Updated 17 Sep 2018

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Dishwashing Powder

Bottom line: This powder dishwasher detergent performs well overall and only costs 18¢ per wash. It's very good at removing minced-meat stains, good at removing baked-on cheese, red wine and coffee stains, and OK at removing egg-yolk and rice stains.

Dishwashing Powder
Consumer worth considering
72
Avg price

$5.50

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Test results

Overall score
Good
72
Egg yolk
OK
62%
Rice starch
OK
59%
Baked-on cheese
Good
79%
Red wine
Good
74%
Coffee
Good
73%

Good points

  • OK at removing egg-yolk stains.
  • OK at removing rice stains.
  • Good at removing baked-on cheese stains.
  • Good at removing red wine stains.
  • Good at removing coffee stains.
  • Very good at removing minced-meat stains.

But

No obvious bad points.

How we test

Overall score is the average of 6 scores for stain removal.

We test in a controlled lab environment using plates that are pre-stained. We get the plates from the same company that supplies consumer organisations and dishwasher manufacturers globally. We set the dishwasher to a standard cycle at 60°C and test each detergent 4 times. To see how well the detergents have cleaned the plates, we measure the reflectance with a spectrophotometer before and after cleaning.

Key data

Extra test results

Minced meat
8.2

Model

Avg price
$5.50
Type
Powder
Pack size
1000g
Cost per load
18c

Specifications

Washes per pack
30
pH
10.8
Origin
New Zealand

Features

Dissolvable wrapper
n/a

Label claims

Contain rinse aid
No
Septic safe
No
Phosphate free
Yes
Cruelty free
No

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