Citradish Dishwasher Detergent Review

Posted on Jul 3 2012 - 10:00pm by Susan Bewley

Do you have certain things in your kitchen that you just can’t live without? For me, I can’t live without my stand mixer or a dishwasher.  Having spent part of my life without a dishwasher, I can’t imagine going back to cleaning all of my dishes by hand.  While I have washed dishes on rare occasions since, my husband would rather see how many ways he can balance them in the sink than wash a dish with a good old fashion sponge and soap.

 Before moving to New Jersey for my husband’s contract job, we purchased a wonderful dishwasher for the house that I absolutely loved and did an excellent job cleaning dishes. I truly felt spoiled since it did such an excellent job.

Once we moved to the barn, however, it was a completely different story.  Our dishwasher was at least fifteen years old, small, and did a terrible job washing dishes.  To be honest, I was close to washing dishes by hand once again since nothing seemed to work. The closest thing I could find was my homemade dishwasher detergent

While I do like that detergent, it just couldn’t handle some dishes and I was worried the borax may take off the finish on my non-stick pots. Just when I was about to give up, I started searching on Google for green dishwasher detergents and found Citradish.  Having found quite a few great reviews on this product, I decided to try both the powder and gel versions of this dishwasher detergent to see what I thought of this brand of natural detergents.

Citradish Automatic Dishwasher Detergent

Unlike many other dishwasher detergents on the market today, Citradish is chlorine bleach free and contains no phosphates, EDTA, NTA, or synthetic perfumes or dyes.  With its biodegradable formula, you can feel confident that you aren’t hurting the environment when washing your dishes.  As well, their products always come in recycled packaging, and are 100% septic tank safe (important, if you are living away from a sewer system!).

Now, being the animal person I am, I am also always concerned about animal testing.  I do not like supporting companies that support animal testing or harm animals through the process of making products.  Citrasud, the company that makes Citradish, does no animal testing. It proudly is certified by the following programs and companies –

  • Leaping Bunny Certified
  • PETA Animal Treatment Assessed
  • Green America Seal of Approval – Gold

Citradish Dishwasher Detergent: Effectiveness

Currently, Citradish offers two types of dishwasher detergent – a powder and gel.  I have to admit, the power and gel forms of Citradish are like night and day.  The powder form is absolutely amazing!  After using the normal wash cycle on our dishwasher, our dishes sparkle and are absolutely spotless. Even the worst stains, such as spaghetti, come out of the dishwasher looking like new. I had never seen a natural dishwasher soap work as well as the powdered Citradish Automatic Dishwasher Detergent. For those who loved phosphate cleaners before they were largely taken off the market, I can say without a doubt that Citradish cleans just as well as these old detergents, as long as you get it in its powdered form.

Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for Citradish’s automatic dishwasher gel. This petrochemical free gel comes out of the container looking like Jell-O that hasn’t completely set. It’s a terrible, watery mess! Even the bottle is made out of a cheap plastic, and we had the top break on the bottle after three times opening it, making it a very interesting experience every time we were using this detergent afterward.  I can also say without a doubt that this is one of the worst dishwasher detergents on the market.  We would rather wash dishes by hand than use the gel Citradish, since we ended up needing to anyway – which is sad since we love the powdered Citradish.  How could two products made by the same company be so different?

 Citradish Dishwasher Detergent: Smell

As you have likely guessed, all of Citrasud’s products have citrus scents. The powdered Citradish Automatic Dishwasher Detergent smells like fresh oranges, while the gel smells like Grapefruit.  Personally, I think both of these scents are amazing, but I am partial to the oranges.  Whenever I finish washing dishes and open my dishwasher, the whole kitchen has this very subtle orange scent.

Citradish Dishwasher Detergent: Overall

After trying the powdered Citradish Automatic Dishwasher Detergent, I cannot imagine using anything else! I have not found anything else on the market that works as well as this detergent. It makes me feel even better that this eco-friendly dishwasher detergent out performs its synthetic competition. I do not feel guilty at all giving this powdered detergent an A+.  The only thing I can stress is do not purchase the gel form of this product. It is nothing like the powdered form and will leave you very disappointed.  Once you have tried the powder, I'm sure you will agree that there is nothing like it and won’t go back!

Note: Budget Earth & its writers did not recieve compensation or products from said company for this post and it's completely the opinion of the writer.


Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

24 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Jen August 8, 2012 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Great post! I am the dishwasher in my home! I'll keep this in mind when we have a machine. 🙂

  2. Alaina Bullock August 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    I have got to try some of this, it sounds perfect!

    • Susan Bewley August 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      I absolutely love it! 🙂 My husband has been recommending it and that is rare!

  3. Angie August 22, 2012 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Sounds great! Thank you!

  4. Angela Harris August 24, 2012 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Never heard of this brand thank you for sharing such a great review.

  5. Erica Ardali August 24, 2012 at 8:58 am - Reply

    I appreciate the honest review! 

  6. Randi Poole August 24, 2012 at 9:02 am - Reply

    This is one of those items I have yet to switch over to green friendly yet in my house since I haven't found anything that works well!!

    • Susan Bewley August 24, 2012 at 9:16 am - Reply

      I tried a lot different detergent before I found this one. I absolutely hated Seventh Generation & Method. They both ended with my having to rewash an entire load by hand!

  7. Pynk August 24, 2012 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Love the sound of a grapefruit detergent! Cleaners with citrus are fabulous at cleaning up tough stains too.

  8. Crystle Monahan August 24, 2012 at 10:43 am - Reply

    I wish I had a dishwasher, I hate washing dishes! This sounds great for those that do have a dishwasher though. I like that these products were not tested on animals 🙂

  9. Ashley S August 24, 2012 at 10:49 am - Reply

    Sounds like a great product! I had never heard of them before, so I love hearing about new ones. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. Melinda Dunne August 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a product I should try!

  11. betsy guilmette August 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    I can't wait to go shopping again! I am most definately going to have this on my list! I have an old washer too and sometimes have to re wash after they have gone through the cycle.

  12. Patty A August 27, 2012 at 1:39 am - Reply

    I want a dishwasher so bad and this makes me want one even more. 🙁 Haha. Love natural products. 

  13. MamaBreak August 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    This looks fantastic. I had never heard of it before!

  14. Malia August 31, 2012 at 2:14 am - Reply

    Believe it or not, I have never had a dishwasher!!  I sure would love to have one though!

  15. Natasha September 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    I have never heard of this brand – I am going to have to give it a try…right now I use a generic that leaves my glasses all spotty ;(

  16. Angie September 13, 2012 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Sounds like a great product! Thanks for the info!

  17. Shan October 25, 2012 at 12:24 am - Reply

    Very interesting about the difference in the two. I've not found a gel I actually like, ever ,to be honest! I've not tried a powder in years, maybe this shall be the first!

    • Susan Bewley October 25, 2012 at 12:26 am - Reply

      I have tried so many natural powdered detergents and they are just truly awful! This is the only one I have found that truly works. As for the gel, I agree. I still haven’t found one that works!

  18. Michele October 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    NO film on the glasses? I was using homemade but it was leaving a film. Now only the bottom rack comes out clean. It is an old washer though.

    • Susan Bewley October 30, 2012 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      The film comes from some chemical they use in commercials dishwasher detergents and sometimes Borax. I stopped having that nasty film when I used this dish detergent and vinegar in my rinse aid compartment. I still use homemade when I run out of detergent though.

      I know what you mean on the old dishwashers.  When my husband was contracting, we were paying for an apartment in a barn in New Jersey and our house in Kentucky. The barn had a very old dishwasher and our house a brand new one – I tried Citradish in both and it worked beautiful!

  19. Icar November 8, 2012 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sahring this product, I am always on the look out for greener household stuff, that's the most I can do to help the environment. Thanks for the review as well.

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