I do NOT like washing dishes by hand. When we first moved into our house, we didn’t have a dishwasher and at that point we couldn’t afford to get one. I knew it would have to wait. We were also expecting our first baby so I knew I’d be washing bottles by hand too. I wasn’t looking forward to it. Shortly after our first daughter was born my in laws bought us a dishwasher for Christmas. It was one of the best Christmas presents I’ve received in a LONG time! I love my dishwasher!!!
Along with owning a dishwasher comes finding the perfect dish washing detergent. That’s not always an easy thing to do. There are a few choices and some of them are pretty cheap. I like to get the best deal BUT if I’m saving money on one product but buying more of it because I have to re-wash my dishes, is that really saving money? NOPE! So in this case the cheapest isn’t always the best for your wallet.
I recently had the opportunity to try new FINISH Quantum (formerly known as Electrosol) and I have to tell you, I LOVED IT!!! But first I must be honest, when I saw the product I got excited and I fell in love with the way it looked! Sometimes little things like that excite a Stay At Home Mom. There are 3 products together in a wrapper free ‘pouch’ that look so cool together. There are little beads that bounce around inside but don’t mix together. In the middle of the ‘beads’ is a Powerball with Jet-Dry Gel for an amazing shine, the dark blue ‘beads’ is a Powermax Bleach that removes stains like tea and coffee (which we drink a LOT of in this house) and the light blue ‘beads’ are Powerful Enzymes that soften burnt-on food like lasagna. Did you know that you should scrap the food off your plates rather than rinse them? The reason why is the enzymes in your detergent that soften burnt-on food need to clink to protein and starch in order to work properly. So save water and scrap the food instead of rinsing it.
Speaking of saving (water), it’s more expensive to wash dishes by hand then to properly run the dishwasher! And if you load the dishwasher properly (with cups, glasses and less soiled items on the top and larger, dirtier items on the bottom rack) you won’t have to re-wash things to get them clean and waste energy and water. Of course you also need to have the right dish washing detergent!
After using the FINISH Quantum for a week I will NEVER buy another brand again. And the best part is they have coupons in the paper very often so you may be able to always get a deal on it too (suggested retail price is $4.99 and just this past weekend there was a $2.50 coupon in most papers). My dishes have been amazingly clean and they also feel clean. I used it along with Jet Dry and my dishes were dry every time with no water marks.
The wonderful people at FINISH have generously offered to give three (3) of my readers a package of FINISH Quantum AND Jet-Dry Turbo Dry to try themselves!!
As usual there are LOTS of ways to enter to win. Of course you can only win once but you’ll get 6 chances to win. Here’s what to do:
- Leave me a comment telling me your what one thing has been the hardest for you to get clean in the dishwasher.
- Post about my giveaway on your blog or a Mr. Linky post and then come back and comment again with the link.
- Tweet about my giveaway @frugalrimama then come back and comment again letting me know you did.
- Follow me on twitter and then comment and tell me that you are or that you already do.
- Follow me on blogger or sign up for my RSS feeds/emails/reader…….. how ever you prefer, then comment again letting me know that you are or that you already do.
- And finally tell someone about my giveaway through email (cc me on the email karen at frugalrimama dot com) and then post again that you did and their name. (*you can do this once a day – but it must be a different person and please send me the cc email or it won’t count.)
Lots of ways to win!!! Make sure you leave a valid email address or the link to a public profile so I can contact you if you win. This giveaway will end Saturday, May 2nd at 11:59 PM EST and the winners will be picked by random.org and announced on Sunday. Each winner will have 48 hours to contact me or I will have to pick another winner.
I’ve got a few different giveaways going on right now so be sure to enter them all. You can find all current Giveaways HERE.