This is the first time in my life that I’ve ever had a dishwasher, so I can say I was super excited to start using one. Getting dishes done by hand in a small kitchen can be a nightmare because they add up so quickly, not to mention the countless sponges I’ve purchased over the years.
In the past couple years I’ve started buying products that are easier on the environment, and using a dishwasher should be no exception, so I purchased some ecostore auto dish powder. I already use their liquid dish soap, which works pretty well — it’s not sudsy like normal dish soaps, but that’s not a bad thing! :)
I bought the 1kg bottle, which should wash approximately 51 loads of dishes. At $9.50, it is definitely cheaper than a 45 pack of your normal powerball tablet-type washing powder, so I was really surprised. If you order direct from their website, http://www.ecostoredirect.co.nz , it’s only $10 for the 1kg bottle (shipping looks to be a bit much, though?).
Normally with the powerball type of detergent, the tablet sometimes sticks in the soap compartment of the dishwasher, wasting a cycle of water & electricity, and driving me nuts.
On the first load of dishes using the eco store powder, all of the powder was gone (yay) and my dishes look awesome. There was no residue left on my dishes, and my glassware wasn’t the slightest bit streaky.
The back of the bottle does suggest you use this powder with the ecostore rinse aid, but I don’t think I’ll really need it.
Verdict: I would definitely buy this again. It’s cheaper than the mainstream, non-ecofriendly varieties of dish washing powders out there, which is a plus.
I would like to get an ecostore dish brush eventually. They’re made of wood, cost about the same as a plastic one, and you can compost the head of the brush when it’s worn out and buy a new one for a relatively inexpensive price.
What eco-friendly dishwasher products have you discovered?