JAMAICA’S PICKS: Shaklee Dish Wash Automatic Concentrate – Review

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Well, here we are again and since my last review I’ll have to say we’ve come a long way to greening our home. One of the biggest challenges was to find a dishwasher detergent that was good for us and the environment.  We had been using a name brand product but when I read the warning on the box: Caution: Do not get in eyes.  Do not get on skin or clothing. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN (and birds); I knew we had to change.  Our search brought us to the Shaklee website ( which we had forgotten all about for some reason.  Then we remembered how they were one of the first companies to offer consumers nontoxic biodegradable cleaners. Of course I wasn’t around at the time, but Elaine remembers buying Basic H and Basic L in the 1970s. So, it was time to revisit an old friend.

At first we were skeptical that a natural product could compete with what we were using, but boy were we surprised. In fact we didn’t believe it the first time.  Elaine thought that the dishes probably weren’t as dirty. So she tried it again with the greasiest load of dishes, glasses, pots and pans that you could imagine & wow, everything came out clean.  An added bonus is that we also realized that this product saves money too. In fact we figured that it would take 2 ½ boxes of that other stuff to clean the same 48 loads that one package of the Shaklee product will clean.  Talk about a win-win situation.

The last thing I noticed when we were looking at the Shaklee website was that this product was a winner of a ptpa media award last year.  Ptpa stands for Parent Tested Parent Approved and they make it easier for us to find products that are safe for children. Well, as you know, I’m not a big fan of children, but what’s good for the kids should be good for the birds.  In fact I’ve heard a few moms tell their kids they were birdbrains; must be the highest complement you can give a child; don’t you think?

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  1. Ken Wolff  February 8, 2009

    Hi Jamaika!
    Thank you for the fine review of the
    Shaklee Dish Wash Automatic Concentrate. I am the dishwasher in my house right now so what you say means a lot to me. I used to know a parakeet when I lived in Oregon. It’s name was Perry but went by Pretty Bird most of the time. Perry did not talk too much though, at least when I was around. I was just a kid and Perry probably was not too fond of kids either. Anyway I am not a kid anymore so maybe we can be friends.
    Keep up the good work. You are making the world a better place for all of us with your recommendations.
    Ken Wolff

  2. Linda Vorves Pastor  February 9, 2009

    Thank you Jamaica for recognizing that Shaklee products help the environment and do not harm our children and pets.
    Years ago we adopted a Cockatoo named Gypsy who had been very sick from environmental issues and this ‘green’ issue became dear to our hearts.
    Your efforts to go ‘green’ in your own home is admirable, and is easier to do using Shaklee products.
    Keep up the good work.

  3. JoAnn  February 9, 2009

    I beagan using Shaklee’s Get Clean products a few years ago and am thrilled with the entire line. I too really love the automatic dish concentrate (which lasts for months, even though I use my dishwasher almost every night). I also love their liquid laundry concentrate. My clothes come out beautifully clean and it doesn’t irritate my kids eczema. 🙂