What is the first company that comes to mind when you think of non-toxic cleaning? For me personally it is Seventh Generation. As far as I can remember, it seems like they were always there. At least back when people started being concerned about cleaning with toxic and carcinogenic substances. Hey, our grandparents and ancestors all cleaned with vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and other natural methods... Then 'advances in technology' came about and our homes were flooded with chemicals.
While I am pretty handy with homemade cleaners, what mom has the time for that? Besides, Seventh Generation products are quite affordable. Just a little more than from scratch. The best thing though is that these green cleaners actually work! I used to dislike cleaning just because of the toxic smell associated with it. Now I have no excuse!
Seventh Generation was kind to let us try their Free & Clear Starter Kit which includes the Glass & Surface Cleaner, All Purpose Cleaner, Dish Liquid, Laundry Detergent, Fabric Softener, Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Pacs, Natural Paper Towels, and a Reusable Tote. We haven't had a chance to try all of the products yet, but we're loving the ones we did so far!
My favorite is the All Purpose Cleaner simple because of the all purpose part. It is nice to have just that one bottle to clean anything and everything. I actually tried it on my glass cook top that was heavily used the night before. It had dried up spills and spots everywhere. I sprayed the entire surface and wiped it with a cloth. Everything came off beautifully, as if it was spilled two seconds ago - not 12 hours. No fumes or toxic smells, no weird colors, just a powerful way to clean.
Since I do not use a dishwasher, I gave the Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Pacs to my mother. A week later I saw her again and asked her if she tried the packets. She said "Oh yes, I did. They work so well! I used to get streaks on my dishes all the time, but with this thing they came out clear and sparkling, no residue. It seemed like even the dishwasher is cleaner now - but maybe that's my imagination!"
So to put it simply, I love that their products work and that they are so readily available. Have you noticed their new Protecting Planet Home commercial airing on TV? I certainly did. Great to see green going mainstream!
Shhh! Don't tell anyone there is a giveaway happening on my Eco-Babyz blog for a Seventh Generation Free & Clear Starter Kit! Ends at midnight Tuesday, March 9th, 2010.
Ease of use: As easy as other cleaning products!! It comes in a spray bottle and one can get it in general brand, for your toilet, for a bathtub, and much more! But I found that if you even get one, it will work for all the purposes! Make sure to get the one that says kills 99.99%! How awesome is that? Its natural, and it still kills the germs like other toxic, unsafe stuff does!! Quality/value: It cost about 4-6 dollars. Depends where you get it from. I get mine from … more
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Seventh Generation is a company that sells cleaning, paper, and personal care products. The company was founded in 1988 and is based in Burlington, Vermont. The name "Seventh Generation" comes from the Great Law of the Iroquois; "In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." The company focuses on sustainability and the conservation of natural resources. Seventh Generation uses recycled and post-consumer materials in its packaging and biodegradable, phosphate and chlorine free ingredients in its products.