Sunday, April 11, 2010

Seventh Generation Disinfecting Spray Cleaners and Wipes - Review & Giveaway

My son and I attend a weekly music class together. Before each of our classes, the teacher passes around a bottle of CleanWell Hand Santitizer, a brand that uses thyme and other plant oils in its formulation. The first time I used the spray, I immediately noticed the unique thyme and herbal fragrance. At first I wasn't sure I liked it, but the smell grew on me over time. The music class was my family's first introduction to a natural sanitizing product that used the ingredient thymol, a component of thyme oil. This past week, thanks to MyBlogSpark and Seventh Generation, my family had the chance to try out some new thymol containing products. We received the Seventh Generation "Disinfecting Cleaning Kit" pictured below to review.



Seventh Generation, a leading company in "responsible cleaning," recently released a new line of household disinfecting products that uses the thymol disinfectant technology developed by CleanWell. According to the manufacturer, the disinfectant products kill over 99.99% of household germs* naturally and are effective against the Influenza A Virus, including H1N1 (*refer to product labels for full details). The products can be used on hard surfaces and are EPA registered.

The disinfectant line includes the following products:
* Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner
* Disinfecting Wipes
* Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner

Our thoughts: The essential oils, including thyme and lemongrass, give these products a plant based fragrance. The thyme oil smell is pronounced but not overwhelming. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to fragrances of cleaning products. I like the natural, herb scent of this new Seventh Generation line. My husband, however, isn't fond of the earthy, botanical smell. (I guess as long as he doesn't have to do the cleaning, he won't complain.) I've used all three products to clean my home, and I'm happy with the results. I used the Multi-Surface Cleaner in my kitchen to spray down the counter and sink area. The Bathroom Cleaner foams up nicely when sprayed on surfaces and didn't leave streaks or film when wiped off with a damp rag. The formula on the wipes tends to create more of a lather than other wipes I've used in the past, but I didn't notice any other differences. What I like most about the products is that they are manufactured by a company that takes environmental responsibility seriously and focuses on safe products for people and the environment.

A paperback book titled The Conscious Kitchen: The New Way to Buy and Cook Food - to Protect the Earth, Improve Your Health, and Eat Deliciously by Alexandra Zissu was also included with our kit. Zissu's new book, just released this March, discusses sustainability and how to implement money saving and environmentally friendly practices in your home, especially when it comes to making choices involving food. She has partnered with Seventh Generation to educate consumers about no compromise solutions to clean their homes and kitchens. I found several of the tips in the book very handy. She covers all sorts of topics from food storage to choosing beer and wine. We're trying to pay more attention to what we consume and implement ways to reduce our ecological footprint. Resources like Zissu's book help us stay on the right path toward a greener life.

If you'd like to try one of the new disinfecting products out, Seventh Generation is currently offering a $1 off coupon on their website. (Must first join the site to access coupons.) Learn more about the products in this YouTube video:






Getting ready for spring cleaning and Earth Day? Win a kit! Thanks to MyBlogSpark and Seventh Generation, one Brimful Curiosities reader will receive a 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.

To enter, leave a comment with the best thing you´ve done for the environment this year. Or, do you have any plans for Earth Day next week?
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• Contest is open to US
• Contest ends on Monday, April 26th, 2010 at 11:59 PM CST.
• Winner will be chosen at random and sent an email notification.
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Seventh Generation provided me with the free product, information, and gift pack through MyBlogSpark for review purposes. I am an Amazon affiliate and may receive a very small commission for products purchased through my Amazon links. (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)

147 comments:

Sela said...

Best thing I've done this year?? I already use all natural Melaleuca cleaning products and I also use cloth diapers for my son. I don't have room for a compost pile (live in a townhouse with no backyard) but I frequently send my compost home with my mom when she visits :) Nothing to terribly grand, I'm afraid.

Sela said...

Just blogged about the giveaway :)
http://selaandfamily.blogspot.com/2010/04/great-giveaways-4.html

Sela said...

Tweeted the giveaway at:
http://twitter.com/selabear/statuses/12029223659

I already follow you on twitter :)
@selabear

Emma Michaels said...

I am a follower and great contest! I try to continually do things as eco-friendly as I can figure out how. Instead of using cleaning products or solutions I use naturally made ones. My fiance and I grow some of our food so that our veggies etc aren't sprayed and things like that. We also limit our driving to going to get necessities once every week to month. etc. Wonderful contest!!!!

Sincerely,
Emma Michaels
SincerelyEmmaM@yahoo.com

thedispersalofdarwin said...

Hi - We are moving to Portland next month, and will stop using our car and use public transportation.

I added this blog to my reader.

I followed you on Twitter (@darwinsbulldog).

I tweeted the contest: https://twitter.com/darwinsbulldog/status/12044515031

Amy said...

We do what we can: cloth diaper half the time, compost, grow our own veggies in the summer, walk to errands whenever possible. For earth day we have a date to watch Food Inc on PBS.

Amy said...

Already subscribe to you on a reader. Keep up the good work!

bermudaonion said...

I think the best thing I've done is use canvas bags when I go shopping. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

etirv said...

Finally separating green trash and paper trash from regular trash!

delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

scottsgal said...

recycling and using green products as much as possible
msboatgal at aol.com

cdziuba said...

Best thing: I sold my car. I decided to share with my daughter, and bike to many errands.




cdziuba@aol.com

cdziuba said...

follow on Twitter cdziuba and tweeted http://twitter.com/cdziuba/status/12099979776

Amy said...

he best thing I've done is teach my child to turn off lights and use the sunshine coming through the windows!

loobyamy(at)yahoo(dot)com

Amy said...

I'm a new follower and I'm really enjoying your blog!

loobyamy(at)yahoo(dot)com

CarrieAnn13 said...

I try to use as few chemicals in my home as possible and for Earth Day me & my kids ( I also run a daycare) will be starting our seeds for our garden this week!

ChristyJan said...

We're planning our garden and have already planted lettuce and radishes (which are up)

We've downsized to just 1 vehicle

hawkes(at)citlink.net

Staci said...

The best thing we've done? Teach our son (especially through example) ways that he can help take care of the Earth. Simple things, like saving water, turning off lights, picking up trash. I think teaching our kids is one of the most important things we can do to help our planet!

rubynreba said...

We are using cloth bags when we go shopping. We also are recycling cans, paper, and plastic.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

Tabathia said...

best thing we have done is reduce our carbon footprint by starting small garden for herbs and fruits, take shorter showers, switch to cloth diapers, switched to stainless bottles vs bottled water

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Tabathia said...

twitter follower & tweeted http://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/12284730481


tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

love2teach2day said...

We eat in season as much as possible in order to save fuel/transportation from our food being brought in from a distance.

love2teach2day @ gmail.com
(no spaces)

betsy said...

We are going to a community clean up day next week for Earthday. Today we are cooking our dinner in our solar oven.

betsy_349 at hotmail dot com

Aura said...

I would love to grow a garden but living in a city apartment it's not possible so, I have bought some gardening supplies for my friend to expand her garden

Benita said...

This year we started walking instead of driving everywhere. We also started bringing cloth bags to the grocery.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

ky2here said...

We have Energy Star appliances. We compost, recycle and shop with cloth bags.

ky2here said...

Twitter follower ky2here, please follow back if you can.

Here's my tweet:

http://twitter.com/ky2here1/status/12447355693

ky2here said...

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http://twitter.com/ky2here1/status/12447470497

April said...

I've been buying more all natural cleaners.

teenytig@sbcglobal.net

Merrie L. said...

The best thing we have done for the environment this year is finally changed the last of our light bulbs to the energy efficient bulbs! lockwoodmerrie@yahoo.com

Merrie L. said...

I follow you on twitter and tweeted:
http://twitter.com/mjl6mom2/status/12454935946
lockwoodmerrie@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

have all new energy efficient lightbulbs in the house

almost completely organic eating also

wplough64@hotmail.com

alissa4illustration said...

My husband is melting down styrofoam to paint with it like an encaustic. That's pretty cool to watch! Less styrofoam in the landfills!

MissyBecker said...

Every year I go to the county extension for Earth Day. They have free classes on how to create rainwater collectors and give away free native plants. I'm in Florida and native plants here are more able to survive without a lot of chemical treatments or watering. That's good for the environment and easier for me!

melissabecker at gmaildotcom

Betty N said...

I think the best thing this year has been my recycling efforts---not only paper, glass, cans,etc but passing my used things along to charities and buying some items I would like that are second hand

Ms. Autumn said...

we started paying to have recyclables picked up instead of just trashing everything

autumn398 @ yahoo.com

Betty N said...

I follow you on Twitter; tweet here
http://twitter.com/Grandma3710/status/12472055797

sksweeps said...

Well, I do just about everything recommended for being green and good to our Earth on a fairly regular basis (I've got to get a bit more disciplined about bringing my own shopping bags IN to the store... they tend to get left in the trunk). Probably the biggest thing I've done for the Earth this year is to expand the storage capacity of my rainwater harvesting system to 3400 gallons! I can then use this water for my fruit trees and veggie garden (eating locally and very fresh and healthy!).

deedleweedle said...

This year I've begun recycling more things than just aluminum cans.

dheath3 said...

the best thing I've done is teach my child to turn off lights and use the sunshine coming through the windows!

heath_david_w@yahoo.com

cstironkat said...

I'm volunteering at our local college to clean the nature trail on Earth day. I will also be feeding the birds.

Betty N said...

blogged here
http://higrandma.wordpress.com/2010/04/20/win-seventh-generation-products/

Anonymous said...

Recently I picked up all the trash at my apartment complex.

brandon_ralston@hotmail.com

Joannie said...

The best thing we have done for the environment this year is to stop using plastic products: cups, plates, glasses, utensils, etc. We are also taking our own cloth bags to the grocery story and not using plastic bags when purchasing groceries.
hi_joan_elliott at hotmail dot com

kmorghan said...

This year I've been using alternative transportation to get to work instead of driving. I take the bus during the cold weather and have been riding my bike to work since it's gotten nicer out.

rsbryswrrl said...

We started composting food waste for our garden.

rsbryswrrl at gmail dot com

Jenn S. said...

The best thing we've done this year for the environment is starting recycling more and started composting.

momznite said...

We've been buying more organic items than during previous years.

Katrina said...

I have been using reusable bags more this year and I am planting a bunch of fruit trees in our big back yard next month. Going green is easier one step at a time.

ykatrina at hotmail dot com

terri142 said...

The best think I have done for the environment this year is to participate in a local beach clean up day!

Misty said...

To help the enviroment we planted vegetables and flowers.
mommy2skie at yahoo dot com

Misty said...

blogged;
http://thismommyhasanopinion.blogspot.com/2010/04/giveaways-i-entered-today_24.html

Becky said...

We recycle a lot of stuff and we also try not to use so much electriciyt

shiloh said...

Reusable grocery bags, light bulb changes, water conservation, and use and reuse everything you can.

Holly B said...

We use a steam cleaner that only uses water to clean our floors..much safer for our cats!

Danielle said...

The best thing I am doing is becoming vegetarian! daniellesjourney at gmail dot com

jsc123 said...

We recently purchased a rain barrel to use when watering plants and our garden.
Thank you so much for the chance to win.

jweezie43[at]aol[dot]com

idahomom said...

We bought good bikes for everyone in the family so that we can ride all over our small town instead of driving.

Anonymous said...

The best thing I have done this year is conserve energy. I unplug all my appliances when not in use, I switched to the new energy bulbs, and I turned down the heat.
debp
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I am a email subscriber.
debp
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

Alice said...

I would love to win this! I follow you on twitter and have RT your post.
aliceb2000@aol.com

Katie R. said...

I've tried to car pool more often and turn off the lights when I'm not in the room.

Dancehottie1621@aol.com

Alicia said...

I lost my job, so I'm not out driving every day.

Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

bloggyig at gmail dot com

denyse said...

I follow and tweeted:
http://twitter.com/denyse_g/status/12850546358

denyse_g @ hotmail.com

Auriette said...

The best thing I have done for the environment and for myself is to plant some tomatoes.

EmmysBoosAndRawrs said...

The best thing ive done for the environment this year was I quit using plastic bags.

my email is littleheathen9109 @ Yahoo dot com

Lisa said...

I'm trying to walk more, instead of drive, when it's feasible. We're also doing a big garden this year, for the first time.
iluvchrisnlevi@aol.com

Laura said...

The best thing I have done for the environment is commit to walking more and driving less

Julie said...

WE quit buying bottled water.We are recycling our magazines and newspapers

aunteegem@yahoo.om

carolpie said...

I weeded a million weeds out of my front yeard instead of using pesticides. Back breaking!

spencer1953 at gmail dot com.

carolpie said...

I follow and tweet!~http://twitter.com/dresdenrain/status/12896460038

carolpie said...

I follow you-carol lewis.

Did I say this before? Sorry, I got called away and my brain froze up!

amyd said...

we have stopped using plastic bags!

ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

Karen G said...

I now use reusable bags (I have 15, all FREE from surveys, companies, etc).
granthamkk(at)yahoo(dot)com

susan1215 said...

I started taking bags to the grocery store, not buying bottled water and using more natural cleaning ingredients.

CherylS22 said...

The best thing I've done is to start using reusable shopping bags. Thanks for the giveaway!

Amanda said...

We put a separate trash can in the kitchen for recycling - we have really cut down on our trash!

Nancy said...

Last week on Earth Day, I taught my K -1 class how to make 2 projects using recycled items. First we made newspaper hats. Then we made "green" reminder signs out of cereal box cardboard with slogans like : Don't waste water! and Be green!

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Vanessa said...

The best thing I have done is use cloth diapers on my baby!

jewelsntreasures (at) yahoo (dot) com

Maja said...

follow you on twitter @majameza

http://twitter.com/MajaMeza/status/12912899397

samsakara said...

I started using reusable grocery bags and reusable water bottles.

samsakara@twcny.rr.com

tina reynolds said...

On earth day we went geocaching and participated in trash in trash out thanks for the chance eaglesforjack@gmail.com

kathy pease said...

for earth day i planted lots of perennials in my garden..i love spring :)

kristelh said...

The best thing I've done this year is sign up for the curbside recycling program in my city.

SCMOMOF2BOYS said...

We recycle. I cloth diaper,and also use cloth wipes. We try to reuse as much as we can from clothing to soda cans.

SCMOMOF2BOYS said...

Following you on twitter and I tweeted:
http://twitter.com/SCMOMOF2BOYS/status/12923527881