Trader Joe's Automatic Dishwashing Detergent: An Environmentally Sound Alternative
Sep 25, 2009
We finally got ourselves an automatic dishwasher last fall. It was a convenience I had done without because I was concerned about using too much water and didn't like the fact that detergents used in these machines were pretty harsh. I did some research, though, and learned that properly used dishwashers actually use less water than hand washing. I also learned about Trader Joes's Automatic Dishwashing Detergent.
Most dishwashing powders contain bleach, fragrance, dyes and phosphates. I was amazed that phosphates hadn't been completely outlawed; apparently, this additive can't be used in laundry detergents anymore (in most states, anyway) but it's still regularly used in dishwasher detergents! It is a major pollutant, and I am definitely against using it (I believe it is being phased out as I write this, however).
Imagine my relief when I read a review of this product and found that not only did it NOT contain any of the above nasty ingredients, but also contained enzymes to help clean the dishes better. Our next shopping trip, I picked up a box to try. At $3.49 for 50 ounces, it seemed like a bargain, to boot!
Well, let me tell you, it is a great product. I use less than the suggested amount, and my dishes are really spanking, plus it doesn't etch the glass like some brands do. Do you hate that smell that wafts out when you open the dishwasher door? It's chlorine, a nasty, toxic chemical smell. No problems here, though--only a clean smell emanates from my machine!
When a company makes a product that not only does the job it's advertised to do, but also treats the environment kindly, I am only too happy to sing its praises. Good old Trader Joe's comes through again!
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