My wife likes free stuff.
No, that's weak. Let's be honest and accurate: free stuff enamors my wife. She's always looking for a deal where she get something for free. She also likes discounts and good buys. Used clothing and books from stores offering them are her preferred purchasing venues.
I don't mind used stuff but I'm leery of 'free' stuff. I'm a suspicious, cynical American. I don't think there's anything 'free'. There's always a cost.
But that doesn't dissuade my wife. She signed up to receive some free samples online. One of those was a dishwashing detergent.
See, although our new home, built in 2006, arrived with a new dishwasher, we've never been pleased with the results produced. It's an upper midrange Maytag, yet the dishes came out looking like they still needed washed.
We tried different soaps. Nothing changed. Dishwasher, we concluded, mulling buying a new one.
The detergent samples arrived the week of Thanksgiving. We tried one right away.
How many ways can I write wow?
The poor wash results had driven us into several behaviors. One, we often washed our dishes as soon as we used them, set them out to drive on a pad on the counter, and then re-using them. Two, we washed everything before putting them into dishwasher to be washed. That simply infuriated me. What was the point of the dishwasher?
So the first wash was under our 'normal' system of pre-washing. Everything came out clean. The glasses and flatware looked better than it had in years, going back to our previous addresses and machines.
Okay, let's see how good this stuff really is.
We washed nothing off before putting it into the dishwasher. This went against years of conditioning. It was hard. I believed it would end in tears.
But it didn't. Everything came out clean, sparkling and shiny.
We were convinced. Costco sold the product, Finish Ultra, so we bought it. The results, if anything, are better.
We figure from this, we've ended up saving money, water and time. We no longer pre-wash stuff or even rinse it like we were doing.
The cleaner dishes eliminates one of those little barbs that adds stress and disappointment in modern living. We also realized that we're now only running the dishwasher once a week versus twice as we had been with that other brand.
So Finish Ultra: for cleaner dishes and a happier life.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com