Before we had children, we washed dishes every few days. I loved to open up the dishwasher filled with freshly-washed, precisely-aligned gorgeous red and black plates, shiny glass cups, and sparkly stainless steel silverware. I've never liked putting dishes away - and quite often, we would just use the clean dishes right out of the dishwasher.
Fast-forward two-and-a-half years. I can't even remember the last time my sink was not filled with dishes. Seriously. We haven't even started Addie on any type of solids yet, and we are still overrun with the dishes created by two adults and one small boy. There's no way we can go more than a day without running the dishwasher or the kitchen sink piles up so high I can't fathom catching up.
There is nothing that annoys me more than opening the dishwasher to discover that two pans, a casserole dish, and three small plastic bowls all still have food residue stuck to them. Gross. I may be a stay-at-home mom, but that doesn't mean I have time to re-wash dishes - or even let them soak for hours on end. There is usually a very limited window of time to get those dishes put away (when no one is crying, nursing, sleeping, or determined to walk on the dishwasher door) so it is incredibly important to me that they are clean the first time.
When I was given the chance to sample Cascade's new Platinum Pacs dishwasher detergent, I had my doubts I would see any difference. Dishwasher soap is dishwasher soap, right? The answer is no. I was definitely proven wrong and am amazed at the difference I can see from using Cascade Platinum Pacs.
Cascade Platinum Pacs advertise that their formula will remove food that's been stuck for 24 hours. I pulled the pan in the photos below out of my cabinet to cook stuffed shells last week (Wednesday) and realized that it already had a filmy food layer caked around the edge. I was in a hurry, so I used it anyway - then it went through the dishwasher this morning (Saturday). The "Before" photo is just before I put it for washing. The "After" photo was taken when the dishwasher cycle ended. Not only has the crusty spaghetti sauce disappeared, but whatever had been stuck previously (from probably several weeks ago) is completely gone as well! You can't beat that kind of cleaning power. As a bonus, the inside of my dishwasher is shiny and gorgeous, too!
Are you convinced yet? I don't buy a lot of premium products because they are simply not in our one-income budget, but this is one time I will make an exception. The time and energy saved are worth more to me - every moment I don't spend doing dishes is one I can use to love on my babies. Not to mention - pretty much anything that is shiny makes me smile. So, sparkly dishes? Yes, please.
|Look at the shine!|
When you pick up your own Cascade Platinum Pacs to try, make sure you hop over to Instagram to enter the #MyPlatinum Instagram contest! Each week in the month of June, you can add a photo showing off your sparkly dishes for a chance to win a new Whirlpool dishwasher or a Platinum kitchen makeover. Make sure you use the hashtag #MyPlatinum and tag @MyCascade. You have today and tomorrow left to enter the second week's contest!
-Week 1: My Platinum Plate (Entry Period: 6/3-6/9) Show us your best dish styled from the sparkling plate up!
-Week 2: My Platinum Bite (Entry Period: 6/10-6/16) Show us your best bite and most creative use of sparkling silverware!
-Week 3: My Platinum Clink (Entry: 6/17-6/23) Show us how you serve up creative concoctions in sparkling glasses. Cheers!
-Week 4: My Platinum Table (Entry Period: 6/24-6/30) Show us your sparkling tablescape for your most special celebrations!
|Addie watched me load the dishwasher. Dare I hope she'll enjoy that chore?|
Cascade has partnered with Gail Simmons - Top Chef judge and editor of Food+Wine magazine to share why meal presentation is just as important as preparation. If you like to take photos of your food (and who doesn't?) - Cascade Platinum Pacs will take your photography to the next level. For visual ideas on food presentation, hop over to the Cascade YouTube page.
Make sure you also stop by the Cascade website or "like" the Cascade Facebook page for all the latest updates!
Disclosure: I I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Regardless, all opinions expressed are my own. For more information, you can read my Disclosure Policy.