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So, I was in Target the other day and I needed some dishwasher detergent. I was just about to pick up Cascade which is what I typically use, but the Chewy mom in me, vaguely remembered hearing something about phosphates or some other chemical in dishwasher detergent…what was it….oh yeah, here it is. So, I kept looking for a more environmentally friendly variety. My eyes happened upon this visually appealing product.
Isn’t it adorable? Because I was at Tar-zhay, my initial thought was that it was some new product in cutesy packaging, but upon further investigation I discovered differently.
instead of the nasty phosphates and bleach that make up conventional dishwasher detergent, smarty dish is made from super effective ingredients so green that one of them won a presidential green chemistry award (yes, that really is an award). the blend of mineral cleaning salts, anti-spotting agents and enzymes give smarty dish its serious kick, while the biodegradable and non-toxic ingredients mean no harmful residues or fumes to worry about in your home…or down the drain.
Cute and healthy! Of course, there was yet one more test that Method had to pass in order to make it into the Gem household. Is it cheap? It was $4.99 for 20 cubes. Compared to the Cascade that I had in my other hand which was $4.29 for 20 cubes. Cheap enough for me!
So, I brought that cute little canister home and gave those eco-friendly cubes a try. Let me tell you ….they worked BETTER than the Cascade. Seriously. Much better. The dishes felt cleaner and had that squeaky clean quality that I had been missing with Cascade. To be fair, I had been using the Cascade powder as opposed to the cube, so I don’t know if that had any effect.
Oh and while we’re on the topic. I had previously tried an eco-friendly brand of dishwashing detergent that was so awful, I didn’t even finish using the entire container. And you know how tight money is around here, so you know that’s saying something. I would empty the dishwasher and have to re-wash half of my silverware and some of the plates as well. Come on, plates are the easiest thing to clean in a dishwasher! And I’m one of those people that rinse the dishes before I put them in the dishwasher!
Then I google’d that particular product and find out that it is a fraud! They label it eco-friendly because it is phosphate free but it still contains chlorine bleach. You mean to tell me that product has bleach in it and it still can’t get dishes clean? Good grief! Don’t bother trying this product. Not calling any names. But not only does it do a crappy job, but I couldn’t even find a good picture of it. Just saying.
In conclusion, go get Method Dishwasher detergent at Target!!! You can thank me later.