The top performing dishwasher detergents aren't always the big name brands

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Sick of spots, bits of food and other grime on your dishes? Don’t put all the blame on your dishwasher! It could be your detergent.

Consumer Reports testers clean hundreds of dirty dishes to reveal the best dishwasher detergents.

Testers take a mixture of peanut butter, egg yolk and other sticky foods and smear it onto glass dishes. The goop is baked on then the dishes are loaded into dishwashers to find out which detergents tackle the mess the best.

The best detergents will remove the soil completely, there will be no food deposits on the plates and there won’t be any water spots.

Among the recommended detergents- familiar names like Finish Powerball Tabs and Cascade Complete ActionPacs with Dawn. Both are excellent for removing caked on foods.

However, Consumer Reports says you can actually get even cleaner while also saving money.

The top performing detergent wasn’t a name brand, It was Kirkland Signature’s Dishwasher Pacs from Costco- at less than half the cost per pod as the Finish or Cascade detergents.

And if you’re a Sam’s Club member, the Member’s Mark Ultimate Clean Dishwasher Pacs are excellent for cleaning dishes. Plus, testers found they’re also great for resisting water spots.

If you’re still pre-rinsing your dishes Consumer Reports testers recommend that you stop. Many of today’s dishwashers have soil sensors, so they actually perform better if you leave the food on and let the machine and your detergent do their jobs.

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