Product Review: 3 Eco-Friendly Dishwasher Detergents

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Name: Method Smarty Dish Go Naked
Price: $6.50 for 20 loads
Rating: Strong Recommend*

Name: Palmolive Eco+
Price: $3.95 for 75oz
Rating: Recommend*

Name: Martha Stewart Clean Dishwasher Detergent
Price: $8 for 64oz
Rating: Weak Recommend*

With a finicky dishwasher at home, and an even finickier one at work, we've tested out our fair share of dishwasher detergent products &mdash liquid vs. powder and eco-friendly vs. the regular stuff. Here's a review of 3 products that stood out, both good and bad.Our dishwasher at home unfortunately doesn't work very well and it's been difficult to find and eco-friendly detergent that can get the dishes clean. At work the dishwasher machine cannot clean well with powdered detergents (without leaving a white residue behind), so only the liquid stuff will do.

Method Smarty Dish Go Naked
Company Claim: Just when you thought smarty couldn’t get any smarter, it does. Still a super powerful detergent that cleans dirty dishes without resorting to dirty chemicals like phosphates and bleach, but now in a lightweight pouch that uses 87% less plastic than the original. Same clean, smaller footprint.
Performance: This is our hands down favorite dishwasher detergent and is the only one to get all of our dishes sparkly and clean. We also always prefer unscented cleaners and Method is one of the few companies that consistently offers an unscented product. The only drawbacks are the price seems a little high, it's only available in the 20 load bags and is sometimes hard to find at our local stores.

Palmolive Eco+
Company Claim: You want sparkling clean dishes, but you also want to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Now you can have both! Palmolive Eco+ gel dishwasher detergent provides powerful cleaning action and it's phosphate free, so it's better for lakes and streams.
Performance: We tested out this gel detergent at work and at home, and it really works great. The primary drawback is that while the product is free of phosphates it doesn't claim to be free of chlorine or bleach. After a little online research we found out that it does indeed have bleach (Sodium Hypochlorite), which according to Palmolive is used to prevent spotting &mdash we'd rather have a few spots on our dishes than bleach in our water so we won't be buying this again.

Martha Stewart Clean Dishwasher Detergent
Company Claim: Martha Stewart Clean Dishwasher Detergent uses 99+% plant- and mineral-based ingredients to clean and shine dishes, glassware, silverware, and cookware. Specially formulated for automatic dishwashers, it effectively cuts grease and removes baked-on food, is safe for all materials including fine china, and contains no artificial colors or preservatives.
Performance: Sorry, Martha, but this product flat out did not work at all! There were plenty of bits of leftover food, streaks on the glasses, and pretty much nothing helpful for getting dishes clean. All of the dishes needed a second washing, and we spoke with other people who were also unsatisfied with the performance of this detergent.

Having eco-friendly products available is great, but they need to work and they need to actually be eco-friendly! Otherwise it sort of defeats the purpose when more energy and water is needed to get the job done.

Let us know your favorite eco-friendly dishwasher detergents in the comments!

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