Seventh Generation Giveaway

I was recently given the opportunity to replace what’s currently under my sink with products that are non-toxic and safe for the environment.

I received a Seventh Generation “Disinfecting Cleaning Kit” that included 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. Seventh Generation provided me with the free product, information, and gift pack through MyBlogSpark.

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. The smell when you're done cleaning is wonderful!

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.

So not only did Seventh Generation provided me with this gift pack through MyBlogSpark but they are also giving a pack away to one of you!

If you would like to win this Seventh Generation “Disinfecting Cleaning Kit,” leave a comment on how you keep your family safe from chemicals. Please do not forget to leave your email address so I can notify you should you win.  I will pick a winner on Tuesday, May 18th so spread the word to friends and family!

Goodluck!

14 comments:

Mychal Brown said...

I keep all the chemicals locked away where the little ones can't get ahold of them. I also try to do my cleaning while they nap so that they are not exposed to the smells of the cleaners.


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Robin said...

We mostly clean with vinegar and baking soda, and good ol' Dr Bronners. We also try to buy organic cotton and foods. Avoiding chemicals is tough, esp. around here in DuPont country, but I do what I can to keep them out of the house!

Shananigans said...

My family uses http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ to check for product safety.

Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

I protect my family from chemicals by not using them unless absolutely necessary, and keeping them out of the home or stored safely out of sight :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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The Schaeffer Family said...

I have started using white vinegar for many things. Even professional carpet cleaners have told me that white vinegar and water is better for cleaning stains than store bought cleaners. I use baking soda for baking and for cleaning. I'm still learning about being chemical-free. Thanks for the tips on your blog.

e dot said...

Great giveaway. Now that we have new baby in house we are looking to replace our supplies with greener versions.

Julie Verhagen said...

I like Seventh Generation products and LOVE that you can now buy some of them at Target!

Whitney said...

I started changing over slowly, starting with bath soap/shampoo and lotion for the kiddos (California Baby) , and now I need to focus on cleaners. This would be an amazing start on that endeavor - thank you!!

Missy Barth said...

I started changing over my cleaners to natural ones like Seventh Generation. I love it! I don't know how I ever tolerated the chemical smells. I also love the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser! It really is magic! So many stains I had that wouldn't come clean with anything else came clean with this eraser! It's a miracle worker!!

EmBaroni said...

I've used seventh generation in the past and always feel good using something more Eco and family friendly

Jennifer said...

I'm really into organic and avoiding harmful chemicals. Especially now that I'm preggers. It's hard to do though and more expensive. Would be interested in participating in this giveaway! Jennpaten@msn.com

Karin P. said...

I'm always looking for some earth friendly cleaning products. Maybe the kids can help me with the cleaning too :)

stace72 said...

Great tips and awesome product line.
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Wehaf said...

We've switched to organic produce to avoid exposure to pesticides and fertiizers.

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