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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Seventh Generation Review and Giveaway!

MyBlogSpark and Seventh Generation gave me the opportunity to review some of their products. The timing was good, because not only is April "Earth Month", but at the beginning of April our house got hit with the stomach flu AGAIN. I had just received this product kit in the mail the previous day, so I was able to try them out right away!

Since we knew they were made with botanical extracts, we thought they probably weren't able to disinfect, but they are! It says they kill 99.99% of germs botanically. I started with the Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner. To disinfect, it said to wet the surface and leave for 10 minutes, allowing to air dry. As long as it isn't on a food surface, there is no need to wipe or rinse. I went crazy spraying just about everything, in between throwing in loads of laundry. I like how the spray bottle sprays a nice even mist, but I wasn't fond of the smell of the cleaner. It wasn't horrible, but it smelled weird to me. When my husband came into the room, however, he was not so keen on the smell--and considering he had just finished cleaning up tons of throw-up, the smell of it was almost too much for him to handle. Because I had already sprayed it all over the place, I had to go around with Oust to try to help the smell a little. Other than that, I was happy with it, and I'm just sure to use it when he isn't home.

Next was cleaning the bathrooms with the Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner. This one smelled much better to me (though you could tell the scents were similar--both lemongrass and thyme--for some reason this one smelled better to me), but I wasn't as fond of the spraying mechanism. Again, according to the directions, to disinfect you spray the surface, leave for 10 minutes, and allow to air dry with no rinsing or wiping. Well this one sprays out kind of foamy, and not in a fine mist but more in a directed spray, so I couldn't get good coverage without wiping it around. Time to break out the paper towels! We are used to buying Viva, so I knew these wouldn't be able to compare the same way. But they aren't too bad, and they do hold up to some small wiping jobs. They are obviously not as thick or soft as Viva, but I can fold them over and wet them down without them immediately tearing. I used the paper towels to wipe around with the bathroom cleaner, then let it sit for 10 minutes. There was still a little foam in the bottom of the sink, so I still felt the need to rinse. But it did seem clean.

I also used the Disinfecting Wipes. These were probably my favorite of all. The smell was fine and they were strong enough wipes to do the job. I cleaned doorknobs and bathroom handles and around the kitchen sink and counters. I even tried sticking one on the bottom of my Swiffer WetJet (because I ran out of pads), and it held up just fine--no rips! I don't know how good a job it did on the floor (it's not the right size and not really meant for the swiffer, obviously), but it was nice not to have to get on my knees when I'm so pregnant!

Enough about me, now it's your turn! One of my U.S. readers will win the above pack of Seventh Generation products to try for themselves! This giveaway will close on Tuesday, April 20th at midnight and I will select one winner using Random.org. The prize pack will be mailed to the winner directly from Seventh Generation and MyBlogSpark. Here are the methods of entry, for up to 5 entries per person:

1. Leave a comment. What products do you use to clean your home, and what do or don't you like about them?

2. Subscribe via email or RSS reader. Then leave a separate comment that you are a subscriber.

3. Follow my blog with Google Friend Connect. Look for the lovely pictures of others on the right side of my blog, add yours, and then leave a separate comment.

4. Grab my button. Put my button on your blog and leave a comment with your blog's address for another entry! You can find the code to cut and paste on my right sidebar.

5. Blog about this giveaway. Post a link to this giveaway on your blog and leave a comment with the address to your blog's entry.

*I was given the above package from MyBlogSpark and Seventh Generation to give an honest review, and my opinions are my own.

63 comments:

auenviro said...

I use baking soda and vinegar to clean most things in my home. I use Lysol wipes in the kitchen quite often. Sometimes the vinegar smell gets to be a bit much, but I know its better to use vinegar than other cleaning supplies.

Maria said...

I use a lot of different products from homemade vinegar, baking soda and tea tree oil to store bargains that usually are not "natural". Honestly,old fashioned Comet is one of my favorites for bathroom cleaning. I really like Lysol or Scrubbing Bubble wipes too for quick cleaning or doorknobs and mice during those sick days.

Maria said...

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I'm a Friend Follower

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I blogged. ;)

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Added a button too.

Angela said...

I pretty much just use what is on sale, and I have been wanting to get to more natural products. I use a lot of Clorox wipes.

Angela said...

I follow your blog.

Sara said...

I like their dish soap, but I've never tried anything else.

Sara said...

And, I follow your blog. ;)

Linda said...

I use clorex and pin sol. I also use tilex but don't like the bleach in it.

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Linda said...

I am a follower

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Linda said...

I subscribe via rss

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Hannah said...

I have just started using Seventh generation products and I love them.
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Hannah said...

I follow your blog.
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I am an e-mail subscriber
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DramaMama said...

I've been uing a variety of cleaners but have been trying to be greener. I've recenly tried Seventh Generation products and have been very happy with them. I also try homemade cleaning products using vinegar, baking soda and water.

Anonymous said...

I use vinegar for most general cleaning. The smell takes a little getting used to, but I don't mind it. I love the Seventh Generation lavender floral and mint hand dish wash liquid.
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DramaMama said...

I follow with Google Friend Connect

DramaMama said...

I subscribe via e-mail

LisaMarie said...

I am an email subscriber.

LisaMarie said...

I added you to my blog(just started)
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LisaMarie said...

I love Lysol and Clorox wipes for the bathrooms. They are the quickest thing to grab for cleanups. Love baking soda for cleaning the tub, I don't want my kids to be in chemicals. I wish I could go chemical free.

Simply Spontaneous said...

I use good ol' vinegar and baking soda for most of my cleaning. Not overly crazy about the vinegar scent, but can't beat the price or the effectiveness!

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Cindy said...

Thank you so much for giving us the chance to win such great gifts! I use a lot of Lysol, Windex and Comet. All great products that really get the job done, but I would love to try a healthier/chemical free cleaning system.


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Cindy said...

I subscribe via email

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I follow via Google Friend

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Kathryn said...

I use baby wipes a lot (hope I am not the only one!). I like the convenience but it doesn't clean as deep as I would like.

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Jill L. Maud said...

I have been making my own cleaning products for the past year and a half. I use mostly baking soda and vinegar, but also tea tree oil, castille soap, and borax. I have not tried to make my own detergeants. I have loved my experiences with Seventh Generation including laundry detergeant, dishwashing detergeant, and dishwashing soap. Most of the products I have tried are lavender scented, which I love.

Jill L. Maud said...

I follow you via email and am always interested in your product trials.

kat said...

I like Mr clean. I have tried green works I was surprised at how well that worked.

kat said...

I follow thru email.

Anonymous said...

I use SimpleGreen to clean my counters, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers to do almost everything else.

Christie
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Christine said...

I use vinegar and newspaper to clean my mirrors.

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

I use a variety of cleaning products -- usually whatever's on sale that I've got a coupon for. I like them because they get the job done, but I'm always open to trying new products :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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lisa said...

For the most part i use green cleaning products. I recently discovered a green furniture polish and i love it! msmith572@yahoo.com

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Melissa said...

I am a subscriber.

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Melissa said...

It is my goal to use more earth friendly products that are natural and not harmful to people or the environment. I'm currently using up Clorox wipes.

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Kristin B said...

I am a subscriber

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Jay said...

We usually buy whatever is on sale but I would like to use more natural products that would be safe for the kids.
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Amber said...

I use Clorox wipes in my kitchen, but with a new baby, I want to use something safer. I would love to win this!

Krista, Bill, Eliya & Logan Kurtzweil said...

I use a lot of SG's in my home already, but also use clorox wipes during the flu season and pledge floor cleaner right now. I don't like the chemicals in most cleaners which is why I LOVE 7th Gen and would love to ONLY use natural cleaners... just expensive.

Krista, Bill, Eliya & Logan Kurtzweil said...

I'm subscribed via RSS reader and also e-mail!

Krista, Bill, Eliya & Logan Kurtzweil said...

I'm a google friend follower

The NEW Mommiez Blend said...

Hey Jessica! Awesome giveaway you have goin here. Luv it! :) I use a lot of vinegar, baking soda, borax and washing soda. I also use products that are time saving and Earth-friendly like Green Works, Green Source and Seventh Gen and some other brands not as recognized. Thanks for the chance to win!!

-Chelle

The NEW Mommiez Blend said...

I subscribe! :)

The NEW Mommiez Blend said...

I follow! :)

Jaclyn Strasburg said...

I'm an email subscriber

Jaclyn Strasburg said...

I use a vinegar and warm water mix for my floors and usually add essential oil to it for a nice scent. I make a vinegar/borax/liquid soap/water all purpose cleaner for bathroom and all purpose cleaning, and add essential oil to that, too. I also keep Clorox Wipes around and use them when I need something quick and easy. I hate the chemicals, but I love the convenience and they work great. Seventh Generation wipes sound like they might be a good alternative to these - I wonder what the price difference is?

The NEW Mommiez Blend said...

I blogged about your awesome giveaway! :)

http://thenewmommiezblend.blogspot.com/2010/04/seventh-generation-giveaway.html

Lois S said...

The main thing we use so far is white vinegar. But the smell gets to you after a while

allthingsnew said...

I use Mr. Clean magic erasers. I love that they really do work like magic. What I don't like is that I have to wonder what they use to make them...they work a little too well!

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allthingsnew said...

I am following via Google Friend Connect. Sorry, I can't get it to upload a pic :(

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Darth Mama said...

I use whatever is on sale!

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