The Good: Effectively cleans dishes, The scent is not bad, Works well on cooked-on food
The Bad: Unremarkable scent, Does not excessively cut grease.
The Basics: A good concentrated dish liquid, Ultra Palmolive Oxy Plus Power Degreaser has an industrial cleaner scent, but not as much power as its name promises.
I stocked up on dish detergents before moving with my wife to Michigan because, frankly, I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into with the move. Not knowing exactly what stores would be around or what the prices might be, I gladly bought up all sorts of cleaners on clearance before the move. I actually got to the Ultra Palmolive Oxy Plus Power Degreaser before I intended to when my wife had to take one of our other dishwashing liquids into her work.
I found the Ultra Palmolive Oxy Plus Power Degreaser on clearance for $1.99. I was actually happy that, even at such an inexpensive price, the Oxy Plus Power Degreaser dish liquid cleaned dishes superbly. What it did not do, though, is degrease dishes in any notable or exciting way.
Ultra Palmolive Oxy Plus Power Degreaser is a very simple dish soap. It is a translucent dark blue fluid. I found it exclusively in the 30 fl. oz. plastic bottle. In that form, it appears much like any other dish soap. It features a top that is opened by pulling up on the green top. When opened, the very fluidic liquid dish soap is remarkably easy to dispense. I tend to expect Ultra products, those concentrated without much excess water, to be much more viscous, even gooey. Instead, Ultra Palmolive Oxy Plus Power Degreaser is very fluid and that led me initially to reason that it was not going to be a great value, though it turned out to be very good.
Ultra Palmolive Oxy Plus Power Degreaser lives up to its “Ultra” name. I use a dime sized dollop of Ultra Palmolive Oxy Plus Power Degreaser when I do dishes. That little amount allows me to do a full (two people’s dishes, three meals a day) sink full of dishes. We have used this bottle of Ultra Palmolive Oxy Plus Power Degreaser for over a month, but it is not going anywhere fast. This has a very good lathering quality that cleans up dishes well.
When opened, Ultra Palmolive Oxy Plus Power Degreaser emits a very medicinal aroma or one that seems reminiscent of a powerful cleaning agent. This is one of the strongest scents from any of the Ultra Palmolive products. However, when dishes are properly rinsed, the scent washes right off with the soap. Ultra Palmolive Oxy Plus Power Degreaser is an excellent dishsoap, but it is terrible on the nose.
Using Ultra Palmolive Oxy Plus Power Degreaser is simple. All you need to do is open a bottle of Ultra Palmolive Oxy Plus Power Degreaser, squirt a dollop into a dirty bowl, cup or onto a plate and turn the water on. A dime-sized dollop is enough to clean an entire sink full of dishes. One of the superlative characteristics of Ultra Palmolive Oxy Plus Power Degreaser is that it lathers up excellently, easily bubbling to fill a sink with cleaning bubbles. Even when the bubbles are not present – i.e. because dishes have been soaking – I know the Ultra Palmolive Oxy Plus Power Degreaser dishsoap has been working because of how effectively it cuts through limited amounts of baked on food. This leaves dishes clean and even when all sorts of dishes have been soaking together, like greasy pans and drinking glasses, dishes that are washed and then rinsed with this dishsoap end up sparkling clean and streak free!
What Ultra Palmolive Oxy Plus Power Degreaser is not ideal for are the real potstickers. If you cook rice to the bottom of a pot or burn a pasta meal to an old pan whose Teflon surface has worn out, the Ultra Palmolive Oxy Plus Power Degreaser dish soap will not do all that much for you. Objective testing in those circumstances illustrated that Ultra Palmolive Oxy Plus Power Degreaser did not enhance the cleaning experience for trying to get cooked-on goods off pots and pans. Soaking those dishes showed no real difference between with this dishsoap vs. just hot water. That makes some sense as Ultra Palmolive Oxy Plus Power Degreaser does not have any form of agitating beads in it. To me, this is not a dealbreaker, as I tend to rely upon the type of scrubbing instrument (like a steel wool pad) to do the work over the detergent.
Ultimately, Ultra Palmolive Oxy Plus Power Degreaser is good, but the scent does not make doing dishes as fun as some of the other Ultra Palmolive dish soaps and because it does not cut grease in a superlative way (which is what the selling point of this detergent is supposed to be), it is a tougher sell than it ought to be.
For other dish detergents, please be sure to visit my reviews of:
Ultra Palmolive Dish & Sponge Fresh Dish Liquid
Ultra Palmolive Pure + Caring
Lemon Jet Dry
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