Saw some reviews on a website for this dish liquid and decided to try it because I"m looking for healthier; earth friendly dish liquid and cleaners. I picked this up at a nearby Target. I love it! (Its a little thinner in consistency, so be careful when you tip the bottle to use it that it does not dispense too much.) I LOVE the subtle scent of Lavender Floral and Mint, and it works wonderfully! Lathers great, too. I feel like I'm doing something good for the earth and also I'm not washing my dishes with chemicals. This stuff is really great so I will be switching over from my usual dish liquid to Seventh Generation! Oh...and I'm going to go back and stock up on this because its [...] for a really great price at Target! Try it out...you won't be disappointed. It really does a great job on dishes! I highly recommend it!
I have used Seventh Generation's Free and Clear Automatic Dishwashing Powder in the past and loved it. Unfortunately, we recently moved into a house with an older dishwasher, and the powder doesn't rinse completely away, so I switched to the gel. It works great! My dishes come out clean as ever -- without all the harsh chemicals. My only wish is that the gel would also be available in Free and Clear. Currenly, I've only found it in Lemon. I prefer unscented product whenever possible. I do also wish the pricing could be slightly more competitive, though I'm willing to pay a little more for more earth-friendly products.
I was a little nervous to wash my baby's bottles and feeding supplies with regular dish soap due to all the harsh chemicals. I have been using the seventh generation free and clear dish soap for a year now and it's been great. I cannot vouch for pots, pans and other dishes because I haven't used it on those items, but it seemed to work great with bottles, nursing parts, sippy cups, etc. My hands aren't dry either after washing which is a bonus!
Great product, I will continue to use.
No overpowering smell. It's clean and does a great job cleaning. The price is a little higher than other brands, but I pay it b/c I like that it is more natural and not so "perfume-y" smelling. a little goes a long way.....one bottle lasts a long time for me.
This product shatters the old world expectations of green cleaning products. Because compared to both the mass market and other green brands (and I've tried them all), I find that the 7th Gen dishwasher powder works the best. You don't have to settle for lackluster results to "save the planet."
From what I can tell, the 75oz sized boxed powder detergent is only sold at Target. Most other stores sell the smaller boxes for [..].
(I have municipal "hard" water with 100+ yr old plumbing; I use a full sized / full featured Maytag portable dishwasher)
* Glassware turns out crystal clear and sparkling, so no need for rinse aid (making this product well worth the price).
* Super tough / dried on and/or super greasy dirt is scrubbed off, even on the insides of deep bowls. (I've only had problems with microwaved, dried on egg)
* Free & Clear + 7th Generation = no chemical ladden steam entering your household air.
* Most dishwasher techs recommend powder detergent as better for your dishwasher.
* And if you're sensitive to the most minute "chemical smells and tastes" as I am, you won't taste "dishwasher detergent chemicals" on your glassware when drinking water or anything else for that matter.
(ischsnay worries about ingesting chemicals on your dishes)
Conditions necessary to generate the above exceptional results:
(factor's I've discovered through trial and error)
1. At the very least, your dishwasher's rinse temps need to be super hot. The heated water function is good for the wash cycle. But it's crucial for the rinse cycle. (I do the 3 rinse cycles)
2. I never use my heated drying function. So I'm really not sure how dishes turn out with the heated drying.
3. VERY IMPORTANT with any detergent. You absolutely must load your dishwasher correctly... so that water can flow freely and jet-spray on all of the dishes. No brand of detergent will work if you don't load your dishwasher correctly. Nobody saves $$$ by combining 2 loads into 1 and ending up with dirty dishes.
4. Clean your dishwasher by running a full cycle with an empty machine. I often use Lemi-Shine to clean my dishwasher. Some people use white vinegar. Some people follow kosher guidelines. Clean your machine every 2-3 mos for best results and a longer lasting dishwasher.
I've been experimenting with some of the more "eco-friendly" dish detergents and have been the most pleased with this one so far. It cleaned the dishes and did not leave an abundance of spots on glasses. Other soaps have left a white film, and this did not.
Knowing that many of the eco-friendly brands are more expensive than others, I'm OK paying a little extra for this and actually find it to be more reasonable then some.