Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Seventh Generation - CLOSED



I hate to admit it, but before I had my child, I was never very concerned about chemicals. But all of a sudden, once I had this little human being that loved to put everything in her mouth, it was apparent that I really needed to start caring. Thank goodness for companies like Seventh Generation!

From the company:

Replacing what’s currently under your sink with products that are non-toxic and safe for the environment is easier than ever with Seventh Generation’s environmentally friendly cleaning products.

Leading the “responsible cleaning” charge for the past twenty years, Seventh Generation has tapped into the disinfecting power of the herb thyme, to introduce an EPA registered line of disinfecting sprays and wipes that kill germs* naturally! The new line of botanical disinfectant cleaners includes a multi-surface cleaning spray, bathroom cleaning spray and wipes.

The disinfectants contain thymol, a component of the herb thyme, and can be used on hard surfaces including counter tops, plastic cutting boards, highchair trays as well as children’s toys. Best of all, they kill over 99.99 percent of germs* naturally and are effective against the Influenza A Virus, including H1N1.

Seventh Generation has partnered with eco-lifestyle consultant and author, Alexandra Zissu, whose new book, The Conscious Kitchen, discusses what’s good for your health, what’s good for the planet and what tastes great. Her book also includes great tips on maintaining a green and healthy kitchen, including:

  • Change is Good
    Choosing cleaning products without indoor air pollutants like volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, is a simple and effective way to reduce your indoor air pollution. If you’re not prepared to switch everything overnight, start by swapping out the one product you use the most, and moving forward from there.


  • Think before you spray
    Residues from cleaning products can last on a surface for longer than we we’d like to know and travel to areas that we sometimes don’t intend them to. Don’t contaminate your food by prepping it on a surface that may contain harsh chemical residues - rinse cleaning products from food preparation surfaces carefully or use botanical disinfecting cleaners that do not require a rinse step.

  • Home is Where the Clean Is
    Your standard cleaners are good for removing soils and dirt from kitchen surfaces, but to tackle germs you need a cleaner that is effective against microbes like bacteria and viruses. Many cleaners contain ingredients that have antimicrobial properties such as vinegar or hydrogen peroxide, but the germ killing power of these is not necessarily guaranteed. To be sure you are killing germs, use an EPA registered disinfectant. Seventh Generation tapped into the disinfecting power of the common garden herb thyme, to provide a disinfecting cleaner that kills germs* naturally.

  • Make the Old New Again
    Think twice about the items that you’re using to clean and dry your kitchen equipment and dishes. Use rags (like old t-shirts and washcloths) instead of paper towels. If you aren’t prepared to kick your paper towel addiction just yet, use only recycled versions that are unbleached or haven’t been whitened with chemicals containing chlorine and see how long you can make a roll last.

  • The Writing is on the … Sponge
    Be sure to read the fine print on sponges and only purchase those that do not contain antimicrobial pesticides. Remember to store sponges in a dry place and frequently clean them by popping plastic sponges wet in a microwave for two minutes or boiling sponges for three minutes in water.

  • Mom Was Right, Wash Your Hands
    Wash your hands with soap and water before and after prepping food, and always before eating. So much of what can be potentially harmful in a kitchen can be reduced by this simple act that doesn’t require any harsh chemicals whatsoever.
We are back with a giveaway!! One winner will receive Seventh Generation “Disinfecting Cleaning Kit” that includes a disinfecting multi-surface cleaner, bathroom cleaner, wipes , a copy of The Conscious Kitchen, a cleaning caddy made from recycled plastic, and two rolls of 100% recycled, unbleached paper towels.


WHO can enter? US Residents only

WHAT
is the giveaway? 1 winner will receive a “Disinfecting Cleaning Kit” that includes a disinfecting multi-surface cleaner, bathroom cleaner, wipes , a copy of The Conscious Kitchen, a cleaning caddy made from recycled plastic, and two rolls of 100% recycled, unbleached paper towels.

WHEN can I enter? This giveaway runs from today until Sunday, April 25th at 11:59pm Mountain time. The winner will be announced Monday, April 26th.

HOW
do I enter? You have way to win:

1 - Comment below and let us know how you keep your family safe from chemicals, especially in the kitchen.



I was not paid to do this review, however I did receive the above mentioned package for review and this did not affect my opinion. I would like to thank Seventh Generation through MyBlogSpark for the prize pack, information, and giveaway.
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52 comments:

  1. Well this is all new to me so I guess I am commenting on being very interested on cleaning without chemicals.Sounds Great to me. Wish I had heard more about it before I spent the money on what I have.I am definitly going to have to give this a try.

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  2. I've actually used their products in the past but this reminds me to give their dish wash liquid a try again to keep the dishes safer to eat off of.

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  3. I'm new to this as well. I have 4 children, one being a 9 month old, and really need to switch over my products to something more safe and earth friendly. I'd really like to give these products a try.

    Tricia
    t.oshea@yahoo.com

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  4. Love, love, love the seventh generation products. Thanks for a fantastic giveaway:D

    I like to use a lot of lemon juice for degreasing and vinegar to clean.

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  5. I like to make my own cleaning solutions with the non-toxic, environmentally friendly ingredients already in my home! Here are a few of the formulas I use:

    1. All Purpose Cleaner: 1/2 cup vinegar + 1/8 cup baking soda + 8 cups of water

    2. Wood Cleaner: 1/8 cup vegetable oil + 1/8 cup vinegar

    3. Toilet/Tub/Tile Cleaner: 1/4 cup baking soda + 1 cup of vinegar

    4. Mold Cleaner: 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide + 1/2 cup water

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  6. I don't have children yet, but still I'm trying to reduce the chemicals from our life (my husband's and mine). We minimize the amount of processed food we eat and use "green" cleaning products for kitchen, bathroom and laundry. We also use a steamer instead of using chemicals to wash our floors.

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  7. I keep our family (which consists of two kitties) safe by using environmentally safe cleaning products or just by using plain white vinegar and baking soda.

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  8. I honestly I am ashamed to admit that I know I should be better about the cleaning products I use but I just haven't 'offically' switched over.

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  9. To keep family safe in the kitchen I have started using lemon, salt and vinegar when cleaning more often. It really works!

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  10. I absolutely love Seventh Generation cleaning products! Especially the wipes. It's so easy to wipe down counter tops and other surfaces to get them clean quickly, which is necessary if you cook a lot like I do. They're great for cleaning the bathroom too!

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  11. I never tried anything like this before. Would love to try this product....Chemical free environment definitely sounds better...:)

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  12. I try to use "green" products much as possible. :)

    HilLesha@gmail.com

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  13. I keep my family safe in the kitchen with 7th generation products! Love them. :)

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  14. I use green products as much as possible and it is amazing what a little vinegar mixed with water will clean!

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  15. I use vinegar and baking soda when I can.

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  16. Great giveaway! I have recently switched to all my spray bottles (for counters, shower, etc.) to a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water.

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  17. I always use vinegar and baking soda to clean, just about everything. I haven't bought chemical sprays in a long time. It's safer for them and much cheaper.
    katiemur@gmail.com

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  18. I always wash my produce with water and produce cleaner. It's a start, right?

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  19. I have 2 dogs and 2 nieces that come over to my house so it is very important to me to keep toxic cleaners far away from my house! I usually make my own household cleaners.

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  20. We use lots of vinegar and baking soda... but I think I'd like the seventh generation cleaners

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  21. I can't stand the fumes from many of the bathroom cleaners. I've been trying to use vinegar more when I clean, but I'll have to try some of the suggestions from others, by including baking soda into the routine

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  22. My skin is very sensitive to chemicals, in fact I am allergic to formaldehyde, so I have to watch what I clean with. I haven't tried these products, so I am certainly interested!

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  23. I am just getting into this using less chemicals, so I would love to try these products.

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  24. I think my MIL uses Seventh Generation and loves it. I would like to reduce my chemical use. Thanks!

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  25. I am trying to use essential oils to clean, rather than harsh chemicals, especially now that we have a little girl!

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  26. I would love to try these products. I've never used anything like it.

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  27. I usually use baking soda and vinegar sometimes, but it's so much more of a hassle now than a spray! It's still worth it, though. I'd love to try this product out!

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  28. This is something I have become more conscious of within the past year or so. I just bought a bottle of their AP cleaner for the first time. Trying to use up my bottle of Lysol first since I paid for it. I have a friend who was looking into natural cleaning methods a few years back. I really wish I had listened to her. I figure it's never too late to make small changes, though!

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  29. We use baking soda and vinegar to clear slows drains in our sinks and tub, instead of some of the harsh chemical products on the market.

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  30. I use Mrs Meyers cleaning products in my house, or I use a combo of baking soda and vinegar to clean with. For my laundry I use Ecos Laundry detergent. In the kitchen I use Mrs Meyers, or Costco's organic dish soap

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  31. I try to use natural cleaners as much as I can. Target has a great line I like!

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  32. Growing up my mom used vinegar and baking soda for a lot of cleaning, so I have just always done that even without thinking about whether it was eco-friendly! But there's still a lot of stuff that vinegar and baking soda can't cure...

    Probably the biggest thing I do to keep me and my family chemical-free is buying whole organic foods when I can. I want as few antibiotics and pesticides touching my food as I can get.

    Thanks for doing this giveaway! proficiscamur {at} gmail {dot} com

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  33. I steam the kitchen/bathroom floors and use vinegar to clean when I can.

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  34. I like to clean with vinegar and lemons. Last night I sliced some lemons and microwaved them for a few seconds, then used them to clean te inside of the microwave (it was smelling kind of gross). Now it's pleasant and clean.
    spondah(at)aol(dot)com

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  35. I have never paid much attention to the chemicals that I have used in cleaning my kitchen. The only thing I have done is put child proof locks on the under-sink cabinet. This post has made me re-think how I clean!

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  36. I have used vinegar for cleaning for 20 years...my Mama taught me to clean that way. I guess my hippie Mama was a smart, green lady. Thanks.

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  37. I also hate to admit that I have never given a thought about it before...Next shopping I am definitely going to explore options about this....

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  38. At this point, I think a lot about not using chemicals, but I am still using all of the things I have in the cabinet from who knows when!

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  39. I gave up chemicals awhile ago. The hard part is convincing the husband that because it doesn't smell horrible and you have to use gloves to apply it doesn't mean that it doesn't work.

    Vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda are some of my favorites. I'd love to try the Seventh Generation products just for simplicity's sake.

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  40. We're big fans of vinegar and baking soda for a lot of things but use Seventh Generation and other eco-brands for dishwasher soap and laundry detergent.

    We're chemical conscious since dogs, like kids, put everything in their mouths and if they step in or on something, they'll end up licking their paws. So chemical floor cleaners are an absolute no-no for us; vinegar and water in a Swiffer Wet Jet for us. Those bottles are refillable; just remove the top with pliers or a wrench the first few times until the teeth inside wear down a bit. For the standard size bottle, 1 oz. of vinegar then fill the rest with water. We've dumped the contents of a new bottle before just to refill it with vinegar and water.

    Plus I'm not a fan of heavily scented anything. The Swiffer stuff used to stink up the house for days. The eco-brands aren't as heavily perfumed and the smell of vinegar is gone once it's dry.

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  41. Vinegar is my go-to product to eliminate chemicals. I would love to try more of the seventh generation products. I've used a few, but would love to try some new ones!

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  42. I lock them up! Basically I need new cleaning supplies. :)

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  43. I don't clean until I absolutely need to. Well, okay, I use environmentally responsible cleaners for my dishwasher and sink with absolutely no phosphates.

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  44. While I have some "toxic" cleaners under the sink (Windex, Comet, Lysol, etc.), I generally use natural cleaners - baking soda, lemon, vinegar, things like that. I enjoy being able to clean without my eyes burning or my throat hurting later.

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  45. I love using baking soda on just about everything. And the best thing about it is it doesn't leave any odors, in places like the fridge or cupboards where I'm storing food!

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  46. Vinegar is my weapon, too. It's an amazing tool.

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  47. This is somewhat new to me as well. I don't have kids, but I worry about my pets a bit. Would love to try some of this!

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  48. Mostly I do it with elbow grease instead of chemicals. Soap and water (and vinegar and soda and suchlike) and scrubbing can clean almost anything just as well, without giving off fumes and helping to create resistant strains of the baddies. Sandra

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  49. We use a lot of white vinegar. We spray the kitchen counters daily with a diluted mixture to keep ants at bay, too

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  50. We don't use any dangerous chemicals now -- natural and organic as much as possible. And lots of vinegar.

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  51. I use a lot of vinegar and baking soda to clean with now, especially in my kitchen. I also use a 'green' counter cleaner, but have been wanting to try these products for a while. Excited for this give away!

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  52. I am slowly replacing all of my cleanser with the natural replacements, such as Method and Seventh Generation Products.

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