The Leftovers: Hardest to Wash Foods

Finish Best Dishwasher DetergentFor many washes, there are always a few plates, pots and pans that are harder to clean than others. Foods that are sticky or that can be dried on or baked on present the biggest problems, so it’s useful to know what food types to watch out for in case you leave them out for too long without washing. To make sure these foods don’t permanently meld to your dishes, simply ensure they get put in the dishwasher with the best dishwasher detergent straight away. There’s nothing to worry about with Finish.

Fat/sugar coating

If you’ve just dug into a meal that leaves a greasy or sugary residue behind, then it may be particularly difficult to clean. Dried sugars can be very stubborn and would once have needed a long soak, but Finish’s Powerball acts as a pre-soak, meaning they can go straight in the dishwasher.


Cereals and other dried food can become a problem for your plate once you’re finished, because what’s left (when dried) will cling to your plate. This will then become difficult to remove without a hot wash, or a long soak. If you don’t plan to run your dishwasher immediately, then give your plates a quick rinse after use if you can.  Wheat, barley and scrambled egg can dry on fast though, so don’t worry if they do, because Finish can tackle these and most other dried on foods without a problem.


It’s not just your plates that can be difficult to clean by hand, but baking pans, trays, and other oven-proof dishes can hold on to the residue of cooked meat or vegetables (depending on preparation.) Tomatoes, for instance, have a habit of clinging on from a good, long cook. Removing these kinds of stains would be a chore if it weren’t for the dishwasher.


Food that’s burned on to a plate or pan can be ruinous, but you shouldn’t leave them totally without hope. First, soak the plate in very hot water, ensuring the black marks have been covered. As with everything on the list, following up quickly with a full washing cycle using Finish, should do the job. Milk and cheese are the main culprits here, so make sure to keep an eye out when preparing a dairy-rich meal.

Mug stains

It’s not just foods that can be hard to clean, but tea and coffee, especially over time, can be hard to take care of. These drinks’ dark color can make for some pretty nasty stains on frequently used mugs. Although there are alternative methods to remove the stains, it is best to take care of them with dishwashing power. Even when these stains appear to have dried on to the mug, the active ingredients in Finish will work to break these down, leaving them sparkling.