The Bottom Line
- Green detergent made from plant-derived cleaning agents.
- Performs well in cold water.
- Suitable for high-efficiency or regular washers.
- Higher cost per load than other commercial detergents.
- Contains plant-derived cleaning agents and discloses all ingredients on packaging.
- Performs well on normal soil and leaves laundry soft, bright and smelling fresh.
- Suitable for use in high-efficiency or regular washers.
Guide Review - Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent With Non-Chlorine Bleach - Product Review
Seventh Generation is a company based on providing environmentally-friendly household products. It's name comes from the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy, "In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." Their website offers multiple pages of information about their products, mission, coupons and even a Seventh Generation nation you can join to share your thoughts.
Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Detergent With Non-chlorine Bleach Powder is available a white flower & bergamot citrus in 48 oz./18 loads or 112 oz./42 loads sizes. The detergent is formulated to work in regular or high-efficiency washers. All Seventh Generation products are non-toxic and biodegradable, free of phosphates & optical brighteners, safe for septic & greywater systems; not tested on animals nor contain animal ingredients and Kosher-certified. The box is made from 100 percent recycled paper (40 percent minimum post-consumer, 60 percent pre-consumer). The recyclable measuring scoop is made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic.
Every product has a full listing of ingredients on the label as well as an explanation of what each ingredient does. You can also find the ingredients and Material Data Safety Sheets on their website. White flower & bergamot citrus detergent powder contains:
- Sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, sodium citrate, sodium silicate and zeolites (water softeners and alkalinity builders)
- Fatty alcohol ethoxylate and polyglucose (coconut and corn-derived cleaning agents)
- Magnesium sulfate and sodium sulfate (performance enhancers)
- Sodium aluminosilicate and sodium citrate (water softeners)
- Sodium percarbonate (non-chlorine bleach)
- Carboxymethyl inulin and carboxymethyl cellulose (antiredeposition agents)
- Protease, amylase and cellulase (enzymes)
- Oleic acid and glycerol monooleate (plant-derived anti-foaming agents)
- Petitgrain, neroli bergamot, blood orange and nutmeg whole plant essences
According to the packaging, the detergent is formulated to work well in cold water. I used it for several loads of laundry and found the clothes to come out clean and smelling fresh with just a hint of a spicy perfume. The laundry felt soft without the use of additional fabric softeners. The laundry detergent powders (this and Free & Clear)are my favorite Seventh Generation Laundry Detergents due to their cleaning properties.
Seventh Generation products are widely available in grocery and mass merchandise stores. They can also be ordered online. Cost per use is higher than most commercially-produced detergents.
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