6 Best Dishwasher Detergents

  • 01 of 06

    Mrs. Meyer's Automatic Dish Packs come in scents like geranium, clean day, basil, lavender, and lemon verbena. These dish packs are phosphates and chlorine free, using an oxygen bleach formula to powerfully clean tough dishes. Each package of Mrs. Meyer's Automatic Dish Packs contains 20 loads of dishwasher detergent.

    Mrs. Meyer's is gentle enough to protect your dishes while still scrubbing them clean, and work just as well as many harsher types of products on the market. One of the...MORE only drawbacks to this dishwasher detergent is that it can be difficult to find in a local store. If it's not available, ask your favorite retailer to carry it or find an online source.

  • 02 of 06

    Finish Quantum Tabs is a powder-based tab that is actually made up of three different parts. Scrubbing microbeads are designed to soften burnt-on food particles from your dishes. Then there are bleach particles to attack tough stains like coffee and tea. Finally, there is a rinse agent designed to leave your dishes sparkling and shiny. Finish Quantum Tabs are sold in several different sized packages. One Finish Tab is equal to one load of dishes in the dishwasher. The downside to the Finish...MORE Quantum Tabs is the price as it's is more expensive per load than many other powder and gel packs. However, keep in mind that you probably will not need an additional rinse agent since Finish Quantum has one built right in.

  • 03 of 06

    As many communities begin to change rules about allowing phosphates in dishwater, it's nice to know that Cascade has a Complete All-In-One Pack that is phosphate free and still highly effective. Cascade Complete Packs are gel based and easy to use. Simply grab one gel pack and toss it into the designated detergent place on your dishwasher. Be careful, though. Using gel packs has its own set of rules when it comes to water. If you reach into the container of gel packs with wet hands, you run...MORE the risk of accidentally dissolving some of your gel packs. Avoid a meltdown, and use only dry hands to retrieve the gel packs.

  • 04 of 06

    Seventh Generation has long been making real products that work while reducing the negative impact on our planet and its environment. Seventh Generation Auto Dish Packs are no different, and they do not disappoint. Seventh Generation Free and Clear dish packs are scent and dye free. These powerful dishwasher detergent packs come in packs of 20 loads. Even people with hard water are surprised by how effective Seventh Generation's dish packs are at cleaning without leaving a film on dishes....MORE Seventh Generation can also be a little more difficult to find locally, but it's readily available online.

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  • 05 of 06

    We've long been fans of many of Method's products and Method's Smarty Dish Tabs are some of our favorites. These dish tabs are available in packs of 20 tabs/loads. The Go Naked variety is dye and scent free, while the Pink Grapefruit is pink and scented lightly. Each dish tab packs a powerful punch despite the fact that they are phosphate and bleach free. We love that Method discloses their ingredients without trying to hide what is in their products. We also love the super compact...MORE packaging that Method uses to reduce waste and trash. Method can sometimes be harder to find in smaller stores, but try shopping online for the best deals.

  • 06 of 06

    If you like good old fashioned dishwasher detergent powder, you are not alone. Many people prefer powder so that they can control the amount of soap. Others appreciate the gentle scrubbing action that powder offers on their dishes and in their dishwasher. If powder dishwasher detergent is your favorite, then Cascade Complete powder might be the perfect answer for your dish needs. Most formulas can be found phosphate free and the added boost of Dawn dish soap helps to cut grease on even the...MORE toughest dirt.