Amazement—that is the word for it. And sometimes even in the simplest of things on the simplest of days, you can feel amazement when you find that one product, that one problem-solver, that changes everything and eliminates at least one problem from your world. I have found one of those products, and I’m here to tell you about it.
Back in September, I posted the following question on the Live Simply, Live Thrifty, Live Savvy Facebook site:Live Simply, Live Thrifty, Live Savvy Okay, I have given you guys product recommendations– now I need one from you. I am looking for an effective dishwasher detergent that works without leaving a soap residue on the dishes? I have been using Cascade ActionPacs, but they are leaving a bad residue. I just switched to Palmolive Eco liquid, but no improvement yet. Any ideas? I am open to liquid, powder, or pacs. I just need your help! September 5 at 2:07pm · Comment · Like · Share · Promote
Unfortunately I did not receive any suggestions, so I continued trying to find a solution on my own. I was ready to try running some CLR through the dishwasher, but just in case, I decided to check online first to make sure that would be okay. When I did, I found descriptions of exactly the problem that I was having—a thick residue on dishes, sometimes even making black look grey in color, unable to be washed off by hand, and worse on anything plastic. I also found many people on different websites talking about a product called Lemi Shine that had worked for them. I even found an independent review of the product on Viewpoints, and all 14 reviews were raving, leaving the product with a total of 5 out of 5 stars, which is rare for any product.
I immediately felt hopeful. Maybe this Lemi Shine might work. I looked up the website, and found that it should be carried at my local Wal-mart.
Well, fast forward, I found it easily at Wal-mart, brought it home, and first ran it through the dishwasher without any dishes in it as recommended. When it was done, I noticed that the cakey, white film had disappeared from the dishwasher, and everything felt sleek and clean again. This increased my excitement, so then I loaded in some dishes and put the dishwasher detergent in the “Pre-Wash” section and the Lemi Shine in the “Main Detergent” section as directed.
The results speak for themselves. Here is a picture of a pan before cleaning with Lemi Shine:
And here is a picture of the results after using Lemi Shine with no scrubbing or any additional effort:
I was amazed and excited. Here is a shot of one glass that has never been cleaned with Lemi Shine and then one that was:
The pictures and results speak for themselves. This has made me excited to clean dishes again. The glasses are lucid and I can see clearly through them again; the silverware is shiny; my black serving utensils are actually black again vs. grey, and all the residue is removed just like that. It’s a miracle! Truly I have found the answer to my hard water hardships.
When I posed the question on the Live Simply, Live Thrifty, Live Savvy Facebook page, I had assumed that the problem was a buildup of dishwasher detergent. I had already tried using Jet-Dry Rinse, switching from powder pacs to liquid detergent, and even washing by hand to no avail. My online research re-educated me that the problem was not the detergent—the problem was hard water. If you look at a map of the United States, we are located in an area with the highest rating for hard water, so it causes problems with plumbing and makes keeping things clean very difficult (only CLR works to actually make faucets and stainless steel sinks look decent again). So, hard water was the culprit, and Lemi Shine is a natural additive that combats the film and stains that hard water can deposit on your dishes.
So, if you have been a victim of hard water like we have, I hope that you will make your life just a little easier by trying out Lemi Shine. Believe me, this product works so good that I would be buying shares in their company if I had the money for it! To find out more about Lemi Shine, check out their website or their Facebook page. You will find other very satisfied authentic customers that struggled with the embarrassment of “dirty dishes” only to find the solution in Lemi Shine. Thank goodness for problems solved and sanity saved!