Tsue ~ That's What She Said: Adding Sparkle To Your Outdoor Entertaining

Monday, June 11, 2012

Adding Sparkle To Your Outdoor Entertaining

The children are out of school and the weather is clear and balmy.  The pool is( nearly) a sparkling blue
and (most) of the wayward fall leaves have been collected from the yard.  My roses have blossomed with a vengeance and the seasonal beds are all ready for their new inhabitants.

All all these summer signs together and this Mom is preparing for another sunny season of outdoor entertaining!

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Beyond searching for fun, new summer recipes to serve my guest and issuing invitations, both formal and casual, talking stock of my entertaining supplies is high on my list of preparations.  Adding a fresh, new look to my outdoor entertaining areas can be as simple as picking up a colorful new set of place mats and napkins,  or some festive new decor pieces and,  perhaps, a new serving tray or pitcher and glassware set.

The Challenge
Of course, inherit with outdoor entertaining, the bright sunlight necessitates I take care to ensure my serving pieces and glassware are crystal clean.  Spotting, streaks and cloudiness left by the dishwasher,  not so evident in the kinder light of our dining room are glaringly evident in the brighter sunlight.

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Before:  dishwasher detergent alone
Eco-Friendly Changes
Although I know my dishwasher and dish washing detergent are not to blame for the spotty condition of my freshly washed glassware, this Mom simply doesn't have the time to rewash and polish all my serving pieces.   As Mom of an eco-friendly household, I support the requirement to dramatically reduce the phosphates used in dish washer detergents.  Phosphates, added to dish washer detergent to reduce and eliminate spotting in the rinse cycle, have devastating effects for aquatic life.  From one's dish washer and then moving into bodies of water and reservoirs, phosphates effect the amount of available oxygen for aquatic plants and creatures.   While some detergents once contained as much as 8.7% phosphates, all are now required by law to contain a maximum of 0.05% within their formula. 1

Did You Know?
The laws impacting the percentage of allowable phosphates in dishwashing detergent went into affect in July of 2010.  Have you been noticing a change in the effectiveness of your dishwashing detergent?  If you were not aware why you have been noticing more spots, streaks and cloudiness, you are not alone.  You may even relate to the results of a recent survey conducted by OxiClean:
  • 69% of respondents either do not know what phosphates are (14%) or that they were banned from dishwashing detergents (55%)
  • 49% feel frustrated because they don’t know what’s causing the spots on dishes
  • Top three things that consumers believe cause the spots/cloudy dishes are dishwashing detergent (50%), hard water (34%), dishwasher not working well (30%)
  • Over half (56%) have switched their detergent 2-5 times
  • 88% agree or strongly agree that it is embarrassing to serve on dishes that have spots or are cloudy
  • Almost 1 in 3 (32%) say their biggest kitchen challenge is achieving sparkly dishes; 30% say spots on dishes are their biggest kitchen complaint

So what is a busy, entertaining Mom to do?
Just recently, this Mom had a chance to try a new product from a company whose products have been household lifesavers, OxiClean.  With sports fanatics in the house, I often rely on OxiClean laundry boosters in the wash and the OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover Powder has been this Mom's little helper in keeping my white carpets white, despite all manner of dirty cleats and puppy paws!  I was more than willing to give OxiClean Dishwashing Booster a try!

Spotty Glassware, Kitchen Tips, Mom Tips, Entertaining Tips, Sparkly Glassware
OxiClean Claim
To be used to enhance the results of your regular dish washing detergent, adding a boost of OxiClean Dishwasher Booster was quite simple.

  • Add a couple of squirts to the bottom of dishwasher the first time you use this product, as well as fill the rinse agent compartment.
  • Refill the rinse compartment once per month
  • Add two squirts at bottom of dishwasher anytime you run an exceptionally challenging load
Spotty Glassware, Sparkly Glassware, Mom Tips, Kitchen Tips, Entertaining Tips, OxiClean

The Results 
From my past positive experiences with other OxiClean products, I had high hopes for the success of OxiClean Dishwashing Booster's ability to tackle my spotty, cloudy glassware concerns.  Following the steps for first time wash, with a fill of the rinse compartment and two squirts as directed.  The crystal clear results simply speaks for itself!  Shiny, clear and clean!  This Mom is sold and ready for an outdoor entertaining season with glassware that sparkles!

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After:  regular dishwasher cycle with regular detergent
and OxiClean Dishwasher Booster
Stay In The Know

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Have your dishes and glassware been coming out the dishwasher less than sparkly?
Do you have any tips or tricks to make Mom's life easier in the kitchen?
What do you think of my OxiClean Dishwashing Booster test?
Tell me in a comment below!  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of OxiClean and received a product sample and serving tray to facilitate my review, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.  The opinions above are both honest and of my own experiences.  Some images and information sourced from various OxiClean sites.  Fruit Salad Image. 1 - NYTimes.com


Pam said...

I think I need some of this. My dishes are always kind of spotty.

Closer to Lucy said...

Every glass in my cupboard looks like your before shot, it's embarrassing! I usually get plastic cups when I know we have company coming because I am so embarrassed by my dishes...I'm so getting this!

Crystal said...

I for sure need this. My dishes always look gross!

Grace said...

I don't have a hbut if I did then I'd want my glasses to be clear and not spotted.

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