Choosing A Detergent
The Finish brand gel and powder options offer the basic properties necessary in a detergent: breaking down hard food and removing grease (as well as a bleach additive to fight stains). However, customers often find these options messy and prefer to use “monodose” options requiring a single tab rather than an individual measurement.
Traditionally, all detergents came in powder form. Stored under the kitchen sink, these powders would absorb moisture and clump. Typically, the user would then break these clumps and continue to use the detergent. However, moisture activates the cleaning agent, so once it was exposed to water, the detergent was essentially just a weak filler material. As a result, people complained that powder produced poor results, even leaving detergent on the dishes.
For this reason, many users prefer to use gel-based detergents and are very skeptical of the efficacy of powder-based detergents. Yet, as a liquid, gel can only contain either enzymes or bleach, not both, as bleach will kill enzymes.
Finish gel products are among the few that favors enzymes over bleach. Finish All-in-1 Gel Pacs introduces pre-soakers to break down tough food particles and a rinse aid to reduce spotting, but removes the bleach additive. We strongly encourage gel users to switch to monodose powder-based options, as these are protected from ambient moisture and use both enzymes and bleach.
Finish All-in-1 Powerball
Tabs are a powder-based brick individually packaged to prevent moisture exposure. The red Powerball in the center is filled with enzymes that release under low heat at the beginning of the wash cycle to give a tough cleaning. The white area is primarily bleach-based and activates toward the end of the wash cycle. A rinse aid is included.
Finish Quantum Max has no wrapper, but instead uses a water-soluble protective coating to divide an enzyme-based gel, bleach-based powder, and Powerball. The coating will break down in the wash and produce additional surfactants to help with the drying cycle. This product also uses additional polymers to neutralize the corrosion that causes permanent clouding on glass.