Cascade Detergent Review - ActionPacs With Fresh Scent And Dawn
Jill has provided her Cascade detergent review, of the ActionPacs with Dawn, in the Fresh Scent.
I prefer to use dishwasher pacs for cleaning my dishes in the dishwasher because they are easy to load into the detergent dispenser and it's much less messy.
I like to use the Cascade ActionPacs because they get the job done. My dishes come out clean and streak-free.
The combination of the Cascade ActionPacs and rinse aid make my dishes sparkle. The ActionPacs do the same job the Cascade powder does, only with less of a hassle and less of a mess. For example, I do not have to worry about dropping dishwasher detergent on the floor and immediately having to clean it up.
The pacs also take up less room in my cabinets which is great because my cabinet space is so limited.
Finally, I do not have to worry about measuring the amount of powder that goes into the dishwasher when I use the pacs.
The ActionPacs are compact and have a very nice, clean, crisp scent. It also has Dawn which fights through the grease. I do not have to worry about having to re-wash the dishes with them, because they clean the dishes thoroughly.
I enjoy any product that is easy to use and that works well. Cascade ActionPacs do that. All in all I would not use another product.
Thanks Jill for your Cascade detergent review.
You sound like you really enjoy using this product, and I can understand why the pacs are so much more convenient.
However, read on below for even more reviews of Cascade's dishwasher detergent packs, in many different varieties and scents, because some people have experienced some problems with them.
I do want to note, however, that these problems with detergent packs are not limited to the Cascade brand. For example, another reviewer has also reported that Finish dishwasher gelpacs leak and break easily too. Therefore, this may be an issue with the design of this type of product, instead of something specific to the Cascade brand.
Some of the reviews below actually provide some tips for minimizing the problems with these pacs, so read so that if you choose to use them you can handle them properly for less breaking, spilling and mess.
Cascade ActionPacs Versus Finish Powerball Tabs: Which Is Better?
by SR101 Reader
Two of the major brands of dishwasher detergent available in pac form include Cascade and Finish. As I've learned from reviews from others, people HATE the Finish gelpacs, but people LOVE Finish power ball tabs. What I wanted to know was how the Powerball variety stacked up to the industry leader - Cascade. Here's an opinion from a reader sharing what she thinks on the subject.
SR101 Reader says:
I have been increasingly unhappy with the results of the Cascade Action Pacs - yes, convenient, not messy -- the problem was they were also NOT WORKING.
I thought my dishwasher was just telling me to buy a new one ... instead I thought I would switch back to the Finish product, but the integrated Powerball, rather than the earlier version.
The result was impressive - dishwasher performance was excellent, the result, on glasses, on egg (on dishes), was what I had come to expect.
Cascade Action Pacs aren't up to the same standard.
Has anyone else done any comparisons of these two products and want to share their opinion and comparisons between them? If so, I'd love to hear from you. You can share your own review here.
Cascade Detergent Problems With Action Packs With Dawn
Lynne shared her Cascade detergent problems with the Action Packs containing Dawn.
I had a great coupon, which when combined with a sale made the Cascade action packs cheaper than the Cascade powder that I usually buy.
Even though this was cheap, it wasn't worth it.
The bag said "tear here" to open, and when I did, the side of the bag ripped and out came the packs.
They don't really smell that great (I bought the Fresh Scent), but I wasn't worried since it's dishes, not clothes I would be washing.
These action packs are sticky and get all over your hands (at least these did) so you have to wash your hands after you touch them.
I have an older dishwasher, and they had to be placed in a certain position to get them to fit in the little compartment.
All of this, plus they didn't really clean the dishes as well as the good old powder.
I mentioned this to my mom, who recommended using two of these packs, one in the pre-wash and one in the regular wash compartment. Still didn't work - but I kept doing it as the bag was used up faster! I really wanted to get back to my powder.
I prefer powder, as it is trustworthy and less messy than either dishwasher gels or packs.
Thanks Lynne for sharing your Cascade detergent problems with the action packs. As you can see from the other reviews on this page other people have had this problem too, although some of them didn't stop using them because of this.
That is, of course, why they make several different kinds of dishwasher detergent though, because people have different preferences for what to use.
Cascade Action Pack Review - Citrus Scent Plus Tips For Use
Peggy has shared her Cascade Action Pack review, of the citrus scent, plus some tips for handling these fragile packs.
I prefer dishwasher packs because they dissolve properly. The powder doesn't always dissolve properly and the gel clogs the dishwasher.
I use Cascade Action Packs for my dishwasher, in the citrus scent. It smells really fresh. These tablets are encased in a dissolving plastic covering and have a liquid on the top layer.
I have not had any issues with this design in the dishwasher. It dissolves the way that it should. In addition, it cleans the dishes effectively.
However, it is important to note that these packs are quite fragile. The bag that they come in was left open on the counter next to my sink and somehow a small amount of water got inside. This caused some of the packs to stick together. Others had small holes in them and leaked into the bag. It was a mess. Now, I'm careful to reseal the package and put it away after each use now.
Other than that little mishap, I have no other complaints about this product. It has performed really well for our dishwasher.
It is reasonably priced, and Cascade also offers coupons for this product in your newspaper circular quite regularly.
Cascade Action Packs - Why Are They Banned From My Apartment Complex?
by Kathy B
I received this question about Cascade Action Packs from Kathy.
I recently moved from a home to an apartment, and they ban the use of Cascade action packs in the diswasher. They said they harm the diswasher.
I haven't heard of this before. Is this true because I also have a beach house and use them there?
I can't say for sure why your apartment complex has banned them, but my guess is because the building manager may have had some trouble with them in the past.
As great as dishwasher detergent pacs are for convenience there are some problems, sometimes, with them not dissolving properly in the dishwasher and clogging up either the dishwasher itself or the drains from the dishwasher.
I'm a dishwasher powder girl myself, so I don't really use the packs much in my dishwasher except when I'm testing them for a review for this site. I am always afraid they won't dissolve though based on the stories I've received.
I would be curious to learn if others have come across these blanket bans of this or other cleaning products within their apartment complexes. If so, what products have you been banned from using, and why? You can share your experiences here.
Cascade All In 1 Complete Lemon Burst Actionpacs Review
I have a pretty large household of 7 people in total. We run through a lot of dishes, as you can imagine, so I run my dishwasher 1 or 2 times daily.
I have been using Cascade All In 1 Complete dish washing detergent for over a year now. Before using these little gel packs my dishes were left with grime on them and were still dirty. Not anymore, thanks to Cascade Complete.
I can leave caked on dishes in my sink for a couple of days, not rinse them at all, then put them in the dishwasher, and voila! They come out clean, clear, and glistening!
The best part is they are such a great value! I can get a two pound tub of them for under $12 at Wal-mart that will last me weeks, even with my frequent use.
Also, another great thing about Cascade Complete Lemon Burst is they don't smell all soapy like other detergents. Instead, they smell like fresh squeezed lemonade and I get a whiff of it every time I open my cabinets.
This is a great dishwasher detergent. I would definitely recommend it to everyone, it gets the job done well, every time.
Thanks Maddy for your Cascade detergent action packs review.
Cascade Complete Detergent Pacs Review And Tips For Use
Anita has shared her helpful tips to try to avoid breaking, leaking or stuck together pacs of detergent.
Cascade's detergent pacs are my favorite dishwasher soap.
I buy the 20 pac bags, although they are also available in a large container of 60 pacs I believe. It is frankly a better deal to buy a smaller amount at a time because they will not collect moisture while in storage.
The Cascade Complete pacs are easy to use and not messy. They dissolve well in the wash cycle. There are no messes in the dishwasher from spills.
I have also not experienced any film left on the dishes from them, and it has not caused any harm to any of the dishes.
I do prefer to use the gel pacs rather than the completely solid dishwasher pacs as the latter tend not to dissolve during the wash cycle.
I used to store my pacs under the sink, but it is typically warm under the sink, especially while the dishwasher is operating. In addition, it can get moist under there. Therefore, I've moved where I store them.
You must be careful to keep the pacs cool and dry. Make sure not to get any moisture inside the bag. If water or moisture does gather, or they get too warm the pacs melt together and make a big mess.
Thanks Anita for your review.
I also appreciate your helpful hints for how you've learned how to deal with the pacs to lessen the chance of them leaking or sticking together.
Does anyone else have any tips for using dishwasher packs properly, for as little mess as possible, so they stay a convenient alternative?
In addition, I recognize not everyone loves the packs of detergent, but instead some people prefer powdered or gel detergents for use in their dishwasher. Which kind do you prefer?
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