Dish Soaps and Good Guide

Years back, when I switched to milder household cleaners, Seventh Generation was one of the few “green” brands available. I used a number of their products, and though I later eliminated several in favor of vinegar, soap, and baking soda, I continued to use Seventh Generation dish soap and dishwasher detergent.

A few weeks ago, I stopped to wonder if Seventh Generation still makes the safest dish soap. I went to Good Guide, which rates products from zero (bad) to ten (good) for health concerns and the maker’s environmental performance and social policies.

Seventh Generation’s scented dish soaps get only a 4.0 on health because they contain “one or more ingredients that raise a medium level of health concern” (D-limonene).  Its Free & Clear dish soap gets a zero because the company has not adequately disclosed its ingredients (“To create an incentive for disclosure, GoodGuide caps a product’s score if it lacks complete ingredient data or lists generic names that do not support chemical-specific evaluations”).

As a result of these scores, we switched to BabyGanics Foaming Dish & Bottle Soap for everything we wash by hand. It scored a perfect ten for health and it cleans our dishes well.

For the dishwasher, Seventh Generation’s Automatic Dishwasher Gel, Free & Clear, is rated a ten.  We’ll continue to use it with confidence.

Click here for a list of other dish products that received a top health rating.

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