• http://www.blugirlart.com Suzanne Meyer Pistorius

    Hi Becky
    I use Dr Bronners for almost everything, dishes, laundry, hair, body to me its the best and it works

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky

      Oooh, good one! I love Dr. Bronner’s!

  • http://chicagoregen.com/ Milton Dixon

    I second the Dr. Bronners. It’s strong stuff, though.

    Why do we need a separate soap for each individual task?

  • debbi

    I use Method. It is the most environmentally friendly dish soap that I’ve been able to find in regular supermarkets. For the record, I have to be careful with what I use due to Eczema and allergies that cause contact dermatitis. The Method cucumber dish soap did not irritate my very sensitive hands and is great with grease. I have since started using other products from their line.


  • http://www.discountrecycledofficeproducts.com Alex

    fascinating! thanks for the great recommendations on the different brands. i’ll be sure to try them out.

  • Kip Slaughter

    We also use Dr. Bronners, but since it is so concentrated, we mix it with water and keep it in a spray bottle. Usually about 1 part soap to 3 or 4 parts water. This also is much more cost effective and we go through soap much slower than just pouring it strait from the bottle.

  • Charlie

    I use this all purpose soap. It is a make it yourself one…

    1 bar IVORY or DOVE or your choice 3.5 oz. bar soap
    3 cups boiling water

    SHRED bar of hand soap with hand-held shredder. Place in large bowl. Pour boiling water over soap and stir with wooden spoon until soap is dissolved. Let stand until cool. Will thicken as it cools so I add more water when I use it in a dispenser for hand soap. I add one to two tablespoons of ammonia for dish soap, for grease cutting.

  • http://www.indigoshowers.co.uk steam showers

    Dr Bronners is the best!

  • Lori

    I’d recommend Planet or Earth Friendly Products. (Avoid Ecover.) Good luck!

  • Ryan

    I know this is an older post but I stumbled here somehow on my internet search of dish soaps. I found this article; http://www.naturalnews.com/005342.html and decided to do a little research. I’ve been using Palmolive Pure & Clear for a long time now and I switch back and forth between that and Green Works. I never (for some odd reason) trusted Seventh Generation products. I feel as though they are overstated and too much into the “Go Green” hype. I don’t know if it’s the packaging or the advertising stunts they have pulled but something always seemed a little off. They come off like they are #1 in the business as far as who has the “most natural, safe, & economic household products” After tonight, reading my own research and ingredient lists…then coming across this article. (I didn’t even realize that Seventh Generation tries to pull that hidden under the label thing until now….Wow. Bamboozling people is right…) I have decided that most if not all have dangerous and toxic chemicals and they use proper and cautious wording to avoid the confrontation of customers. The preservative Methylisothiazolinone (or MIT) is found in all three dish soaps that you have listed here on this site. It is a very toxic and dangerous chemical. So I don’t know…..perhaps I’ll be switching over to good old Dr. Bronners. I am a little sad and disappointed. Before tonight, I have never been what I would consider to be paranoid about big giant corporations but I had trust in the green movement and thought companies were actually started to look out for the health and safety of their customers. I thought wrong.

    • Melu

      I seem to recall that Dr. Bronner’s also contains Methylisothiazolinone. Try to Google it before buying. I am not sure but think I saw this in a list somewhere…

  • celesul

    So, my skin is usually a good metric for what is really bad, because it is ultra sensitive. If dish soap isn’t hypoallergenic and environmentally friendly, my skin tends to go red and itchy. Seventh generation may have a lot of ingredients, but it’s one of the mildest dish soaps I’ve found in terms of it’s effect on my hands. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is what makes something a detergent, which is desirable when one is cleaning dishes, although I find it too harsh for body soap or shampoo. With the exception of Dr. Bronners, a liquid cleaning soap will have SLS or a close relative (some of the relatives are used so that the product doesn’t have SLS officially, but this often results in an even harsher product). The reason the Seventh Generation list is so long is because they are providing you with very complete information. They are giving you chemical names as well as regular names for each item, and instead of telling you “fragrance” they are telling you which fragrances and what chemicals are in each fragrance. It makes good business sense for them to hide their ingredients under the label, because it is so complete that it scares people away (as it did to you).

    If you’re looking at mainstream cleaning products (products that function about how you’d expect them to), they’ll use things like SLS. And for that category of product, I do think that Seventh Generation does a good job, as they provide complete information (as someone with sensitivities, I appreciate that they tell me what the fragrances are, and that they are clearly all natural) and are good about being plant derived. If you’re willing to adapt to products that don’t behave like what you are used to, then you can indeed go greener. Mind, while my skin does prefer saponified oils, lye is used to create them, and that stuff is way more dangerous than SLS could ever hope to be!

  • Melu

    I have just eliminated Seventh Generation Free and Clear Laundry Detergent and Hand Soap because both contain Methylisothiazolinone which I am allergic to. I was actually quite surprised that a company that markets itself as so natural would include this by now very well known allergen in their products. Very disappointed.