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Green Automatic Dish Detergent?

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.

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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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5:59AM PDT on May 15, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:43AM PST on Jan 7, 2013

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

7:12AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

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

1:51AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Anyone tried the dishwashing gels before?

12:39AM PDT on May 4, 2012

Thanks for the article.

7:41AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Amway has a product that works

7:21PM PST on Nov 17, 2011


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8:54AM PDT on Jul 10, 2011

I hope the new products are an improvement.

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