I've been searching for ways to cut out plastic and disposable containers, so purchased the block of French soap for dishes as well as the dish washer detergent. I was very pleased with the fast service and the responsible and plastic-free packaging. The French soap is excellent for hand washing dishes! Much better than most of the eco-soaps available in plastic containers. Haven't used the dishwasher detergent yet, but I love that it's packaged in a paper bag. Highly recommend Hippie Haven (and love the name)!
Works awesome! Thank you
Cleans "thoroughly pre-rinsed/pre-scrubbed dishes", but struggles with anything beyond that. For example, I used this powder on a load of dishes that included a pot I used to boil pasta. I removed the pasta remnants and gave the pot a quick rinse, but didn't scrub around the rim. The pasta pot came out looking exactly the same with the water ring and all. So the product description is not exaggerating when it says you must rinse dishes thoroughly (And possibly scrub them). Also, dishes don't dry as well when using this product. Per the product description, I tried using white vinegar, but had minimal success. Finally, the last time I used this product, it gunked up in the dispenser compartment somehow and hardened, so when I went to put the dishes away, I had a brick of dishwasher powder that I had to chisel away. The dispenser compartment flap was open, so I'm not sure what happened. Overall, this product would probably be fine if you live in a household that diligently rinses dishes immediately after use and is prepared to scrub everything that could be remotely "stubborn" before it enters the dishwasher. Unfortunately, my household is not that household.
The soap itself works great. On the packaging it suggests using 1-2 scoops, but no scoop was provided. I used 1 tablespoon and used white vinegar in the rinse compartment as suggested and my dishes came out clean. I would suggest changing the verbiage on the package to be a unit of measure if no scoop is going to be provided. I was disappointed by the packaging though. I was expecting the packaging to be paper only. Instead what arrived was a paper plastic composite. This is not able to be composted or recycled in my curbside recycling. If the packaging were changed to be 100% compostable, I would give it 5 stars.