Q: Can you recommend any good dishwashing detergent?
A: We here at Ecoholic are always happy to tell you just what's wrong with the conventional chemical cleaners. For instance, did you know that most supermarket dish detergents are petroleum-based and come complete with waterway- choking phosphates and suspected hormone disrupters that don't readily biodegrade?
Of course, we're even happier to share any earth-friendly options. But one question on everyone's mind still remains: which green cleaners actually work? We took the inquiry so seriously that we decided to knock down some walls and build a test kitchen. But then budget constraints prevailed and we just sent a bunch of staffers home to scrub. No blinders or lab coats were used, but we didn't hold back. There was sweat (you try washing dishes in 40° heat!), there were tears (I think one tester got soap in her eye), heck, there was even some blood shed (I never promised we'd agree on what cleans well, did I?) Read on as Ecoholic stops blabbing and starts cleaning.
PS: If nothing keeps your glasses from turning cloudy in the dishwasher you may need a vinegar rinse to remove hard water mineral deposits. Just pour a few ounces into your glass care dispenser and run the dishwasher without dishes. You can also get eco rinse aids at health stores (but we didn't test 'em).
Oh yeah, and two of these contain sodium lauryl sulfate, a controversial sudsing agent. Though some insist the coconut-derived kind is safe and much gentler than the synthetic, the jury is still out.
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