Finish Orange Gelpacs Leave A Bad Smell And Don't Dissolve Well

by SR101 Reader

I received this Finish gelpacs review, in the orange scent, from an reader.

SR101 Reader says:

I've used Finish dishwashing packs before with great results and decided to try the gel packs - the extra packaging of the other version irritated me, so I hoped the gel packs would be the answer.


After the very first one, I noticed a horrible smell in my dishwasher. My 9yo daughter called it 'rotten soap' smell. It's the gel packs. They don't dissolve completely and the smell is very strong, a plastic-y soap smell.

The box says 'orange scent' but that's not what we've encountered.

Taylor says:

Thanks for your review of the orange scented version of this product.

I keep being surprised that I keep getting negative reviews of this product, but I guess by now I shouldn't be. It just amazes me that every thing I've heard about these gel pacs is negative (at least so far).

I would love to hear other people's reviews and opinions of this product, since it appears to be an issue with the gel pacs alone, and not all Finish dishwashing products.

You can share your dishwasher detergents review here, for this or any other brand, telling me what you like or dislike about it, and why. You can also read other reviews which have already been submitted.



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Orange Scented Finish Gel Packs Have A Horrible Smell

by SR101 Reader

I received this comment from an SR101 reader, which happens to be pretty similar to another experience I had already published about the smell of the Orange scented Finish Gel Packs dishwasher detergent.

SR101 Reader says:

I accidentally bought the "orange" scented Finish gelpacks. They don't smell at all like orange unless orange smells like extremely cheap chemically perfume. Horrible.

The smell has lingered in most of my plastics and seems like it won't come out of the washer itself.

I wrote the company with my complaint, and they chalked it up to "personal preference". I don't think anyone prefers for their dishes to smell overwhelmingly like chemical perfume.

Taylor says:

Thanks for sharing your experience. I have to say, this is very similar to another reader who has a similar opinion of the orange scent (see above).

I would be interested to know what other people think of this scent, if you've used it. In addition, what would be a good alternative to using this detergent, in people's opinion, since this one seems to be pretty low on everyone's opinion list. You can share your own review and recommendation here, or read reviews of other brands and varieties of dishwasher detergent that have already been submitted.

***Update: This odor issue seems to be quite common, unfortunately, especially for the orange scented gel pacs. Another SR101 reader wrote in to share the following with me:
I'm having the rotten garlic smell issues too. I thought it was my imagination until my sister said to me "I know this is weird but those gel packs you gave me made my dishes smell like rotten garlic". So then I knew I wasn't crazy...what's up with this?
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Strange Odor
by: Brett

Definitely leaves a strange odor in the dishwasher and the dishes. We have used 4 in the box of 25 so far, and I don't think we can make it through the box.

Bad smell
by: Anonymous

Yes! I bought these and ended up clearing my drains and all the filters in the dishwasher before I figured out it was the orange gel packs. As soon as I went back to my old dishwasher detergent the smell disappeared.

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