Review :: Biokleen Free and Clear Dish Liquid

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Biokleen Free and Clear Dish Liquid
Review Score
Ewg RatedNA
Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Lauramine Oxide
C10-16 Alkyl Glucoside
Caprylyl Capryl Glucoside
Aloe Vera
Grapefruit Seed Extract
C10-16 Alcohols

This product does not disappoint.

As well as being a very affordable product, it's biodegradable, cruelty-free, plant-based and extremely good at cleaning.

It does contain SLS and Cocamidopropyl Betaine, but so does your shampoo! And the trade-off for having two harsh ingredients in there is a cleaning power as good as I've seen.


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Biokleen are a company we’ve visited before, reviewing their wonderful eco bottle laundry liquid.

The company themselves have a great back story.  Back in the 1980s, people were largely unaware of the harmful effects of the insane chemicals that they were using in their homes and businesses.

“A sales executive for a chemical supply company, at the time, Jim Rimer grew disturbed by the harmful side effects he witnessed among customers and colleagues, from skin rashes to respiratory disease and worse. So, when his attempts to implement safety and educational training on the use of those products led to his firing, he vowed to find non-toxic, effective alternatives, and Biokleen was born.”

He spent his nights cleaning carpets and such as he studied the science of botany. Shortly after, in a garage in 1989 Portland, the first cleaner he had ever created was born (All Purpose Cleaner II).

We love the company, how does their dish soap look?

I was feeling very hopeful about the quality of this product based on my prior experience with them.  So, I took a peek behind the label to see what extras it included on this specific product before I gave it a proper test. They make sure to point out their use of only plant or mineral based products. As well as this being a purely scent-free formula – this stuff smells only of soap.

The directions have a nice side tip along with normal usage instructions that state you should use a small pan to make a concentrate essentially for a sink of dishes instead of keeping the water constantly flowing. It also states that it [dish soap] “Cuts through tough grease and baked-on-foods, dishes, glasses, and utensils rinse clean and dry spot-free with no chemical taste.”

How does it wash?

Needless to say, I was excited to see just how concentrated and powerful this stuff could be.

I tested two dishes.   A large mug caked in a couple day old (don’t judge – don’t ask) microwave mini-brownie.

As for my second dish, that was in an oven pan with six large round insets and the universal non-stick surface of all pans nowadays, with baked-on cheese (burned-on cheese,) that I specifically put together for this test.

I set aside the mug, poured about a half a tsp worth of product inside, filled it up with warm water and let it soak for about 8 hours.

Meanwhile, I stopped up my sink and used a small plate (from the water usage tip) to mix the concentrate and water for a soapy mixture.

I proceeded to rinse and then turn off the water and dip my scrubby into my soap mixture, as well as pour a tiny bit in a couple of the insets.

As you can see in the pictures I had fantastic results with this first test so I was excited to see how the mug would stand up in this test.

I must I say I was astounded. When I poured the soapy soak water the entire caked brownie came out with it.  I mean, the mug was completely clean.  With zero scrubbing.

It performs exceptionally well – what’s inside the bottle?

Biokleen, unlike most cleaning product manufacturers, aren’t scared to tell you exactly what they have in their products.

The dish soap contains:

  • Water
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine – One of many plant based cleansers. Has the dubious distinction of being awarded the Contact Allergen of the Year 2004. If you are prone to skin irritation I would definitely keep gloves on during your wash.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – a plant-based cleanser that is commonly called SLS or sulfate. This can be a contact allergen so if your skin is prone to irritation be sure to wear gloves as you wash.
  • Lauramine Oxide – One of three gentle plant-derived cleaners.
  • C10-16 Alkyl Glucoside – The second of the plant-based cleaners.
  • Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside – And the last of the plant-based cleaners.
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf – (Aloe Vera) A skin conditioning agent
  • Citrus Grandis Seed Extra – (Grapefruit seed) An all-natural preservative.
  • C10-16 Alcohols – Gentle plant-based cleansers

Now some of these may seem a bit harsh at first glance.  Keep in mind that many of them are used in pretty much every single thing we use daily such as shampoo, body wash, etc.

They also seem to try to let you be aware of these ingredients in case you are prone to irritation you can prepare properly.

I would prefer the SLS and the Betaines weren’t added, but the tradeoff is superb cleaning power.

I would wear gloves when using it, but other than that, this a top grade, biodegradable, cruelty-free dish soap.

So do I recommend it?

This product does not disappoint.

As well as being a very affordable product, it’s biodegradable, cruelty-free, plant-based and extremely good at cleaning.

It does contain SLS and Cocamidopropyl Betaine,  but so does your shampoo!    And the trade-off for having two harsh ingredients in there is a cleaning power as good as I’ve seen.


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