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#1 purpleblackqueen

Posted 15 December 2012 - 03:32 PM

My house has a brand new dishwasher, so I am after your recommendations on dishwasher tablets/powder, please. so which brand do you use or have used and found the best.

Edited by purpleblackqueen, 15 December 2012 - 04:21 PM.


#2 Ianthe

Posted 15 December 2012 - 04:00 PM

Home Brand stuff sucks, I use Finish and buy it in big quantities from Big W.

#3 2 Gorgeous Girls

Posted 15 December 2012 - 04:02 PM

I use the cheapest powder in the box from aldi. Dishes come out sparkling clean every time.

ETA: I use white vinegar as rinse aid

Edited by 2 Gorgeous Girls, 15 December 2012 - 04:05 PM.


#4 Paddlepop

Posted 15 December 2012 - 04:03 PM

We used to use Morning Fresh Dishwasher powder until Morning Fresh Dishwasher Gel came out. It's great. It really gets the grease and muck off everything. The only downside is that the drain filter at the bottom of the dishwasher has to be cleaned more often because all of the grease and muck really accumulates there. Better than on the plates and cups! I've only seen it at Coles and Chemist Warehouse.

DH is the one who uses the dishwasher in our house, and he doesn't like tablets because they generally didn't dissolve fully when we tried them. He also likes to be able to control how much detergent is being used and get it exactly how he likes it.

We use white vinegar as the rinse aid. We tried the one by Finish but it left streaks and marks on things. Plus, DH and DD have chemical sensitivities so we didn't like the thought of having a chemical coated all over our eating things. The vinegar leaves everything nice and shiny with no chemical residue.

About once a month he cleans the inside of the dishwasher by running an empty cycle with either Descale Magic or bicarb in the detergent section, and vinegar in the rinse aid section. It helps to keep the pipes and everything nice and cleans and stops any yucky smells. Descale Magic is in the cleaning section of the supermarket in a small blue box. It's based on bicarb and other natural chemicals.

Congratulations on moving into your house PBQ!

#5 ~~~

Posted 15 December 2012 - 04:06 PM

Used to use Coles Green choice but they no longer make it sad.gif We have just tried Earth Choice tablets but have to cut off the "dissolvable" plastic wrapping off each tablet as it doesn't dissolve properly nno.gif
When we first had a dishwasher, we found that Finish didn't work well for us, too strong (our dishes weren't dirty enough?? laughing2.gif ) and used to cut tablets in half, otherwise end up with residue on dishes etc.

So these are not what I'd recommend at the moment, would love to hear what others do recommend.

Oh, and buy a small packet first in case it doesn't work as well for your machine, so you're not stuck with 20+ tablets that you can't use.

Edited by ~~~, 15 December 2012 - 08:31 PM.


#6 starfire

Posted 15 December 2012 - 04:18 PM

I prefer finish quantum hands down, it's expensive (when not on special) but it really does do the job well. A close winner in my books I've found is fairy dishwasher tablets - they are good as well.

I also buy the finish rinse aid as well. It really does make a difference!

What ever you do - do NOT buy the woolworths select dishwasher tablets, they are terrible! I got these thinking I would save a lot of money and that all dishwasher tablets were the same - not so! It was horrible, some of the tablets wouldn't dissolve properly and left a residue on all the dishes and cups - we had to rewash everything in the sink to rinse off the residue.

#7 Mousky

Posted 15 December 2012 - 04:25 PM

finish quantim.  We`ve tried everything and quantim is the only one that cleans properly.

#8 Laborious Nicety

Posted 15 December 2012 - 04:28 PM

Used to use Finish, now we use the Aldi ones and they are good.  Dissolve well, dishes are clean and they are much cheaper.  Was not a fan of any of the other cheap ones though.

#9 tickly_rain

Posted 15 December 2012 - 04:29 PM

Finish.  At the moment we have their "Powerball" range because Scoopon (or someone like them) had an insanely cheap deal for them.  Have enough to last a year or more!

#10 ~Supernova~

Posted 15 December 2012 - 04:37 PM

QUOTE (Balzac @ 15/12/2012, 04:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Used to use Finish, now we use the Aldi ones and they are good.  Dissolve well, dishes are clean and they are much cheaper.  Was not a fan of any of the other cheap ones though.


We also used to only use the Finish Quantum...tried some Aldi tabs after looking at an Aldi mum review, and can't complain. They do the job well, and are super cheap. We use Morning Fresh rinse aid, but I have been meaning to give vinegar a shot.

#11 HollyOllyOxenfree

Posted 15 December 2012 - 04:43 PM

I've used the finish powerball and quantum and would recommend either. Currently I use the Ecostore tablets - you can get them in woolworths. They've done just as well as the Finish ones for us

#12 blueberrymuffin

Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:29 PM

We just use the Coles savings brand. Cheap, and it works for us.

#13 Anivad

Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:00 PM

We used finish powerball tablets and they were good, but expensive. So I tried the woollies select brand- terrible. One week we were really tight on cash so I bought the home brand dishwasher powder- it is excellent- it cleans better for us than the finish tablets. Haven't looked back since!

#14 Grobanite

Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:08 PM

whatever you do don't buy Fairy tablets. They are so strong in smell and the glasses and cups smell and taste like them afterwards.

Definitely finish. If wanting less expensive Coles homebrand is also good.

I use Finish dishwasher cleaner once a month.

#15 Etienne

Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:27 PM

I love the Fairy brand!  I use the pouches that combine liquid and powder...  I found them a lot better than Finish.  Each to their own I guess original.gif

#16 livvie7586

Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:30 PM

'expensive' aldi tabs here, work well enough (although my machine is ancient, can't use powder in it at all, and no matter how expensive the tabs they don't always work 100%), with vinegar in the rinse section

#17 lclb

Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:34 PM

Another vote for Aldi, I use the powder and it works as well as any of the more expensive brands.

#18 Georgie01

Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:15 PM

Finish is awful in our dishwasher, doesn't work well and we end up with residue. Fairy work beautifully. I suspect that different tablets perform differently in different dishwashers - Finish were always great with our old washer.

#19 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:20 PM

Wow, that's great they left you a brand new dishwasher!

What did you use at your last place that had one?

I use Finish Powerball.



#20 Lil Chickens

Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:26 PM

QUOTE (Paddlepop @ 15/12/2012, 04:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We used to use Morning Fresh Dishwasher powder until Morning Fresh Dishwasher Gel came out. It's great. It really gets the grease and muck off everything. The only downside is that the drain filter at the bottom of the dishwasher has to be cleaned more often because all of the grease and muck really accumulates there. Better than on the plates and cups! I've only seen it at Coles and Chemist Warehouse.

DH is the one who uses the dishwasher in our house, and he doesn't like tablets because they generally didn't dissolve fully when we tried them. He also likes to be able to control how much detergent is being used and get it exactly how he likes it.

We use white vinegar as the rinse aid. We tried the one by Finish but it left streaks and marks on things. Plus, DH and DD have chemical sensitivities so we didn't like the thought of having a chemical coated all over our eating things. The vinegar leaves everything nice and shiny with no chemical residue.

About once a month he cleans the inside of the dishwasher by running an empty cycle with either Descale Magic or bicarb in the detergent section, and vinegar in the rinse aid section. It helps to keep the pipes and everything nice and cleans and stops any yucky smells. Descale Magic is in the cleaning section of the supermarket in a small blue box. It's based on bicarb and other natural chemicals.

Congratulations on moving into your house PBQ!


I second all of this (not the Descale Magic as I've never used it but I will try it now).  I also find that the gel lasts a lot longer than they say becaiuse I use less than they recommend - about half.

#21 Flaxen

Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:34 PM

We have a electrolux dishwasher, about 4 years old, and we've tried several brands of tablets here including finish quantum, morning fresh, and coles ultra.
I now only use the aldi one (Logix Complete), which is the 40tabs for $7.99 (the more expensive aldi one) You do have to unwrap it as its not a dissolveable wrapper, but thats better anyway, as i found the dissolvable wrapper types tend to get stuck to each other by the end of the pack as they seem to absorb the moisture from the air. Thats with trying to keep the container closed as much as possible too.
Aldi ones always dissolves, works well on grease and leaves glasses sparkling. I dont bother rinse aid.
Ive never had dished come out still dirty with the aldi brand one, but have sometimes had issues with finish and coles but in particular the morning fresh tabs, of which i would never buy again.
Im not much of a shopper at Aldi, but this is what i go out of my way there for.

#22 purpleblackqueen

Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:29 AM

Thanks for all the replies.




QUOTE (~THE~MAGICIAN~ @ 16/12/2012, 12:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wow, that's great they left you a brand new dishwasher!

What did you use at your last place that had one?

I use Finish Powerball.


They didn't leave a dishwasher, I had one put in. with the last one we had, we used different ones, but I can't remember which worked better.

#23 imamumto3

Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:57 AM

I find finish quantum dry the plastic stuff where other brands leave them wet

#24 *LucyE*

Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:03 AM

We use Finish Quantum.  I don't bother with rinse aid because it's an 'all in' tablet.  This is utterly lazy and pathetic, but the main reason I like these tablets is because they have the dissolvable packaging so I don't have to open packet or unscrew lids.  As I said, utterly lazy, but simple things like that is just one less petty irritation.

QUOTE
I suspect that different tablets perform differently in different dishwashers - Finish were always great with our old washer.

It could also be the water.  Different water will affect how the detergent performs.  The cheaper detergents are more likely to have fillers and less of the fancy stuff - like water softening agents.  If you have soft water, everything will seem like it performs well and you probably only need to use a fraction of the recommended dose.  If you have hard water, it will be the opposite.

I also have some Morning Fresh gel to use when I've only got a half load or am washing delicates.

And, I also use the dishwasher cleaner once a month.  I find that helps to keep the dishwasher working well.

#25 Gloriana

Posted 16 December 2012 - 06:49 PM

Have only ever used Finish Powerball ones. They work great so haven't shopped around. I buy in bulk from The reject shop.




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