Cascade Complete, $4.50 for 45 ouncesEven a stubborn lasagna pan washed clean “without my having to soak or scrub it in advance―now I can quit my wasteful prewashing habit!” raved a tester. The powder also made “gluelike oatmeal” disappear from bowls, wiped out red-wine residue from the bottoms of glasses, and “managed to get all the gunk off my days-old dirty utensils.” In fresh and citrus-breeze scents. To buy: At grocery stores.
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Mrs. Meyer’s Automatic Dishwashing Liquid, $8 for 48 ouncesGlasses came out “sparkling,” and plates and bowls had “not a food particle in sight,” said one tester. Bonus: The liquid is phosphate-free and infused with essential oils. Although one staffer said the basil scent was a bit overwhelming at first, “within 30 minutes the aroma wasn’t as strong, and the kitchen smelled pleasant and fresh.” Also in lavender, lemon verbena, and geranium. To buy:mrsmeyers.com for stores.
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Finish Quantum, $5 for 12 pelletsYou can just “load and go,” because unlike some other pellets, which have fussy packaging, these concentrated capsules, complete with a built-in rinse aid, are wrapper-free. They got dishes shockingly clean, too. “Not one fork had a single grain of couscous left on it,” one tester reported. Even baked-on cheese came off dishware without a trace. “That’s never happened before,” the staffer said. To buy: At grocery stores.