Friday, June 14, 2013

My Dishes and Glasses are Sparkling Again Thanks to Cascade Platinum Pacs #MyPlatinum #Sponsored

Disclosure:  I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade Platinum Pacs. I received collateral to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.


When I found out that I was pregnant with our first daughter, Savannah, the one big ticket item I put on my baby registry besides the crib and dresser, was a dishwasher.  Yes, you read that right...a dishwasher.  I grew up in a house with five people and we didn't have a dishwasher.  Instead, we took turns each night doing dish washing and drying duties as part of our chores for the week (and we also got allowance for this).  So, I had no idea how great having a dishwasher was until I moved out and into my first apartment. 

I was reluctant at first to use the dishwasher, as I didn't know how to use it, and didn't want to waste water.  But, after a few get togethers with family and friends and having to wash all the dishes after our meals, my best friend came into the kitchen and asked me why I wasn't using my dishwasher, as it would save me a lot of time and hassle trying to scrub the plates clean.  Feeling a little embarrassed, I told her I didn't know how to use a dishwasher.  She asked if I had any dishwashing liquid (as packet weren't available at this time).  I told her "No."  When she came over for our next weekly games night with dinner, she surprised me with a little basket filled with dishwasher products.  And, while the guys were busy watching the game, she gave me a quick crash course in how to use the dishwasher.  She told me about having to wash off the dishes first with water before placing them in the dishwasher, and showed me how to load the dishwashing, and where to put the utensils and knives.  Then, I set the dishwasher on the rinse and dry cycle, and waited to see the results of my first dishwashing experience. 

At the end of the night, when my friend and I were bringing the remaining dessert dishes into the kitchen, I saw the dishwasher was off.  I opened the door, and low and behold, all my dishes and cups were sparkling clean, without any spots.  I couldn't believe it.  What a beautiful sight.  Not only did I not have to scrub like crazy to get rid of stuck on food, but I could never get my glasses to sparkle and look brand new, like the dishwasher had got them.  I loved how I was able to get the dishes done, without physically having to spend in excess of an hour in the kitchen washing and drying them.  Instead, I just had to load the dishwasher, add the dishwashing liquid and push a few buttons.  Then, I could settle in the living room with family and friends, while the dishwasher did all the work. :-)

By the time my husband and I moved into our own home, we noticed that the dishwasher we had had a burnt out motor.  It would have cost more to repair the dishwasher, and so we added this to our wish list of items we needed/wanted for the house.  Because we had just bought this house, we didn't have extra money to go out and buy one.  Can you believe three years went by before I was finally able to replace my broken dishwasher?  My parents surprised me with a Whirlpool dishwasher as a baby shower gift, and had it installed while my husband and I were out crib shopping. 

When I arrived home that night and walked into the kitchen, I couldn't help but notice the new black dishwasher.  My eyes lit up, and I had a huge smile on my face.  I ended up ordering take out just so we would have dishes to wash. :-)  And, that night, after going 3 years without a dishwasher, I was finally able to cross this wish list item off our list.  I knew that when our daughter arrived that the dishwasher would come in handy for bottle washing, etc.  And, boy did it!  Then, we found out five months later that we were pregnant again.  I knew I would be getting good use of the dishwasher, as I would now how double the bottles and baby plates and utensils to wash. 

Three years after welcoming our first daughter, I can say that the best baby shower gift I received was my Whirlpool dishwasher.  It really did make my life easier, and take the headaches away when it came to washing and sterilizing bottles.  I loved being able to put a load of dishes and bottles in the dishwasher each night, and wake up in the morning to the dishes dried and ready to be put on the shelves, and a set of bottles sterilized and ready to be used.  How is that for convenience! :-)

It wasn't until Savannah arrived that I found out about dishwasher liquid pacs available for use with your dishwasher. Instead of having to use powder or sticking dishwashing liquids, you simply had to throw a pac in your dishwasher dispenser cup and close the door.  The pac would dissolve and release the dishwasher liquid inside.  I loved these pacs, as I didn't have to worry about messy spill cleanups, or find myself running out of product as I couldn't see the liquid levels through the dark bottles.

But, it took me until recently to finally find a dishwasher pac that stood up to tough stuck on food messes and really get my daughters' milk and juice bottles clean.  The pacs I had been using previously oftentimes would leave a film on my dishes, or soap inside the girls' bottles.  So, instead of relying on the dishwasher to wash and dry my dishes and bottles, I would find myself pre-rinsing or double washing my dishes.  Thanks to a recent sample of Cascade Platinum Pacs I was sent for review, I don't have to worry about  streaks or film appearing on my dishes and utensils after running them through a cycle.  And, no more soap in the bottles, which I loved most of all. 

New Cascade Platinum Pacs

"Cascade© Platinum Pacs achieve a top-tier clean so powerful that they even help keep your
dishwasher machine sparkling and deliver a variety of dish care benefits:

• Powers away tough, 24 hour stuck-on food
• Eliminates the need to pre-wash dishes
• Helps maintain the look of new machines and helps prevent additional hard-water build-up
• Delivers exceptional dishware shine"

After my first dishwashing load with the Cascade Platinum Pacs, I couldn't help but remember back to when I first used the dishwasher in my apartment, as my glasses and plates sparkled like I remembered.  I will not be going back to the other dishwashing pac brands I used and was disappointed with in the past.  Instead, I have started to stock on Cascade's Platinum Pacs, and love using my dishwasher again.

Have you noticed your current dishwashing detergent not performing to your standards?  Or, have you not tried dishwashing detergent pacs yet?  If you answered "Yes" to either of these questions, then you will want to make a point to add Cascade Platinum Pacs to your grocery list and pick up a bag the next time you are at the market. Once you try these handy and oh so powerful dishwashing detergent pacs, you will wonder how you ever lived without them.  Then, you will find yourself stocking up these pacs like I am.

I am not the only one who is loving Cascade.  Gail Simmons', one of the Top Chef judges and editor of "Food+Wine" magazine, has partnered with Cascade to discuss why presentation of food is just as important as preparation.  Gail recommends impressing with a Platinum Presentation:  "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 guest."   Learn more about Cascade's partnership with Gail Simmons by viewing videos like the one shown below, which are now available on the Cascade Facebook Page,, and the Cascade YouTube page:

--Cascade Platinum Contest--

Who wants to win a brand new Whirlpool dishwasher? Cascade is giving fans of the brand a chance to do just that with their new Instagram contest.  The Cascade “My Platinum” contest is a four week Instagram contest encouraging fans to upload photos related to the weekly contest themes.

Show off how sparkly Cascade makes all your pots, pans and plates!  Visit the contest landing page here:, for information on how to enter and submit images:

Not on Instagram?  Don't worry as this landing page will prompt new users to sign up for an Instagram accout if you are not a current user of the app.

Each week, two contestants will be selected to receive a brand new Whirlpool dishwasher.  Additionally, one lucky grand prize winner will receive a Platinum kitchen makeover!

To win, users have to both register and upload a photo with the #MyPlatinum hashtag and tag @MyCascade.  Participants that have not registered will be disqualified from winning.

Each week will have a 6-­day entry period where Instagram users can enter the contest with their #MyPlatinum Photo.  Cascade will choose two weekly winners and one final grand prize winner after the entry period has ended.

Please be sure to include both the #MyPlatinum hashtag and tag @MyCascade in your entries to the contest!

• Week 1: My Platinum Plate (Entry Period:  6/3-­‐6/9) --
Show us your best dish styled from the sparkling plate up!

• Week 2:  My Platinum Bite (Entry Period: 6/10-­‐6/16) --
Show us your best bite and most creative use of sparkling silverware!

• Week 3:  My Platinum Clink (Entry: 6/17-­‐6/23) --
Show us how you serve up creative concoctions in sparkling glasses. Cheers!

• Week 4: My Platinum Table (Entry Period: 6/24-­‐6/30) --
Show us your sparkling tablescape for your most special celebrations!

• Grand Prize Winner (Entry: 6/3-­‐6/30)

So, what are you waiting for?  Create an Instagram account and start sharing your photos for your chance to win a new Whirlpool dishwasher, or better yet, a Platinum kitchen makeover, in the Cascade “My Platinum” contest.  Learn more here:

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Cascade Family 
As of March 2013, Cascade©Platinum Pacs are available in Fresh and Lemon Burst scents at mass merchandisers, grocery and retailers nationwide. 

More information on the entire family of Cascade© products can be found at

All pricing, promotion, shelving and distribution are at the sole discretion of the retailer. 

The MSRP for:

• Cascade© Platinum 14 ct: $4.29
• Cascade© Platinum 23 ct: $6.69
• Cascade© Platinum 43 ct: $12.49

Cascade© Family of Products: 

The Cascade© family of products also includes:

• Cascade© Complete© Pacs
• Cascade © ActionPacs™ with Dawn® Grease Fighting Power
• Cascade© with the scent of Gain® ActionPacs™
• Cascade © ActionPacs™ Destinations: Mediterranean Lavender and Thai Dragon Fruit scents

Disclosure:  I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade Platinum Pacs. I received collateral to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.


  1. Thanks for the heads up!! sounds like a great product, and nice contest!

  2. thanks for sharing this new product...this sounds great thanks...I dont do instagram but will pass it along to family and friends that do thanks...

  3. I have tried Cascade Platinum Pacs. They work well and I like that it keeps our machine clean also. I am glad when I find a great dishwashing tablet.
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