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Sep 14, 2014

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Dirty dishes, we all have them. Dish detergent liquid is something we all have to use but they’re not all created equal. Some have a lot of garbage ingredients and just aren’t worth using which is why I like to try out different brands of dish liquids to find that I can live with.

Allow me to introduce you to Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid. There are a lot of different scents or you can pick up an unscented version as well. I decided to test out the Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid with lemongrass and Clementine zest. Let’s see how well it works.


Product Review: What ingredients are in Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid with lemongrass and Clementine zest?

thingsthatwedo.com - seventh generation natural dish liquidHere are the ingredients on the bottle of Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid with lemongrass and Clementine zest: aqua (water), sodium lauryl sulfate, lauramine oxide, glycerin, caprylyl/myristyl glucoside, citric acid, magnesium chloride, canarium luzonicum nonvolatiles, citrus aurantium bergamia, citrus aurantium dulcis, citrus nobilis, cymbopogon citrates, benzisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, d-Limonene is a component of this formula.

Uh..what?

Rewind.

What is all that?

I head over to the Seventh Generation website to see if I could learn a bit more about the ingredients used. Here is the list of ingredients from their site:

thingsthatwedo.com - seventh generation natural dish liquid“Aqua (water), sodium lauryl sulfate and caprylyl/myristyl glucoside (plant-derived cleaning agents), lauramine oxide (plant-based cleaning agent), glycerin (plant-derived foam stabilizer), citric acid (plant-derived water softener), magnesium chloride and sodium chloride (mineral viscosity modifiers), essential oils and botanical extracts* for scented varieties only (see below for details), methylisothiazolinone and benzisothiazolinone (synthetic preservatives).

“for Lemongrass & Clementine Zest: (citrus nobilis (clementine), citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot), cymbopogon citratus (lemongrass), canarium luzonicum nonvolatiles (elemi), citrus aurantium dulcis (orange))”

One thing I noticed is that the list of ingredients isn’t in the same order as those on my bottle but at least I have a slightly better understanding of the ingredients.

thingsthatwedo.com - seventh generation natural dish liquidThe bad news: while the website tells me that their dish liquid has all these great features with no dyes or synthetic fragrances, it’s non-toxic and biodegradable and is USDA Certified Biobased product (95%), the second ingredient on the bottle is sodium lauryl sulfate. There’s no denying that part but that’s a topic for a different day. I’ll post a link below so you can read up on sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).

Does the Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid with lemongrass and Clementine zest have a better profile than some of the other dish detergents out there? Absolutely, but it still uses sodium lauryl sulfate.

 

Product Review: Does the Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid with lemongrass and Clementine zest work well?

thingsthatwedo.com - seventh generation natural dish liquidOur family has been using the Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid with lemongrass and Clementine zest for the past little while and I have to admit, the hubby does like it. He certainly prefers its gentle scent instead of the other more mainstream dish detergents that smell overly artificial.

The entire family has sensitive skin and the hubby is no different. While other brands bother his skin, the Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid with lemongrass and Clementine zest doesn’t so that is a big bonus right there.

As you can see from the image, the Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid with lemongrass and Clementine zest is colourless and has a similar consistency to other more generic brands. It lathers well, of course, given that is uses sodium lauryl sulfate. Great that it lathers, awful that it has SLS.


Verdict:

thingsthatwedo.com - seventh generation natural dish liquidDoes Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid with lemongrass and Clementine zest wash dishes well? Yep. Does it have SLS? Yep. Is the ingredient list better than some other brands of dish soap? Yep. Having said that, there are better brands out there so it’s not like you’re stuck using Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid. You do have choices.

Thus, what do I say?

Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid with lemongrass and Clementine zest is a great option to have. If it was on sale I’d choose it over any chemically laden dish soap in a heartbeat. Would I rather it didn’t have SLS on its ingredient? Absolutely.

So…I guess that’s the long and short of it.

 

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thingsthatwedo.com - seventh generation natural dish liquidIn case you want to start learning about sodium lauryl sulfate, click here to visit the davidsuzuki.org website as a starting point. Then do some research on your own.

For those of you interested in learning more visit their website, click here.

 

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