I haven't been able to find a good non-toxic dishwasher powder until now. I tried a recipe for making my own and the dishes just didn't come clean. For a while we purchased Palmolive Eco, but the store that I shop at stopped carrying it. I wasn't completely certain about the ingredients either, there was still a strong bleachy smell when I ran the dishwasher. Ecostore USA recently contacted me about trying their products. I chose to try the Auto Dish Powder and the Lemon Rinse Aid.
I had seen the Ecostore brand at Meijer, but hadn't tried it yet. I like their statement No Nasty Chemicals and their commitment to being green. Ecostore USA is an extension of a 20 year old New Zealand company that makes plant based, non-toxic household cleaning, baby and personal care products. The dish powder is made of mineral salts, citrus and coconut oils. They list the ingredients right on the package, which is something most of the new big brand "eco" products do not do.
So, basically my review is - it works. There is no smell or residue left on the dishes. Its a bit more expensive than other dishwashing powders, but having a safe dishwashing powder is important to us. We use two tablespoons of powder per load of dishes (one in the compartment and one in the open part), and it seems like one bottle will last us a while. The rinse aid is nice also, I thought that the dishes might smell like lemon, but they don't. The Ecostore products work just as well or better than anything else we have used.
Ecostore USA products are available at Meijer. They also offer free shipping on orders of $25 or more from their website. If you're interested in trying their products, they are offering a $25 gift card to one reader. To enter the giveaway, head over to the Ecostore blog and sign up for their No Nasty Chemicals newsletter (in the right side bar). Leave a comment letting me know you did this, being sure to include your email address. For an extra entry, leave a second comment letting me know that you follow my blog. I'll close the giveaway in three weeks on Feb 13th at midnight.
** This giveaway is closed and a winner had been contacted. Thanks for your interest.**