Many of my readers don't want to make their own dishwashing detergent and have asked me for options for eco-friendly commercial brands. I did some research and I wanted to try these brands to see how they stacked up against each other.
How Green Can You Go
They use an A (Safe) to F (may kill you) scale. To put things in perspective, only 6 products got an A score and many of the big names (like Cascade and Finish) got a big fat F.
You can click on the link to EWG above to see where your dishwashing detergent ranks.
They also use "blends" in which ingredients aren't specifically noted so we can't actually be sure what's included.
If you're expecting super shiny beautiful and perfect dishes you may be disappointed by either brand. Don't get me wrong-- they are very clean, but they are not crystal clear omg sparkly clean.
If you only buy the dishwashing gel, then you'd spend $11.90 (including shipping) on 40 loads which is...
Round 3 Winner: GrabGreen
Honestly, either product would be a good choice. They are both a lot healthier than a traditional dishwasher detergent and both of them did a good job at cleaning the dishes.
I still stand by my DIY detergents especially since the cost is significantly lower than any brand name purchase, but I decided to try these products because I know that some readers were having trouble finding the ingredients to make the DIY products or simply didn't have the time. So I thought we'd look at some alternatives. These two seemed to have the best reviews so I thought I'd give them a shot and I'm glad I did. They both performed really well.
I hope this review was helpful to you in determining what brand is right for you. Do you have any favorite eco-friendly dishwashing detergents? If so, I'd love to hear about them!
If you are interested in these products here are some links:
If you want to take a look at my DIY detergents here are the links: