A PR company recently queried me and asked if I would be willing to try out two different dishwasher detergents that are out on the market. I said "yes."
Cascade Complete and Electrasol arrived at my door. I actually have tried both products in the past, but have never "compared" them side-by-side.
Cascade Complete promises to "take care of every step of the wash process so you don't have to. That means there's no need to prewash most dishes..." I found this claim to be true. We just scraped off large chunks of food and didn't worry about the rest...and the dishes really did come clean.
Finish - formerly Electrasol - promises to "give you deep cleaning power plus SHINE BOOST® to gently remove tough food stains." We tried the "scrape off big chunks and insert dishes" method with this detergent...and it didn't work. There were little bits and pieces of food still stuck on the dishes as we pulled them out. I know that Electrasol doesn't claim to cut out the pre-washing step, but I'm all about saving time so I appreciate having to do one less step.
In sum, Cascade Complete wins hands-down. It is powerful and does what it says it will do. That said, I would like it more if they toned down the heavy bleach scent and if they offered more information about how they are working to make the environment (and our home environments) healthier places...
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*UPDATE* The winner is #267 Sarah Stern. Congratulations!