The importance of the invention of the dish pod far transcends a few strange youngsters who decided eating them might be fun. Before the invention of pods, dishwashing detergent came in either powder, gel, or tablet form, and each had its good and bad points. Most modern detergent pods are better than all of them, plus they do away with having to measure, which was often ignored and resulted in too much or too little detergent used. The detergent contained in most pods is more concentrated than that found in liquid or gel offerings, so it delivers a greater clean while also using less product in each washing cycle—a true win, win. Plus, you don’t even have to unwrap them, just put them in the detergent dispenser, close the door and run your dishwasher as usual. Some pods include more than one kind of soap, plus a rinse aid to help get your dishes as clean as possible.