Green Automatic Dish Detergent?

Hello Annie,
I am new to this Web site (2 weeks I think). I have been buying organic and eco-healthy for some while, however, I cannot find a dishwasher detergent that works. The Ecover brand did an extremely poor job as does Seventh Generation. Any ideas?
–Megan, CO

Hi Megan,
Welcome! Dish detergent is one of the only areas left where there isn’t an adequate green product, especially if you have hard water! While the green automatic dish detergent products are much better than they were 10 years ago, by not using phosphates the green products are at a disadvantage. (Phosphates cause algae bloom in lakes and streams.) What I do in my own home is to use a green brand most of the time, and every few months I buy a mainstream brand and wash the dishes for a few cycles using that and then returning to the green brand. The mainstream brand does get all the cloudiness off the glasses.

I know that the green cleaning companies are working hard on this problem so we can hope they get it right soon.


Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Cheyenne Thunderbird

I don't have a dishwasher...I wash by hands

Sheri J.
Sheri J.3 years ago

I'm a dishwasher user. I haven't checked if my dishwasher detergent is environmentally friendly.

Nirvana Jaganath
Nirvana Jaganath4 years ago

Anyone tried the dishwashing gels before?

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

J.L. A.
JL A.4 years ago

Amway has a product that works

Cheryl B.
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Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers5 years ago

I hope the new products are an improvement.