says:

    I think Ricotta Mozzarella Manicotti is the hardest to get cleaned out!

  9. D Schmidt says:

    Apple and Cinnamon crumble is impossible for me to clean off.

  10. Margie says:

    I have used Cascade before and it works well for me. My turkey lasagna and vegetable pan is hard to get clean. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Ani says:

    Lasagna for sure would be the hardest to get off for me.

  12. Vickie Couturier says:

    my meatloaf pan is the hardest to clean

  13. Any baked pasta dish!

  14. nannypanpan says:

    my Mexican lasagna is toughest to clean

  15. Casey Everidge says:

    lasagna all the way!!

  16. mrsshukra says:

    Potatoes Gratin is always a challenge to clean!

  17. trisha kilpatrick says:

    My cheesy chicken, broccoli and rice casserole in my glass casserole dish is my hardest dish to clean. I usually don’t bother to try and just use a disposable aluminum foil pan.

  18. Ann Fantom says:

    The frying pan that I fried chicken in, is the hardest dish to get clean.

  19. Amy Pratt says:

    My worst dishwashing nightmare is baked on lasagna.

  20. Cynthia C says:

    Baked on Mac and Cheese is difficult to get clean for me.

  21. Leela says:

    No, I haven’t.
    Usually baked lasagna or macaroni and cheese.

  22. Denise S says:

    The hardest is anything with cheese baked on in the microwave.

  23. robyn paris says:

    my toughest dished to get clean are the ones from when i make sauce. The sauce gets dried and crusty on the dishes.

  24. Susan Chester says:

    My meatloaf pan is the hardest to clean.

  25. Tari Lawson says:

    I have a hard time getting peanut butter off my knives and dried egg off plates.

  26. rich m says:

    my toughest is spaghetti dishes when they forget to rinse them.

  27. Natalie U says:

    I make a mean pudding but it sometimes gets really sticky on the pan…caramel sticky bun pans are also a pain to clean

  28. Kenny Hall says:

    Scalloped potatoes are the worst to clean up!

  29. Kristi C says:

    The toughest for me is lasagna.

  30. Sarah Hall says:

    Baked Macaroni and Cheese is the hardest for me to get the pan clean.

  31. Monique Rizzo says:

    Baked Macaroni and Cheese is always a real bear.

  32. Kristen says:

    The toughest for me is baked on taco casserole.

  33. Robyn says:

    The pan from my cheesy potatoes can be very hard to get clean!

  34. Baked 4 cheese mac and cheese and sausage lasagna are the worst dishes ever to clean

  35. steve weber says:

    The toughest is pasta– my famous baked ziti.

  36. shirley says:

    Blackberry Cobbler
    Blackberry cobbler is tough for me to clean.

  37. Jennifer Rote says:

    Baked on lasagna is the worst nightmare to clean.

  38. Laura says:

    Any time I cook cheese grits it makes a HUGE stuck-on mess. You don’t want grits to dry on your dishes…it’s like cement!

  39. Jillian T says:

    Our toughest dish is from cooking Broccoli Casserole.

  40. Tara says:

    Baked on spaghetti!

  41. Jen F says:

    I have a hard time getting lasagna dishes to come clean!

  42. Marci says:

    Tuna noodle Cassarole is very cheesy and bakes the cheese on which makes it stick like glue!

  43. danielle Marie says:

    my mothers lasagna recipe. it tastes amazing but i think an ingredient is super glue….


  44. Leanne Godfrey says:

    My Chicken Spinach Parmesan recipe really sticks to the pan. The baked spinach and cheese are really difficult to remove.

  45. Erica B. says:

    The veggie lasagna is hard to clean.

  46. brandy c says:

    Caked on pasta is my toughest.

  47. Robin says:

    Lasagna is my toughest cleaning job, especially on the pan.

  48. Samantha says:

    Our biggest issue would have to be dried tomato sauce!

  49. tina reynolds says:

    Lasagna pan is a huge pain to clean

  50. Michaela R. says:

    Any sort of pasta that includes a lot of cheese, mainly the lasagna that i tend to make… It’s a horribly tough job attempting to scratch off that burnt cheese…

  51. Jessica says:

    The toughest dishes are from my baked ziti.

  52. jules m. says:

    burnt on lasagna pan is the worst. i usually buy a disposable pan πŸ™‚

  53. Lisa V. says:

    Lasagna has to be the hardest to clean.

  54. My messiest dish is from baked lasagna!

  55. Kristy Thiel says:

    I have a very difficult time getting my 9×13 pan clean after lasagne!

  56. Jennifer says:

    My Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole is the hardest to clean because it has baked on tomato and cheese.

  57. Laurie Emerson says:

    My homemade Three Cheese Lasagna is the hardest to clean as no matter how much I spray the pan before cooking the cheese always seems to stick to the baking pan.

  58. Stephanie Larison says:

    Baked ziti pasta or lasagna is the worst!

  59. Francine Anchondo says:

    Lasagna is the worst.

  60. Betty C says:

    Baked on lasagna is my nightmare.

  61. Susan Smith says:

    My lasagna pan is tough to get clean

  62. Breanne says:

    Lasagna is the hardest

  63. Brittney House says:

    The toughest is always the pasta dishes.

  64. Vikki Billings says:

    The messiest for me is the goulash dishes.

  65. Brian E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway… we make a Turkey-Vegetable Hash Brown Quiche recipe whose baking dish is always tough to clean !

  66. Christian Alejandro says:

    Lasagna! It’s the reason we make it very rarely

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