A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Shop Dishwasher Pods Bulk Refills

Dishwasher Pods (PVA-Free)

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Get your dishes clean, naturally. These non-toxic and natural dishwasher detergent tablets are 100% PVA-free and made by hand with just four easy-to-pronounce, septic-safe ingredients. Totally plastic-free and package-free, you'll get all the sparkle with none of the waste. The light essential oil blend of grapefruit and lemon will bring a citrusy cheer to your kitchen, but will leave zero scent on your freshly-washed dishes.

Pro-Tip: Want extra sparkle? Add some distilled white vinegar to your dishwasher's rinse aid dispenser!

PVA-Free Dishwasher Detergent Tablets Quick Details:

  • 100% plastic-free and PVA-free tablets
  • All-natural and biodegradable ingredients
  • Non-toxic and free of harmful chemicals
  • Safe for septic systems
  • Vegan, cruelty-free, and palm oil free

🧼 For all of your hand wash-only dishes, check out our best-selling zero waste solid dish soap bar and bamboo dish brushes.


Washing Soda, Dendritic Salt, Grapefruit + Lemon Essential Oil Blend, Distilled Water

To Use

Add one PVA-free dishwasher detergent pod to the detergent dispenser of your dishwasher. Use all settings as normal.

Please note that some of our EcoWarriors with harder water have experienced a white film residue after using these pods. For some, a little white vinegar in the rinse aid clears it right up and makes their dishes sparkle. For others, it's a bit more persistent. While we love these pods and hope you love them as much as we do, if you have hard water, please keep this in mind when making your purchasing decision. In response to this concern, we have a second eco-friendly dishwasher pod option that seems to work better with hard water that may be a better solution for your home.

Packaging + End of Life

These PVA-free dishwasher detergent tablets will be wrapped in minimal reused kraft paper with paper tape.

If there is no residue left on the paper, it can be curbside recycled; if there is residue left on the paper it can be home composted. The small tape pieces should be thrown away.


Handmade in La Conner, Washington.

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Made in the USA
Palm Oil Free
Washington Local

🌎 You care about the planet. So do we.

Look. I get it. It’s HARD to be an EcoWarrior. Someone who cares about the planet and wants the most sustainable products available - from the ingredients to the packaging to the way that product gets to your hands.

It seems like everywhere we turn, someone, somewhere, is greenwashing us.

But our superpower at A Drop in the Ocean is sorting through the BS, calling it out, and making sure our products are the absolute most sustainable and truly zero waste products we can find.

So on top of all the things we mentioned above about what makes our PVA-free dishwasher tablets so sustainable, here’s a few other things you should know:

  • We’re actually practicing what we preach behind the scenes. In 2022, we saved all of our trash for four months, and wrote a whole blog post on it. The tl;dr version is this: in four months, we only produced two pounds of trash. Everything from the packaging our products come in down to the Sharpie we use to write “Fragile” on your box is zero waste to its core.
  • We’re an online-only zero waste store - which is highly intentional. It may seem counter-intuitive, but online shopping is actually more sustainable than in-person. I’m a data nerd at heart and I love diving into the research, and there are countless studies that have shown that online shopping is the most sustainable way to get your everyday essentials. Don’t believe me? Check out our whole blog post on the sustainability of online shopping.
  • We ship ugly boxes. Your order from A Drop in the Ocean is not going to arrive in a pretty, branded box. It’s gonna show up in a reused tea box, or a donated Amazon box, or maybe even an inside-out Girl Scout Cookies box. All of our shipping materials are always 100% plastic-free and reused as much as possible, with curbside-recyclable paper tape and a post-consumer recycled paper shipping label. It won’t be pretty, but it will be zero waste.

Got more questions about our zero waste products or our practices behind the scenes? Just send us an email! I’m always happy to chat all things eco.

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We ship ugly boxes

Our commitment to sustainability doesn't end when you press that checkout button.

We pack all of our orders in reused boxes and envelopes, with reused paper packaging, post-consumer recycled paper labels, and even paper tape.

You may not get an IG-worthy unboxing, but you will get the most sustainable packaging we can possibly find.

Oh and did we mention our shipping is always carbon negative?

Let's go to the real winner in my eyes. Honestly, I could have purchased this exact product many other places, but the packaging A Drop in the Ocean uses to ship will have me coming back time and time gain.

My first purchase from them was some floss a while ago and it arrived in a reused tea box with a hand written note that was written on scrap paper. I was blown away.

I had never seen a company who claimed to be sustainable ACTUALLY prove to be sustainable through and through. The fact that every piece of the packaging was reused and minimal will have me come back over and over again. If I can purchase it here, I will purchase it here.

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Barbara G.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Wanted to really love your products

I was looking forward try your products for dishwasher land washing. Unfortunately, after the wash my silverware , plates and glasses had like a whitish film on it, including the inside of my dish drawer from FisherPaykel. The laundry too, was not clean but loved the smell, it is a front loader. I was going back to using dropps, sorry, I really wanted to like your product.


A Drop in the Ocean

I'm so sorry to hear the dish pods and laundry detergent didn't work for you, Barbara :( With the dish pods, may I suggest trying a little bit of white vinegar in the rinse aid compartment? That does seem to do the trick for many of our EcoWarriors who have experienced the white film in the past (myself included)! If that doesn't work, we do sell Dropps dishwasher pods as an alternative since we've received this feedback from a handful of people, and no one wants filmy dishes. For the laundry detergent, did you put the detergent directly in the drum? I also have a front loader and I just put a little bit in the drum itself rather than trying to use the detergent compartment and I've never had an issue with it. If you tried the compartment, try giving it a shot directly in the drum and let me know if that helps! I'm happy to answer any other questions you have, too! Feel free to shoot me an email any time. Krystina

Robert J.
United States United States
I recommend this product


They Leave a white residue on the glasses.


A Drop in the Ocean

I'm sorry to hear you're experiencing a white residue on your glasses with these dishwasher pods, Robert! I'd definitely recommend trying some white vinegar as a rinse aid (always leaves my dishes sparkling!), and if that doesn't help, we do have another dishwasher pod option (Dropps) that we brought into the shop specifically in response to the occasional white film review we were seeing. That might be a better option for your home?

United States United States
I recommend this product

Dishwasher pods

Did the trick as well or better. Nice to not have to measure.

United States United States
I recommend this product

Holy grail

Tired of bottles and pods wrapped with PVA. Its so hard to find this and super appreciate they even take an extra step in the their packaging (lack of plastic). Its been working great and doing what it does best in cleaning on top of not creating more micro waste. So happy i found this! Now i wish i could but this local!

United States United States
I recommend this product

Dishes so clean

I love these pods. No residue and the dishes are clean. Easy to use (although I did put them into another container so they would get damp). I will definitely order again. These are a winner in my book.

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