Joy in a Box: Method Smarty Dish Diswashing Tablets

Ahh…I’ve been away for a couple of weeks…and I’m back and quasi-relaxed. What has gotten ol’ Needle all in a frenzy after her amazingly relaxing week in the middle of absolutely nowhere?  Dishwashing tabs, of course.  Today I present to you a little long sought after dishwashing success.
The Positive….THEY WORK! THEY WORK! THEY WORK! THEY WORK!  I mean like ACTUALLY CLEAN the dishes without coating them in a film of sticky grotesque residue .  Finally…some genius on the green team realized that people put dishes in the dishwasher to get clean.  It took a few years, but by gum, they’re onto something over there at Method: cleaning products that clean.

The Negative….Packaging suuuuuuuucks.  Big plastic tub for 20 measly tablets…which means if you run your dishwasher once a day you are going through 18 containers a year!  It is recyclable #2 plastic, but we all know that story .(Thanks Beth! )  It is a cool little container that could definately get some cool reuses with its decent construction and little flip top, but who can use 18 of them?  The price is a bit of a downer too.  $8.49 for 20 tabs…compared to $6.29 for Electrasol’s poison pods.

So will I continue to buy ’em despite some flaws? You bet your sweet petunias. Did you get the part about CLEANING!!! Actual green cleaning. As far as price and packaging…I have been snapping the tablets in half getting a little more millage out of each container. Plus, my son has already pre-claimed the first 6 or so containers for a critical Lego sorting operation he has in the works. A few for sewing, a few for oddball art supplies, a few really unflattering hats….. I will also be writing to Method to encourage them to sell in bulk and/or find better packaging. I’ll keep you posted when I hear from them. In the mean time, I must be off; I set a few precious hours aside to stare at myself in my uber shiny spoons.

6 Responses to “Joy in a Box: Method Smarty Dish Diswashing Tablets”

  1. Added by Fritz on April 27th, 2009 at 11:45 am


    Method just announced the smaller packaging option.

  2. Added by organicneedle on April 27th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Cool…87% less plastic is great. How about in bulk?

  3. Added by Billie on May 4th, 2009 at 9:36 am

    I heard someone say that they used a 1/4 cup of baking soda in their dishwasher and it works really well. I haven’t tried this but plan to.

  4. Added by Allie on May 5th, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Have you tried Ecover’s tablet? I like them. They come in a cardboard box in recyclable plastic sleeves. Every so often I run the dishwasher with just a few things (this is usually when I run the dog bowls and burner plates through) and use vinegar instead – it cleans out the stuff that builds up and causes residue.

  5. Added by Melissa on May 7th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I know you had mixed reviews on the Seventh Generation dishwashing detergent. It works well for me but I also ue a product called Lemi Shine. It works really well at getting rid of residue from my extremely hard water.

    It contains no phosphates. Here is more info about it.


  6. Added by Mary K on June 30th, 2009 at 8:32 am

    I have been using Ecover’s powder detergent, and it works great. The whole box is cardboard, including the pour spout. I also used 7th Gen and didn’t like it at all… Ecover is MUCH better. Seems to work just as well as all the mainstream stuff.

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