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

  5. Susan Caputo says:

    I have now tried two brands of your Cascade Dishwashing Pacs and I’m still having the same problem and I have been having to put in warm water first before pouring the soap into my dishwasher. The pacs are NOT breaking down and I have been finding them in the bottom of my dishwasher after it’s finished, making me have to re-wash my dishes over again. I have taken photo’s and if you would like to see what they look like, feel free to email me. I am not happy and didn’t have issues before. Because the pacs not breaking down, my dishes aren’t getting clean…. I have used the Cascade 85 and Cascade Complete 44 is what I just bought and it’s still happening.. I think someone should look into the wrapping …. very unhappy homemaker…..

  6. From: marcea wolfe
    Subject: bad dishwasher deterg.

    Message Body:
    I’ve been having problems with your products for some time now.
    First I bought your new improved liquid and it turned to sand and could not be used. Next I bought it again, and it was like water.
    Next I bought your powdered version and it turned to a rock- I use it but need to chop it apart to use-go fiigure.
    I have used cascade for years and I never before had these kind of problems…
    Whats up? Did you change your product that much?

  7. From: Shannon N.
    Subject: dishwasher detergent

    I’m filing a complaint about the dishwasher detergent. I’ve bought so many bags of it, and they all stick together. I’ve put them in a dry place and it seems that doesn’t help. Please contact me about this.

    [Admin:] If you have a complaint about a certain brand, maybe contact the manufacturer of it. There’s nothing we can do to help you, sorry. Maybe try putting it into an air-tight container. Good luck!

  8. From: Lynne S.
    Subject: Not Complaint

    I was really wrong, I have bought Cascade for years (since it first came out) I lost my job so trying to save money I bought Finish which is on sale a lot. I heard nothing but complaints about things being greasy and water stained. I was so annoyed with Finish and wanted to scream over the glasses and dishes. I went shopping again and bought my Cascade again. I’ve learned the hard way. I had problems with Soap but it’s not Cascades fault. Thank You!!

  9. I have used cascade gell for a number of years, the last container I bought it seems to foam up I the dish washer and leaks through the door I keep using less and less of it so it won’t foam and leak out the door. It seems as if you changed the solution to foam more. If you don’t solution I will be forced to use a different product.

  10. I have been using Cascade Complete. It leaves a thick blue coating in the soap dispenser. My dishwasher started to not drain properly. Excess water would remain after the cycle completed. Water began discharging on to the floor. This happened a few times. I stopped using the washer and called a repairman. He started the washer and it ran OK. Cost – $139.63. I resumed using the dishwasher. It ran OK two times and then started accumulating water again. I then experimented by running the dishwasher with no soap. In this mode it runs OK. I can only assume that Cascade Complete is clogging my drain line. The residue it leaves in the soap dispenser lends credence to that suspicion. I am now using the dishwasher with no soap and everything is fine. I’m hoping the hot water and drying cycle will kill and germs.

  11. Christine McCombs says:

    It clogged up my pipes. Won’t be using it anymore. Was like cement in them, it came out in dried up chunks.

  12. From: MARLENE SLEDGE
    Subject: cascade with bleach

    these do not clean good unless u wash the dishes first and that defeats the purpose of having a dishwasher we bought 2 packsa changing from finish because we belived that no washing before was needed and now i am diappointed.

  13. Buying Cascade Dish Detergent WITH phosphate
    From: Bert M

    I have gone to many of your websites, but cannot identify the Cascade dishwashing detergent that I had been using, about 4 or 6 boxes in one big box and still with phosphate in it. Powder, not tabs. What is the specific product and where can I buy it? I can no longer find it on amazon.

  14. Hi Bert,

    Cascade with phosphate has been banned in most states, so it’s difficult to get anywhere. You can either add it yourself (TSP) or else switch to a different brand that works better. Personally, I use Finish and I get great results.

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