The Best Eco-friendly Dishwasher Detergent: Biokleen!

Okay, to be honest I haven’t tried that many dishwasher detergents. The reality is, I didn’t have a chance: the very first detergent I tried after getting a dishwasher two months ago worked miracles! My mom recommended Biokleen dish powder to me after  trying a few different brands with little success. She actually thought she had a subpar dishwasher because her dishes came out caked in food particles. Once she started using Biokleen, however, her dishes emerged shiny and clean.
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With that promising testimony, I bought the canister of Biokleen. It seems expensive at $11.99 for 32 oz., but you use just one tablespoon per load, and one canister promises 64 loads. (So that’s $.187/load.) I wish it came in a cardboard box instead of a plastic canister, but I’m guessing that one canister will last over half a year. I’ve been using it for over two months now, and my dishes are spotless.

But let’s compare the cost of Biokleen to other brands. You can get a 12-pack of Seventh Generation Auto Dish packs for $51.21 on Amazon, and each pack will wash 15 loads. That comes to $.28 per load—and you have to buy in bulk! And how does the Biokleen compare to something like Cascade dishwasher detergent? It looks like even the bulk options on Amazon will run at least $.21 a load. So, while the small canister of Biokleen dish powder may seem really expensive at first, it’s actually more cost-effective than even conventional detergent! (We found the same thing when we reviewed laundry detergents.)

If you try this detergent and it doesn’t produce satisfactory results, this may be because your water reacts differently to it than mine. (I have soft water in Portland, by the way.) I’ve read that what works wonders for one person hardly works at all for others. Have you found an eco-friendly detergent that leaves your dishes sparkling? Let us know!

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  1. Method Smarty Dish – Go Naked tablets are our new fav… Target sells them in a 20 count pack for a little less than $5 (think I got a couple on sale last month for $4.29 ish) and of all the ones we’ve tried we like it by far the best, though a bit pricier than Biokleen at around $ .21 – $ .25 per load.

    We have also tried Biokleen’s Dish Powder and it was our 2nd fav, but can’t always find it at the stores we frequent. We did NOT like the Seventh Gen product, left a lot of residue and/or didn’t seem to get the dishes very clean.

  2. I love Biokleen. It works well in my somewhat hard water and I love the lack of chlorine smell coming from the dishwasher. I buy it online or on sale and stock up when I find a good price.

  3. Karalee, I have heard good things about Method. Some people asked why I never reviewed Method products while I was testing liquid dish soap and laundry detergent, and the reason is that it costs much more than most other eco-friendly brands. Also, I don’t drive and Target stores are all out in the suburbs (miles away).

    Leigh, good point about sales on Biokleen! I recently stocked up on the laundry detergent when it went on sale; I bought two cartons, which will last me over three years. I believe I got the canister of Biokleen dish powder for cheaper than $11.99, too.

  4. We have been very happy with Biokleen dishwasher soap and detergent too. We recently tried Ecover dishwasher soap and it is not as good as Biokleen.

  5. Where can you buy Biokleen? I haven’t seen it in any stores by me.

  6. Jillian, I got mine at Fred Meyer, which is related to Kroger’s. Do you have one of those where you live?

  7. Nope, neither. Do you know of a good online source to buy it for cheap?

  8. Jillian, the link in our post sends you to Amazon. I noticed they have it for as low as $7.99, which is a really good deal (although I don’t know what the shipping costs are like)! I’m really surprised you can’t get it at some normal supermarket!

  9. is having some REALLY good sales on Biokleen right now. HTH

  10. OK, so I’ve tried it about 3 times now (Switching from “Finish” detergent which is ridiculously packaged, individually wrapped in plastic). But my issues are: my dishes aren’t 100% clean – primarily my plastic items (sippie cups) are hazy and I can wipe the haze away, so I am re-washing so my son won’t ingest whatever the haze is. Also my dishwasher kind-of has a funny odor. I wouldn’t say it stinks, but it’s on its way. We have semi-hard water. I love the price, and I love the “natural” aspect of this product, but I am not 100% satisfied with performance.

  11. You can buy Bio Kleen products at for cheap. In addition you get $5 off your 1st purchase and free shipping there by using coupon code HIH374. HTH!

  12. I’ve been using BioKleen for quite a while now. I’ve used other detergents in the past, but for me this one has had the best results. I used Seventh Generation for a while, and it was OK, but I find that BioKleen gets my dishes much cleaner. I was even able to quit using the Jet Dry rinse agent. I order mine from Azure Standard. They have a website

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