SHARE

“I love doing the dishes,” said no one ever. Many people would rather see the dishes pile up in their sink than wash them. Tossing them into the dishwasher is easy enough. But not all detergents will get the job done. And if you unfortunately don’t have a dishwasher, it’s especially important to find yourself some strong detergent. Here’s what to consider when looking for the best dishwashing detergents to lay waste to that baked-on, caked-on mess.

  • Powder vs. Gel: Powder or gel detergents can both be used in your dishwasher, but each serves slightly different purposes. Gel is great for cleaning fragile items like glasses or dishwasher-safe china. But, if the water in your house or apartment is hard, powder detergent is for you. It helps combat hard water’s harmful effects on your dishware.
  • Ease of Use: We’ve all been there—you pour dish soap into your dishwasher and hit the “start” button, only to have foam seep out minutes later. Want an easy way to clean your dishes that won’t create a moat in your kitchen? Pick up a pack of detergent pods. Dishwashing pods can be more expensive than gel or powder detergent. Most experts agree, though, that they’re the best at cleaning your dishware. The best pods contain bleach, a pre-treatment solution, or a rinse aid to give you the best bang for your buck.
  • Strength: Don’t work harder than you have to. Choose a dishwashing detergent that’s highly concentrated and can remove stubborn food and oil from your dishes. Pick detergent with enzymes, bleach, and rinse aids to help break down grease, leaving your plates squeaky clean.

Our Picks for the Best Dishwashing Detergents on Amazon

Top Pick: Cascade Platinum Plus Dishwasher Pods

Cascade

Check Price

Runner Up: Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent Pack

Seventh Generation

Check Price

Budget Pick: Palmolive Ultra Dish Soap

Palmolive

Check Price

Also Consider: Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent Gel

Seventh Generation

Check Price

Interesting Things is a shopping-advice and product-review site brought to you by the publishers of Popular Science and Field & Stream magazines. We’re here to help you choose among the most popular products on Amazon, and hidden gems our experts think are worth checking out.

MORE TO READ