Before we got our new GE dishwasher last month, I would complain about how useless our dishwasher was. We hadn’t even bothered to use it in almost a year because it didn’t really do anything anyway.
But I have to confess that I always blamed the dishwasher and never thought about what kind of dishwashing detergent I was using. And that can make a difference.
Now, I truly believe that no matter what kind of detergent I was putting in our old dishwasher, it really wouldn’t have made much of a difference- that thing was so old.
However, if you have every reason to believe your dishwasher is capable of getting your dishes clean and you are unhappy with its performance, try using a different detergent.
It sounds so simple- I never blame my washing machine for not getting our clothes clean- I look at the detergent(well, and how prone my boys are to staining their clothes). But for some reason, I never really applied that same logic to a dishwasher.
A few years ago, phosphates were removed from dishwashing detergent. It was a good thing to do for the environment, but it did impact the performance of detergents.
GE partnered with P&G and Cascade and sent me several months’ supply of Cascade Complete Pacs. That way, any feedback I had for them about the GE® Hybrid Stainless Steel Interior Dishwasher with Hidden Controls would be about the dishwasher itself and not be affected by my detergent choice. You think they realize that I’m a big “whatever’s on sale girl” and that’s why they did this? Maybe.