Finish® Quantum Review And Giveaway

retrochick.JPGIvy says:

The good folks from Finish Quantum (formerly Electrasol) gave me a pack of their new formula of dishwasher detergent to try, and the opportunity to give some away to 5 lucky Home Eccers! But first, the review.

image004As the regulars know, I’m a fan of Cascade. So, when the Electrasol folks contacted me for a review and giveaway, I tee heed a little bit, but I was intrigued. This was supposed to be a new formula, with new packaging and a new name. But, could it be much different from the old Electrasol I was not such a fan of? Well, I’ll try anything once, so I told them to go ahead and send it.

Little did they know, I had a secret test for them. Not too long before they sent it, Little Miss Ivy, Junior had decided that one of our plastic food storage thingies* would be good as a paint palette. She did the right thing by loading it into the dishwasher, but did the wrong thing by failing to rinse it before putting in the dishwasher. Because I let her use real paint, the plastic thing AND my good Fiestaware were all stained. No, I did not cry. Yes, she was in trouble.

So, I had some serious stainage on my hands. I loaded up the Fiestaware and the stained plastic thingy, and because it was dirty and I like a good challenge, I tossed in a plastic thingy we had used to store some spaghetti sauce many moons ago. It was a lovely shade of dull red thanks to the sauce.

When the dishes were done, I rushed** to the dishwasher to see if the Finish Quantum had made any difference. I was also interested to see what kind of job it had done on the dishes in general, since I’ve had problems with Electrasol leaving food bits on my plates before.

The results were about 98% good. It had removed the paint stains from the Fiestaware entirely. It also lightened the paint stains from the plastic thingy to the point that it was only a very, very light purple. And the amazing part- it lightened the stain from the spaghetti plastic thingy to a very light pink. Sweet!

The only thing I noticed was that it hadn’t removed a bit of crusty burnt-on funk from yet another failed cooking experiment of mine on a baking sheet. Well, I probably should have rinsed it better.

Overall, the Finish Quantum gets a good review from me. I like that they are trying to reduce packaging by not individually wrapping each tab. I love how it removed and lightened stains. And I think it did as good or better of a job as my beloved Cascade.

Because it’s so fab, I’d like to give some away!

Details of Giveaway:

We’re giving away two 12 count packs of Finish Quantum to FIVE lucky winners! Better yet, there are three ways to enter:

  • Post a comment on Home Ec 101 telling us who is in charge of washing dishes at your house.
  • Post a tweet on Twitter letting people know about the giveaway, come back and link to your tweet in comments.
  • Post on your blog telling people about the giveaway, come back here and link to your post in comments.

That means each person has three opportunities to enter to win! Remember, we’re not keeping track of tweets or posts on your blog, so you have to self-link. (I know, it’s kind of a drag.)

We will close comments at midnight on Monday, April 13th and we’ll announce the winners on Tuesday, April 14th. Good luck!

*Only the most technical terms are used on Home Ec 101.
**By rushed, I mean “came back a few hours later.”


  1. thatbobbiegirl on April 14, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    It’s pretty much up to me to keep the dishes under control.

    I have tried leaving them in the sink to see if anyone else would take notice and feel an obligation to help out, but that was a no-go. Nobody cares, and the dishes throw a party. They lounge around the sink, invite their friends, and drink Palmolive on the rocks. If I don’t stay on top of things, then by morning every single dish in the kitchen ends up in the sink and hung over.

  2. Heather on April 13, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    I do the dishes 85% of the time. My husband does it the other 15% and he is so sexy when he does!

  3. Marsha on April 13, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    I do the dishes. Unless my husband is losing his mind because there used to be a sink in here somewhere. Then, he does the dishes. Generally, he also finds the sink.

  4. renee on April 12, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    I do the dishes but EVERYONE puts their dirty dishes in the dishwasher when they are done with them–I can’t STAND dirty dishes in the sink.

  5. Zippy Sandler on April 11, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Well, lately both cook and the housekeeper have been taking time off, so it is I who has been doing the dishes. I’ve been putting the plates & glasses into that box next to the sink that washes the dishes. I can’t WAIT until they get back to work….it’s so tough keeping staff.

  6. Maureen on April 11, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I am in charge, but try to push it off on the kids as much as I can. Evil, I know.

  7. Tiera on April 10, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    We take turns, sort of. It has evolved somehow into whoever cooks dinner, ends up doing the dishes after dinner. There are three of us that rotate duties, dh, dd and myself. Its always a dispute.

  8. Stacy on April 10, 2009 at 11:45 am

    I am the lucky one that gets to wash all dishes!! I am still waiting for the day that my husband gets our dishwasher either fixed or he buys me a new one.

  9. janjanmom on April 9, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    I am in charge of loading the dishwasher and my tweens take turns unloading the dishwasher. Recently, my dishwasher broke(Hubby and I fixed it for under $13-WOOHOO!) and my desperation led me to bargaining facebook time for dishwork. It worked like a charm and I predict I may be completely out of the dishwashing loop now.

  10. Tina on April 9, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    In our house, I cook and hubby cleans up. I like that deal! 🙂

  11. Jessica on April 9, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I would be curious to give these a try! My roommate and I share dishwashing duty in the sense that whoever gets fed up with the dishes in the sink first washes them. Ha ha. About half our dishes get washed in the dishwasher, which we are pretty good about running regularly, & the other half pile up in the sink till one of us decides to attack them.

  12. Cricket on April 9, 2009 at 5:08 pm

  13. Cricket on April 9, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Ohh, that would be me…lol…and I’ve had issues myself with Electrasol/Finish…part of it is probably our apartment’s antiquated dishwasher, but c’mon, if the good folks at Cascade can get stuff clean in there, you guys at Finish can too is my theory lol…but I have it on pretty good authority now that things may be looking up in that arena, so I happily toss my hat into the ring… 🙂

  14. Jeffrey on April 9, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    my wife and i split the dishwashing. we have a rule that whoever goes to put something in the dishwasher after it has been run must unload the dishwasher.

    sometimes it makes for some creative avoidance to taking dishes to the kitchen. lol.

  15. Jamie on April 9, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Well that person would be ME! I’m always buying whatever dishwashing powder is on sale…would love to try this!

  16. Megan on April 9, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    I do the dishes at my house, but I’m not complaining because my husband is in charge of taking the trash to the dump—something I do NOT want to have to deal with.

    I’m glad to hear your mainly positive review of this product because I actually just bought some the other day but haven’t tried it yet.

  17. Kat Coble on April 9, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Ever since I started dropping things without notice, my husband has taken over the dishes in our house. Too many broken plates and glasses otherwise.

  18. Shelley on April 8, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    My husband loads the dishwasher, and usually do pots and pans and general cleanup.
    I’d love a chance to give these a try!

  19. James Williams on April 8, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Hey, we bought these the other day! Mostly because they look like they’re From The Future. I can’t say if they’re better or worse than what we witched from, though, as She does most of the dish-and-food-related tasks.

    I stay out of the kitchen, which is pretty much a net win for everyone. Well, at least for me.

  20. EV on April 8, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    That would be me, although I HATE it! I’m still waiting for someone to hire me a maid!

  21. Jill W on April 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm

  22. Jill W on April 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I do the dishes in my house. My husband will do them about once or twice a week. He will run the dishwasher only half full, whereas I get every single thing in there that I can! thanks!

  23. amybee on April 8, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I cook, hubby cleans.

  24. Michelle on April 8, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    The dishwasher does all of the dishes in our house (grin!), but I am usually the one who does the loading of the dishwasher and any hand-washing that needs to be done.

  25. Rebecca on April 8, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    I am in charge of dishes at our house. I can get my husband to do them (sometimes) but he isn’t very good at loading the dishwasher meaning only some of the dishes will even make it in there before he starts it. He has recently learned to just load the dishwasher and I will finish it before it runs…but he isn’t very consistent with that either.

  26. PollyS on April 8, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Me! I’m the chief cook AND bottle washer. I have an unnatural attachment to my dishwasher. I love me some dw tabs!

  27. Rechelle on April 8, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I do all the dishes – but having gone without a dishwasher for years and now having one again- well- I’d forgotten how easy they made life!!

  28. Lisa A on April 8, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Please enter me in this drawing, as I’m the one responsible for washing dishes at my house. About once every two months, my husband finds himself in deep enough trouble that he might do a sinkful or two, but it’s got to be pretty deep trouble for him to risk “dishpan hands”. 😉

  29. Sandy on April 8, 2009 at 10:57 am

    My hubby is the dishwasher in our house.

  30. Kathie on April 8, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I’m “officially” in charge but my daughter and I split the job. I unload, she clears and reloads.

  31. Kim on April 8, 2009 at 9:07 am

    I do 95% of the dishes. I love the fact that I have a dishwasher but I hate it when the dishes do not come clean. I had this same problem with my previous dishwasher and my new one. The dishes, especially the glasses and coffee cups always seem to have sand left on them. Just this morning, I took a cup out of the dishwasher only to find gunk down in it. I wonder if this new product would solve my problems?

  32. Sara on April 8, 2009 at 9:05 am

    I live with two other college girls, and I generally end up (bitterly) doing the dishes after two days (!!!) of junk in the sink. What really gets my goat is when they don’t: a) rinse the dishes, especially if it’s something icky like oatmeal or b) at least put water AND SOAP into whatever’s icky to make it come off later when someone ELSE has to do the dishes. (Actually, to be fair, only one of my roommates is a slacker when it comes to the dishes – it’s pretty much divided between the other and me, and the slacker loads/unloads the dishwasher about once a week.)

  33. Melinda on April 8, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Sure, I’ll enter. 99.5% of the time… I load the dishwasher. Apparently I’m the only one who can do this correctly. But my 10 year old daughter has the responsibility of unloading it.


  34. Jennifer on April 8, 2009 at 9:02 am

    My husband is supposed to be in charge of the dishwasher duties and I take care of the hand wash. But seeing as how he’s a full time student and has way to much to study, I usually take over that as well…I guess I should just say – I’am in charge of all the dish washing duties in our house.

  35. Penny on April 8, 2009 at 8:54 am

    At our house Maytag and myself do to the dishes. I am like you and greatly apprecaite the job that cascade does, maybe it it time to get out of my rt.

  36. Ceci on April 8, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Since i live alone, i do all the dishes. I don’t mind the washing part, i just hate the drying and putting away. So anything handwashed tends to sit in the drying rack until a) i need the space, or b) my cleaning lady comes. The problem with the cleaning lady is she puts stuff in weird places. Like right now i can’t find any of my mixing bowls, ‘rents were here over the weekend and my mom needed a bowl and i had no clue what to do. We ended up opening every cabinet and finally found them above the oven. Plastic mixing bowls, hot oven, heat rises, yeah that makes a lot of sense.

  37. Joanna on April 8, 2009 at 8:31 am

    We tag team the dishes. One rinses while the other loads the dishwasher. The kids don’t want any part of it so it gives us some good time to chat together without interruption 🙂

  38. chocolatechic on April 8, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Estate by Whirlpool is in charge of washing our dishes.

    If we do them by hand, the 16 year old is in charge.

  39. Jennifer B on April 8, 2009 at 8:01 am

    My husband is the official dish loader and unloader in our house. He wears his title proudly, lol.

  40. SassyMarie on April 8, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Our 14 year old is in charge of loading the dishwasher and our 11 year old is in charge of unloading it.

    It’s pretty obvious when they switch roles as I cannot find anything where it is supposed to be. 🙂

  41. jeannine on April 7, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    me, myself, and I

  42. Real Ginger (aka, GingerSnaps) on April 7, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Wow…I freaked a little at the first commenter’s name! (I am really named Ginger, and my daughter’s name is Amanda!)…lol!

    Anyway, I am the one in charge of doing the dishes at my house. I usually use Palmolive because it’s cheaper. I do not like the film that is left on my dishes. I figured it was because of our horrible water where I live…but I’d be very interested in seeing if Finish Quantum makes a difference!

  43. Princess Leia on April 7, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Very occasionally, my sweet husband will load the dishwasher for me. When he does, I typically walk away from the kitchen and try focus on his act of service rather than on how he’s doing it “wrong.” 🙂

    When he catches me in the right mood (i.e., patient), my 2-yr-old son “helps” me unload the dishes. Unfortunately for me, he’s now almost tall enough to “help” with the top rack too!

    Wow…I sound like a serious control freak. Really I’m not. Except with the laundry. And maybe a few other things. Like the dishes.


  44. Carolyn G on April 7, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Hubby is in charge. I cook and he cleans, that’s the deal and it works out well because he can’t cook and I hate cleaning!

  45. daniellecorrelle on April 7, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    We do 50/50 on the dishes lately (by we, I mean my husband and I). This will change soon though and it will be back to 90/10 (90, me)

  46. Leigh on April 7, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    I’m in charge of the dishes. Period. If I don’t do them, even emptying the dishwasher, things sit around for days. And man, things sit around here for days… I can’t wait until my kids get old enough that I can pass on the job…

  47. Amy on April 7, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    I use the cheaper Electrosol brand – the ones that are still individually wrapped. I saw this one in the store but hesitated because it was twice as much as the one I generally use. I’d love to try it to see if there’s a noticeable difference (enough to justify the noticeable price difference??). We have SUPER hard water, and have to do the vinegar-in-the-dishwasher thing about once a week. I’d love to find a product that could deal with our water.

    MWAH! Thanks!!

  48. DC Becca on April 7, 2009 at 9:07 pm

  49. Angela on April 7, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    I load the dirty dishes and the kids empty the clean dishes out, same goes for hand washing, I wash and the kids put away.

  50. Kat @ The Burb Blog on April 7, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    My husband and I both are responsible for dish duty in our home. It’s not really split 50/50 but he does do a lot of dishes. We only use tabs in our dishwasher anymore. I generally go with the electrosol gels but I’ve been known to give in to Cascade. Our silverware requires we don’t use anything with citrus in it so I’m careful about that too.

  51. Debbie on April 7, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I got married in January and now I have a husband and two stepsons, so I do about 1/2 the dishes I used to. We have a good system for after dinner load-up, but it’s a bit harder on the put-away portion. Dad is good about hand washing (weird huh) and I throw everything, and I do mean everything, in the dishwasher.
    I love my Cascade gel tab things – will be anxious to see if these are as good because I was not a big fan of the old Electrasol powder.

  52. Caanan on April 7, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I’m the one that does dishes. If I ask super nicely and he’s in a good mood, Hubby might help put some clean dishes away. Maybe.

  53. Need A Nap2 on April 7, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    I do *almost all* of the dishes. Sometimes my husband will surprise me and do them. 🙂 Great-great giveaway!!!

  54. emily on April 7, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    if it’s loading the dishwasher… i do it.
    if it’s dishes by hand… husband does it.
    he hates (seriously) hates the dishwasher. i say, “fine, if you don’t want to use it then you can wash them!” he says it’s therapeutic.

  55. Just Mom on April 7, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Husband rinses and I load. My teenage daughter will help with unloading. Those other ones…the boys…no help at all – yet!

  56. Danielle on April 7, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    I load the dishwasher because I have tried to explain to my boyfriend how the loading system works, but he doesn’t seem to full comprehend it. We both hand-wash certain dishes, but I probably do it 70% of the time.

  57. DC Becca on April 7, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Yeah…..its me doing the dishes in my house. Husband LOVES to use eight pots to cook himself lunch and he, also, does the whole “filling it up with water and place it in the sink” maneuvre when he is done. Ugh…..

    I have grown to not hate it and have become quasi-OCD about cleaning all the pots and pans BEFORE dinner starts (so there isn’t a depressing amount of dirty dishes on the counter AFTER dinner).

    I rinse the dishes and load it and start it….the boys help me unload it about 60% of the time.

    We actually use Finish liquid right now for our dishwasher….and have found that as long as the dishes are rinsed properly, they come out quite sparkly (especially our glassware).

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  58. Kathleen on April 7, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    I live with 2 adult males who approach dishes in very different ways. The elder, throws everything in the sink including food particles. His idea of rinsing is to fill the bowl with water. Ewww. The younger, is much more particular about scraping, rinsing and placing the item into the dishwasher, but absolutely will not do any dishes by hand. Can you blame him? So, to keep the peace, I do all the dirty work and make the elder male pay for it by taking me out to eat frequently.

  59. Go Jen Go on April 7, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Our 10 year old and 8 year old son are in charge of the dishwasher dishes, and I do the hand washing.

  60. Veggiemomof2 on April 7, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    My husband & I take turns washing dishes/loading dishwasher & my kids take turns unloading & putting dishes away.

  61. Kara on April 7, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I’m in charge of dishes, but I ask my Hubby to do it about once a week. He even does a better job than I do.

  62. Julie on April 7, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Me, myself, and I are in charge of dishes at my house. My husband got demoted (promoted) away from dishes after the zillionth time of me explaining to him that he couldn’t just toss the dishes in there without ever turning on the tap. And also that the top rack holds more than say, four items.

  63. Amanda @ Fake Ginger on April 7, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I do all the dishes in the house. I went out of town for a week back in January and I swear my husband must’ve eaten off paper towels and with his fingers all week because he didn’t dirty a single dish just so he wouldn’t have to wash!