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This Eco-Friendly Dish Spray Is a Great Alternative to Your Usual Favorite — And It Smells Incredible

published Mar 13, 2023
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Like so many people, I can’t stand washing the dishes (thank goodness for dishwashers!). I do, however, have a handful of items that aren’t dishwasher-safe, or will last longer if they’re hand-washed. There are also instances when a dish hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned in the dishwasher, which means I have to spend some extra time scrubbing. To make this process more efficient, I’m always on the hunt for the best solution when it comes to hand-washing the dishes.

Because my husband cooks more at home these days, I am also cleaning more. Although I don’t solely choose eco-friendly or non-toxic cleaning products, I’ve been leaning more towards plant-based cleaning products that are more gentle on my hands, with scents that aren’t so overwhelming. I came across this Seventh Generation Power+ Foaming Dish Spray and hoped it would be just as effective as the wildly popular Dawn Platinum Powerwash Dish Spray, which is one of my favorite dish soaps. 

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I decided to test the Seventh Generation dish spray on two dishes: one pan with lots of oil residue and old burnt stains, and a bowl with some stuck-on ricotta cheese. The first couple of things I noticed about the dish spray was the light yet refreshing mandarin orange scent, which was a nice deviation from the typical chemically clean fragrance other dish soaps have. I was also surprised by the nozzle and how the foam is released with quite an amount of force in comparison to other dish sprays that come out a little runny. 

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I sprayed both of my dishes, mostly covering the “problem areas,” and let them sit for about a minute. I scrubbed both with a Scrub Daddy sponge using only a light amount of pressure, and then rinsed them thoroughly. Both of my dishes were sparkling, but I was mostly impressed with my pan — the dish spray got rid of all the grease and most of the burnt hue and bits that made it look dingy. 

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In addition to being an incredibly effective product with biodegradable ingredients, this dish spray is EPA Safer Choice Certified, which means it meets strict guidelines to be deemed safe for human health and the environment. It’s also Leaping Bunny Certified, aka cruelty-free. Plus, refills are available so you never have to run out of dish soap again.

Buy: Seventh Generation Foaming Dish Spray (3-Pack), $15.37