Biokleen Automatic Dish Powder is an eco-friendly dishwasher detergent that consumers say cleans very well and costs less than other green detergents. It's also the only non-tablet detergent that earns something like a consensus of positive reviews.
Like Method Smarty Dish Dishwasher Tabs, Biokleen is free of dyes and chlorine, and it is made with plant-based ingredients. Also like its green competitor, Biokleen Automatic Dish Powder is available in scented and fragrance-free versions. The big difference is price: Biokleen is one of the least expensive detergents (eco-friendly or otherwise) discussed in this report, and many users are pleasantly surprised by how many loads they can get out of the 32-ounce canister. We did find a handful of complaints that this powdered detergent can leave a white residue, in which case users suggest using less detergent or adding a tablespoon of vinegar as a rinse aid.
Biokleen is not included in any of the professional reviews we consulted, but it does earn kudos from consumers at a number of retail sites -- albeit far fewer than top-rated detergents like Finish and Cascade. Some say it doesn't clean heavily soiled loads well, while a couple others say the detergent etched their glassware. We found consumer reviews for Biokleen on Amazon.com and Drugstore.com.
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About 20 reviewers give Biokleen Automatic Dish Powder a score of 4.3 out of 5 stars. Users find that it cleans as well as conventional detergents and that only a small amount of detergent is necessary. One user says the detergent scratched their glassware, but most are happy with it and report no issues. One specifically says they have hard water and the detergent works wonders.
Review: BioKleen Automatic Dish Powder, Free And Clear 32 oz, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2012
Drugstore.com doesn't have many dishwasher detergent reviews, yet Biokleen receives about 130. The average rating is about 4.5 stars. Users say it cleans very well and has reassuring environmental credentials. Others say it's less than ideal, but they still choose it over less eco-friendly alternatives.
Review: Biokleen Automatic Dish Powder with Grapefruit Seed & Orange Peel Extract , Contributors to Drugstore.com, Not dated
Biokleen Dish Powder is the second-best detergent according to Bestcovery.com. Shaw praises the concentrated, chlorine-free formula that's free of dyes and harsh chemicals. The review doesn't speak to the detergent's effectiveness, though.
Review: Best Dishwasher Detergent, Korilynn Shaw, June 13, 2011