Monday, June 24, 2013

How Cascade Platinum Makes my Life Easier

Summertime is the time of staying up late to catch firefliess and sleeping in the next day.  Its the time of swimming, lounging in the sun with a good book and catching up on all those movies you've wanted to watch all year.  Summer means barbecues, grilled veggies and fresh garden treats.

It also means more laundry, more messes and more dishes.

Yup, with all that fun comes a whole bunch of extra work for a mom.  We go from eating 2 meals at home to eating 3 here every day.  That means 3 more plates, cups and silverware to wash each day (Tim still eats his lunches away at work every day).  Plus there are added snacks which generate even more dishes to clean.  Needless to say, our dishwasher fills up a lot more often in the summertime.  We go from running it every 2-3 days during the school year to running it every day in the summer.

So when Mom Central Consulting asked for bloggers willing to try out a new dishwasher soap, I jumped on the chance.  Free dishwashing packets in exchange for an honest review?  Yes, please.  Sign me up.  Just so we're all clear:  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.  All opinions are my own.

During those long, leisurely summer days,  I want to go have fun with the rest of the family and do the least amount of work possible on dishes.  That's where Cascade Platinum Pacs come in.  I have used Cascade in my dishwasher for years.  More recently, I have used Cascade dishwashing packets to make running the dishwasher so quick and easy.

So when I heard there was a new kind of Cascade Pacs that used triple cleaning action, eliminating the need to pre-wash dishes and leaving them super shiny, I was ready to jump right in and try them.  Cascade Platinum Pacs offer more than my previous Cascade variety by preventing hard water buildup on both the dishes and on my dishwasher walls.  East Tennessee is known for its hard water so anything to help out with hard water stains is a plus in my book.

Let's run through a typical day in our crazy household.  The kids get up first and are hungry.  So we all use plate #1 for our breakfast and maybe, bowl #1, because we can't have anything touch, you know.  Then it's time to run around and play until midmorning when, once again the natives are hungry.  So it's bowl #2 for each for snack time.  After some screen time, I tear them away for lunch - plate #2 for each and bowl #3 (fruit can't be anywhere near our sandwich or the juice might touch it so we must use extra dishes to prevent this horrible situation).  Are you getting the idea?  By bedtime, our dishwasher is full of dishes that look like this:


Does anybody rinse these babies off?  Uh, no, not usually.  They just get thrown in like they are.



Then it's time for the magic, that colorful little Cascade Platinum Pac just gets slipped in the dispenser and closed and...



Voila!  Sparkling clean, shiny dishes!

I love how quick and easy it is to use Cascade Platinum Pacs.  I love that I can be as lazy as I want and just stick those dishes in without prewashing them.  I love that Cascade Platinum helps prevent that hard-water film build-up that so common around here.  And I love how clean and shiny all my dishes look after I've used Cascade Platinum.

Since people eat with their eyes as much as with their mouths (just ask my son, who refused to eat a perfectly good meal because "it looked yucky"), food critic, Gail Simmons has partnered with Cascade to show just how important presentation is.  Gail states, "The easiest recipes pop with unexpected, gourmet presentations.  Drizzle bright sauces on sparkling white plates or layer desserts in crystal-clean glassware.  Keep your presentation sparkling with Cascade Platinum, which keeps dishes perfect for anytime entertaining and impromptu guests."  Visit the Cascade YouTube page for more advice from Gail.

Here are some things to know:
  • You can buy Cascade Platinum Pacs in both Fresh scent and Lemon Burst scent.
  • You can connect with Cascade on Facebook or on Instagram at #MyPlatinum.
  • You can enter the Cascade "My Platinum" contest on Instagram where each week two contestants will be selected to receive a brand new Whirlpool dishwasher!  One lucky grand prize winner will receive a Platinum kitchen makeover!  Check out all the details here.  (Hurry, the contest ends on June 30.)
  • Visit the Cascade YouTube page for more information about their partnership with Gail Simmons
Hope your summer is long, leisurely and full of easy dishwashing.

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