Can any eco-dishwashing soap really tackle the tough jobs?

The answer is: yes. But so many people I know have guiltily headed back to conventional products after trying eco-soaps that are watery and ineffective.

Ecover’s various dishwashing soaps do a really good job, are widely available and are generally in the mid-upper band of the price range. Since they are pretty viscous, a little goes a long way. The main problem with them, for those of us who are based in north America, is that they are all manufactured in Europe (albeit in an eco facility, that uses only green electricity, has a green roof, etc.). Now, shipping heavy liquids across the Atlantic does not make much sense and is costly in carbon terms. So I have tried a number of the products that are made closer to home.

Here in Canada, my favourite product is made by a Montreal company called Bio-Vert.

small bio vert

It comes in two scents, citrus and green apple. I prefer the former but that is a matter of opinion. Bio-Vert has an informative website and, as far as I can make out, a pretty strong commitment to green products. Post-consumer recycled materials are used in packaging and the company is presently undertaking a full life-cycle assessment of all its products. Best of all, this dish-soap really works, even on tough pans.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    i use the bio-vert dishwasher soap and like it very much. it cleans very well and works best if you use a rinse agent. Dorisinti

  2. Diana says:

    I have tried the Biovert dishwasher soap too, after a post from Maria, and I like it as well. Being able to buy it at Costco is a good thing. I don't like the bits of plastic around the tablet, but I guess I will get over that. (I rationalize it by thinking of the extra cardboard packaging entailed by the several boxes of powder soap that would be required to replace the big box of compressed tablets).

  3. Fiona says:

    I like NatureClean's dishwashing liquid – it produces lots of bubbles (from cocobetaine) so you don't have to use a lot, and it is subtly scented with essential oils.
    However I agree with you about their laundry detergent (not very effective on stains). I will be switching to a homemade recipe to compare.

  4. Dacie says:

    Thank you for posting about this topic! So many people have no idea about the toxins used in so many lunch bags today. The thought that we put our child's lunch in an enclosed toxic compartment is really quite scary. I'm glad you've found some clean options here.

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