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Finish Powerball Tabs Dishwasher Detergent Tablets, Fresh Scent, 60 Count
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2013
Leaves a white residue on stainless flatwear. Utensils have to be cleaned by hand afterward; the white stuff can't just be rinsed off. Otherwise, does a good job.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 9, 2014
I accidentally purchased this when I had meant to buy our usual product, which is the Finish Quantum. Since I ordered it anyway, I went ahead and used it, thinking it would be just as good. It is SO NOT. We have a pretty new dishwasher (a bosch) that is specifically design to take tabs like these, and when used with the Quantum tabs, I've been delighted with the results; I lightly scrape but do not rinse or pre-wash the dishes, and all but the toughest baked on stuff comes out clean. Not so with these Powerball tabs. I have to scrape more carefully, and presoak anything challenging.

Three stars because it is still better than liquid or powder detergents I've tried in prior dishwashers...but I don't know how much of that is my dishwasher being awesome, or these tabs being pretty good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2014
I used to use the Cascade "Complete" Actionpacs, which almost never left residue or leftover food on my dishes. I recently purchased the Finish powerball tabs and the difference in quality is extremely noticable. After a regular dishwashing cycle, not only is there some food/grease/etc left on dishes, but NEW food crud seems to appear on nearly-clean things (e.g. glasses that just had water come out of diswasher with little food crumbs caked on them). No idea how this happens, but really disappointed and planning to just ditch the whole pack of Finish tabs and go back to buying Cascase only.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2013
I use Finish because it's inexpensive and this time I accidentally ordered the Fresh Scent and when I opened my dishwasher it was like a hundred floral candles exploded in my nose. I'm not going to return the box because it would cost too much time/trouble to send it back, but I will be putting these out on the curb, hoping someone takes them away. To be fair, I am one of those folks who hates fake scents and air fresheners so maybe my strong reaction isn't typical. But at any rate, here's fair warning. Try and skip the Fresh Scent if you can. Clean dishes are fresh enough all on their own, thanks.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2011
I've been using this stuff for 11 years. It was originally Electrosol, which was a really fine product. In fact it was the only automatic dishwasher detergent on the market that wouldn't stain aluminum in the washer. Then it turned into Finish and the formula was changed, near as I can tell at least twice. Now it hardly gets my dishes clean even when I use an additional tab for prewash. Next time I'm buying something else.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2014
got these through the subscribe and save after the finish gel packs were no longer offered.

big disappointment. left residue on dishes and glasses where previously there was none.

I will find a better product and/or be forced to go the a grocery store instead of Amazon.

too bad.
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on October 9, 2014
I bought two boxes when they were on sale, partially due to the consumer reports review, but also due to many positive reviews here. We were previously using cascade complete liquid and some jet-dry rinse agent which we found worked great - squeaky clean dishes and very little in terms of stubborn foods that the combination couldn't handle. I guess I figured perhaps these tablets could be better somehow, plus the idea of a tablet seemed more convenient (they are, I think).

To set the stage, we have a highly rated 1 year old top of the line maytag dishwasher, and our hot water heater is directly below the dishwasher in the basement, so hot water (measured at 125*F) flows to it very very soon after the valve opens. Our city water is definitely on the harder side, but not terribly hard.

Nearly every single wash with these tablets, and we've tried probably 30+ loads, come out with a white chaulky substance on at least 25% of the load, particularly noticeable on clear glasses and silverware. These tabs do a great job of removing all food particles and getting the dishes "clean" in that sense, even on stubborn foods, however, with the chaulky white substance on there, they aren't really clean, and need to be washed again before use, either by hand or by rolling the dice with a new tablet in the dishwasher. We've tried every setting on the dishwasher, including the most powerful settings with steam, and the results are the same. There aren't any chunks of tablet leftover that I've seen -- it does all seem to dissolve -- it's just the chaulky white substance on the dishes that apparently doesn't rinse off very well. The white substance is fairly hard to remove (it's not the type that can just be brushed off easily with a light pass with a towel), though this could be due to the drying cycle sort of "setting" the white powder onto the dishes. I should mention I even have the jet-dry reservoir filled on the dishwasher, which I would have thought would help rinse the dishes that much better.

We are now at the point that we are going to throw out the remainder of the tabs (box and a half of the big size box) and try something else. I think I'll try the Finish Quantum as I've seen a couple reviews which had the same trouble with these that I've had, but they seemed to have better luck with the Quantums. I like the idea of a tablet, but I do not like the results of these tablets.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2015
Sorry - I'm not a fan of finish. It takes 2x as much to do the same as other products. It doesn't save me any money in the long run so I'll use up what I have and that is it for me. Sorry finish - I tried but you didn't clean my dishes! Blah!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2014
Bought these locally not through Amazon. Yes it looks like a good buy but they do not clean nearly as well as cascade. I'll never buy them again. It's not a good buy if it does not clean as well and you have to wash things twice or by hand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2014
Maybe it's just my dishwasher but these seem to INCREASE redepositing and always leave a gritty film on my dishes. The first wash is OK but after 2-3 loads NOTHING comes clean. Cascade Platinum is far better.
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