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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Ecostore Dishwashing Liquid

Ecostore Dishwashing Liquid

4.7  (15)
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Michelle W.
Michelle W.SA
 
Earth Choice Dishwash Liquid

Earth Choice Dishwash Liquid

3.4  (62)
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Kishan
KishanNSW5 posts
 
Environmental friendlyAfter using this product my hand has not dried out apart from that product it self is very useful, amazing smell left afterwards and convenient regarding to pricing as well. I would suggest to try this product for everyone. Show details
ALDI Tandil Ultra Dishwashing Liquid

ALDI Tandil Ultra Dishwashing Liquid

3.7  (13)
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Nicky
Nicky4 posts
 
Allergic big time!!!I used this for only three days and my fingers and hands so itchy malformed by them becoming swollen so I'll never use it again!!! Show details
Earth Choice Dishwashing Concentrate

Earth Choice Dishwashing Concentrate

3.3  (13)
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Anya
AnyaVIC5 posts
 
No lather, does not clean. Very unhappyDoes not lather at all. I tried using warm water, cold water, hot water but completely and utterly useless :(. The concentrate is double the price of the cheaper version (which is now perpetually out of stock at Woolies). And I can't even return it since Woolies no longer accepts returns. Anyway, hopefully this review helps others! Show details
Fairy Original All In One

Fairy Original All In One

2.3  (87)
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Earth Choice Dishwash Liquid

Earth Choice Dishwash Liquid

4.3  (7)
Sjt
SjtNSW
 
Top dispenser doesn't workThe 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 use Show details
Coles Ultra Concentrate

Coles Ultra Concentrate

4.4  (5)
Pam
PamAdelaide2 posts
 
Good qualityA 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 required.

Palmolive Ultra Original

Palmolive Ultra Original

2.5  (19)
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CSL
CSLVIC
 
It doesn't clean very well and super strong fragranceThis is a terrible dishwashing liquid I never had, it doesn't clean very well. Another one called "Divine Blend Lotus Flower & Sea" has a super strong fragrance that stays on the dish, you couldn't rinse it off and transfer the fragrance to your food, I have to tip the meal to the bin, just disgusting!
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We're sorry the product didn't meet your expectations. Please give our team a call on 1800 802 307 so we can help.

Woolworths Select Shine Super Concentrate

Woolworths Select Shine Super Concentrate

3.4  (8)
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Mrs M.
Mrs M.NSW45 posts
 
Does the job and is affordableBought it after an expensive brand let me down, very happy with it, and will keep buying it.The expensive brand would not remove the grease, this one does and is half the price Show details
Trix Double Action

Trix Double Action

4.2  (5)
Dave S
Dave S
 
Live in Clare SA can't buy this productI'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 Trix!

Fairy Platinum Liquid

Fairy Platinum Liquid

2.8  (10)
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Richard
Richard10 posts
 
coconuttree
coconuttree4 posts
 
Loved it!I loved the light fragrance and no allergic reaction. I'm so upset that they've ceased selling this product. Show reply
Euca Dishwashing Liquid

Euca Dishwashing Liquid

4.7  (3)
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Mondayitis
MondayitisVIC54 posts
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Palmolive Ultra Antibacterial

Palmolive Ultra Antibacterial

4.3  (3)
george
george3 posts
 
Jack
JackMelbourne8 posts
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Good to clean up thw greaseIt 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 water.

Coles Smart Buy Lemon

Coles Smart Buy Lemon

2.3  (7)
Pat
Pat
 
Coles detergentColes dishwashing detergent. Round, one litre bottle is easier to hold ,great detergent, best product, very affordable. Xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxx xxxx oooooo xxxxx x x xx ccccc ooo llllll eeeee ssssssssssss Show details
Coles Green Choice Concentrate

Coles Green Choice Concentrate

4.5  (2)
Shezza
ShezzaQLD
 
Just love green choice productsHave 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 amazing. Show details
Coles Ultra Super Strength

Coles Ultra Super Strength

3.3  (3)
kmwa
kmwaPerth26 posts
 
Mediocre, doesn't get the grease offEven 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 liquid.

janetau
janetauSA26 posts
 
Fairy Ultra Concentrate Lemon Liquid

Fairy Ultra Concentrate Lemon Liquid

5.0  (1)
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Opinions Matter.
Opinions Matter.242 posts
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A Great ProductI bought my Fairy Ultra Concentrate Dishwashing Liquid at Woolworths.
I paid $4.50 for 495 mil,terrific value for money,I also like the lemon scent.
It is great value for money because you only need a small amount.
It is not slippery and gets my pots,pans and dishes clean with little effort from me.
Palmolive Divine Blends

Palmolive Divine Blends

2.5  (2)
Tegan
Tegan
 
CrapDoesn't cut through grease and even after rinsing any plastic wear will get tainted with an after taste on its next use. I had to thrown out and rebuy all our kids plates and bowls.

ALDI Tandil Super Strength

ALDI Tandil Super Strength

4.0  (1)
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VBlu90
VBlu90NSW3 posts
 
Cleans VERY well, smell not the bestThis cleans and cuts through grease much better than any other liquid I've tried (and I've tried many!), however, the smell it leaves in the sink and on the sponge is not very pleasant. Haven't tried the other scents of this range but I'm unsure they will clean as well as this variant. New larger bottle has one-handed friendly design.
Palmolive Ultra Strength

Palmolive Ultra Strength

1.5  (2)
Hugh
HughNSW
 
WHY HAS THE PRODUCT AND SMELL CHANGED?I have used you Palmolive Dishwashing Liquid forever. I tend to buy a few at a time so I don't run short. Went yesterday to stock up supplies and used it today but the smell and product have changed, why? Seems just like the homebrand products. Will be looking for a new product to use. Not happy. Show details
Somat Rinser + Drying Booster

Somat Rinser + Drying Booster

1.0  (2)
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Jan
JanQLD19 posts
 
DeceptiveIt doesn’t work.I think it is diluted vinegar.No ingredients on the bottle and when you go to their directed website to find out it doesn’t state the ingredients.Money making rip off Show details
Palmolive Complete

Palmolive Complete

1.0  (2)
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Sue
Sue3 posts
 
Palmolive
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Hi Sue, we’re sorry the product didn’t meet your expectations. Made in Australia, our Ultra dish products are formulated and tested to work effectively on removing grease and cutting through tough grime on dishes, pots and sinks.

Ashlee
Ashlee2 posts
 
Somat Gold Power Gel

Somat Gold Power Gel

1.0  (2)
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moviestar1958
moviestar1958NSW7 posts
 
Won't purchase again!This gel doesn't get everything clean. It's so dissappointing to have to re-wash cups, plates and glass bowls 2 or 3 more times. A generic powder does a much better job first go. So sorry I bought 3 bottles for half price because that was still far too much to spend on this useless product. Show details
Shine Drops

Shine Drops

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