GreenShield and Seventh Generation are brands of organic dishwasher cleaners. These brands offer dishwasher cleaners in liquid, tablet and powder formulations. All are non-toxic, dye-free and biodegradable.
Organic dishwasher cleaners have several advantages over other types. They are hypoallergenic, safe for use around children and pets, gentle on plumbing, and do not contaminate the water table.
Homemade organic dishwasher powder is an inexpensive alternative to commercial products. A basic recipe calls for equal parts borax and baking soda. Each load of dishes requires 2 tablespoons of powder. This mixture kills bacteria, cuts through grease and eliminates food residue. Another popular recipe calls for 1 part baking soda, 1 part organic sea salt, 3 parts washing soda and 3 parts citric acid. A tablespoon of this mixture cleans one load of dishes.
Baking soda is an effective dish cleaner because it is slightly abrasive and absorbs foul odors. It is also useful when cleaning the dishwasher itself, especially when combined with a cup of organic white vinegar. Running a short, hot rinse cycle circulates the vinegar and baking soda throughout the dishwasher, loosening oily residue and baked-on food particles. Regular cleaning keeps the dishwasher safe, sanitary and in good working order.