Product testing is awesome. What's even better is when the products that you're testing are in line with your philosophies about health and the environment. I have been a part of Seventh Generations's Generation Good for a few months now and have not been disappointed by one thing I have been asked to test, which is not something I can say about all of my other product testing opportunities. Here's a pin I made of the product I was able to test for free this time around:
Some fun facts about Seventh Gen's Energy Smart Automatic Dishwasher Gel:
- Formulated for high performance cleaning in low energy settings.
- Plant-based gel formula
- Formulated to clean even tough loads without phosphates, chlorine or synthetic fragrances
- No harsh fumes
Well I gave this stuff a month of testing, versus my usual dish washing detergent and this is what I found:
This product smells great. It's not an overpowering, so-far-up-your-nostrils-it's-in-your-brain scent, but it's clean and fresh smelling.
There is way less residue left on my dishes than with my regular detergent. I have hard water. It's just something I deal with all throughout my home, but I've been resigned for awhile to the fact that my dishes would never be totally clean. Well, I am so pleased to say that I was wrong! This has probably been the cleanest my dishes have ever been. I've used detergents with bleach, other natural detergents, powder detergents, individual "pak"-type detergents, rinse aids, you name it! This was the best (and least toxic) by far.
It is not messy! The gross thing about those wrapped detergent "paks" is that sometimes, some of the pack gets left behind in the detergent cup. I've also had it make the dispenser get stuck, and therefore not release the detergent AT ALL (extra disappointing and frustrating. Waste of water and detergent)! This gel formula is easy to pour, and stays in the cup until it's needed.
My dishwasher is not a new one. Admittedly, I have no idea how old it is, because it came with our condo when we bought it two years ago, but it looked old, even then. Even though my dishwasher may be on it's last leg, this detergent has helped it be effective, even though it's days are numbered.
All in all, I am impressed with the effectiveness of this product. Green or not, this is one of the best dish washing detergents that I've ever tried and I highly recommend it!