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Zero-Waste & Eco-Friendly Dish Soap and Dishwasher Detergent for the Sustainable Kitchen

Does the thought of what you put down the drain leave you with a sinking feeling? Choosing a zero-waste and eco-friendly dish soap and dishwasher detergent is a great way to be more sustainable. 

Why Non-Toxic Dishwasher Detergent and Natural Dish Soap Need to be Part of Your Kitchen

Everything that goes into your sink and plumbing ends up in the ocean or the groundwater, which is why it is crucial to use eco-friendly dish soap and natural dishwasher detergent.

Most commercial dish soaps and dishwasher detergents contain artificial fragrances, dyes, petrochemicals, phosphates, and more. These chemicals can cause skin irritation and contaminate groundwater.

In addition to the harmful ingredients in the soaps and detergents, plastic packaging creates a huge burden on the environment. This is why choosing a plastic-free dish soap and zero-waste dishwasher detergent is a great way to lower your environmental footprint.


Unscented Dishwasher Detergent vs. Scented Detergents

Scented detergents may have a pleasant smell, but the chemicals underlying the scent are not so nice. An artificial fragrance can be made up of more than a hundred chemicals, some of which are harmful to health and the environment. Parabens and phthalates, for example, can irritate the skin and harm the environment when dishwasher detergents come out in wastewater. We recommend choosing an unscented dishwasher detergent or dish soap.

Top 4 Natural Dish Soaps and Dishwasher Detergents

Luckily, there are now several non-toxic dish soap and eco-friendly dishwasher detergent options out there. Here are a few of our favorites to try for a more sustainable kitchen.


Solid dish soap has less environmental impact than liquid soap because it eliminates the need for packaging. Use this plastic-free dish soap with a dishwashing brush for optimal results. Letting it dry between uses will help this natural dish soap last longer. It comes as unscented dish soap, or with a lemon scent.


If you prefer a liquid dish soap, try this natural dish soap that comes in a completely recyclable container. This eco-friendly dish soap is made with plant-based ingredients that will clean your dishes but won’t dry out your hands.


This plastic-free dishwasher detergent will leave your dishes clean using natural ingredients. The tabs are biodegradable, which means these zero-waste dishwasher detergent pods are safe for septic tanks.


This non-toxic dishwasher detergent is made mostly of plant-based ingredients. This is an unscented dishwasher detergent that is biodegradable and fragrance-free.


Upgrade Your Sustainable Kitchen with a Pot Brush & Pot Scraper

Once you have your preferred organic dish soap or zero-waste dishwasher detergent, you can be even more sustainable by choosing an eco-friendly pot brush and pot scraper.

This bamboo pot scraper is a versatile tool that can be used to scrape stubborn food off pots without scratching the surfaces. Each corner has a different shape so that it can be used in different places, even outside the kitchen. For example, you could use it to clean candle wax from a surface or wipe a windshield. 

No sustainable kitchen is complete without a zero-waste pot brush. This is a great tool to use with solid dish soap, as the bristles make it easy to work up a lather.

And Don’t Forget the Plastic-Free Dish Washing Brush and Dish Scrubber

pot brush pot scrubber
When you commit to using plastic-free dish soap, you probably want a plastic-free dish scrubber too! Choose a zero-waste option like the Agave Dish Scrubber, which is handmade from agave leaves.

With zero-waste dish soap and plastic-free dish washing brushes in hand, you’re one step closer to having a more sustainable kitchen.

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