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3 green dish soaps that work
We tried three "green" dish detergents on dirty dishes left out for hours. Here’s what we found
Attitude Automatic Dishwasher Detergent
This detergent is certified eco-friendly and has no phosphates, chlorine or dyes.
Tested on: a bowl used for pesto and a breakfast smoothie glass with stubborn raspberry seeds.
“I prefer detergents that are easier on the environment, but I find they don’t always work well. This was one of the good ones. It got all my dishes clean, even the ones that had been sitting in the dishwasher for a couple of days.”
-Kat Tancock, web editor
$8, 520 g (26 pouches)
Palmolive Ultra Oxy Plus
This phosphate-free dish soap uses oxygen to lift baked-on foods from dishes and pans.
Tested on: caked-on dessert bowls and a roasting pan.
“Instead of soaking my used dinner dishes right away, I let them dry out and then washed them by hand with this soap the next morning. With two wipes of a dishcloth, the glass bowls were clean. For the pan, I had to use a sponge to get the same clean results.”
-Lisa Hannam, associate editor
$3, 625 mL
Dawn Plus with Power Scrubbers
This dish soap contains no phosphates, and a portion of sales goes to wildlife charity.
Tested on: a glass lasagna pan and a frying pan used to cook eggs.
“I was very impressed with this dish soap. It’s great for dishes that would normally need a bit of scrubbing. I put less muscle into cleaning my pans, and the eggs came off easily. I liked that it didn’t try out my hands, even though I wasn’t wearing rubber gloves.”
-Sun Ngo, acting art director
$3, 561 mL