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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Palm Oil Free
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🌎 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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United States United States
I recommend this product

Best, safest, least toxic way to clean dishes

These amazing pods are not only plastic free (never even use minimal amounts of plastics in your diet), they are also non-toxic. Just compare the ingredient list to any name brand soap you buy almost anywhere. Imagine, the plastic chemicals and toxic chemicals all coating your dishes and being expelled into your drinking water basin. Not good. Thankfully, these are a highly effective (really clean and smell great, naturally) option to clean and keep your family safe, hormones untouched and water supply safer. I use vinegar in the rinse compartment…look at that ingredient list sometime and ask yourself … where does all that go and how does it affect your body. Then switch. You’ll love these pods and vinegar rinse.

Hugh R.
United States United States
I recommend this product


We were excited to try these, but unfortunately they have proved to be not at all ready for primetime. Not only did it not clean our dishes, but it left everything coated in a thick white powder that took vigorous scrubbing with a scouring pad to remove. The strangest thing of all was that this coating seemed to actually seal the dirt onto the dishes. Even dirt that would normally rinse off just with water alone was still clinging to many of the dishes. We tried three times to use this. The first time we used no rinse-aid. The second time we tried with rinse aid, and the third time we tried the suggestion of adding vinegar to the rinse-aid dispenser. Nothing made any difference; if anything, the thick white coating seemed worst when we used the vinegar. I see from the reviews that this works for some people. Perhaps it varies with the hardness or softness of the water? Perhaps the factory that makes them isn't doing good quality control on the contents? All I can say is that if this were the only dishwashing detergent we had in the house we would never use our dishwasher as it only makes our dishes dirtier than they were to begin with.

United States United States

Really want to Love

I really want to love these, I was excited about them not having a plastic coating. Looking at others' reviews I'm not sure if it's just me or the batch I got, but I've had a couple of issues. All of my dishes have been covered in a white, powdery-like film and some of my dishes in each of the loads done so far did not get clean. I appreciate it if anyone has ideas about what is happening.


A Drop in the Ocean

Hi Maridith! I'm sorry to hear you're having issues with these pods. Your water hardness could have something to do with it. I've had the white film a couple of times in the past and adding some distilled white vinegar to my rinse aid dispenser took care of that problem easily! Give that a shot and let me know how it goes :)

United States United States
I recommend this product

Works well

No plastic packaging at all! I keep these in a small tin on the counter. It works great!

Ashley D.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Hassle free pods

I love these hardworking pods. They get the job done, they don’t take up a ton of space under the kitchen sink, and when they are all gone there isn’t a large plastic container that you have to send to the landfill. I add a little vinegar to the dishwasher so there is no water marks on glasses.

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