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Apr 21, 2013 03:37 PM

What's the best "green" or environmentally friendly dishwashing liquid you've used?

I use Seventh Generation now, and find it pretty effective. It does have all the sodium laureth sulfate type stuff, though. What's your choice if you use a "green" dishwashing liquid? I'm looking for handwashing detergent recs, not dishwasher. Thanks.

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  1. I've tried a lot of them, and I've found that Method works the best, but there are a couple of drawbacks:
    1. The scents are pretty powerful and IMO all of them are pretty nasty except for the cucumber. They used to make an unscented variety but they discontinued it :(
    2. The design of their pump dispenser is AWFUL. It shoots a projectile stream of soap forward instead of down, so I kept ending up with it all over my clothes or on the floor instead of in the sink or on the sponge. Lesson learned - now I buy the refill bags & pour the soap into a refillable OXO dispenser.

    1. I use 7th Generation, too. Is there a problem with sodium laureth sulfate?

      I see that Whole Foods has its own version of something unscented, which it displays right next to the 7G. It's $2.99 v. $3.99 for 7G.

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      1. re: Jay F

        Is there a problem with sodium laureth sulfate?
        Depends who you ask. It can cause skin & eye irritation in some people. There are groups claiming that it's a carcinogen, but that hasn't been proven. The issue is that the production of sodium laureth sulfate (and a number of other substances) also produces a byproduct called 1,4-dioxane - which is a likely carcinogen - and many products that contain SLES also test positive for trace amounts of 1,4-dioxane.

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Oh. I did not know that. Thanks, ghg.

      2. For actually biodegradable, nothing beats Dr. Bronner's.
        For degreasing, use simple green.

        Remember, dish soap is totally not necessary unless you've got oil (or bacon grease, or other things with fat.) Hot water kills bacteria.

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        1. re: Chowrin

          Unfortunately this is not true. It takes water at 140F to kill bacteria, above the setting of most hot water heaters and well above what people are willing to tolerate even with gloves.

          What is true is that merely warm water and a good scrub will in most cases *remove* enough bacteria from smooth surfaces like plates, glasses and silverware that most people need not worry. But if you've got a particularly troublesome bacteria source like raw chicken juice in your sink some detergent soap is definitely called for.

          1. re: nokitchen

            nu, yes. but raw chicken juice falls into my "contains fat" category, anyhow.

          2. re: Chowrin

            x1000 on Dr. Bronners. I have a gallon jug under the sink, attached to my built in soap dispenser and use it for everything.

            Everything else "greenwashed", including Method, 7th Generation, Mrs. Myers, etc. make my skin peel until it bleeds.

            1. re: Chowrin

              Simple Green is toxic. Check out the MSDS and the Environmental Working Group information. They fooled a LOT of us. (It hurts my lungs - which is why I looked it up to begin with. And wow.) Did you know it can kill insects? Really not good stuff.

              1. re: Vetter

                "Readily Biodegradable perOECD301D, Closed Bottle Test"

                ... kindly bother to look up what TOXICITY is, dammit! it's not about how irritating the stuff is! It's about building up inside you and causing long term damage!

                Read the words I write. Recognize that they're technical terms that have established meanings.

                This is not cyanide, which does build up within the body -- small amounts over time can kill you.

                That is all non-toxic means.

                1. re: Vetter

                  Thanks for sharing your experience--this is good to know. This product is widely available, and usually real 'green' cleaning products aren't, you have to hunt for them.

                  1. re: foiegras

                    not sure how this flunks the "green" test...?
                    Care to enlighten?

              2. Mrs Meyer's Lavender Dish Liquid is my favorite. It smells more like apple pie than lavender to me. Not sure why.


                  This waste water district is more concerned about grease and solids going down your drain, than about the kind of soap.