Alright, Who Wants to See My Dishes?

 Cascade Platinum Trial and Instagram Contest!

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. 

This article is a personal account of my experience and opinions, with some fun facts from the Cascade company, and should not be interpreted or used for anything but that.

It’s a typical afternoon, making my kids lunch, unloading the dish washer and there they are……dishes I pre-washed that Still came out of the dish washer dirty!!  How frustrating! As a busy Mom who enjoys cooking, I have my share of dishes and stuck-on food frustration! Could this new product from Cascade be the answer to my dish nightmares? I was about to find out! I’m excited to have the opportunity to try Cascade’s newest product; Cascade Platinum Pacs at home on my family’s worst dishes!

New Cascade Platinum boasts:
• Delivers Cascade’s ultimate clean for dishes
• Scrubs away tough 24 hour stuck-on food
• Eliminates the need to pre-wash dishes! (really? great right!)
• Provides exceptional dishware shine
• Contains the Grease Fighting Power of Dawn
Learn more about Cascade Platinum Here

I wash at least 1 strategically packed dishwasher load daily (try and say that 5 times fast!), typically with leftover dishes in the sink. Dish washer packing should be in the Olympics, and I would walk away with the Gold Medal for the USA! Despite my packing skills, I am always frustrated to find that even pre-washed dishes occasionally come out dirty. These dishes often need to go through a second cycle, or be hand washed again before going back into the dish washer to be sanitized. Ugh, as if I have the time!
On nights when my husband works late, and dinner is after 8, I go to bed knowing a sink-full of dishes will be waiting for me in the morning. Who likes waking up to stuck-on food? Not this Mom! I was so excited to test out the Cascade Platinum pods that I washed dishes as soon as they arrived!!
    At first glance I was very pleased with the package! Look how pretty and colorful they are! But….can they clean my dishes?
    Several years ago I tossed out every non-stick pan I owned, and opted for stainless (after reports of questionable chemicals in the convenient coating), and have learned to live with stuck-on food. I typically put water immediately in the pan after I’m done cooking (but not while it’s hot because getting burned by steam is not a great way to spend the day). I use a stainless spatula to loosen food and get the pan ready for the wash. I was impressed to see that even the stuck-on BBQ pot I loaded came out clean and sparkling! The scrambled egg-cement still needed a pre-scrub, but let’s face it…. if we ever run out of cement, chickens will be high in demand.

     Check out my most impressive “Before” and “After” Dishes! This is a stainless pot with dried on chicken BBQ, and a delicate bowl (probably not dish-washer safe, but I’m willing to risk it to save time) with stuck-on cheeseburgers! I did no pre-washing or rinsing of any sort, put them in the dishwasher, loaded the Cascade Platinum Pac into the dispenser, and washed! Great right?

 I will admit that the scary milk curdled sippy cups I found under the car seat didn’t come out clean the 1st time, but Cascade did say “24 hour”….and who knows when my toddler stashed that treat in the family wagon? I hope Cascade comes out with a mini power washer for those next!

Want to see others’ experiences with Cascade Platinum? Follow #MyPlatinum on twitter, visit the Cascade Facebook Page, and make sure to enter the #MyPlatinum Instagram contest!! Each week 2 contestants will be selected to receive a BRAND NEW Whirpool dishwasher!! One Grand Prize Winner will receive a platinum kitchen makeover valued at $10,000!! Visit the contest page for more details!
This 4-week long contest includes 4 entry periods and opportunities to win!

Week 1 : June 3rd – June 9th : “Show us your best dish styled from the sparkling plate up!”
Week 2 : June 10th – June 16th : ” Show us your best bite and most

creative use of sparkling silverware” 
Week 3: June 17th – June 23rd :  “Before the fist sip, show us your best beverage in sparkling glasses”
Week 4: June 24th – June 30th : “Show us your sparkling tablescape for the upcoming summer celebrations” 
Grand Prize: June 3rd – June 30th.

Make sure to get your entries in for a chance at great prizes!! You can download Instagram for Iphone (also works on my Ipad) and the Android app on Google Play. Search for the #MyPlatinum hashtag on Instagram to see the fun photos others have already uploaded! I know I’m entering! Seriously, my appliances are straight from 1972! There is no Way they meet energy efficient standards……and although green appliances may be coming back into style, pretty sure these ones aren’t!

If all this wasn’t amazing enough; Cascade has partnered with Gail Simmons (I had to wickipiedia her, her name is a link) Top Chef judge and editor of Food+Wine magazine discusses why presentation is just as important as preparation! Because let’s face it food can taste great, but if it doesn’t Look appealing we can form an opinion before the food even hits our mouth! Watch inspiring and fun videos on the Cascade Youtube page! Most are under 1 minute and provide great information.
Well folks, that concludes my experience! Please feel free to share you thoughts below in the comments and stop by the Cascade Page for a great .50/1 coupon (that hopefully your grocery store will double to $1) on Platinum Pacs! 

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