Cleaning is never my favorite past time but with products that help you do the job right it isn’t quite so bad. Recently Seventh Generation sent me some of their natural cleaning products.
I grew up with Shaklee (they “make products that are naturally safe AND proven effective. Every product that goes into every Shaklee bottle is designed to improve health, work without compromise, and be gentle on the planet.”) I can’t even tell you all the things we used “Basic H” for as a kid. When I was first married my mom and mother-in-law both purchased Melaleuca (they’re “serious about getting harmful and toxic ingredients out of your home. Melaleuca cleaning products use the best of science and nature to combine for the safest most effective cleaning.”) Recently I’ve purchased Norwex microfiber clothes (“All Norwex products support our company mission to improve the quality of life by radically reducing the use of chemicals in personal care and cleaning. With a commitment to effective cleaning, responsible care for the earth, and the power of information, together we can become a generation to leave behind a legacy of improved quality of life.”)
So what is Seventh Generation‘s mission statement? “To inspire a revolution that nurtures the health of the next seven generations.” Their product philosophy is:
- we create products that are safe for people, pets and the environment
- we follow the precautionary principle and the tenets of green chemistry
- we disclose ingredients
- we try to use materials from plants not petroleum
I won’t begin to say that I’m an expert on any of the products listed above but I have tried find products that claim to be healthier for not only the environment but also for my family. I think most moms without a chemistry degree question just how to determine the differences between so many products claiming the same thing and still finding something that works well.
Beyond the promises of natural ingredients and saving the planet with recycled packaging content, how do the products actually work? Although I don’t have the ability to try out several of their products (we don’t own stainless steel appliances or granite to clean) I was able to test several others.
I despise doing dishes so my husband and mother were the product testers on the Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid. Both of them said that they thought it compared to our standard dish soap, Dawn until it came to the tough grease on a few pans when mom pulled Dawn out to finish the job. Both said they thought the suds lasted through the job and mom noted it wasn’t harsh on her hands.
The Hand Care Dish Liquid is a USDA Certified Biobased Product with fragrances from essential oils and botanical extracts. The formula is non-toxic, biodegradable and contains Advanced HerbaVera™ Moisturizing Technology, so it’s gentle on both your hands and the earth. Available online in 18 oz. bottles for $3.49 each.
My job is to keep the dishwasher rotating through its cycles. (*Minor annoyance with the packaging on the Seventh Generation Dishwasher Pacs: the self closure top was broken when I opened it.)
I put these to the test with a load of baked-on food with this casserole dish.
We’ve only had it for a year now and currently use Finish Powerball Dishwashing Tablets. The Seventh Generation Dishwasher Pacs work in the same way. You take the little pac and drop it in, close the compartment and you’re ready to wash. Easy peasy.
I was happy to see gleaming dishes after our first load. Even the white dish came clean which had rice cooked in it and that can often be a starchy mess.
I’d like to say that it was all the dishwasher pac but it might have something to do with the new Bosch dishwasher. I’ve always had clean dishes with this dishwasher. Can I admit that I’m in love with an appliance? I have continued to use the Seventh Generation dishwasher pacs with clean results every time.
My next least favorite job: laundry. I currently use All Free and Clear detergent and love it. I’m allergic to fabric softener and have a very sensitive nose so I always try to chose detergents with the least amount of additives. I was a little hesitant with these because the scent is Mandarine & Sandalwood (I’m happy to see that they do offer a free and clear option if buy these in the future). I have noticed the slight scent while folding laundry but never when sleeping on the sheets or when wearing clothes.
Seventh Generation’s Natural Laundry Detergent Packs are the same idea as the dishwasher pacs above (my husband was suggesting I compare the ingredients to see if there really was a difference). Drop it in, start the water, add your clothes = done! They suggest two packs for larger or dirtier loads which allows me to adjust how much soap I put in (one of the benefits of liquid detergent). They do advertise that they will dissolve in hot or cold water but I ran about an inch of warm water before filling the rest of the load with cold to be sure it dissolves. My husband had a few loads that had a partially dissolved pack left in the bottom of the machine.
The Natural Laundry Detergent Packs are a USDA Certified Biobased Product containing no dyes, synthetic fragrances, nor optical brighteners. They are effective in hot or cold water and are available for purchase online in two sizes: 30 Count – $9.99 and 50 Count – $14.99.
Be sure to check out the new Cleanhouse Challenge that Seventh Generation and Real Simple are hosting on their facebook page. It’s an interactive game where users explore a virtual house and discover coupons and prizes, while learning about how to keep a greener, healthier home.
They have coupons hidden throughout the game and you’ll learn eco-friendly tips such as the one above. Plus with every completed challenge Seventh Generation will donate $10 (up to $15,000) to 350.org, an environmental organization focused on solving the climate crisis.
And if you shop online you can save $5 on Seventh Generation Deluxe Starter Kits!
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Disclosure: I received samples for the purpose of this review however all thoughts remain 100% my own!