Frequently asked questions
Find the answers to some of your most frequently asked questions surrounding dishwashers, as well as dishwasher products including tablets.
Finish® is the #1 recommended brand by renowned dishwasher manufacturers*. We have been at the forefront of automatic dishwashing for over 60 years.
* AEG Electrolux, Bosch, DeLonghi, Dishlex, Smeg, Siemens, Westinghouse, Electrolux
Finish has been at the forefront of automatic dishwashing for over 60 years, with our products being recommended by more dishwasher brands worldwide than any other brand. Finish’s dishwashing tablets are wrapper-free, with biodegradable, water soluble film. Our tablets dissolve faster than ever, effectively cutting through grease and breaking down tough food stains, giving them our ultimate clean and shine*. You can save time in your daily wash by not pre-rinsing, knowing your dishes will come out clean and shiny with Finish detergent.
No need to! Pre-rinsing is a thing of the past. And although some Kiwis do it, it’s time consuming and wasteful of our water. It can waste up to 40L of water per washload*.
Quality detergents like Finish Ultimate Pro All in 1 contain both bleach and enzymes, so you don’t need to pre-rinse. Bleach fights tough stains like tea and coffee, and enzymes breakdown proteins and starches. All you have to do is scrape the larger pieces into the trash and load your dishwasher.
*Brunton 2009. Results based on Australian testing of average water consumption 2.5 star 12-place setting dishwasher vs handwashing 106 people, Nov 2017.
Finish additives are great ways to complement our Finish dishwashing detergents. It is recommended to utilise Finish additives to maximise the effectiveness of your wash, whist ensuring the maintenance of your machine. Our additive range includes Dishwasher Cleaner, Rinse Aid and Freshener.
Our deep clean Dishwasher Cleaner helps maintain machine, removes limescale, clears grease and hidden parts, and neutralises odours. Alternatively, our In-wash Dishwasher Cleaner Tablets also helps remove grease & grime from the dishwasher while your machine cleans your dishes.
Use our Finish Rinse Aid for drier & shinier dishes. It helps with drying plastics and fights oil residue and water spots. You can also use our Finish Freshener to give your dishwasher a fresh smell without leaving a strong fragrance on your dishes.
Finish Freshener has a unique Scent Control technology designed to give you a refreshing Lemon & Lime scent every time you open your dishwasher, helping to avoid fragrance transfer on dishes during the wash.
Automatic dishwashing detergent is specially formulated to disperse food residue and greasy soiling, hold it in suspension, and remove it in the final rinse.
Dishwasher tablets contain surfactants, which affect the liquid they are added to, making it more efficient at picking up and removing debris. They also include enzymes (to break down starchy foods and protein), and safe bleaches.
Once you’ve put your dishwasher tablet into the detergent dispenser compartment, your machine will release the contents at the optimal time allowing the tab to disintegrate into the water, release all ingredients and clean your dishes!
Dishwasher tablets are very simple to use. If needed, remove any protective packaging, pop the tablet into your detergent dispensing compartment, close the compartment, turn on your washing machine and let technology and Finish handle the rest!
For detailed information on how to use Finish Tablets, read on below.
With dry hands, remove the tablet from the container and place it in the detergent dispenser. Ensure both the dispenser and the tablet is dry to prevent it from dissolving prematurely.
Close the tablets packaging lid tightly. Store away from heat and moisture to protect the remaining tablets.
Our tablets are wrapper-free (with the exception of Finish Classic) and are designed to release their contents when they come into contact with water. Do not pierce or attempt to unwrap the tablets.
Clip the detergent dispenser shut and close your dishwasher.
Make sure all items are dishwasher safe and separate silver from stainless steel.
Wash metal items according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Run dishwasher. The optimal water temperature is 51° – 60° C .
For optimal results, it is recommended to also use Finish Rinse Aid for shinier and drier dishes (vs detergent alone).
Detergent tablets should always be placed in the detergent dispenser compartment.
If you’re placing the tablet at the bottom of the dishwasher it’s likely that it will dissolve too quickly, releasing the detergent during the prewash and leaving no detergent for the main wash cycle. This will reduce the efficiency of your wash.
The standard shelf life of dishwasher tablets is two years but it’s best not to stockpile Finish products in case the product and its packaging deteriorates over time.
While using an out-of-date dishwasher tablet isn’t going to cause any damage to your kitchenware or dishwasher, it may be less effective than when used within the correct timeframe.
Whether you need to remove the plastic from your dishwasher tablet depends on the product you have bought. As a good rule of thumb, if the tablet comes individually wrapped then yes, you should remove the plastic wrap before using. If, however, the tablet is encased in a skin of thin, transparent plastic, this should not be removed and will dissolve itself safely during the washing process.
Our dishwasher tablets are wrapper free. It is recommended that you do not pierce or attempt to unwrap the tablet, otherwise this will reduce the efficiency of your wash.
Dishwasher tablets should only go in the dishwasher detergent compartment of your dishwasher, not loose in the dishwasher itself.
Finish Ultimate Pro All in 1 are a wrapper-free dishwashing detergent. All you need is one tab for one dishwasher cycle. It is made of a biodegradable, 100% water soluble film, which rapidly dissolves in the dishwasher cycle. This means that moisture and humidity can be a problem, even causing tabs to stick together or dissolve outside of the machine. Do not separate tabs if stuck together. It is ok to place up to 2 stuck tabs into the bottom of the machine if it does occur.
Always use with dry hands.
Handle Finish Ultimate Pro All in 1 only with completely dry hands. Wet hands leave moisture in the packaging and on the other Tabs in the pack, leading them to stick together.
Close the packaging and store it in a proper place
Close the zipper of your pack securely to avoid any moisture from entering and place it in a dry place, away from any moisture and out of reach from children.
Let your dishwashing detergent do the hard work cleaning your dishes!
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