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Sodium Citrate, Sodium Carbonate Peroxide, Sodium Carbonate, Disodium Disilicate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium polyaspartate, Tetra Acetyl Ethylene Diamine (TAED), Sorbitol, Sorbitan Sesquicaprylate, Caprylyl/capryl glucoside, Glycerin, Fragrance, Subtilisin, Amylase, Limonene (allergen), Sodium Gluconate
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Why You’ll Love Automatic Dishwasher Tablets
Automatic dishwashers are always a nice amenity to have in the kitchen, but it can be frustrating to pull dishes out after a full cycle and still find them dirty—whether you see the grime or not. That’s because some dishwashing liquids and tablets on the market are not only ineffective but they’re also made from some nasty ingredients, like chemicals and known toxins, that can harm you and your family—and also the environment by polluting waterways and destroying wildlife.
The real clean comes from environmentally sound and safe products like Ecover Automatic Dishwasher Tablets. Made from plant-based materials and natural minerals, these compact tablets are made from a biodegradable and phosphate-free dishwashing formula that can effectively clean the grit and grime off of dirty dishes, glasses, and flatware—even all the stuck-on residue. Ecover’s product is incredibly easy to use (just pop one into the cartridge where you’d normally put the dishwashing liquid) and also convenient since each box comes with 25 tablets that can get the job done time and time again.
Why Ecover Automatic Dishwasher Tablets are better for you and the environment
Clean is often a relative term. While you wouldn’t think you need to give a second thought to what’s actually inside your household disinfectants—they rid the dirt and dust from your home after all—it’s just as important to look at these labels like you would any food product. Many have harmful chemicals and substances, and these can transfer onto your plates, bowls, cups, silverware, and other items that you regularly use to eat your meals.
When you clean your dishes with something that has potentially harsh ingredients, these compounds can be directly ingested and lead to skin irritations, respiratory problems, even certain types of cancers with prolonged use.
It’s always advisable to avoid chemicals bearing these (sometimes hard to pronounce) names:
- Glycol ethers, also called 2-butyoxyethoxy ethanol, ethylene glycol mono butyl ether, or diethylene glycol mono butyl ether
- Alkylphenol ethoxylates, sometimes called nonylphenol ethoxylates, octylphenol ethoxylates, nonoxynols, or octoxynols
- Ethanolamines, also called monoethanolamine, diethanolamine, or triethanolamine
- Quarternary immonium compounds, also known as alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride (ADBAC), benzalkonium chloride, or dodecyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride
- Artificial fragrances
- Dyes or other colorants
Ecover Automatic Dishwasher Tablets are always free from these harmful ingredients, allowing you to rest assured that your dishes are getting clean without dangerous substances. One of the most important things these tablets don’t contain are phosphates, a group of chemicals that seem great on the surface, but can actually harm the environment.
Phosphates are commonly used in automatic dishwashing detergents to help rid dirt and grease, reduce spotting and filming, and prevent food from flying around in the dishwasher and transferring back to dishes. The problem with using phosphate, though, is that it can build up in the water and contribute to an excessive amount of algae. This then leads to poor water quality and impacts drinking water as well as all aquatic life. So, opting for a dishwashing tablet like Ecover’s that is free of phosphate is one small step toward a better earth.
What Ecover does use in its unique formula is sodium citrate, sodium carbonate peroxide, sodium carbonate, sorbitol, and glycerin, among other ingredients.
More products that can keep your dishes clean
Achieving super clean dishes doesn’t just come from dishwashing detergent. There are other green, healthy options that can keep all of your dishes and utensils sparkling and safe to use. Here are a few products that can complete your dish care routine.
Before stacking your dirty dishes in the washer, be sure to give them a good rinse and pass through scrub with one of Twist’s sponges. Doing so will prevent nasty food buildup and clogs, and also ensure you’ll have the cleanest kitchen cabinets. Even better, the Twist Scrub Sponge doesn’t contain any dyes, plastics, or toxic adhesives.
Wearing gloves when loading the dishwasher will make the process even easier and prevent your hands from getting soaked and dirty. You can also use them for other activities around the house, like cleaning the oven and bathroom, or even gardening. They are fair trade certified and made of natural rubber, making them easy to recycle and an obvious choice to pair with Ecover Automatic Dishwasher Tablets.
Sometimes there aren’t enough dishes to fill a whole load in the dishwasher; in those times, you can get the job done with Mrs. Meyer’s dish soaps. While lemon verbena is a popular scent, there’s also geranium and lavender. All have concentrated formulas that go a long way; they are made from soap bark extract that rinses clean and rids grease.
More about Ecover
Ecover was founded in 1980 by a group of eco-pioneers that aimed to help people discern cleaning habits that were harmful and how they could be changed. They developed a line of products free of toxic ingredients, beginning with the world’s first phosphate-free laundry detergent. Since their modest beginnings, Ecover has grown to offer 35 products available in more than 40 countries.
In addition to the amazing dishwasher tablets, Ecover also has cleaners that will work wonders for your clothes and your bathroom. Their stain remover, fabric softener, and toilet cleaner let you care for your fashion and your home without dangerous chemicals. Ecover recognizes that getting things clean is a dirty job, so whether it’s a stained jacket or a messy bathroom, you can still have eco-conscious and recyclable products at the ready. Not only are they now a pioneer in green cleaning ingredients, but Ecover also uses facilities that are energy efficient and environmentally conscious.
Reviews For Automatic Dishwasher Tablets
Based on 60 Reviews
Clean and safe!
My dishes get VERY clean, the tabs leave no residue, and they're safe for my septic system. It's a win all around!
Fantastic! I buy them regularly!
I can't believe how well these work! Better than all chemical-ridden commercial brands I have used. No streaks, no residue, cleans grease... they're awesome! I use these tablets with a splash of vinegar and have clean, shiny dishes. Just a note for reference - I have municipal water that has some 'hardness' to it, leaves behind white buildup on everything.
So-so ease of use and power
I found this an okay product - pots and plates got clean, nice smell, but glasses often had a cloudy film. The tablets are plastic wrapped rather than dissolving in the dishwasher, which I found difficult to open with wet fingers after loading the dishwasher.
Gentle ingredients to the earth, but gets my dishes clean! win, win!
These Tablets are the best.
Have tried other environmentally friendly dishwasher tablets and liquids. This is the absolute best! Great cleaning power, though I do lightly rinse off food before placing in the dishwasher.
They work just as well as Cascade or other "dirtier" dishwasher tablets.
I didn't think anything could clean as well as my Cascade tablets but I have been proven wrong. Ecover dishwasher tablets are great and rates well with EWG.org. Thank you Thrive for keeping them in stock.
Left a film
Was excited to use this product as many natural dishwasher soap don't do the job. This soap left a filmy residue on all our glasses. It was easily rinsed off, but who wants to rinse their dishes after taking them out of the dishwasher.
Does the Job
Dishes are getting clean and I love that it is natural...
We have very hard water and our dishes never look clean. I use this in conjunction with lemonshine and my dishes are spotless. Works 10x better than previous soups I have tried. The environmental aspect of product is a plus. I do agree the fact that they are individually wrapped is kinda annoying, but it is a small disadvantage when considering the positives... like clean dishes!
Ecova Automatic Dishwasher Tablets
Excellent product! Cleans very well and has a pleasant fragrance unlike the harsh chemical smell of the popular brands. We're on a well and septic system so having a product that cleans well and is eco-friendly is wonderful.
The dishwasher tablets were great! I was really impress with how the dishes were so clean. I will use it again.
- Lou Ann
Gets the jobs done
When I am feeling lazy and do not want to wash my dishes by hand, I pop them in the dish washer and use these tablets. They work very good and leave my dishes feeling and smelling clean. No residue left or anything like that, squeaky clean.
I added a little white vinegar in the rinse aid compartment and tossed one of these little beauties in -- sparkling dishes! And this is saying a lot since our previous tenants that rented were very hard on the washer. We were worried we may have to buy a new one, but we've got it working great.
Would buy again!
I decided to give these a try and to my surprise, they work just as well as the previous brand I was using (Cascade) and are much less toxic! Will continue to purchase this product, thank you!
Individually wrapped in plastic?
I love that these don't leave residue on your dishes. They're pretty awesome...but I can't get past the fact that each one is wrapped in plastic. Cmon guys, something a little more environmentally appropriate? 5 stars when you fix the packaging.
We love these dish tabs in our house! I'm working to use more plant based cleaners, and my husband was very skeptical - they rarely live up to his expectations. These do the trick! A must have in my house!
These little tablets work great! I tried another brand on thrive, and my dishes were still yucky. With these I have had no issues, although I do rinse my food dishes before hand. Still, I am happy with these, and there is no leftover residue from the cleaning agent like other brands left before.
I recently purchased this to replace the harsher dishwashing liquids and it works just as well, if not better! Great for the environment. Recommended.
Sparkling clean dishes!
I love knowing my dishes are really clean without the harsh chemicals. I buy them for others to try. They are less expensive that comparable brands in my local stores healthy section.
I rate this 5 stars because it works well thus far, on my second box worth of dishwashing loads and have no complaints! Happy to know I am using a more eco friendly option.
So glad I read the reviews on this. Other nontoxic dishwasher tablets, liquid... were, well, quite disappointing.. Sooooooo happy to have found this. It cleans wonderfully ,and yes you can use just a 1/2 tablet. Thank you Thrive~~
dishwashing woes averted
I have just started using this product, but I can already see a difference in the dishes. They no longer have brown spots on them and a soapy film that was a daily nuisance with the brand name product I had been using. It is also nice to know that I am no longer using a product that has harsh chemicals in it.
best i've used!
I have tried many natural detergent pods for automatic dishwashers and this is the best by far. Dishes come out super clean and glasses are sparkling. Highly recommend!
These are AWESOME!!!
These are definitely as good as all the reviews have said. They clean my dishes so well! Even my kids noticed how clear our drinking glasses and glass cereal bowls were coming out. We do scrub our dishes before we put them in the dishwasher, but our old detergent was not getting them spotless like this brand does even with cleaning beforehand. I'm a forever customer, unless something happens and these stop working so well.
working better than others
We have hard water that leaves a coating on everything. It's been trial & more trial to find a product that's not poisoning the planet AND cleans. This is the best I've found so far. (color me... relieved.)
Cleans really well!
The best detergent! Leaves dishes clean, spotless and does not leave any film!
I love these. If been looking for a natural product for a while, but I was afraid they wouldn't work. This one got pretty good reviews, so I tried one box. We love them! They work great, and I feel better knowing my dishes aren't being washed with chemicals and irritants! At only $5/box, they're definitely worth trying out!
- Sarah K
Confused as to why this gets perfect stars and great reviews. Left white grainy stuff all over my dishes like the last natural dishwasher product I tried to use. My dishwasher is less than a year old, I don't think it's the machine. Maybe it is since I seem to be the odd one out, but purchase with caution. :/
Cleans very well.
The best dishwashing product
Cleans great and doesnt contain any chemicals. Love it.
I have run two dishwasher loads using the tablets, and so far, so good! No cloudy glassware like I have found with other natural brands and has a pleasant scent.
I have used cascade liquid detergent for years, but decided to switch to something more natural. This works great! My dishes are just as clean as using the harsh chemical stuff.
- Thrive User
Just as good as Conventional
I have bought and tried several natural and non toxic dishwasher detergents but they all left film on my dishes but Ecover made my dishes sparkle and cleaned them just as well as conventional detergents except without all the chemicals. This is my dishwasher detergent now!
So far the best one I've tried. I am on my second box and I'll keep on buying it.
Best dishwasher soap
I love recover because it doesn't leave spots on my dishes or glasses, no wired smell and these little tablets are so easy to use.
I'm not very experienced with dishwashers and when we first moved into our apartment that had one I ran out and bought some cascade tablets out of desperation. I was looking for something more natural so I gave these a try. They actually leave my dishes more sparkly and leave less residue (almost none) than cascade. Im converted! I will be buying these again!
These tablets are easy to use and work just as good, if not better, than the other commercially available detergents you see in your local stores.
They get the dishes & glasses clean with no residue or film. We always rinse everything before putting it into the dishwasher so I cannot attest for it's effectiveness without pre rinsing.
I will definitely continue to buy these dishwasher tablets.
Was wondering whether something all natural would still clean and it did - I'm a satisfied customer
AZ No Fog on glasses
Omg I live in AZ where the water is very hard, even have a water system for the house. My glasses are finally clear and bright, No Fog anymore! This will be in my basket every time I shop on Thrive!! Thank you
I agree with another reviewer who didn't like the plastic wrapping. I've used other tablets that had a dissolvable biodegradable wrap that worked well. But these clean much better. I have even used them to wash my expensive wine glasses with great results. They clean what others leave behind. This is a product I can reccomend.
It works very well. My dishes are clean and not as cloudy as they used to be. Great alternative and good value. I'll buy it again.
I tried making my own dishwasher detg and I have tried other natural brands none worked as nicely as this does. No film left on plastics or glasses, yeah!! Will continue to buy.
I keep coming back to Ecover products because they WORK and they work for the environment. Top rated on Environmental Working Group household database, which is a huge plus for me! Happy customer here.
I've lived in Arizona (with extremely hard water) for 4 years, had trouble with residue or spots on my dishes the entire time, and have tried a number of tablets and gels. Finally I have found something worth buying again. There aren't any soap granules left on my dishes after a wash cycle and everything is sparkly clean.
These work great, our dishes sparkle and it cleans better than the Cascade that we used for years. We're hooked!
these work better in our Miele dishwasher compared to Seventh Generation. squeaky clean dishes, fewer spots
Gets the dishes clean.
After using another brand of eco-friendly detergent, our dishes were covered in a film. This product makes all of our dishes shine!
My favorite "safe" dishwasher tablet. Highly recommend.
Good product, bad packaging
These were great for washing my dishes in my dishwasher, but I was so disappointed that each tablet is individually wrapped in plastic. So wasteful, considering that their customers choose their brand because they have a lower impact on the environment. Other brands do not wrap the tablets individually.
These little tabs are the only natural dishwasher product that gets my dishes clean. I've tried about five other brands until I found these. Nice scent, handy tab shape.
Last time I ordered these they were packed right next to my food products. Even though the scent is lovely and mild, it made my food taste a little funny. Make sure you specify for these to be packed separate from any food you may be ordering.
This stuff is amazing. No water spots. No stains. No chunks left stuck on my dishes.
I love that it's recyclable and that the packaging is made from recycled materials.
This is definitely one of my top five choices.
- Margie Tarp
These are great tablets. You can really feel good about using them. No matter where that dirty water goes from the dishwasher it won't harm any fish or other animals.
This stuff gets my dishes clean and doesn't even leave any spots.
- Timothy V
Need more Shine
I like this brand of dishwasher tablets. I only wish they made my glass wear shine more. While they don't do that, they do wash away dirt and grime that other dishwasher tabs have left behind, so they are not a total loss. I also like that the scent is light and natural. No artificial scents or chemicals to smell. A good product. If it could add more shine to my dishes I would give it five stars!
- Sasha Drew
I am extremely glad I became a member of Thrive Market. I have saved so much money and found some great brands over the last few months. It is so worth having a membership here! I found these dishwasher tablets on Thrive and so much cheaper than in store and way more effective while being natural and biodegradable so they are safe for the environment.
These tablets really do power away dirt and grime. I am finding myself pre-washing my dishes less than ever before. I am also not picking food off plates once washed by the dishwasher anymore and it is awesome. I am saving so much time, money, effort, and protecting our environment and my dishes from harmful chemicals and harsh ingredients.
- Sunshine T.
I honestly have no idea how people got along so well without having dishwasher detergent in tablet form. This has changed my kitchen so much, and I'm glad that there are now more environmentally-friendly versions of the tablets as well. For awhile, I was having a problem finding any. This has been great. Each individual tablet can go into the dishwasher, and I'm finding that it cleans the dishes pretty well. I don't have any spot residue on my clear glasses either - which is something that kept happening with my non-natural detergents.
I love Thrive's price too. For $1 more than what I pay for "generic" and non-environmentally friendly detergents, I could go with this AND have it delivered to my door. Thrive prices are amazing!
- E. Elderstein
Not as good as expected
If I'm going to use something natural like these tabs, I want them to work as good if not better than the chemical sludge I usually use.
These tabs worked ok, but my glasses weren't sparkling clean as I thought they would be. It did get rid of some caked on dirt on my pans, so that was great, but I guess I was waiting to be wowed, and I was just kind of pleased instead.
Surprised powder is this good
As another reviewer mentioned, powder washing tabs aren't always the best at removing tough stains and grimy dishes.
But this was different. I'm not sure how they do it, as this is a natural product, but there wasn't any residue or grittiness, and my dishes and glasses were polished and gleaming. No strong odor or anything either. Good product.
- Conrad Daniel
Surprisingly good product
I've never used a powder before - I remember all the gritty residue from my mother's dishwasher - but when I received free samples, I tried them out rather than wasting them. To my surprise, they worked beautifully, and no residue! Plus, they're cruelty free and non-toxic. A great product.
- C. Paredes
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