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What Ingredients are in Commerical Dishwasher tablets?

Well this is how Under Your Sinks all began… I was determined to find the ingredients and compositions of theses teeny weeny expensive little buggers called ‘Dishwashing Tablets’. I wanted to duplicate them at home myself as I was expecting just a bunch of simple ingredients.

Low and behold!! Just looking at  FINISH® Powerball® Quantum Max™ Capsules - Fresh Scent There were 33 ingredients in this teeny weeny tablet, and most of the names were 33 letters long!! Wow, I had no idea there was so much that goes into cleaning a dish, so that I don’t have to do it by my own two hands.

Each of these ingredients served a ‘function’ and from my humble opinion, some of these functions are a marketing farce!

So here is the list, try saying it all 3 times really fast :-)

  • Sodium Carbonate
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Sodium Carbonate Peroxide
  • Polyvinyl alcohol, partially hydrolysed
  • C 12-14 Alcohols Ethoxylated Propoxylated
  • 2-Propenoic acid, telomer with sodium hydrogen sulphite, sodium salt
  • Ethylene/propylene oxide copolymer
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Tetraacetylethylenediamine
  • Sodium Polyacrylate
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol
  • Trimethylolpropane
  • Protease Enzyme
  • Water
  • (1-Hydroxyethylidene) bisphosphonic acid, sodium salt
  • Sodium Silicate
  • C12-15 Alcohols Ethoxylated propoxylated
  • Polydimethylsiloxane
  • Polyethylene glycol
  • Tolyltriazole
  • Amylase Enzyme
  • Fragrance/Parfum
  • Acrylic acid maleic acid copolymer
  • Octadecanamide
  • Calcium Stearate
  • Aliphatic and Naphthalene hydrocarbons
  • Calcium Carbonate
  • Zinc Stearate
  • CI Pigment iolet 75
  • Manganese Catalyst
  • I Acid Red 18
  • Acid Blue 182

(RB, n.d.) (Org, n.d.)

But I want to make it loud and clear I am not a Chemist nor have I studied any form of Science major. However, I  can read and form educated opinions - and I am just sharing my study notes basically!! So I really welcome and encourage comments, feedback and even debate as this is all about learning and sharing.


With thanks to the following sources:

Org, E. (n.d.). Retrieved from EWG Org: RB. 

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