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Norchem Dishwashing Liquid at Costco: Product Review

You all know how I love a good deal. Not because I’m cheap, mind you, but because I like spending money on important stuff – like my children – rather than on daily necessities. That being said, you still have to have the ‘daily necessities’. They’re not called ‘necessities’ for nothing. You *need* them.

This is why I would like to share with you what is arguably one of the very best deals at my favorite store, Costco. I present to you the Norchem Dishwashing Liquid.

Now it’s not just that this product is incredible; it is just as good or better than any other dish-washing liquid you can buy, such as Palmolive, or whatever. The real difference here is the price. While a single liter of regular dish-washing liquid at the grocery store or general store – i.e. Target, Canadian Tire, can set you back $3 or $4, you get a whopping 10 liters of Norchem Dishwashing Liquid for the low, low price of $8.99!

Norchem Dishwashing Liquid at Costco

Norchem Dishwashing Liquid at Costco

In terms of quality, the Norchem Dishwashing Liquid can stand tall with the big boys of the industry, despite having quite the institutional name and packaging. It smells lemon-fresh, is soft on the hands, to which I can personally attest, having used this for years, and is tough on grease and baked on dirt, as you would expect.

Price-wise, it comes down to 89.9 cents a liter. I’m not certain how long my previous jug lasted, but it’s certainly more than a year. All my pots and pans, cutlery and dishes washed for a year for under $10, that’s *impossible* to beat.

It also is biodegradable and phosphate-free, which I’ll grant you is not huge, since the phosphate-free thing is required by law. We had a rash of crazy blue algae in the lakes around here, and it was found that the phosphates in the water run-off were causing the explosion. No more phosphates, no more blue algae, everyone’s happy and the soap cleans just as well.

If you think that all you could do with your Norchem Dishwashing Liquid was wash dishes, you would be mistaken. In fact, this is where this product really shines! Check out the recommended uses, as printed right on the side of the container!

Norchem Dishwashing Liquid at Costco - Detail

Norchem Dishwashing Liquid at Costco – Detail

So in addition to cleaning your dishes, you can clean your fine jewelry, your car and treated leather, to name only a few of the recommended uses? That’s fantastic, although I’ll admit to not having used my dishwashing liquid for most of these alternative uses. But it’s good to know you can, and that the company is not pushing you into buying a bunch of other products. The only other product I buy for my dishes are the Kirkland Signature Dishwasher Pacs, which I’ve previously reviewed here.

Norchem’s motto seems to be, “we have one product, it cleans everything, and comes in a two-and-a-half gallon monster jug. Use a lot, it’s dirt cheap!

Another great thing about this product is that it is made right here in Canada; it’s not shipped halfway around the globe for me to enjoy. I love the fact that I can support a locally-made product, and that on top of it, it provides me with quality, value and an unbeatable price. If your local Costco carries it, I highly recommend it. If it doesn’t, ask for it; if enough people ask, they’ll start carrying it, believe you me.

Kirkland Signature Dishwasher Pacs Product Review

Today I thought I would share with you another one of my regular Costco, Kirkland Signature purchases, namely the Kirkland Signature Dishwasher Pacs. They come in a little clear bucket with a yellow top, there are 110 pacs in the bucket, and the whole thing costs $10.89, Canadian dollars.

Because of the size of the package, I don’t have to buy this often, at most twice a year, and that’s probably an exaggeration. Like most automatic dishwasher detergent, Costco’s dishwasher pacs claim the following:

  • Grease-Fighting Power
  • Sparkling Clean, Streak-Free Dishes
  • Ease and Convenience
  • Lemon Scent
Costco's Kirkland Signature Dishwasher Pacs (Item number 567036 in Canada)

Costco’s Kirkland Signature Dishwasher Pacs (Item number 567036 in Canada)

What I like most about them, besides the fact that they work as advertized, is their cost: only 9.9 pennies per use. Thirty or forty cents a week to have all my dishes clean sounds pretty good to me!

Let’s be clear about one thing: this isn’t a gel-filled, swirly little pack with different colors in it; it is a no-frills, powder-filled pack that somehow manages to do the job quite well. Costco’s Kirkland Signature Dishwasher Pacs is a product that has delivered for me very well, at a very good price over the last few years, and I would be happy to recommend it to anyone. To learn more about dishwashers and dishwasher detergents and pacs, please follow this link.

Update – October 2nd, 2015 – Despite what I had decided to do – read the comments below – I’ve decided to purchase another bucket of Kirkland Signature Dishwasher Packs. The price has gone up since I last bought them, all the way up to $12.99, but that’s still only 11.81 cents per load. Very acceptable, considering the price of the competition has gone up, too.