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Chores are a lot of peoples least favourite part of the day.
Although we all relish the feeling of relaxing in a spotless home after a long day, the process of getting said clean house isn’t always the most enjoyable.
Make it easier for yourself by choosing the right products - for example, your dishwashing product.
Dishes are the type of household chore anomaly that never seems to be completed, no matter how many times you wash and dry them.
Don’t pull your hair out using dishwashing tablets that leave soap scum and food remnants after an entire cycle.
We've helped you pick the perfect product for your bathroom and shower before, and we're here to save the day again.
CHOICE, the leading consumer advocacy group in Australia, have done the hard yards of finding the best dishwasher products for us.
They tested 27 different brands and products to find the worthiest tablet or powder.
“CHOICE’s experts have over 30 years of experience in dishwashers, so we know exactly what to test for when it comes to finding the best dishwasher detergent for you,” says CHOICE expert Ashley Iredale
They tested the following brands against a test of prestained plates from egg yolk, cheese, red wine, meat and coffee (yum).
Our favourite discount supermarket wins the top spot with an overall consumer rating of 78%.
The budget tablets outperformed their costlier counterparts.
“The Aldi tablets that received first place were actually one of the cheapest detergents in our review, at just 19 cents per wash. This goes to show that price is no indicator of performance, and you don’t always have to spend a lot of money to get a good result,” Ashley Iredale said.
#2 Finish Powerball Quantum Ultimate Pro 0% Tabs, $19.00 and Finish Powerball Quantum Ultimate Pro Tabs Lemon Sparkle, $19.00
Sharing the runner up spot are two different products from dishwashing powerhouse Finish, both featuring its signature Powerball.
They both received a 76% rating score against CHOICE’s test.
The 0% tabs cost 42c per wash, and the Ultimate Pro tabs cost 43c.
The third place’s the charm for brand Fairy’s Platinum All in One Dishwasher Capsules.
It missed out on second place by a cat’s whisker, with a very respectable 75% score.
However, it’s worth considering that CHOICE has marked Fairy’s ethical rating as an ‘F’ whereas the preceding tablet brands have both been a ‘C’ rating.
For the rest of the list, click here. You can further browse the breakdown of the test and see how each product scored in the individual yolk, meat, cheese, etc tests.
And of course, we do have to mention lucky last.
While the top three products were all tablets, the bottom three products were all powders.
Tablets are the more popular dishwashing product of choice, making up over two-thirds of all products sold, and these results prove that they have generally better results.
At the bottom of the list, we have Earth Choice Dishwasher Powder Lemon Fresh, $9.00 with a not-so-hot 46% rating score.
While more environmentally friendly than some of its other competitors, we may not be reaching for it on our next shopping trip.
There was one ‘product’ with a lower rating - water only. Yeah, we’ll stick with our Aldi tablets!
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