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What Makes Cascade Work

This is a partnered post. As always, all opinions are my own. Find out what makes Cascade work in an easy to understand way.

I look at my life and realize just how privileged I am. Not in like a I’m rich or I’m special kind of way (’cause I’m definitely not either of those), but that I live in a time of such extraordinary technology. My Granny tells me stories of her childhood growing up on a farm where they only ate what their land or animals provided. They hand washed clothes with a washboard and pail of water. They lined-dried all their clothes. They hand washed all the dishes.

And here I am living in the 2000’s with all the latest technology in my home, never living without a dishwasher, and never knowing what it’s like to have to line-dry our clothes.

Regardless of the amount of money in our accounts, or the size of the home we live in, or the make and model of our vehicles, I know I’m privileged to live in such a time as this.

But did you know that the first dishwasher was created by a woman in 1886?

True story, y’all. But it wasn’t until the 1950’s when dishwashers were affordable enough to start making their way into American homes. And so in 1955, Cascade introduced their first detergent for automatic dishwashers.

With a big family, we need a dish detergent that works as hard as we do. Find out what makes Cascade work in an easy to understand way.

I imagine women across the country were excited for this new way to wash dishes!

In 1986 Cascade introduced their first liquid detergent and in 2003 introduced their first Action Pacs, which is now the largest seller.

I Want Clean Dishes!

There are several factors that come in to play in determining the success of any given load of dishes that go through your dishwasher. The short answer is the detergent, the dishwasher, and YOU all contribute to the success of the load!

Key condition-related factors for cleaning and shine are:

  • Time (longer is better)
  • Temperature (higher is better)
  • Hardness (less is better)

While working with Cascade, I’ve learned that a lot of us complicate the process more than it needs to be. It can be as simple as clearing the table, getting off the big chunks, placing the dishes in the dishwasher correctly, running the dishwasher, and putting the dishes away.

But I’m guessing your routine probably more resembles clearing the table, sorting dishes, soaking, scrubbing, or rinsing dishes, loading dishes, running the dishwasher, inspecting the dishes, wiping or redoing dishes with spots, and putting away.

So what is the difference in the two examples?

Us! Dishwashers and dish detergents are designed to work with minimal human involvement. That means that by soaking or pre-rinsing dishes before putting them into the dishwasher, we are actually negatively affecting the success of each load.

Newer dishwashers are made to be able to “see” how dirty the water is in the dishwasher. If the water is not dirty because you’ve already soaked and pre-rinsed all the dishes, the dishwasher will not perform to its full ability. By just removing the large chunks of food, you are allowing the dishwasher to work the way it was designed to work giving you clean, sparkling dishes, if you use Cascade, of course!

With a big family, we need a dish detergent that works as hard as we do. Find out what makes Cascade work in an easy to understand way.

So, What Makes Cascade Work?

In order to clean a dish you need…

  • Chelants: Think of chelants like a strong octopus wrapping its tentacles around the calcium ions in your dishwasher. While calcium is good for your bones, it’s like kryptonite to your dishwasher. No one has a stronger chelant than Cascade. Because of patents that were filed and tests that were done, we know that competitors are using a chelant that is 8x weaker than the one Cascade uses. Try fighting calcium with a 1 armed octopus!
  • Surfactant: Think of surfactants like a school of fish working in your dishwasher, jetting through the water to the dirty dish surface, trapping little balls of grease and locking it in a soluble formation so that it can easily go down the drain and not redeposit on your dishes. Surfactants also flatten water spots, so that water sheets off your glasses for a beautiful, virtually spotless finish.
  • Enzymes: Cascade contains two enzymes; an amylase for sticky starches like potatoes, rice, gravy, and a protease for problem proteins like eggs, meat, and cheese. Enzymes are a tough food’s worst nightmare. Think of enzymes like a wrecking crew, attacking those tough foods at specific points and breaking big foods into tiny pieces. They are able to lock on to tough soils the way a puzzle piece fits into the right spot. They are very specific in the way they work, so you only need a little to get a big benefit.
  • Polymers: With all the wrecking and demolition done by the enzymes, polymers act as the big, bulky clean up crew that comes in and sweeps through the water picking up whatever they find. When you have a good chelant like Cascade does, the polymer will find the little bits of food that the enzymes have broken apart and take them down the drain. If the dish detergent doesn’t have a good chelant, you’ll likely be left with an insoluble film on your dishes.
  • Bleach: Lastly, the bleach works to decolorize all stains left behind by food and drinks. Cascade pacs use an oxygen bleach that produces peroxide. The formation of peroxide is a SLOW snail-like reaction, so Cascade has a catalyst that turns slow moving peroxide snails into super speedy peroxide snails. These super speedy snails are strong enough to fight the tough tea and coffee stains that can leave consumers frustrated.

What makes Cascade work is each of these ingredients working together seamlessly to give the consumer clean, sparkling dishes each and every time.

With five people in our home we run our dishwasher at least every other day but most days it’s daily. Since the kids and I are home every day we go through a lot of dishes. It’s important that our dishes come out clean the first time around. I don’t any extra time to spend on dishes so it’s a high priority that we use a detergent that works as hard as we do.

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9 thoughts on “What Makes Cascade Work”

  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says:

    I love Cascade. I actually remember a lot of those old boxes. My grandmother used to use that stuff all the time.

  2. Colleen Lanin says:

    Cascade is great stuff. I’ve tried a lot of different dishwasher detergents, and none of them have ever worked as well as Cascade.

  3. Pam says:

    I use Cascade. It really does seem to work better than the other dish detergents that I have tried in the past.

  4. Meagan says:

    This is so interesting. I will have to remember this when I get a new dishwasher.

  5. Theresa says:

    Well, I had no idea I was negatively impacting how my dishwasher works. I am a soaker and scrubber before loading. I’ll have to stop doing that. I do love Cascade. It never leaves spots on my dishes!

  6. Janell Poulette says:

    I couldn’t live without my dishwasher. We run it about once a day as well, at lease. I always use Cascade, its my go-to because it always get the job done right,

  7. Toni | Boulder Locavore says:

    This is a great read! I love Cascade but I didn’t know about these facts. Thanks for sharing this!

  8. Ourfamilyworld says:

    This is so useful! Cascade is better than other detergent cascade really helps you to your dishwasher. It’s really good ideas.

  9. Jeanine says:

    When we had a dishwasher we swore by Cascade. It truly left our dishes sparkly clean!

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