Friday, April 17, 2009

Seventh Generation's 2X Ultra Free and Clear Natural Laundry Detergent | Natural Cleaning Product Review

Seventh Generation, one of my favorite green cleaning product companies, makes a super-concentrated natural laundry detergent safe for both high-efficiency and standard washing machines that is "free and clear" of perfumes and dyes. (And it works great!)

This natural cleaner for laundry qualifies as super-concentrated, because it is formulated with hardly any water, so that you use less detergent per load, you use less packaging per load, you are not "buying water" when you buy the detergent. This is a trend with environmentally-aware manufacturers; a win-win-win situation, for the consumer, the manufacturer, and the environment.

For more background on Seventh Gen, you can check out my post on their dishwasher detergents.

On the back of the bottle of this natural laundry detergent, Seventh Generation states an inspiring fact: "If every household in the U.S. replaced just one bottle of 50 oz. 2X ultra petroleum based liquid laundry detergent with our 50 oz. 2X ultra plant based product, we could save 233,000 barrels of oil, enough to heat and cool 13,400 U.S. homes for a year!"

Wow! Even though at times I criticize some green cleaning product manufacturers for questionable ingredients, I want to stress that using ANY of the plant-based green cleaning products on the market today is a MUCH BETTER choice than ANY "conventional" or petroleum-based detergents! Conventional detergents are not in the same league at all with green cleaning products in regards to safety for the consumer and the environment!

If you haven't made the switch to natural and green cleaning products, I hope that my Natural Cleaning Product Review blog will help to convince you to do so!!

Please make that switch; try out Seventh Generation's 2X Ultra Laundry Detergent or another green cleaning competitor. I know you will be pleased and feel satisfied being a "good steward" of the Earth and your family's health.

I found it for 8.23 on sale online at the Wellness Grocer. In retail stores the price can be as high as 11.00, but currently there are 1.00 off coupons for Seventh Gen on their website and through online ads; take advantage of those, you can print 2 at a time.

Ingredients *
sodium laureth sulfate, (see more info. on this ingredient at this post; scroll to ingredients list)
coconut alcohol ethoxylate & glycerin (plant-derived cleaning agents)
sodium citrate (water softener)
oleic acid & glyceryl oleate (plant-derived anti-foaming agents)
sodium hydroxide (alkalinity builder)
sodium borate (alkalinity builder and soil dispersant) **
amylase, cellulase & protease (non-animal derived enzymes)
calcium chloride (cleaning enhancer)
hexahydro-1,3,5-tris (2-hydroxyethyl)-s-triazine (preservative, less than 0.05%)

* Important Note: All of these ingredients have been rated low or no toxicity by the Environmental Working Group, however just as with almost all chemicals used in manufacturing today, there is a huge "data gap" on ingredient safety, i.e. not nearly enough testing done on the ingredients that we all use everyday!!

** Important Note: One important qualifier I just learned!! Borax or sodium borate is not recommended for use on infant skin by the The Cosmetic Ingredient Review, an independent trade association of the cosmetic industry supported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In other words, use detergents or cosmetics without sodium borate or borax in them for your infant's care.

My Take on Using 7Gen's 2X Ultra Free and Clear Natural Laundry Detergent
Big Thumb's Up! It works great! It has high marks for healthfulness and has no dyes or fragrances, which is a plus for many folks.

Enjoy your green cleaning with natural cleaning laundry detergent!
Green Keen a.k.a. Pamela Palmer

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