Seventh Generation Automatic Dishwasher Gel, Lemon Scent, 45-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)

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  • gets dishes sparkling clean yet is gentle on the earth.
  • Free of chlorine & phosphates
  • contains NO chlorine bleach, Phosphates, Dyes, NTA or EDTA.
  • safe for septic and greywater systems
  • Case Pack

Customer Reviews:

  • Worst Detergent I've ever used
    I never leave feedback, but I feel so strongly about how bad this product is. I've been using it in my new dishwasher for the past 3 weeks and my dishes are markedly less clean, have much more residue and carry a strong smell from this detergent. ...more info
  • Leaves a filmy residue...
    I bought this stuff at a brick-and-mortar store and have been very disappointed with it. It doesn't get all of my dishes clean, and it leaves a film on many items! It leaves a funny smell in my glasses that I can smell when I'm drinking water, which makes me wonder what chemicals I'm also ingesting! Even if they are biodegradable, I don't want to consume them!! I am very disappointed in this product and will be glad when the bottle runs out so I can go back to my normal detergent. It may be less environmentally-friendly, but at least I never thought I could be drinking it!!!...more info
  • The only Seventh Generation product I don't like
    Unfortunately, the Seventh Generation Automatic Dishwasher gel needs to be reformulated and re-released. It's the only product from the company that I don't like and won't buy again until it's "fixed".

    When it comes to environmental friendliness, this company is at the top. I have most of their other products and have been crazy happy about them, but not this one.

    Like many reviewers have mentioned, you almost need to wash your dishes first before putting them in the machine with this gel. My dishes come out feeling greasy, still having spots on them, and often still having basic food items stuck that would have normally been cleaned off by leading dishwasher gels.

    I have tried using prewash with additional gel, as well as going completely overboard and putting 3x the amount I should into the dishwasher. Same results - unclean dishes that have to be washed again with a different type of gel.

    My recommendation is to skip this product and check out the other Seventh Generation items which are much higher quality (toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent), but wait on this one until it gets a complete reformulation....more info
  • It saddens me to write this but this gel simply does not do its job
    Ok, first of all, I consider myself to be pretty environmentally conscious (I'm obsessed with recycling, eat mostly organic vegetarian food, 95% of my health and beauty products are all natural, cruelty free, phosphate and paraben free etc.). I've used other 7th Generation products, and while they weren't great they were at least satisfactory. I pay a lot of attention about things I purchase, check out company's background, ratings on sites like [...] etc. and I know 7th Generation is environment, health and animal friendly. That's why I feel really bad about writing this review but I have to say that this gel does not clean my dishes AT ALL--I think I'd get better results running my dishwasher without it. First time I tried it I did a normal wash with a normal amount of gel. When I opened the door after the cycle was done the dishes looked pretty much the same as they did when I put them in. There were cereal bits stuck to the bowls, coffee mugs still had coffee in them, plates had bits of food on them. Now, I always rinse out everything before I put it in so the dishes weren't all that dirty to begin with. I decided to run it again, this time putting in enormous amounts of gel and putting my dishwasher on the 'heavy wash' setting. That barely made a difference--the dishes were still dirty. I feel really bad about wasting water for that second load. Sorry 7th Generation, I'm just telling it like it is. :(...more info
  • wasteful
    This product requires us to rewash our dishes two, sometimes three times! We used to use Cascade before purchasing a case of this and our dishes were always spotless but i felt this was a greener product so i switched. It proved me wrong in that it waste tons more energy and water. ...more info
  • Not worth your money
    Does not clean the dishes like the conventional dishwasher liquid used to. You have to reclean the dishes after they have been cleaned in the dishwasher. Would not recommend. I wish I didn't stock up on it :(...more info
  • Works great in our dishwasher
    We switched to this from the e-cover tablets (We rated 4 of 5 stars) and find this to be superior. We have a GE dishwasher that has the "SmartDispense" feature and I think it cleans better when it can add as much detergant as needed. The tablets were good but with very heavily soiled loads, they did not do the job. I'm glad 7th Gen came along with this product, I like it's enviro friendly features.

    Note, we use pre-heat and pre-rinse with our machine as well. I think the combo of pre-heat, pre-rinse and SmartDispense in our machine makes the most effective use of this detergant. Your mileage may vary depending on your machine. We normally get 18 full loads with one full bottle. Oh - and it shines our glassware better....more info
  • Left a white film on all my dishes
    I had such high hopes for this product, alas it left my dishes dirtier than before. I went through an entire bottle hoping it would somehow rectify itself, it didn't. All my silverware had a perpetual film on it. I painstakingly buffed each piece out and went back to Cascade for now. Oh well. ...more info
  • I wish it really cleaned...
    I was very disappointed in this product. It didn't clean the dishes, and it leaves a wierd black/brown residue on the dishes and in the dishwasher. I love the diapers, wipes, laundry detergent, and liquid dish soap, but the dishwasher gel does not do the job. ...more info
  • Great for the Environment...but just okay for your dishes
    Over the last few years I have become increasingly concerned about my impact on the environment. I use compact fluorescent light bulbs, recycle at least half my trash, try not to drive very much, and buy eco-friendly products. This is one of the products I have purchased to replace Cascade Complete Gel Lemon Burst - 45 Oz, 12 Ea which I had been using for the last 15 years. I really assumed this would be an equal, or close to equal, trade considering the higher price... no such luck, unfortunately.

    I found that this cleaner left food stains on the dishes and silverware, which I normally was able to clean with Cascade. I also found that harsher stains such as coffee rings in mugs were left untouched after even two washes. I have recently started pre-scrubbing all the dishes and the silverware before washing. This resolves almost all of the problems, but at a cost. If you were unable to scrub dishes, due to arthritis or didn't have time due to a busy schedule, then this would be really annoying. Plus for those of us that use multiple washes to counter the ineffectiveness, the impact on the environment may be neutralized since we would be wasting more water, more electricity, more gel, etc. If you have a high efficiency dishwasher and don't mind supplying some essential elbow grease, then I would say this product does help the environment and can eventually clean your dishes. On the other hand if you are looking for a great automatic dishwasher gel, then keep looking. This product ranks similar to the cheapest watered-down generics lurking in the sale aisle of a dollar store. Nothing against this product's intentions, I commend them. But, its performance left my dishes wondering when Cascade was coming back....more info
  • Using less works well.
    I haven't had any issue since switching to this more environmentally-friendly option. I've always wiped dishes clean before loading them though never really pre-washed them, per se. We don't have particularly hard water, and using about half the amount of our previous standard detergent works just as well....more info
  • Don't Buy it!
    This is the worst dishwasher detergent I have ever used. Many of the dished simply did not get clean and the ones that did had a gray film on them.

    ...more info
  • this stuff rocks!!!
    i bought my first bottle of this stuff a month ago. my family can fill up a dishwasher like you would'nt believe. and to be honest, i dont really "clean" everything i put in there before starting the load. but this stuff reallly cleans my dishes well and fills the kitchen with a lovely lemon scent. the only time i ever had soap spots on my dishes is when i put too MUCH of the soap in. to me, this means the product lasts even longer. the fact that it doesnt really cost that much more than other soaps and that is enviro-friendly makes me want to try the other products this brand has. little by little, we are moving from all the things we did use to products that wont kill the earth and its inhabitants any quicker than we already are.
    p.s. i didnt try the powder form of this, only the liquid...more info
  • Seventh Generation Automatic Dishwasher Gel
    Seventh Generation Automatic Dishwasher Gel, Lemon Scent, 45-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)
    I think this is the best dishwasher gel I have found. Since I used to get it at the grocery store and they no longer carry it, I was without for sometime. I am 80 yrs. old and have been using a dishwasher since 1964 and nothing beats this. It is also great in hard water and doesn't leave calcium deposit inside the dishwasher. Glad to have it back in my kitchen....more info
  • Won't take out tea
    My tea cups look like they haven't even been washed. I have a brand new high end dishwasher that did a great job with tea in cups and pots using my old detergent but now I'm stuck with a whole bottle of this stuff that leaves my tea things nasty looking and have to be re-washed by hand. Can't wait till it's gone and never again. They are clean enough but don't look it....more info
  • I vote "yes" for this "controversial" product!!
    Wow, I was stunned to read all the negative reviews for this product! We've used it for years now, with great success, in a variety of different machines, as we move often for my job. It has always performed brilliantly, which makes me feel twice as good: I get clean dishes, and support "eco-friendliness" at the same time!

    Many of the negative reviews seem quite thoughtful here, so I don't know what to say. My advice would be to give this product a try, and see how it compares to other detergents you have used. I believe odds are that it will stack up quite well.

    There are lots of worse things you could do in shopping than giving this great company -- Seventh Generation -- 4 bucks for what I believe you will find to be an excellent product. ...more info
  • Can't be green to wash twice.
    I used to use Cascade or whatever was cheap. I thought I'd try the supposedly green choice. Doesn't remove coffee stains from cups. Leaves film on dishes. I have to soak silverware so it comes clean. I use so much water prewashing the dishes that the Cascade has to be more enviro friendly in the end. I'm switching to something else. Glad I only had 1 bottle....more info
  • A BIG Dissapointment
    I, also, have switched all of my cleaning products over to eco-friendly brands and have been pleased with everything except Seventh Generation Dishwasher gel. My high-end flatware is so dull & gray it looks like tin camping gear and the inside of the dishwasher is terribly stained. I hate to go back to a name brand but this stuff just doesn't work. I cancelled my subsribe and save but am now stuck with half a case!
    ...more info
  • Just doesn't clean
    Despite "using less" as recommended by the manufacturer; despite using a rinse-aid; despite underloading the dishwasher -- this gel simply does not get my dishes clean. There is food residue left behind on everything, even non-stick pans. I'm switching back to a low-phosphate commercial brand (Palmolive is under 2% phosphate)....more info
  • Not bad
    This detergent works well for cleaning the dishes but leaves a white residue behind. If you have dishes that don't collect water on the top, this product should be fine. If you have cups, glasses, etc that collect water on the top, then you will be disappointed with the white gunk leftover after the dishwasher completes its cycle....more info
  • Didn't measure up
    I wanted to like this detergent but it just didn't measure up. It couldn't get the tea stains off of my tea cups and tea pot no matter how many times I ran them through....more info
  • Not as good as expected
    I loved the concept of this eco-friendly detergent but it just doesn't work as well as I had hoped. It leaves a gritty residue on everything. ...more info
  • You Practically Have To Wash The Dishes Before The Wash
    Like others here, I am trying to switch over to Eco-Friendly products as much as possible. I've had pretty good luck so far using brands such as Mrs. Meyers,Method(my favorite) and Earth Friendly, and thougt I'd give this one a try.
    And again like others here, I was very disappointed with this "Seventh Generation Dishwasher Gel".

    My dishwasher is fairly new, about a year old, and it works really well. Usually even for pots and pans, I don't have to scrub them first, and usually I don't even have to use the pots and pans cycle(saving energy that way), so the first time I loaded it up to be used with this gel, I did it as usual. Just a quick rinse of excess food,barely even getting my hands wet.When the load was done, I couldn't believe all the dishes I had to wash over due to food particles, and the pots and pans were really bad.

    I tried it again, this time, giving an extra good rinse and scraping of the pans, and used the pots and pans cycle. No change, there were still dishes that needed a do over. Each time the same thing..ARGHHH!
    Also, I didn't have the film others have mentioned, but there was a powerful bleach like smell that lingered for quite a while and made my eyes tear.

    So what's the use of a dishwasher if you have to wash the dishes first?
    I'm not giving up on eco-friendly products, becasue I have been happy with other products. I am going to try one of the brands recommended by the other reviewers here, and add my low rating to the average for this one.

    I'm glad I didn't sign up for the 'subscribe and save' on this product. It isnt something I would use again or recommend. I'm eating out tonight(let someone else do the dishes for a change)....thanks...Laurie

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    see my reviews for product details of:
    Tom's of Maine - Anticavity Baking Soda Peppermint, 6 oz toothpaste- all natural ingredients

    Cloud Star Buddy Wash Pet Shampoo, Lavender & Mint (19 Ounce) - environmentally friendly to earth and rover!

    Earth Friendly Products Orange Plus Concentrated All Purpose Household Cleaner, 22 Ounces (Pack of 12)

    method Daily Shower Spray, Ylang-Ylang Formula, 28-Ounce Bottles (Case of 8) - natural, safe, biodegradable

    ...more info
  • isn't cleaning well!
    Sorry- 4 days of trial, and not impressed.
    I had better luck with Ecover ( but hated their box- powder-the lack of a metal spout was a mess!), and Method grapefruit tabs.
    Will go back to Method....more info
  • Leaves a residue, no doubt about it.
    I love the idea that they're environmentally conscious, but it does leave a residue. I will look for another environmentally conscious brand....more info
  • Does the job and better for the environment
    I've been pleased with this product so far. It seems to clean just as well as any other detergent I've used but with the added benefit of being more environmentally friendly. I do have to rinse off stuck-on/dried-on foods but I've always had to do that so it's more likely an issue with my dishwasher. Occasionally, there is some visible residue on the water glasses but easily cleared with adding vinegar to the "jet-dry" dispenser. I will happily continue to use this product. ...more info
  • A bummer...
    So I have attempted to switch as much as possible to environmentally friendly stuff. I like several Seventh Generation products, but the auto dishwasher gel is pretty bad. It leaves a strange film on my dishes, particularly those that are closest to the reservoir. I've found that if I mix a small dab of Cascade with this stuff, it's ok, but the goal was to get away from using Cascade and the like... and I bought an entire case of it. Darn! I will try the other environmentally friendly dishwasher detergents as soon as I finish this stuff (which will be in 2 years, at this rate). There's got to be a better product out there (or coming). ...more info
  • Awful Dishwasher Gel
    We have been trying to switch over to more eco-friendly cleaning products for our house since we have a new baby (never too early to make an impression on small minds). We found this and the liquid soap from Seventh Generation and decided to give it a try. We did like the way the liquid soap cleans, but the smell sort of turned us off. When we used the dishwasher gel, however, our dishes came out with dingy brownish spots all over them. It was absolutely disgusting, and we had to rewash our dishes by hand to use them.

    We have since switched over to the Method smarty dish tablets-much better. In fact, we switched over the liquid soap to Method as well. I think we'll just stay with that brand....more info
  • Is it really a good alternative? Probably not.
    I have been trying to make changes, particularly with regards to cleaning products and conservation, in my household that are more responsible for the environment and safer for my family. So, I was really excited when I found this on the shelf of my local grocery. But, what a disappointment it has been!!

    First of all, even though I know it can be wasteful of water, I am a pre-rinser. So, I never expected that I wouldn't have to pre-rinse with this stuff. [Side note: I have always been baffled by those people who put really dirty dishes straight into their dishwashers hoping for a cleaning miracle. First of all, no matter what kind of detergent you use, or how good your washer is, all that stuff isn't going to come off. Secondly, putting really grimey dishes into your washer is like playing russian roulette - one day you're going to lose and you'll either end up with a hefty bill when you break your washer or when you have to call a plumber to unclog your drains.] But, no amount of pre-rinsing, or increasing the amount of detergent you use, is going to make your dishes come out cleaner. For the effort you have to exert, and the amount of water you must use in the pre-rinse, you might as well go all the way and finish washing your dishes by hand.

    I also get a huge amount of soap film on my stuff using this product. I tried varying the amount of detergent, making sure I've not overloaded or underloaded the washer, as well as adding a rinse aid as suggested by Seventh Generation (I find this recommendation for a rinse aid quite ironic -- talk about environmentally UN-friendly stuff). Nothing worked. The scum is still there so I definitely don't agree with the claim on the bottle that says "gets your dishes sparkling clean..."

    Unfortunately, I think this stuff is a just a gimmic aimed at people who want to do their part in helping the environment. I can't figure out what's worse... spending a lot of water pre-rinsing and having to re-wash dishes after they come out of the washer so they resemble "clean" or just using a more reliable detergent that might contain some chlorine and phosphates? I think I'll go back to my old reliable -- Cascade....more info
  • Feel-good product with slightly filmy results
    I have to agree with several of the other reviewers, where I do feel better that we are using a product that will hopefully cause less stress on the Earth -- and on us -- even if it might not clean as thoroughly as other eco-friendly products. (Since we got our dishwasher we have only used eco cleaners in it, although growing up my mom used Cascade powder which I seem to recall did an OK job in cleaning but was probably chemically bad for us as well as the Earth.)

    I loved, loved, loved Method dish cubes but they are not be making them anymore which is a shame; cleaned well and came in easy-to-use cubes and weren't cheap but were environmentally friendly -- bleach-free. As a second choice, though, this product is OK. The lemon scent is fine. Some dishes when loaded too closely together get slightly filmy, although never the whole load and not enough to run the spotty few through twice....more info
  • Highly functional but not as functional as mainstream
    Not as strong as Cascade but we need to buy Seventh Generation so that market forces will generate a ecofriendly AND highly effective cleaner.

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  • Perfectly clean
    I am trying to go as green as I can; it can get pricey with some products. I appreciated the reasonable price of this product when compared to the usual "retail" price. I really love the smell and it works wonderfully. Great product for a great program....more info
  • Just as good as the Cascaid we switched from.
    We switched over from cascaid complete for environmental reasons and I have seen no difference in the cleanliness of our dishes. Works well - lasts just as long... We are converts...

    And, even if it wasn't just as good - wouldn't it be worth it for the environment....more info
  • Serious flaws
    We have been a fan of Seventh Generation products for several months. We have had great luck with the laundry detergent and glass cleaner... the dishwasher gel is a different story. While we all should do out part to help the environment it is preferred that green products work to an acceptable level. Unfortunately - the Seventh Generation Dishwasher Gel has a serious flaw... it leaves very large and noticeable white streak. Compared to the Cascade Dual Action... there is not much of a comparison.

    While the dishes come out of the dishwasher clean - they certainly are not "Spotless". After about 5 uses we decided it wasn't worth the hassle and we switched back to Cascade. Final verdict.. We will continue to look for a "Green" dishwashing gel....more info
  • Don't waste your money
    I really wanted to like this detergent because I'm trying to lessen the chemical load put out by our household. I am really disappointed, however, because it just does not get the dishes clean. I tried it about a year ago and didn't like it, then decided to give it another chance, but it still doesn't work. When I took the dishes out of the dishwasher, there was a residue on everything; at first I thought it was from the soap, but it is really from the grease and dirt that is distributed from all the stuff that the soap doesn't clean. Does anyone have any suggestions for an environmentally friendly dishwasher soap that DOES work?...more info
  • Didn't clean well
    I use earth friendly everything in my house. This product didn't clean my dishes well at all. I always rinse the food off my dishes but if I missed a spot of any food it would still be on there when my dishes were finished in the dishwaser. It also left my dishes looking dingy. I love other seventh generation prodcuts just not this one. ...more info
  • never got it!
    I had to order this product twice because the first shipment was damaged in transit. I had to keep e mailing to see where it was and finally figured out that it wasn't coming. Then I had to reorder it and the second shipment was damaged in transit as well! It never came. The frustrating part was that Amazon never let me know that it wasn't coming or that it was damaged in transit. I had to keep investigating it on my own. I had to request a refund as well. Very frustrating. I do like Seventh Generation products though. Anything to help save the Earth a little is good to use....more info


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