Conventional dishwashing detergents can contain phosphates, 1.4 dioxane, chlorine bleach, formaldehyde and caustics. Several states, including Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Vermont and Washington all have legislation banning phosphates in products by 2010, and Massachusetts and Michigan (along with Canada) are also considering similar legislation.
The Wave High Performance Auto Dishwasher Gel dish detergent is formaldehyde/caustic/chlorine-free, and is plant-based and 100% biodegradable. Earth Friendly Products Co. has four manufacturing facilities strategically spread throughout the US to reduce the distance traveled from production to the customer. The company also has what it calls their "Freedom List" which is a list of all of the items that their products do not contain. The line has also won several awards, including Natural Home Magazine's "Readers Choice Award" for Best Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products and the 2007 PETA Proggy Award for Best Line of Cruelty-Free Household Products.
Don't take our word for it - you can always do a test of your own at home. Or, better yet, make your own dish soap. The wave dish detergent retails for $4.99 for a 40 ounce bottle online and in stores across the US. You can also find the detergent now in a powder tablet formula. :Wave High Performance Auto Dishwasher Gel vs. Cascade
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