9 Top-Rated Dishwasher Detergents to Run in Your Clean Machine

Set it and forget it — no extra rinsing required.

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Your dishwasher only works as well as the soap you supply it with. We scoured the top-rated dishwater detergents to bring you these user-favorite picks.

Mrs. Meyer's Lemon Verbena Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Packs

$9 for 20 tablets BUY NOW

Defeat the grease with this pack of citrusy-scented dish detergent from Mrs. Meyer's. Both potent and gentle, each tablet's concentrated formula thoroughly cleanses dirty dishes, while the formaldehyde-free, dye-free, and cruelty-free solution is a more responsible choice for the environment.

Lemi Shine Dishwashing Detergent

$4 for 15 tablets BUY NOW

Lemi Shine's powder-and-gel-filled packs have earned them their near-five-star rating from users for their ability to wash away caked-on debris from dishes, without leaving residue or water spots. Households with particularly hard water that leaves dishes feeling filmy can give their detergent an added boost with the brand's hard-water remover, another crowd-favorite product.

Finish Quantum Max Shine & Protect Dishwasher Detergent Tablets

from $4 for 32 tablets BUY NOW

This pick is a great option for those looking to switch out their current residue-heavy detergent. These powerball-filled packs help keep your glassware sparkling and your casserole dishes spotless.

Seventh Generation Natural Dishwasher Detergent Packs

$19 for pack of two BUY NOW

These single-use pods from Seventh Generation work wonders for the household that's acclimated to rinsing their dishes of hard-water residue. Plus, they're made without synthetic fragrances, chlorine bleach, or phosphates in their formula, so your dishes are both streak- and toxin-free.

OxiClean Fresh Clean Dishwasher Detergent Paks


The detergent tablet has totally changed the dishwashing game. OxiClean's 41-pack of concentrated oxygen-powered crystals is touted by users for being a great pick in households with hard water that struggle with cloudy soap scum on their dry dishware.

Method Smarty Dish Dishwasher Plus Tablets

from $10 for 45 tablets BUY NOW

Pods are generally favored because of their precise one-pack measurement — and because more users are finding they no longer need to wash their dishes twice! Method's soapy tablets are more biodegradable than traditional formulas (which is easier on your septic system), they deliver a thorough clean, and they come from a company that makes cleaner, greener living a real priority in the home.

Cascade Actionpacs Dishwasher Detergent

from $24 for 110 pacs BUY NOW

This user-favorite pack of pods is ideal for the bustling family household. The two-in-one formula combines Cascade's effective dish-scrubbing properties with Dawn dish soap's ability to break up greasy residue.

Seventh Generation Automatic Dishwasher Gel

$27 for pack of six BUY NOW

Scented with essential oils and lemon extract, Seventh Generation's gel detergent cleans super effectively, and the near-biodegradable formula leaves less of a footprint on the environment. Its liquid form also lets you soak tough dishes in its suds before loading up your washer.

Cascade Platinum ActionPacs Dishwasher Detergent

from $14 for 62 tablets BUY NOW

It's no secret — Cascade is one of the best and most popular dishwashing brands on the market. Their Platinum edition of the Dawn-enhanced ActionPacs ensures that no pre-wash is needed to wash away even the trickiest of dishes with no soapy deposits left over.