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Seventh Generation Baby Laundry Detergent

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
2
Not effective for very soiled laundry
Greenness Rating: 
4
Non-toxic, biodegradable, fragrance-free
Value: 
3
Priced similarly to the non-green baby detergent brand, Dreft
Overall Rating: 
2

It pains me to write this review, as I usually adore Seventh Generation products.  However, this detergent just didn't work for us.  With dirty bibs, cloth diapers, poop that leaks on to onesies, and mushy carrots smeared on my 11 month's old clothes, this simply didn't cut it.  

A lot of the clothes from the loads of laundry we did with this detergent didn't really come out clean enough.  Some stuff was left on them and then got caked on in the dryer.  We usually don't have this problem with other store-bought OR homemade detergents.

It's also fragrance-free which I think lots of people like, but honestly, I like a clean laundry smell and these clothes didn't come out smelling like that.

On the flip side, there's no doubt that this product is green.  Non-toxic, biodegradable, phosphate-free, and you can read the full ingredient list on their website.  ... read more

365 Chlorine-Free Diapers

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Passed the three tests: pee, poop, and overnight!
Greenness Rating: 
4
Chlorine-free, and more eco-friendly than most disposable diapers, but still not biodegradable
Value: 
5
At $9.99 for 35 diapers, it's a great deal
Overall Rating: 
4

That's my baby, Isaac, sportin' 365 diapers.

Like the Seventh Generation diapers, I put these diapers through the tests:... read more

  • The Pee Test.   To pass this test, the diaper simply needs to hold a small amount of pee without leaking.  If a diaper can't pass the basic pee test, it's diaper to me.  How did 365 fare?  Passed, except for one time.  We did have one leaky diaper incident, but the rest of the time, there was no problem.  I think I'll chalk the leak up to human error.  (With a squirmy 11 month old who'd rather streak, it's hard to get a diaper on!)  
  • The Poop Test.  Can this diaper contain a mass quantity of baby poop?  Passed with flying colors.  No problems here.  
  • The Overnight Test.  We prefer to cloth diaper most of the time, but we do use disposables at daycare and overnight because all of our cloth diapers result in a pee-soaked baby and crib in the middle of the night, sadly.  How did 365 do?  Passed.  Woohoo!
  • Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Baby Diapers and Wipes

    Review Summary
    Keeness Rating: 
    5
    As effective and absorbent as traditional disposable diapers and the wipes do the trick!
    Greenness Rating: 
    3
    More eco-friendly than most disposable diapers, but still will not decompose
    Value: 
    4
    A little more expensive than non-green options
    Overall Rating: 
    4

    Seventh Generation Diapers

    We put the Seventh Generation Diapers through three tests:... read more

    1. The Pee Test.   To pass this, it just needs to hold a small amount of pee without leaking.  If a diaper can't pass the basic pee test, it's a useless diaper.  The verdict?  Passed.  
    2. The Poop Test.  Can this diaper contain a mass quantity of baby poop?  (In this case, some of the messiest baby poop known to man: blueberry poop.)  Some diapers regularly cause leaks down the leg and up the back.  How did Seventh Generation do?  Passed.  And the wipes did their job as well.  
    3. The Overnight Test.  We cloth diaper most of the time, but we do use disposables overnight because all of our cloth diapers result in a pee-soaked baby in the middle of the night, sadly.  How did Seventh Generation do with this test?  Passed.  

    Huggies Pure & Natural

    Review Summary
    Keeness Rating: 
    4
    On par with your average disposable diaper in terms of quality
    Greenness Rating: 
    3
    Greener than your average disposable, but NOT chlorine-free!
    Value: 
    4
    A little more expensive than other disposables
    Overall Rating: 
    3

    The most notable thing about these diapers is that they are much softer than most disposables and it also contains some organic cotton, less ink, and no perfumes.  They're not a green alternative to cloth diapers, as they are not biodegradable, but they are definitely better than your average disposable diaper.  They're a decent alternative to cloth diapers, for nighttime use, vacations, daycare, etc.   They don't leak and hold up very well in all types of diaper situations.  ... read more

    HAPPYBABY Pouches

    Review Summary
    Keeness Rating: 
    5
    Tasty! The baby loves it and I even tried it, too!
    Greenness Rating: 
    3
    Organic food, BPA free packaging with a lower carbon footprint, but it's unclear whether or not the pouches are recyclable
    Value: 
    5
    10 for $10 at my local Stop & Shop...can't beat that!
    Overall Rating: 
    4

    I had noticed the HAPPYBABY Baby Food pouches before, but I didn't realize that they were baby food.  I thought they were juice, because they come in pouches that look a lot like Capri-Sun.  While I am an advocate of making your own baby food, I keep a backup stock of pre-made baby food, especially for travel.   Recently, I was in the organic baby section at my local Stop & Shop, and I gave these HAPPYBABY pouches a closer look.  They were TEN for TEN DOLLARS!  Wow!  I grabbed one of each flavor.... read more

    Butt Paste Diaper Rash Cream

    Review Summary
    Keeness Rating: 
    3
    Effective, but you can't use it with cloth diapers
    Greenness Rating: 
    3
    Not organic, only for use with disposable diapers
    Value: 
    5
    Good price
    Overall Rating: 
    4

    OK, OK, I admit it.  I first bought Butt Paste because of its funny name.  Butt Paste says it's all-natural but unfortunately, it's not organic and it is NOT for use with cloth diapers, as it is staining.   I bought the cream before our baby was born, and I didn't realize that diaper rash ointment and cloth diapers can sometimes be incompatible.  ... read more

    HealthyTimes Baby Herbal Garden Lotion

    Review Summary
    Keeness Rating: 
    5
    Great lotion for mom & baby!
    Greenness Rating: 
    5
    No harsh chemicals, easy on skin
    Value: 
    5
    Runs for about $5 for 8 oz. Worth it!
    Overall Rating: 
    5

    This lotion is getting my baby and me through the winter.  I bought it for him before he was born when I was stocking up on baby products at Whole Foods because I thought that it was a good price, and I was attracted to the sweet artwork on the bottle.  People gave us other baby lotions, but this is by far the best.  My baby has very dry skin, especially on his legs, and this would help moisturize without leaving an oily residue.  It has a pleasant fragrance, that is mild yet comforting.  ... read more

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