Dishwashing Remedies from P&G

I recently called Proctor & Gamble to complain about their Cascade dishwashing detergent.  Due to a change in formula, all my black hard plastic ladles and spatulas were turning blotchy white. Additionally, all my aluminum measuring spoons and a garlic press were turning black.

P&G listened to my complaint and made the following recommendations: hand wash these items, and/or switch to Cascade Complete Gel Packs for better results. Additionally, the sent me two (2) packages of Cascade Complete, and two (2) coupons for any Cascade dishwashing products — any size and any price. I figured this is approximately a $25 value. Not bad for a 5 minute phone call! Not only did they give me free products, but they also had solutions on how to restore my cookware.  I tried them and they really worked! For the plastic items — let soak in vinegar for several minutes (I let it soak for just under an hour). Then hand wash with dishwashing soap and a light duty scrubbing sponge to remove any vinegar residue. Vinegar is too acidic for the aluminum items. You can use a good aluminum polish/cleaner, such as Kleen King to restore your cookware.    If unavailable  you can try the following:  Boil 2-3 tablespoons cream of tarter in 1 quart of water in a pan for 15 minutes. Finally, scrub with a soap pad to remove the last bits of discoloration. Note:  You might think that the cream of tarter is the more economical way to go, but a 14 oz container of  Kleen King costs between $3 to $5.  A small 1.5 oz jar of cream of tarter could cost you around $8.  This is a big ouch for people on a retirement budget like us! After trying these cleaning tips, I’m happy to report that  my plastic and aluminum items are as good as new.

Advertisements

About Bob

Retirement Lifestyle, living well on less
This entry was posted in Frugal Strategies and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s