Let’s get the disclosure up front. Like most people, I avoid doing the dishes and put as much as I can into the dishwasher. But sometimes doing the dishes is unavoidable. When I was selected to review Palmolive Dishwashing liquids, I had to stop and think – what do I actually look for in a dishwashing liquid? This is what I came up with:
- Good suds that last (with only a small amount of liquid)
- Sparkly clean dishes with as little effort as possible – maybe an impossible dream.
- I get dermatitis on my wrist, so I want something that doesn’t irritate my skin.
- Finally, a nice fragrance makes a rotten job more pleasant, but nothing too overpowering.
I’m reviewing the Pomegranate and Anti-bacterial liquids from the Palmolive Ultra Dishwashing Liquid range. I left this saucepan (caked in pesto sauce, which clogs my dishwasher filter) and frypan (from chicken satay skewers) overnight. All in the interest of this review of course – not from poor housekeeping .
I got my water running nice and hot, then put in the plug and added the tiniest squirt of the anti-bacterial liquid. I was expecting to have to add a bit more to get some good suds, but I ended up with this:
A lovely big mountain of suds, and a subtle lemon fragrance. The pesto pot went into the suds. I’d normally soak this pot for a while, but I got in there straight away, and was surprised how quickly it cleaned up. The pesto is oily and normally kills my suds, but I was left with this:
The not-so-non-stick frypan went in and once again, I got stuck straight in with about 10 seconds soak. It wiped clean easily – no scrubbing or scratching with my fingernails. And the water looked like this:
Some of the suds survived, but the water underneath was disgusting brown.
The anti-bacterial liquid claims to fight bacteria in your sponge for at least 24 hours. I’m not usually a fan of anti-bacterial products but kitchen sponges are one area where I don’t mind using it.
I had one more test: cleaning my Thermomix. I made a batch of butter and then Anzac biscuits, leaving a greasy film over the bowl and as well as dough bits:
I half-filled the bowl of water and added a squirt of Pomegranate liquid and gave it a whiz for 10 seconds on maximum speed. (This also works well for blenders.)
I usually scrub with a brush before tipping out the water, but thought I’d see how it looked just with the clean. There was a few flecks of dough on one side and small build up on the centre under the blade, but it easily wiped away and all the buttery-grease was gone.
The fragrance was a little sweet for my liking – it felt a bathroom smell, not a kitchen smell, but it wasn’t unpleasant.
I didn’t spend a huge amount of time with my hands in the suds, but my dermatitis was slightly itchy but not irritated.
So overall, the Palmolive Ultra Dishwashing Liquid surprised me with how well it did the job. The RRP is $4.99 for a 750ml bottle.
Would you like to try the Palmolive Ultra Dishwashing
Liquid in Pomegranate and Anti-bacterial? I have three packs to giveaway (to Australian addresses only – sorry!). To win, tell me in the comments what meal you dread washing up. The three comments that get the best reaction from me (horror, laughter, sympathy or otherwise, as judged by me) will receive the packs.
Competition closes Monday 28th January, 2013 at 6pm Australian Western Standard Time. Winners will be notified by email (please ensure your email address is linked to your profile or included in your comment).
Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this review, and an administration fee from Digital Parents Collective to host the giveaway. As always, all opinions expressed are purely my own.
Edited to add: The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Mum-me, Kim M and Mary P. Thanks all for entering!