Everything is clean and sparkling!

This post is sponsored by Finish Power and Pure

Last month I trialled the Finish Power & Pure dishwasher tablets and gave 100 of my readers the opportunity to trail them, with the chance to win some really awesome prizes.  Now one month on I have to say that I am a lot more confident putting just about everything (casserole dishes, thermomix bowl, baking bowls, saucepans etc) into the dishwasher and that it will come out clean with no extra scrubbing necessary, I also noticed less residue which then means less chemicals left on the dishes, which is much more pleasant to eat off. Usually if I cooked through the day I would leave these dishes in the sink ready for the evening hand wash (as I only wash once a day).  It would clutter the kitchen and make it look untidy.  Now after baking a cake or making a hot lunch I put all the dishes into the dishwasher and keep my kitchen tidy.

Reading through the reviews left from the readers who received samples, many were really pleased with the results:

  • Dishes are sparkling
  • No chemical smell or taste left on the items
  • Removed tea stains from the cups
  • Removed poached egg from the silverware and crockery
  • No pre-rinse needed for pots and pans
  • LOVED how you didn’t have to unwrap the tablet
  • Plastics came out clean and dry
  • Wishes they were suitable for clothes!!
  • Dishes smell amazing
  • Dishwasher appears cleaner too
  • No water marks on glasses

I have found that I am filling my dishwasher up a little faster therefore our regular routine of the kids emptying the dishwasher in the mornings is now quite staggered.  Sometimes I put it on through the day if I have done a big cook up and they can empty it after school.  So I made up this little label which I have laminated and put a magent stripe on the back (found from Riot Art & Craft stores).  Whenever I put the dishwasher on I turn it to say dishes are clean so it’s s ‘subtle’ reminder for them to unpack it when they get home from school.  Also makes no excuses for them to put their dirty dishes in the dishwasher too!

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 Clean & Dirty Dishwasher Labels Blog

Download the Dirty & Clean Dishwasher Label HERE

7 Day Detox

A few weeks ago I participated in the 7 Day Detox and from this I must add that I really do prefer to use the vinegar as a natural cleaning solution when cleaning the floors.  It cleans the floors beautifully but what I truly like is that it doesn’t leave a slippery residue on the floor.  You can read more about how I naturally clean elements of my kitchen.

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And the winners are!!!!

Congratulations to the winners:

PRIZE 1 – Jenni Cooke
1 years supply of Finish Power & Pure and $1,500 worth of Breville products

PRIZE 2 – Katrina
1 years supply of Finish Power and Pure and $500 worth of Breville Products

PRIZE 3 – Belinda
1 years supply of Finish Power and Pure

Jenni’s review:

As a mum with two very busy little boys, anything that makes life easier and allows more time with the family is a winner in my book. If I can reduce our chemical waste too – even better! Enter Finish Power & Pure.  Its fair to say I threw everything I had a Finish Power & Pure. From casserole dishes to pot pie ramekins, in it went. I was unsure what to expect as post dishwasher re-washing is a common requirement for me, however I was most pleasantly surprised. Not only was I hit with a nice fresh smell when I opened the dishwasher but everything was clean and sparkling. EVERYTHING!

Casserole Dish – Sparkling!
Pie Ramekins – Clean as a whistle!
Dried on Weet-Bix – Gone!

Well done Finish Power & Pure, you’ve won over this (slightly less) Organised Housewife for sure.

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27 comments

Sim Farley June 20, 2014 - 7:26 AM

I am glad that I missed the cutoff in putting in my review (which I had been massaging and massaging trying to get it under 100 words). Very disappointing to see the winning entry didn’t meet the published Terms & Conditions. I would have been even more grumpy!

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Hayley M June 20, 2014 - 11:35 AM

That sign on the dishwasher is GENIUS!!!!! Thank you so much!!!!

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Katrina June 20, 2014 - 11:38 AM

LOL, you are very welcome Hayley x

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Bree June 20, 2014 - 12:17 PM

Full terms & Conditions stated ” The entrant must then share their review of the Finish Power & Pure by adding a comment below The Organised Housewife’s blog post in 100 words or less”

The winning review is 137 words?

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Katrina June 20, 2014 - 3:44 PM

Valid point Bree, I have contacted Finish and this is the response I have received below.

Hi Bree,

Thanks for your comment. The panel of judges found it very difficult to choose between all the great reviews. Katrina’s winning post was slightly over the word limit, however the panel deemed her entry to be the best response to the set judging criteria, that being 50% creativity and 50% written expression. We were really impressed to see many readers had so much to say about Finish Power & Pure.

We hope you enjoyed trialling the product too.

Regards,
Team Finish
On behalf of The Organised Housewife

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Lisa Thomsen June 20, 2014 - 4:45 PM

I congratulate all the winners and am very happy for them. I too find it a bit frustrating that they allowed someone who broke the rules to be a winner. I had to give up on my original idea for my entry because I just couldn’t quite get it down to 100 words and ended up having to throw something else together at the last minute. Thankful to have had the trial period with a free product. But rules are rules and I feel bad for others as well who sacrificed their ideas and quality of their writing to meet the word limit.

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Katrina June 20, 2014 - 5:59 PM

I am so truly sorry that this passed me without realising, I can completely understand your frustrations and I am so sorry this has happened.

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Sue June 21, 2014 - 4:02 PM

I agree. I had to completely modify my answer in order to comply with the terms and conditions. The winner wrote a great review but it should have been disqualified.

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Christina @ Mr and Mrs Romance June 20, 2014 - 1:09 PM

Love that dishwasher sign Kat! Such a clever idea.

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Katrina June 20, 2014 - 4:24 PM

Thank you Christina, the kids love it!!

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Sharon June 20, 2014 - 4:44 PM

Thank you for the sign I was just saying to my hubby before that we need to check if dishwasher is clean or empty as we are getting into bad habit of leaving on the bench when it should go straight into dishwasher now with the new sign I will print off we will know without looking thanks xo

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Simone June 20, 2014 - 5:26 PM

I am glad that I missed the cutoff in putting in my review (which I had been massaging and massaging trying to get it under 100 words). Very disappointing to see the winning entry didn’t meet the published Terms & Conditions. I would have been even more grumpy!

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Katrina June 20, 2014 - 5:58 PM

Hi Simone, I feel absolutely awful that this actually happened, I shouldn’t create excuses but this past few days have been a horrible blur for me and my mind hasn’t been in the right place. I did contact the Finish team today once it was alerted to my attention (they chose the winners) and had them confirm with their legal department that this is all correct. As they say above it is, but I completely understand your frustration. I have a really cool competition coming up next week, I put the pack together myself and I haven’t put a word count on it!!

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Bec June 20, 2014 - 7:50 PM

Yes I’m disapointed in this too. I know mine wasn’t going to win but there were lots of entries over 100 words. I just assumed if it was over 100 words the wouldn’t have even been read as it’s clearly outside the terms and conditions. It’s certainly not fair for those who stuck to the rules. Trying to write something creatively in 100 words is hard – so of course it’s going to be better if you can write more words.

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Katrina June 20, 2014 - 8:22 PM

Thanks for your message Bec, I am going to send it through to the Finish team to ensure this doesn’t happen again in the future.

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Lisa June 21, 2014 - 6:16 AM

I agree with all the previous comments so I won’t repeat my opinion here. Thank you for taking a proactive approach, even if it is retrospective. Pleased to have tested the product, but disappointed with the end game now

Sheridan June 20, 2014 - 9:01 PM

I absolutely love the idea of the clean/dirty sign for the dishwasher! We don’t own one but will soon. I’ve wondered how people manage to communicate this and you’ve made a solution that is super cute!
Love your work

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Katrina June 21, 2014 - 6:20 AM

Thank you Sheridan. My youngest daughter is so funny she realises if the dishwasher is clean by a little red light that flashes on the dishwasher dashboard (that was new to me, she picked up well on that), so she didn’t understand why the label was necessary, but the rest of the family are loving it!!

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Lauren June 22, 2014 - 2:54 PM

Oh, well. Issues with the Ts & Cs aside, I already felt like I won when the trial pack I received had waaayyy more than I would use in week. It sounds as though it might have been a rough few days for you. I hope you have a lovely Sunday, Kat!

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Sarah Jones June 28, 2014 - 3:58 AM

Just made my own dirty/clean magnet and my husband is even excited about it! Genius idea!

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Jessica Quilty July 8, 2014 - 1:23 PM

I’ve recently tried Finish Power & Pure and I have to agree with the positive reviews for this product. My three pet hates of dishwasher tablets are that the chemicals get all over your fingers when you’re trying to open the packet, that you end up with gritty residue on your washed dishes, or that your dishes are still dirty after the wash. ARGH!

I have to say that Finish Power & Pure committed none of these sins and passed my test with flying colours. EUREKA! To top things off, my dishwasher actually smells better now too. I’m a very satisfied customer 🙂

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Jess July 8, 2014 - 11:29 PM

I’ve recently tried Finish Power & Pure and I have to agree with the positive reviews for this product. My three pet hates of dishwasher tablets are that the chemicals get all over your fingers when you’re trying to open the packet, that you end up with gritty residue on your washed dishes, or that your dishes are still dirty after the wash. ARGH!

I have to say that Finish Power & Pure committed none of these sins and passed my test with flying colours. EUREKA! To top things off, my dishwasher actually smells better now too. I’m a very satisfied customer 🙂

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Window cleaning professional July 10, 2014 - 6:32 AM

Hi Katrina,

I see you’ve used vinegar for your floors. Have you tried a water and vinegar mixture for your windows too? If you mix equal parts of distilled vinegar and water into a spray bottle you can clean your windows toxic free 🙂

Best regards,

Ryan

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Gold Clean January 22, 2020 - 7:52 PM

I completely love the clean/filthy sign for the dishwasher!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 23, 2020 - 9:31 AM

Glad to help 🙂

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christyjacob February 6, 2020 - 5:05 PM

Nice post, very interesting to read. Thanks for sharing this much respect

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 11, 2020 - 3:14 PM

My pleasure 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it!

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