Eco-Friendly Dish Detergent Review: Ecos vs. Seventh Generation

After the many failed attempts I had to make my own dish soap, I had to search for an alternative. I found Seventh Generation and Ecos Dish Soap at my local grocery store. I used Ecos first, then Seventh Generation second. As we don't have a dishwasher, we have to wash dishes by hand. I have also just converted away from the traditional sponge and used instead a natural dish brush. For me both liquids cleaned well. I found that the Seventh Generation soap had more of a sudsy feel and got my glasses much clearer and cleaner. Both had a light fragrance that were not overwhelming and both kept my hands nicely soft.  Hand washing dishes at almost every meal, I didn't feel any dryness coming out of my hands with either of them.  

I'm glad to have had a chance to try out these products. I tested them out of my own will (no compensation) as I was looking for a more natural alternative. I had never heard of Ecos before so glad that I was able get to know this brand. I had heard of Seventh Generation, but had never used any of its products. I was just so used to getting Palmolive and never bothered to look at other brands. To me, both products got the job done and I'm happy to be supporting companies that are doing good for the environment.  

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Ecos Earth Friendly Dish Liquid in Grapefruit ($3.00)

  • Manufacturing Process:
    • Manufactured using zero-waste guidelines in plants powered by 100% renewable energy.
  • Ingredients: Plant derived, free of formaldehyde and dyes, biodegradable
    • Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (coconut-based surfactant), Sodium Coco-Sulfate (coconut-based surfactant), Cocamidopropylamine Oxide (coconut-based surfactant), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Natural Fragrance, Methylisothiazolinone (preservative), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit), Peel Oil (Organic)
  • Plastic Type:  
    • Plastic Resin Code 1 made of PET and picked up through most curbside recycling
  • Certifications:
    • Leaping Bunny certified which means it is not tested on animals

Notes: Ecos is one of the few companies that states they follow zero-waste guidelines. in manufacturing.


Seventh Generation Dish Liquid in Lemongrass & Clementine Zest ($3.00)

  • Manufacturing Process:
    • Continuing to make efforts in having all products/packaging biobased on recyclable and sourcing materials sustainably.  Find their Corporate Consciousness Report here.  
  • Ingredients:
    • Water, sodium lauryl sulfate (plant-derived cleaning agent), glycerin (plant-derived foam stabilizer), lauramine oxide (plant-based cleaning agent), caprylyl/myristyl glucoside (plant-derived cleaning agent), magnesium chloride (mineral-based viscosity modifier), citric acid (plant-derived pH adjuster), and benzisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone (synthetic preservatives). Canarium luzonicum (elemi) gum nonvolatiles, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) peel oil, cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) oil, and tangelo oil.
  • Plastic Type:
    • Plastic Resin Code 2 made of HDPE and picked up through most curbside recycling.  Plastic bottle also comes from 100% recycled materials.
  • Certifications:
    • Leaping Bunny certified which means it is not tested on animals

Notes:  I'm pretty impressed with Seventh Generation's website.  It is full of information about what they are all about, their mission, the ingredients in their products, their packaging initiative, etc.  


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