Monday, August 11, 2008

Dawn Foam. I love it. That's all you need to know.

The below mentioned product(s) was/were given to me at no charge for review. I am not being monetarily paid for this review (other than receipt of the free product). I will give my honest opinion and thoughts regarding said product(s).

Many moons ago, way before Christmas (or perhaps shortly thereafter) I got a free sample of Dawn direct foam dish washing soap. I will admit it, I’m a brand whore. I only use the brand I like and trust, and rarely if ever do I deviate from that. I’ve been using Dawn dish soap since I was a teenager. My mom use to buy this crap that was blue, came in a tall bottle with a plain white label that said “grease cutting dish soap.” Liars. I actually saved my money and bought Dawn because dishes were my job. We had seven kids in the house. That meant a lot of dishes. The last thing my teenage self wanted to do was re-wash all the dishes because they were greasy. I learned and I learned early. Spending two dollars of my own money was totally worth not rewashing every dish in the house. Period.

Now, here I am inching up on my forties and I still use Dawn. When I was saw the sample offer, I was hesitant. I mean, I have a dishwasher and I use that with my Cascade/Dawn dishwasher tablet thingamabobs that clean so well I just pink puffy heart them. But, I still do hand wash occasionally. If there are only three dishes. If the dishwasher is full because I’ve prepared yet another feast for the extended family, etc.

I received a regular sized bottle of the new Dawn Foam. I gave one pump on my dish sponge and went to town. I cleaned my sinks, ALL counters, my stove and washed the front of the refrigerator and stove with that one pump on my little ol’ dish sponge. I was almost hooked. The true test would be cleaning my pots and pans. I’m one of those old fashioned cooks who uses real butter and olive oil and occasionally fries things. I make right good messes when I cook. The next night would be the true test of my new Dawn. I was making spaghetti.

After dinner, I had one heck of a mess to clean up. A big pot from the sauce, a fry pan from the Italian sausage, another pan for the noodles. My stove looked like a murder scene from all the saucy bubbles and spoon stirs, etc. I loaded the dishwasher, wiped down the table, and grabbed the noodle pan. I pumped one squirt of soap onto my trusty sponge, rolled up my sleeves and got busy. The noodle pan was easy washing I mean, it was just boiled water and noodles. I grabbed the fry pan. Still using my one pump of soap and washed that pan out lickity split. Not a drip of grease to be seen. I was surprised that my soapy sponge was holding up. The bottle says one pump will do a whole sink load of dishes. I was about to test that theory. My daughters handed me two glasses. I washed them and guess what? Not a greasy streak anywhere. I grabbed my sauce pan and cleaned it up and moved over to the stove. I thought for sure my little sponge didn’t have enough soap to finish the job but I was wrong. So wrong in fact that once my stove was sparkling clean again, my microwave shiny like new, I wiped down all the counters, refrigerator and still had to rinse my sponge out seven or eight times to get all the soap out.

Dawn, you’ve impressed me. And I’m pessimistic.

I urge all of you to go out and drop the two bucks it will cost and become believers yourself. It is August and I just had to buy my new bottle of Dawn Foam. Not only does it clean like no other, I use less than I did of my old squirty soap and it washes more surface and dishes without having to fill a sink full of water (which totally grosses me out to wash dishes in dirty water).

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Unknown said...

I hate it! It works well, but every time I've used it, I've tasted it on my food/dishes afterwards. It doesn't matter how much I rinse.

Stella Dean said...

I have to admit, I've not used it on plates or bowls. Only glasses, pots and pans. Maybe you have extra sensitive taste buds? Or maybe my taste buds are shot from years of eating cold food after shoveling the warm food into the kids' mouths.