Best Dishwashing Liquids

The right dishwashing liquid can help you make light work of cleaning your crockery and cookware. Navigating the labels of different dishwashing soaps can be confusing, but with a few pointers under your belt, you're bound to find the right cleaner for you, your kitchen, and your dishes.

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What to look for in a dishwashing liquid

Ingredients

While there are dishwashing liquids that are more natural and plant and mineral-based, you might be hard-pressed to find one that’s 100% eco-friendly. You can however avoid ingredients that are known to be environmentally destructive, such as phosphates - which remain in wastewater and cause algae bloom - and other hazardous chemicals.

While you should always wear gloves when washing the dishes, there are dishwashing liquids that are advertised as ‘pH balanced’, which usually means they’re gentler on your hands - this is particularly important for people who experience skin sensitivity.

Smell

Dishwashing liquids are often citrus or fruit-scented, however you can find other scents, such as vanilla or green tea. Synthetic dyes and fragrances can be irritating for those with sensitive skin, so looking for an unscented liquid if this applies to you may be the safest bet.

Environmental friendliness

Dishwashing liquids usually come in plastic bottles or containers, however sometimes this packaging is recycled or recyclable - factoring in the packaging of your product can help you minimise your carbon footprint if that’s important to you.

If you want to recycle your water after you’ve washed up, you should keep an eye out for dishwashing liquids that are grey water and septic tank safe.

Price

Dishwashing liquids range from 10c to 83c per 100mL. You should generally expect to be paying at the higher end of this scale for dishwashing detergents with more natural, eco-friendly ingredients.

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Earth Choice Dishwash Liquid
3.5 from 53 reviews

At just $2 for a 1-litre bottle, Earth Choice Dishwashing Liquid is just as gentle on your wallet as it is on the environment.

  • Uses gentle ingredients

  • Cheap price tag

  • Not as strong as other formulas

  • Value for Money
    5.0 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (2)
Ecostore Dishwashing Liquid
4.7 from 12 reviews

Made from a formula that’s derived from plant and mineral ingredients, the natural Ecostore Dishwashing Liquid is available in a number of fruity scents, for good measure.

ALDI Tandil Ultra Dishwashing Liquid

A 450mL bottle of Tandil Ultra Dishwashing Liquid concentrate costs just $1.59 from ALDI. It also won a Product of the Year Award in 2017, an annual consumer-voted product award.

Fairy Original All In One

Fairy Original All In One

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2.6 from 68 reviews

Latest review: I bought these NEW Fairy Original - all in one - Dishwasher tablets to try. They wash fine, but leave everything smelling and tasting like chemical soap. I do not recommend these, and will not

Earth Choice Dishwashing Concentrate

Earth Choice Dishwashing Concentrate is a natural planet-friendly dishwashing liquid that also uses a strong formula, and is Australian made and owned.

Palmolive Ultra Original
2.9 from 15 reviews

Australian-made Palmolive Ultra Original features a concentrated formula from an iconic household brand, and comes in a generously sized 750mL bottle.

Morning Fresh Dishwashing Liquid

Latest review: A lot of my purchases during weekly shops are interchangeable -With fly buys, rewards programs, sales, new products - I will chop and change brands I reach for. Not when it comes to dish soap. This

Aware Environmental - Organic Choice, Lemongrass & Green Tea Dishwashing Liquid

Latest review: We use rainwater and I have skin issues after washing up. Used to use gloves but now do not need them as this is a lovely product to use. Even though it smells almost like a hand wash, it manages

Kin Kin Naturals Dishwash Liquid Lime & Eucalypt Essential Oils

Latest review: This liquid seems to be concentrated because it lasts and lasts me a long time - I cannot wait to purchase some more this week! It has the most beautiful refreshing fragrance - the Lime is

Palmolive Eco Dishwashing Liquid Lavender and Rosemary

Latest review: Love the perfume, Lavender and Rosemary. It was so good to not have a sneezing episode as soon as the dishwashing started. Highly concentrated so the product lasts well. Always put the liquid in

Euca Dishwashing Liquid
4.5 from 2 reviews

Latest review: I started using this product a week ago and can't believe how good it is. You don't need very much at all. It cleans the dishes so well and they do seem to shine. It is also soft on my hands, I

Coles Green Choice Concentrate

Latest review: Have only used the bathroom cleaner and surface spray. Can't wait to buy more of Green choice products. Totally amazed of the cleaning power, without the harsh chemicals. Smells

Fairy Platinum Liquid
4.4 from 5 reviews

Latest review: In my opinion, Fairy Platinum Liquid Dishwashing Liquid is superior to any other Dishwashing Liquids available. When it wasn't available recently, I opted for the Fairy Ultra Concentrate but found it

Coles Ultra Concentrate
4.4 from 5 reviews

Latest review: A Good quality dish washing detergent. A Good range of scents available that really all smell divine. Cleans hard to clean dishes well and with only a small amount

Earth Choice Dishwash Liquid

Latest review: The top dispenser doesn't work unable to squirt out. Unable to use unable to use unable to use unable to use unable to use unable to use unable to

Coles Ultra Limited Edition Concentrate Dishwashing Liquid

Latest review: It is quite good to clean up the grease from the dishes, price is reasonable. But it will leave fragrance to the dishes even if i rewash it by

Trix Double Action
4.2 from 5 reviews

Latest review: I've used Trix detergent to wash BBQ plates and grill and does fantastic job compared to speciality BBQ cleaners but neither Woolworths or Foodland in Clare SA stock

Palmolive Ultra Dry Skin with Aloe

Latest review: I like the scent of this. Been using this more than a year now after my friend recommended this to me. Hence - I'm gonna do the same, highly recommended

Palmolive Ultra Antibacterial

Latest review: I have used several different dish detergents and always go back to Palmolive Ultra, (Antibacterial) as it's the only detergent that I feel I can get a decent load of dishes clean with. I like a

Coles Ultra Super Strength
3.3 from 3 reviews

Latest review: Even used copiously with water from the kettle, this doesn't get all the fat off frying pans. I have to follow it up with a squirt of IGA dishwashing

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