I took the Finish Rise and Shine Challenge to testFinish® Quantum® with New Power Gel was because I always pre-rinse my dishes and I wash my pots and utensils by hand even though they’re dishwasher safe. I do this because I doubt any dishwasher detergent can do as good a job as I can by hand or without pre-rinsing. I was doubtful that any dishwasher detergent would do a good job on greasy, cooked on messes even with my less-than-one-year-old Bosch dishwasher.
My instructions for the Finish Rise and Shine Challenge
- Create an amazingly tasty, messy, sticky, and difficult-to-clean meal to put Finish to the test. They wanted me to prepare a breakfast dish, but I didn’t think that a breakfast casserole or a greasy frying pan was challenging enough. Instead, I cooked up Chile and Orange Braised Flanken Style Beef Short Ribs, which I knew would create baked on mess inside my 7 1/4 quart Le Creuset French oven.
- Relax after the sticky meal – put the dishes right into the dishwasher (no pre-rinse allowed!) and let them sit there until it’s time for bed.
- Before bed, run the dishwasher with Finish® Quantum® with New Power Gel. (I used my dishwasher’s delay feature – first time I’ve ever used it!)
The folks at Finish promised that I’d rise to not only clean dishes, but a new level of shine on them. I was doubtful as was my husband, Paul, who said, “There’s no way that your Le Creuset pot will come out clean.”
(A word about washing Le Creuset French ovens in the dishwasher. All Le Creuset enamelware pots are dishwasher safe except those with wooden handles. However, repeated dishwasher exposure may dull the finish on Le Creuset pots. So you’ll need to decide if the convenience is worth a little dulling of your precious Le Creuset. I figured one time wouldn’t be a big deal.)
Cooking and loading the dishwasher
The pictures explain themselves – lots of mess and a very crowded dishwasher! My Bosch dishwasher usually works pretty well. Even so, I’ve had bad results and found food particles on my dishes when I’ve overloaded the dishwasher or stacked things too close together.
After running the dishwasher
As you can see, my 7 1/4 quart Le Creuset French oven, was spotless as were the other dishes, cutting board, flatware and the greasy cookie sheet. However, the glassware was a different matter as lots of gunk had splashed up into them. Gross!
I checked the dishwasher trap, which was full of grease and small food particles. Blech! I probably should have cleaned the trap before the Finish Rise and Shine Challenge to get the best results. However, after cleaning it, my dishes have come out sparkling clean with subsequent uses of Finish® Quantum® with New Power Gel – even when I’ve overloaded the dishwasher or stacked items poorly!
My conclusion after taking the Finish Rise and Shine Challenge? Finish® Quantum® with New Power Gel works amazingly well.
Take the Finish Rise and Shine Challenge!
Buy a package of Finish® Quantum® with New Power Gel online or at your local grocery store and try it yourself. I think you’ll be amazed with the results!