Made the switch to a more "green" and natural dishwasher detergent after learning of all the harmful chemicals in most commercial brands. I tried the 'planet' brand but am very disappointed. It leaves residue on my dishes and they do not come clean. I find myself having to unload my dishes and rewash them by hand. Does anyone have a good suggestion for a green dishwasher detergent that gets the job done??
I use Ecover dishwasher tablets and rinse aid (as well as other cleaning and laundry products of theirs) and it works really well. The store that sells the best range of Ecover products near me lets you refill containers of some of the more popular items like washing-up liquid from bulk containers and gives you a discount - how cool is that?!
I had the hardest time finding a "green" dishwasher detergent too. Every other green cleaning product seems to work relatively well, but this was a big struggle. I use the Ecover brand most of the time as well, and its pretty good. What I have found that helps tremendously is, if your dishwasher has a little place to put one of those "rinse aid" products - fill that little reservoir with white vinegar. Helps get rid of any funky residue the detergent leaves behind.
Ecover dishwasher tablets (not the powder) are the best, I have been using them for some time now. Even Consumer Reports has given them a very good rating. I have tried all the other natural brands and they just did not clean very well.
Thanks for all the responses everyone! I will definitely check out these brands. Lots of options here. I agree, there are so many great cleaning supplies that work great, but a good dishwasher detergent has been difficult to find. I love the idea of the vinegar rinse. I will have to give that a try too! Thanks!
i've been using Seventh Generation. it actually works a whole lot better than the crap i used before. my husband opened the dishwasher to get something out prior to the cycle being done he said it was like being slapped in the face with a lemon grapefruit tree. : )