“Free & Clear” Laundry Detergent not in the Clear: Review of Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent

I was asked to sample and review Seventh Generation Free & Clear Laundry Detergent as part of Seventh Generation’s Generation Good community of which I am a member.

I received 3 sample-sized packets of the laundry detergent and decided to test them out on three different laundry loads: toddler clothes, my and my husband’s clothes, and my husband’s sweat- and dirt-stained and sun-drenched work clothes.

In all three instances the detergent did its job. Food stains on my toddler’s clothes weren’t removed any better or worse than other detergents that I have tried. The sweat, dirt, and sun-drenched smell did not come out from my husband’s clothes, but I honestly was not expecting it to come out given the state of the clothes. Overall, I was satisfied with how clean the clothes came out.

Seventh Generation markets their Free & Clear detergent as one for sensitive skin: “Natural Laundry Detergent that’s tough on stains, but gentle to your world. With no dyes, optical brighteners or synthetic fragrances, our natural laundry detergent gives you great results – even in cold water.”

Although no one in our household suffers from very sensitive skin, I personally prefer things without added scents since fragrance usually means added chemicals, especially when it comes to baby products.

Although I do appreciate that the laundry detergent is free of dyes and synthetic fragrances, I do take issue with some of the synthetic ingredients in the detergent (bolded by me):

Ingredients: water, laureth-6 (plant-derived cleaning agent), sodium lauryl sulfate (plant-derived cleaning agent), sodium citrate (plant-derived water softener), glycerin (plant-derived enzyme stabilizer), sodium chloride (mineral-based viscosity modifier), oleic acid (plant-derived anti-foaming agent), sodium hydroxide (mineral-based pH adjuster), calcium chloride (mineral-based enzyme stabilizer), citric acid (plant-derived pH adjuster), protease, amylase, and mannanase (plant-derived enzyme blend soil removers), and benzisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone (synthetic preservatives).

The detergent contains sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), benzisothiazolinone, and methylisothiazolinone, which, in addition to some other ingredients, resulted in the detergent earning a grade of “D” from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Sodium lauryl sulfate, benzisothiazolinone, and methylisothiazolinone are of concern when it comes to aquatic toxicity, skin irritation, allergies, and damage, as well as organ and immune system toxicity.

I do think this detergent is better than other commercial/chemical-laden detergents found at mass retailers; however, I was disappointed at the ingredients and the EWG ranking in this “natural” detergent since it comes from a company that prides itself on being natural and environmentally friendly.  Because of my concern over the use of benzisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, and SLS, I will not be using Seventh Generation Free & Clear Laundry Detergent.

I received the Seventh Generation Free & Clear Laundry Detergent for free for the purpose of my review. Opinions are 100% my own.

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Excellent Language App for Kids: Toddler-tested, Mother-approved

I recently discovered a great language resource for kids: Gus on the Go.

Gus on the Go follows an owl as he sets off on a vocabulary adventure featured in 10 interactive lessons (i.e., animals, modes of transportation, food, etc.). Each lesson is followed by a review that asks to identify items. If you tap the incorrect picture, the correct answer becomes highlighted and the audio of the word replays to reinforce the picture with the word. After each review, there’s an interactive game that features the vocabulary words and pictures.

Each language app is country-specific; for example, the Polish language app features a map of Poland and Gus flying to a different Polish city.  The app is recommended for children ages 2 through 6, and is available in 20+ languages and for iOs and Android.

My son recently started playing with the app. He really enjoys tapping on the pictures, especially of the farm animals, and listening to the audio. The audio is very clear and of a native speaker.  He laughs at the sounds and, best of all, actually repeats the words (he went through a period of not repeating any words when asked).  Although my son still hasn’t gotten the concept of the games, he is slowly figuring out the review portion of each lesson. I really like that the app features no English text or audio.

I have also taken advantage of the free printables that the program’s web site offers.gus on the go

The free printables include number flashcards, a zoo animal fortune teller (to practice animal vocabulary), and a transportation wheel. I put the printed number flashcards in small magnetic photo pockets and stuck them to our refrigerator. My son plays with/looks at them while I cook dinner. The flashcards also feature animals on them so they are great for practicing animal vocabulary as well.

The app and printables are available in the following languages:

  • Armenian (Eastern and Western)
  • Cantonese
  • Croatian
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Taiwanese
  • Taiwanese Mandarin
  • Vietnamese

Enjoy!

 

All opinions shared on this blog are entirely my own. I did not receive any payment or compensation for this review.