Cascade Dishwasher Detergent Problems

Cascade Problems

From what we understand, Cascade has had to change their formula so that there are no phosphates. This is not by their choice as we see it but by laws being passed by individual states. The laws aim to keep phosphates out of anything that ends up in the waste water or any water that could end up in lakes. The phosphate makes the algae grow, which takes oxygen out of the water and supposedly suffocates aquatic life.

In turn, not having any phosphates in soaps like dishwashing detergent makes them not as effective – to the point where dishes don’t even get clean. Dishes in dishwashers aren’t getting cleaned as well as they used to be. This makes people angry for good reason. It seems that companies like Cascade and other “green” cleaning companies are struggling to find a suitable replacement for phosphate.

Some people are buying Cascade with phosphorus online and having it shipped to them from other states, it seems.

CascadeCompletePacsSo that’s the situation. Feel free to continue the discussion here. There are several solutions being listed and Finish detergent seems to be working well for people. That’s what I use. It gets dishes in the dishwasher clean in states that have banned phosphorus in the detergent. Alternatively, you can add the phosphate back in.

Possible Solutions Being Offered

What Dishwasher Detergent Still Has Phosphates?

During the discussion here, we want to keep every up to date on possible solutions so that your dishes come out cleaner and do not get ruined. Here they are:

  • Some people want to get a class action suit against Cascade. It’s not Cascade’s fault – check your local government and find out whey they are banning phosphorus.
  • Add 1 cup of vinegar to the wash cycle once the initial fill up begins. Do this along with using your dishwasher detergent. This seems to do the trick.
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  1. From Shana:

    I am writing today to express how disappointed I am that I used Cascade Complete Citrus Breeze Scent on my Rubbermaid Tupperware and my childs sippy cups and your product has died everything orange.Something I feel you should know because something should be done about that. I now have to replace items that I had no intention of doing so because some new others were still good. I will no longer be purchasing your product again.

  2. From Gloria Young:

    “I have used your product and I am so disappointed on how it left my dishes. It ruined my stainless steel bowls with white spots on them, he glasses have white stains on them and also my dishes. This is so disappointing that I am looking and going to try another product. I have over 3/4 of a bottle left and don’t want to use any more. Is there anyway I can get a refund on this? So frustrated.”

  3. From: julie heisey
    Subject: Farberware pots and pans

    I did not see this particular problem sited. My 30 year old Farberware pans (and my dishes and glassware spotless ) have been washed with Cascade for decades. Recently I purchased a box of Cascade Advanced Power and it took some of the aluminum coating off the bottoms of the pans and now they are rough and I have a glass top stove. Farberware is clueless. This didn’t happen with the old regular Cascade. Do you think that my 5 pans are ruined? Better find out. Please don’t say switch to the gel, I am 76 years old and can’t squeeze those bottles.

  4. Chrystal has a comment:

    I noticed I have white residue on all my dishes when I use cascade products. I know its not my dishwasher because its a brand new dishwasher. I use finish rinseaid but it does not help. What happened to Cascade products? They used to work. What’s the option?

    Thank You,
    Chrystal Craig


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