Green Dishwashing Detergent
We have been trying several different brands of green dishwashing detergent to find the brands that work best for us and have the least impact on the environment. By green we mean a phosphate-free dishwashing detergent. The majority of normal detergents contain phosphates such as Sodium Tripolyphosphate or STPP. Phosphates aren’t inherently bad and in fact phosphates are in many everyday products . Phosphates are even used in fertilizers, it’s the 2nd number in the 0-0-0 convention, which is where the problem arises. When the levels of phosphates in lakes and streams are increased unnaturally it can lead to rapid growth of algae. Truhugger has a great article that explains phosphates and their impact in more detail.
It’s a pretty easy and not terribly expensive exercise in becoming green to move to phosphate free dishwashing detergents, but which one to choose? After testing several complete bottles of each we have found that the performance of Palmolive Eco is much better than Seventh Generation. Towards the end of our second bottle of Seventh Generation I began actively complaining about the quality of our glasses. Unless you thoroughly pre-rinsed the glass after our breakfast shake it would leave little strawberry seeds stuck all over the glass. When you fill a clean glass with milk and look down to see nasty dark spots covering your glass, it’s pretty hard to continue to drink it. Overall it did a poor job cleaning our dishes. However, Palmolive Eco works nearly as good as the previous dishwashing detergent that had phosphates. If you decide to try out a phosphate-free detergent I highly recommend Palmolive Eco.
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