This product shatters the old world expectations of green cleaning products. Because compared to both the mass market and other green brands (and I've tried them all), I find that the 7th Gen dishwasher powder works the best. You don't have to settle for lackluster results to "save the planet."
From what I can tell, the 75oz sized boxed powder detergent is only sold at Target. Most other stores sell the smaller boxes for [..].
(I have municipal "hard" water with 100+ yr old plumbing; I use a full sized / full featured Maytag portable dishwasher)
* Glassware turns out crystal clear and sparkling, so no need for rinse aid (making this product well worth the price).
* Super tough / dried on and/or super greasy dirt is scrubbed off, even on the insides of deep bowls. (I've only had problems with microwaved, dried on egg)
* Free & Clear + 7th Generation = no chemical ladden steam entering your household air.
* Most dishwasher techs recommend powder detergent as better for your dishwasher.
* And if you're sensitive to the most minute "chemical smells and tastes" as I am, you won't taste "dishwasher detergent chemicals" on your glassware when drinking water or anything else for that matter.
(ischsnay worries about ingesting chemicals on your dishes)
Conditions necessary to generate the above exceptional results:
(factor's I've discovered through trial and error)
1. At the very least, your dishwasher's rinse temps need to be super hot. The heated water function is good for the wash cycle. But it's crucial for the rinse cycle. (I do the 3 rinse cycles)
2. I never use my heated drying function. So I'm really not sure how dishes turn out with the heated drying.
3. VERY IMPORTANT with any detergent. You absolutely must load your dishwasher correctly... so that water can flow freely and jet-spray on all of the dishes. No brand of detergent will work if you don't load your dishwasher correctly. Nobody saves $$$ by combining 2 loads into 1 and ending up with dirty dishes.
4. Clean your dishwasher by running a full cycle with an empty machine. I often use Lemi-Shine to clean my dishwasher. Some people use white vinegar. Some people follow kosher guidelines. Clean your machine every 2-3 mos for best results and a longer lasting dishwasher.
I've been experimenting with some of the more "eco-friendly" dish detergents and have been the most pleased with this one so far. It cleaned the dishes and did not leave an abundance of spots on glasses. Other soaps have left a white film, and this did not.
Knowing that many of the eco-friendly brands are more expensive than others, I'm OK paying a little extra for this and actually find it to be more reasonable then some.