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Automatic Dishwashing Detergents

Automatic Dishwashing Detergents

Until now, if you have hard water, the most difficult product to substitute an environmentally preferable one for has been automatic dish detergent.

Most commercial products contain phosphates and chlorine, and while these are problematic for the environment, they leave the dishes sparkling clean. But phosphates soften water and can cause algae blooms in lakes and ponds, and the production of chlorine can cause dioxin and other organochlorines that are long-lasting in the environment.

I am sure I am not alone in having had to wash a film off the dishes a few times after experimenting with the green brands of automatic dish detergent over the years, and ultimately given up and bought a leading commercial brand. It is great to announce that those days are over. Two leading green brands of automatic dishwashing detergent, Seventh Generation and Ecover, have reformulated their products, and the new formulas truly work as well as the leading national brands, even if you have hard water. They are chlorine and phosphate free. The Seventh generation product is also “Free and Clear of Perfumes and Dyes,” and the formula has been particularly improved to reduce spotting and filming.

Read more: Home, Green Home Decor, Non-Toxic Cleaning

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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7:13AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

Nadie S. - thanks for the dishwasher detergent recipe. I don't have a health store here so I'll see if they have any of that stuff at Walmart.

12:52PM PST on Nov 13, 2012

never used a dishwasher

8:24AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Bi-O-Kleen also has a dishwasher power and I love that brand, they make the best of everything.

4:10AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Thank you.

3:37AM PDT on May 2, 2012

have been phospate-free for became possible for laundry in the 1970's

4:15PM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

thank you

7:43AM PDT on Mar 16, 2011

anything eco friendly works!

5:12PM PST on Mar 8, 2011

I use to buy Seventh Generation, which is an excellent product, until I started making my own, which works just as well. Note that I don't have hard water.
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup kosher salt
1 cup Borax
1 cup sodium carbonate
Mix together and use as regular dish washing soap.
All of which I buy at my health food store.
Almost no packaging and half the price!

4:26AM PST on Jan 20, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:20PM PDT on Oct 14, 2010

Anything that helps!!!

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