This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ecover. All opinions are 100% mine.
We have an ongoing debate about the dishwasher in my house. Do you need to rinse the dishes well before they go into the dishwasher, or is it okay to leave scraps of food all over the dishes?
My husband tends to put dishes in the dishwasher without a lot of pre-rinsing, and I sometimes end up taking them out and rinsing them. (This is one of the fun little dances of marriage.)
The reason I like to pre-rinse is because I can’t stand finding still-dirty dishes in the dishwasher after its cycle has run its course. I’d be happy to leave splattered dishes in the dishwasher if I knew they’d be clean, but it’s not really worth taking a chance in my opinion.
Ecover Dishwasher Tablets
So I was excited to get the opportunity to try out ecover Dishwasher Tabs. Not only are these tablets non-toxic and made with naturally derived ingredients, they also promise to “power away stubborn, stuck-on food with ease.” Made with plant-based and mineral ingredients, these tablets are safer for the environment and for my family. With all the energy I put into feeding my family real food, I want to be confident about the ingredients I’m using to clean around the house, too.
I challenged an ecover tablet with some dirty dishes, loading the dishwasher with my husband’s approach in mind. I first left the dishes on the counter for a few hours so the food scraps could dry out a little. Bits of food were stuck onto a variety of plates, bowls, and flatware.
I was so happy to see that all the dishes came out completely clean. There were no pieces of corn, tomato, or chocolate left on the plates and bowls, and there wasn’t any residue on the silverware. I also love the fresh, clean scent of the ecover tablet. It doesn’t have the unnatural fragrance that I’ve noticed with some other brands.
These ecover dishwasher tablets are a great product for getting dishes clean. But we still need to resolve the debate about rinsing or not rinsing dishes. The ecover package directions do state that you need to “remove large food scraps from dishes” before loading them in the dishwasher. So even though this product may be strong enough to get just about anything off your dishes, it’s still a good idea to give them a quick rinse first.