DISHWASHER MILESTONE

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Sometime in the late summer or early fall of 2009, I bought some Electrasol dishwasher tablets because I had my new apartment and would be using a dishwasher for the first time. I bought 100 tablets from a discount supermarket chain. After the novelty of having a dishwasher wore off, I did not use it very often at all. I would find that it didn’t make sense to use a single tablet for just a few dishes and cutlery, so I would just hand wash my stuff. For it to be economical, I’d have to wait for several days worth of dishes to accumulate before using the dishwasher was a good idea. Often, I couldn’t stand having dirty dishes just sit there that long, so it would be just hand washed. At times, more than a month would go by between me turning on the dishwasher. Sometimes I’d use it just to make sure none of the motors would get rusty.

In the last year or so, I’ve used my dishwasher more often. I must be either getting lazy or just making a much larger mess in a short amount of time. Last week, I reached a milestone, as I used up the last detergent tab from that purchase in 2009. One hundred dishwasher loads cleaned in my apartment. It took very close to four years to reach that. It took so long that the company changed the name of the detergent while I was going through the 100 tablets. Electrasol is now called Finish for some reason.

Forging ahead, I bought 110 new tablets from Cascade last week. I didn’t change companies because I was unhappy with Electrasol, it’s just that Cascade was on sale and it was a great deal. The Cascade tablets are even easier to use. The Electrasol tablets were packaged in plastic packaging that you had to remove before plopping it into your dishwasher. The Cascade ones have a water-soluble shell that keeps all the stuff together until the water melts it away during the wash cycle.

And that’s your post about dishwasher tablets.

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