Review - Cascade Complete Pac Challenge ~ Sparkling Clean Dishes and Dishwasher

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Cascade Complete PacThe worst part about eating a nice, big dinner with all the trimmings is definitely washing the dirty dishes after you're through!  Even though I have a dishwasher, my dishes never really seem to get truly clean.  I always manage to find tiny particles of "gook" stuck here and there, which makes me think that my dishwasher isn't doing its job.

I never really thought about whether my dishwashing detergent was doing its job or not.  So, with this in mind, I was very excited to try the brand new Cascade Complete Pacs on my dirtiest of dishes.  Read on to find out more about my personal "Cascade Complete Pac Challenge"!

In order to give my Cascade Complete Pacs a REAL challenge, I decided to make my baked ziti for dinner.  This recipe is always a killer for the pan I bake it in, since that stuck on, baked on sauce and cheese just never comes clean in the dishwasher.  I really wanted to put Cascade to the test to see if these tiny little pacs could do everything they promise they can do.

What do they promise?  Just the impossible, in my opinion!  Cascade claims that you can actually leave this baked on mess out for 24 hours without soaking or pre-washing and the Cascade Complete Pacs will still get it sparkling clean!  These pacs also contain a grease fighting formula which will remove food and grease from your spatulas and silverware, as well as a rinse aid which will leave your glassware crystal clear!  That's a very big chore for such a tiny little packet.

Cascade Complete Pacs

Cascade Complete Pacs to the Rescue!

Cascade Complete Pacs

A mighty big job awaits this tiny little packet!


I left my baked ziti dish out after dinner for about 3-4 hours, then loaded up the dishwasher and inserted one of the Cascade Complete Pacs into the soap tray.  These tiny pacs are designed to dissolve quickly, so that their grease fighting power can get to work right away.  Later, I opened the dishwasher and couldn't believe my eyes!  Not one tiny particle of noodle, cheese or sauce remained on my baking dish and it looked just like new again!  Even the inside of my dishwasher seemed to have gotten a good scrubbing from the Cascade Complete Pacs.

Cascade Complete Pacs

Before - Stuck On Baked Ziti

Cascade Complete Pacs

After - Look How Clean!


The Cascade Complete Pacs are a little more expensive than your regular dishwashing detergent, but once I saw how powerful their cleaning action truly is, I think they are more than worth it!  Finally, there's a product that can supercharge my dishwasher and make cleaning up after a big meal a snap.  In order to save money, I will probably only use these little guys on my toughest dishes to clean, which means they'll be working double duty over the holidays when our oven seems to be in overdrive!

Product Review Rating 5 Stars
Disclosure:  I received the Cascade Complete Pac Challenge Kit from Procter & Gamble in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. This product review is based on my own personal experiences with this item and is completely honest and objective.


I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!

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