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Seventh Generation 2X Laundry Detergent Free and Clear - Product Review

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Seventh Generation 2X Laundry Detergent Free and Clear - Product Review

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The Bottom Line

Seventh Generation Natural 2X Concentrated Laundry Detergent Free & Clear is a hypoallergenic, biodegradable, green detergent formulated to use in regular or high-efficiency washers. It performs well on normal laundry soil and some stains.
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  • Green detergent made from plant-derived cleaning agents.
  • Packaging contains post-consumer recycled material.
  • Performs well on normal laundry soil.


  • Did not remove oily stains well.
  • Higher cost per load than other commercial detergents.


  • Hypoallergenic, biodegradable laundry detergent.
  • Contains plant-derived cleaning agents and discloses all ingredients on packaging.
  • Performs well on normal laundry soil and some stains.

Guide Review - Seventh Generation 2X Laundry Detergent Free and Clear - 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 2X Concentrated Laundry Detergent is available in 32 oz., 50 oz., 100 oz. and 150 oz. bottles. The detergent is formulated to work in regular or high-efficiency washers and is free and clear of dyes, fragrances and masking agents. All Seventh Generation products are non-toxic and biodegradable, free of phosphates & optical brighteners, safe for septic & greywater systems, Kosher-certified; not tested on animals nor contain animal ingredients. The plastic bottles can be recycled and contain a minimum of 25% post-consumer recycled plastic. The cap is clear which makes measuring to a specific line a breeze.

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. Free and Clear contains:

  • Aqua (water)
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (plant-derived cleaning agents)
  • Coceth-7 (plant-derived cleaning agents)
  • Glycerin (plant-derived cleaning agents)
  • Oleic acid (plant-derived anti-foaming agent)
  • Sodium hydroxide (alkalinity builder)
  • Sodium chloride (thickener)
  • Boric acid (enzyme stabilizers)
  • Calcium chloride (enzyme stabilizers)
  • Protease (enzyme soil removers)
  • Amylase (enzyme soil removers)
  • Methlisothiazolinone (preservative)
  • Benzisothiazolinone (preservative)

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. Normal, daily soil came out well as did non-oily stains. However, oily stains did not come clean in the first washing. I followed directions and pretreated the stains with a bit of detergent and allowed them to soak for about 30 minutes. But, after washing I had to treat again with a different stain remover and rewash.

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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