Mommybloggers. All we do is clean, clean, clean all day long. In our pearls, of course. I just love doing dishes which is why I accepted this free full-size sample of Cascade Complete. And not just that, a free sample of Cascade to try head-to-head against their competitor, Electrasol. Yes, I accepted two full-size bottles of dishwasher detergent because I cheap and not very brand-loyal and now I won't have to buy dishwasher detergent for at least two months. Smart me.
Cascade is the brand that I grew up using. It's what my mom bought and as we've already established, she's the most brand-loyal consumer on the planet. Electrasol is the brand I most often buy. Why? Because it's cheaper.
How did they do against each other?
I washed two loads of typically dirty dishes, an assortment of plates, glasses, flatware, and my All-Clad stainless steel pots and pans which I love because they are dishwasher safe. I am trying not to rinse my dishes these days—I scrape into the garbage instead of pre-rinsing in order to conserve water—so my dishes usually go into the dishwasher somewhat gunky. Cascade Complete is meant to be used without prewashing.
Both detergents got the dishes clean, but I felt Cascade did a better job of removing the peanut butter off the butter knives and the glasses definitely were shinier and sparklier. It's that "sheeting action" I remember so well from the commercials of my youth.
What I like about it: Cascade made the glasses sparkle and was better at removing stuck on food. It did what it said it would do. I also like that it comes with a child-proof cap. (Electrasol does not and dishwasher detergent is poisonous.)
What I didn't: It is more expensive than Electrasol so despite the fact that it cleans better, I'll probably stick to using the Electrasol. I'll buy the Cascade when it's on sale.
Cost to you: around $6.00 for 75 ounces
Cost to me: Free