I picked up Dr. Bronner Sal Suds at a local health food store primarily to use on the floors, in the kitchen, and as an eco-friendly replacement for dishwasher and laundry detergent. So far I'm loving it as a laundry detergent, and tonight I tried it in the dishwasher. I had been mulling over the idea of using Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap in the dishwasher until I discovered his Sal Suds which is a better grease cutter, more effective on greasy dishes. From the bottle:
Sal Suds is a balanced formulation of naturally derived surfactants with pure fir and spruce essential oils: it cleans and rinses with exceptional power, yet is mild and gentle on the skin. Sal Suds is not soap-based and is formulated especially for all-purpose hard-surface cleaning.
--Perfect for general household cleaning: dishes, floors, laundry, etc.
--Equally effective in hard or soft water, rinsing freely, hot or cold.
--Concentrated and self-preserving: no hidden preservatives or ingredients.
--No synthetic dyes or fragrances: all ingredients fully disclosed and described.
--Biodegrades rapidly after doing its job. Pure high-quality fir and spruce essential oils: no cheap harsh pine stump oil.
--No animal testing: Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics certified
1. A few drops in a gallon of water removes all sprays from fruits and vegetables.
2. 1/4 oz. does a sink full of dishes.
3. 1/4 oz. in a basin of warm water cleans all your undies.
4. 1 oz. in a pail of water will clean your house and car from top to bottom.
5. For extra heavy jobs, cut it in half or use it straight.
6. Pour some on a fabric stain and watch it disappear.
7. Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds will also disappear-naturally-after it has done its job, without affecting nature's balance.
Don't drink!. Keep out of eyes!. Sal Suds is an all-purpose cleaner, and is not intended for everyday body-washing use.
Results: Excellent! I winged it on the amount to add, and squirted about a teaspoon and a half into the detergent dispenser, then I filled the rinse dispenser with vinegar. The dishes are as clean as if I had used Cascade. There was no film on the dishes or glasses. I'm not even sure they needed the vinegar rinse, but it can't hurt. I'll try it without next time to see if there is a difference.
An excellent place to buy Dr. Bronner's online is Vitacost. Their shipping is a flat fee of $4.99 within the Continental U.S. only, excluding Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. I noticed that they ship Internationally as well.
Here is the link for finding Dr. Bronner's products outside of the U.S. It is sold by distributors in the U.K., Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Norway.