Dishwasher detergent

Seventh Generation Powerful Clean Dishwasher Detergent Powder

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Best for Parents looking for a natural dishwasher detergent powder with plant-based ingredients and zero harmful chemicals
Top benefits Safe ingredients, powerful clean, long lasting
Considerations Powder formulation may not be for everyone
Bottom line Seventh Generation Powerful Clean Dishwasher Detergent Powder offers an easy-to-use, environmentally friendly formula that effectively cleans a variety of day-to-day messes.
Buy CAD $6.99 USD $7.57


  • Not tested on animals
  • USDA certified biobased product
  • Biodegradable formula
  • No chlorine bleach, or phosphate


Seventh Generation Powerful Clean Dishwasher Detergent Powder lives up to its name and does it all while boasting a biodegradable formula that’s free of fragrance, dyes and chlorine bleach. Easy to use and no slouch in the grime-tackling department, this eco-friendly detergent impressed both the Today’s Parent Approved editors and parent testers.


In the Today’s Parent Approved lab, Seventh Generation Powerful Clean Dishwasher Detergent Powder was tested against a wide variety of crusted-on foods—cheese and tomato sauce, baked pasta, peanut butter, egg yolk, mashed potatoes, milk and burnt soup—on dishes (plastic and ceramic), glasses, pots, baking dishes, cutlery and a box grater. Overall, the powder detergent did a great job, delivering spotless glasses, cutlery and more. However, the Today’s Parent Approved editors noted that there were still some leftover speckles of sauce and cheese on dishes, and they needed to be hand-washed or soaked to completely remove the leftover food. 

I loved this product! It was reliable and cleaned the tough, stuck-on messes every time. The dishes come out with no chemical smell, just sparkly clean.” —Amanda, mom of three

The parent testers had a similar experience, with the majority reporting that the detergent removed crusted on foods from dishes, their children’s plastic plates and even burnt on foods from pots and pans. Many of them felt that the detergent did a great job in removing food stains from their dishes, all while not leaving a streak or spot behind. They appreciated its eco-friendly pedigree and were happy with how long one package of this detergent lasted. 


The instructions are as straightforward as you would imagine, but Seventh Generation goes the extra mile and provides dish loading strategies (separate the stainless steel, place dishes facing inwards) and the box lists topics separately so it’s easy to skim for the info you want. This powder detergent, stored in a slender box, comes with a metal spout that’s easy to open and close. The majority of parent testers found it very easy to measure out the amount of detergent they needed and to pour it without spilling all over the inside of the dishwasher.

It worked well on all dishes. And was very easy to use.” —Courtney, mom of three


Overall, parent testers were satisfied with the quality of Seventh Generation Powerful Clean Dishwasher Detergent Powder and felt that it was better compared to detergents they’ve used in the past. Some of the parent testers admitted they wouldn’t purchase this product on their own since they’re not fans of powder, but many would still recommend it to other parents. There’s no denying that some hard-to-clean foods required a bit more attention, but Seventh Generation Powerful Clean Dishwasher Detergent Powder is easy to use and has an impressive cleaning ability. The Today’s Parent Approved editors feel that because it performed well in our lab tests and boasts a biodegradable formula it’s well worth its value, and worthy of the Today’s Parent Approved seal.

Tech Specs

Sizes available
  • 1.28 kg (45 oz)