Dishwasher detergents

Finish Powder
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About - Finish Powder

The Finish Powder is part of the dishwasher detergent test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, dishwasher detergent models like the Powder are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Liquids and powders generally pour easily; gels have a thicker consistency than liquids. Tablets are a dry, solid premeasured amount of detergent. Pacs have a dissolvable outer package containing a premeasured amount of liquid, gel, or powder. A dispenser product uses a cartridge that automatically dispenses a charge of detergent for 12 loads of dishes.

Size of package:
The package size in ounces for liquids or powders or count for tablets, tabs and packs.

Cleans dishes:
Gauges how well a detergent removed a caked-on puree of foods from glass dishes.
Features & Specs - Finish Powder
info Contains bleach Yes
info Contains enzymes Yes
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User Reviews - Finish Powder
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works well
Cleans dishes
Good On Glassware
reasonable price
Best Uses
Normal dishwashing
Contrary to CR's rating and other reviews, this product works better for me than any other dishwashing product I have tried, including the highly rated action packs.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Does not work
Blackend Pots Pans
Leaves Food On Dishes
Best Uses
This is a dramatically BAD product which the company obviously formulated and continues to sell knowing in advance that it no longer lived up to its previous reputation as an effective dishwashing cleaning agent. Quietly reformulated due to some regional requirements which created the lowest common denominator of dishwashing soap for all of us, they will tell you on the phone that they could not formulate the product for distribution to one area different than another, so we are all subjected to the delivery of an inferior low quality product (even though there are many examples of businesses that provide distribution of varied products by region). For a while they marketed an additive called Glass Magic which made the product work again, but they have now taken that off the market, and replaced it with a 'booster' which fundamentally fails to deliver. Black pots and pans, food pieces stuck on dishes and flatware – now, Finish dishwashing agents are just a worthless product. Do your research on the web, and steer clear of the consumer level product. If we stop buying inferior products, maybe they will be motivated to formulate a product that will work. And if some region want inferior products, then let them live with it. Stop buying this product until they formulate a product that works.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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