Thursday, June 12, 2008

Going Green: My Latest Efforts

Over the past year I've been trying to find ways here and there to help out the environment by making different product choices and changing some behaviors. Two of my changes have been highly successful (in my opinion): (1) bringing my own re-usable bags to the grocery store (and they usually give you 5-10 cent discount when you do this! Bonus!), (2) switching from Costco bottled water to filtering our tap water (this has a nice side-effect of also being good for the wallet). I am still waiting to see how the "green" Costco laundry detergent performs - costs more that the regular stuff but I figure, I can sacrifice that moola for Mother Earth.

One attempt, however, has been entirely unsuccessful. A colossal failure.

Palmolive Eco Dishwasher Gel = the worst cleaning product ever formulated and sold to the public. Avoid this like the bubonic plague. Or Bird Flu.

Holy Crapola, does this stuff SUCK. First time I used it, I noticed a couple things: (1) globs of the "gel" would be sitting at the bottom of the dishwasher door after a run - it didn't dissolve completely (and I have since tried putting in less but the same thing keeps happening), (2) the dishes have this nasty film all over them - to the point where I find myself rinsing them again because the thought of drinking water from a class in that condition grosses me out. Hardly "green" if I am forced to use more water for extra rinses.

This is the deal-breaker on this product. Residual sludge after a run is not that bothersome. You may be thinking "oh, you just need some rinse aid." I thought the same thing; took my Jet Dry and filled the reservoir up completely. No dice. Still nasty film on everything. Even the silverware has a "lovely" blue-purple almost psychedelic hue.

It's so bad for me that I am about to give up. That is serious. I am never one to waste anything - I will usually suffer though something bad until it's finished and never buy it again (like J&J Clean and Clear face wash - also terrible). But I am seriously done with this shit. The only other "green" dishwasher detergent I've seen is the Seventh Generation stuff, and I'm tempted to try but I am so thoroughly disappointed by this Palmolive sludge experience that I don't want to risk it. I am all for helping the environment (like any bleeding-heart liberal), but this is unacceptable.

Here is the epinions of the product: http://www.epinions.com/content_429838339716

I should have read this before I bought it because the reviewers are having the same issues I have. The Amazon.com reviews for the Seventh Generation product are only marginally better. Back to the cheap Costco liquid stuff that works like a champ.

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