Seventh Generation Free and Clear Laundry Liquid Reviews

Positive Reviews


Hypo-Allergenic; Hard Time With Hard Water


Pros: hypo-allergenic; vegetable-based formula; no animal testing; works fine in soft water

Cons: does NOT work well with hard water--add baking soda for a better result

I admit: it's always tougher to get clothes clean when you have hard water. But Seventh Generation's Liquid Detergent doesn't just have a hard time with hard water--it utterly gives up the fight and goes home. No problem: baking soda to the rescue! Add a 1/2 cup of baking soda to a load with the SG detergent, and the problem is solved. You get a fresh-smelling load of clean laundry (although for medium/tough stains, obviously you'll still want to pre-treat). With the baking soda fix, I can highly recommend this product. It's hypo-allergenic (we use the nonscented option); not tested on animals; and consistent with a vegetable-based lifestyle.

I think it does a good job


Pros: scent

Cons: price

This natural laundry detergent so far seems to do the job. I have used it on moderately soiled clothes, a true test would be kids clothes. It takes very little to do a full load and I found it cleaned well and had a fresh scent. It is hypo-allergenic which is a good thing when using on linens etc. especially for guests when you don't know their sensitivities. It is pricey but the 50oz bottle is to do 32 average loads. I noticed Costco is carrying more green products so I will be on the look out to see if they carry it in a more economical size. They claim it is safe for septic systems and greywater systems as well.

Negative Reviews


Not Good


Pros: Umm, marketing

Cons: non-green ingredients, not concentrated, so-so performance

 This is not an eco-product.  The ingredients are not safe or non-toxic especially compared to other products available.  Plus I use twice as much of this as the other laundry detergent that I use.  I bought this once and won't buy it again.  Go and find Ecover.  It's a much better product.  

Free and Clear of What? Certainly not hazardous chemicals.


Pros: They disclose their ingredients.

Cons: Horrible formulas if you want to avoid potentially harmful chemicals.

Seventh Generation is marketing hype at its finest. Every product I have checked so far doesn't even come close to safe, natural and they are all a LONG WAY from the green products that their image portrays so well. I have to wonder if there is even a conscience anywhere in this company. It's really hard to understand how they can have pulled the wool over the eyes of SO many for SO long.Has anyone ever bothered to read and study the ingredients in Seventh Generation products? If not, this list is for their "Delicate Care" product (You would guess it would be more benign than others): Aqua (water), pareth-7, coceth-7 and sodium laureth sulfate (plant-derived cleaning agents), sodium...
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More Reviews


Better than Standard Detergents


Pros: chemical-free, cold-water compatible

Cons: could be more effective, not a great value

I used this detergent for many months. It works very well in soft water, but not as well in hard water. The value is not great, in that the 52 oz bottle only gets you about 16 loads, and that costs almost $10 - or certainly more if you have to go out of town or have it shipped in to get it (I paid $15 for my first bottle since they didn't carry it at my local health food store and it had to be shipped). I certainly prefer it to nasty-smelling, chemical- and petroleum-laden commercial laundry detergents, even for the price, but I have found a far better product and will not willingly buy this one again.

pretty good soap


Pros: works pretty good

Cons: price

This soap is all right. I used it before switching to biokleen. Effective in cleaning but not so good in getting out stains. And the price is a bit high. It's not a bad soap if you don't deal with major stains and you can afford to buy it every week to 2 weeks. Overall it's an okay soap.

Pretty Good


Pros: good for the planet

Cons: can leave clothes a little rough

This was actually on sale when I last bought it and the price was ok. I actually prefer country save detergent but I am not sure how eco friendly it's just the best diaper cleaning detergent out there and it leaves your clothes wonderfully soft.

love it!


Pros: only need a little bit in the machine

Cons: not the cheapest

Works really well in my HE machine, clothes smell great and I used hardly any of the the scented ones best.

Great Product


Pros: No Scent

Cons: Large container

We bought this at Target.  Its working really great.  I like the lack of scent and it cleans really terrific.  I like that its easy to find at a Mass Market store like Target.  When you live out in the country that is a big selling point.I do wish that it were more concentrated so the bottle could be smaller.  It is a fairly "normal" size bottle.  Other than that it is a great product.

Excellent product

This detergent is excellent; since I used it first time I liked it and decided that will never change it. The clothes come out soft and clean. I use also their Baby detergent although I found that the ingredients are no different than the ones found on the other Seventh Generation detergents. I like the free and clear version.



Pros: A little goes a long way.

Cons: Not good on bad stains

i love there laundry line. My favorite is the eucalyptus and lavender. This lasts a long tiem and does a real good job. It is not good with tough stains.

Seventh Gen Laundry


Pros: My skin doesn't itch when I use Seventh Gen laundry soap on my clothes and sheets

Cons: It's only available locally in our grocery store and they don't keep it stocked very well.

My husband has allergies so we use free and clear detergent, and Tide HE laundry detergent started making my skin itch. When we started using Seventh Generation's laundry soap, my skin stopped itching and it is truly fragrance free instead of just being covered up.