Loving The Environment Even If I Hate Being In It: Clean Dishes Or Clean Lakes

Loving The Environment Even If I Hate Being In It is a series of posts on going green, being green and not being able to be green enough by Alex of Late Enough, who is afraid of camping, and calls hikes “forced marches” but insists on caring for the environment anyway.

We have a fancy dishwasher that we’ve always run on economy to reduce our water usage. (I have read that doing dishes by hand is even better, but I’d like to have clean dishes more than once a month. And for the first two years of my son’s life, we didn’t have a dishwasher so I know our track record.)

A few years ago, after reading more about phosphate runoff, I decided to step it up a notch. I bought dishwasher detergent without phosphates, which seemed like a no brainer.

Except I had to pretend that my dishes were clean.

We tried 365 Dishwasher Detergent and Palmolive eco+ in an attempt to not wash our dishes with our children’s future.

After a few weeks, our glasses developed a gray film on them (and I’m not the only one). I was able to force my husband to ignore this fact by employing GREENIE GUILT until someone came over and declined to drink anything after see our cups. That was awkward. I searched the box for blindfolds for my husband and guests but to no avail.

Since my husband is in charge of dishes most days, he nixed the environmentally-friendly dishwasher detergent in place of these:


But wait! Cascade looks like it’s DEATH TO WATER but it’s really phosphate-free. (Seriously, I double-checked on Tuesday that we hadn’t bought some old version because it actually works.)

Now, I’m not a fan of the packaging compared to 365, but guilt only goes so far with him. Plus, I shouldn’t mess with the fact that he’s happy with phosphate-free detergent, and my guest is willing to drink out of our glasses again. IT’S A GREEN MIRACLE.

*”the Rivah” translates from southern to Yankee as “the river”

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this review. I’m just going green in real-life decided to blog about it. Stay tuned for next week’s Loving the Environment Even If I Hate Being In It where I show-off my fantastic Earth-friendly hair.

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Alex Iwashyna blogs at LateEnough.com mostly about life, parenting, marriage, politics, culture, religion and preparing for the end of the world. Expect blog appearances by her muse of a husband, 2 young kids, 4 cats, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. Find her on her blog, Facebook or the Twitter.
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  1. Lisa says:

    The Method brand seem to work well also, and have less packaging, but are more expensive. So our greeni-ness each month seems to depend on the budget…

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