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A True Find: Auto Dish Detergent That Works

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A TRUE FIND: Seventh Generation Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Concentrated Pacs

THE GOODS: For years I’ve watched as the green cleaning product industry has wrestled with providing phosphate-free dish detergents that worked.

Until a year or so ago I quite candidly told readers that there was a good green product on the market for everything but dish detergents, and that the industry was trying and getting better.

Then, Seventh Generation seemed to break out of the pack, in my opinion, and started making an automatic dish detergent that worked almost as well as a product like Cascade. In fact, it worked well enough that I didn’t have to resort to Cascade once a month or so to get everything really clean.

One other brand is close, and that is Oxy-Dish Automatic Dish Detergent.

The Seventh Generation product Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Concentrated Pacs are the most successful for my dishwasher, and after I started using them I have never looked back.

Meanwhile, users of mainstream dish detergents are in an uproar. As The New York Times reported, “Responding to laws that went into effect in 17 states in July, the nation’s detergent makers reformulated their products to reduce what had been the crucial ingredient, phosphates, to just a trace.” Users of these products are finding a white film on their dishes, that is, if their dishes get clean at all. I tried a popular mainstream brand last week and it was an utter failure!

It is great to now celebrate the trailblazing strides of the green cleaning manufacturers and all the work they have done for a few decades to master the challenge of making dish detergents that work! Yay, I have to say I am proud of Seventh Generation in particular for buckling down and figuring it out. Surely, mainstream manufacturers are way behind.

THE EXPERIENCE: Clean dishes without phosphates or synthetic scents! Phosphates cause algae bloom, something I am sure you have seen as you drive by ponds and small lakes, sometimes it is so bad that the entire pond is choked with a green scum.

A TIDBIT: I went to Hampshire College with Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder and Executive Chairperson of Seventh Generation! We were some of the earliest students of the school, way back in the early seventies.

THE COMPANY: Seventh Generation
800 456 1191

Seventh Generation
60 Lake Street
Burlington, VT 05401

By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).

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  • Flatpops says:

    I hate these new detergents. We have a septic system and are no where near a lake, where can we get dish washer detergents with phosphates?

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  • Seventhy generations is a good brand But I like Cascade products and I use cascade coupons to save a lot of money.

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