Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Seventh Generation Giveaway



When it comes to cleaning, I find that Seventh Generation gets the job done! Not only that but without the harmful toxic chemicals. Seventh Generation is eco-friendly and safe for the evironment.

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.


I just rec'd a gift pack and information made possible from Seventh Generation through MyBlogSpark.



you can also win a gift pack of your very own. Simply comment how you keep your family safe from chemicals? What is the best thing you have done for the environment this year?

One comment per person, all duplicates will be deleted. Must be 18 and over, USA only. Ends March 30, 2010 10am Central. Winner will be chosen by random.org. Please include your email address in the comment if its not visible in your profile. This is the method you will be notified if you are the winner. Winner will have 24hrs to respond. Thanks!

94 comments:

Nia said...

I have begun to use these products and find them very good. Especially since I have a mother with a neurological disease it is very important that I keep as many chemicals out of her environment as possible.

McKim said...

I use mostly natural products. We recycle everything we can

Kimberly said...

It was really hard, but I have given up using plastic water bottles. It's almost second nature now to grab a pre filled reusable aluminum water bottle from the fridge. I don't know why I resisted it so much when there are so many prettier and healthier alternatives to plastic!
kirbycolby at gmail dot com

plhill2000 said...

I have switched over to use baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar for my cleaning because we have kids with allergies in our home. I'd like to try Seventh generation if they are really hypo-allergenic.

Jules said...

We try our best to avoid chemicals in personal products! The best thing I've done for the environment this year is planting trees at a local park.

cdziuba said...

how you keep your family safe from chemicals? What is the best thing you have done for the environment this year?

I sold my car, and decided to share with my husband and daughter, so that reduces our carbon footprint. I also made a big effort to educate my family about the importance of recycling.

I keep my family safe from chemicals by buying natural and organic products whenever possible.


cdziuba@aol.com


cdziuba@aol.com

vmkids said...

I am trying to use less chemical based cleaners. Vinegar has become my friend.

Chip said...

I put out my clothes line.

chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

mverno said...

i use organic products mverno@roadrunner.com

Amanda S. said...

We use natural products to clean the house instead of chemical cleaners.

Anonymous said...

I love using the organic products. Its much easier on the environment!

Tiffany French said...

I try to use water to clean whenever possible. I also stopped commuting this month! Yay! tlcarroll at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I have stopped drinking from water bottles and am trying to use green products
Diane Baum
esldiane@gmail.com

Miss Spoken said...

I switched from window cleaner to vinegar and only use re-usable bottles for water.

Stephanie said...

We eat organic, use natural/organic cleaners to keep the family safe. This year we bought stainless steel bottles for the whole family to stop the plastic bottle abuse. We have recycled for years and reuse as much as possible
tvollowitz at aol dot com

Melissa B. said...

I use non toxic products around my kids and we recycle the oil that comes out of the vehicles.

Shannon said...

I recycle everything I can

Kathy said...

I've banished all of the old chemical laden cleaners that I used to use from my home, and for the past 2 years, have cleaned only the "natural" way. I use a lot of white vinegar in my cleaning, as well as baking soda. The house smells so fresh and natural!
kateswen(at)gmail(dot)com

Kidazy said...

We have started making the transition to more family friendly cleaners but the ones we have are so expensive we haven't made the complete switch yet but we are trying!

We have also eliminated all paper towel use in our household, using bar towels that get washed and reused instead. We also use a water filter and BPA free canteens rather than buy water bottles!

amysweepstake at yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I have started the change. I also as someone before me mention have moved on to the simple cleaners that we have long forgot about. I have a book titled SHAMELESS SHORTCUTS. It seems that baking soda, borax, lemon juice, and vinegar work better than the expensive products.
Marcella C
newfedog@aol.com

Happi Shopr said...

I try to buy only green cleansers. We put our water heater on a timer and wrapped it. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

mindy said...

by trying to stay away from anything that is environmentally unfriendly thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

Sexy Jock said...

i am a recycling fanatic. i always try to use natural products, your products are the bomb. i love them.

Valeen said...

I've done a couple great things this year (part of my "green" New Years Resolution). We don't use plastic disposable water bottles any more and I planted a garden and am making my own compost! I love it!

sweepyhead at gmail dot com

Crown the Queen said...

i stopped using paper towels! its been very hard(that's what she said! hahaha)

ky2here said...

We have cabinet locks on our under sink cabinets. We recycle, compost and use cloth bags for shopping.

michelle said...

I keep child saftey locks on cabinets with harmful chemicals. I also always make sure to recycle.

Blackbearpie@aol.com

szilvia said...

i buy only environmental friendly non-toxic cleaners, as well as hygiene products like shampoo etc..

i also purchased a steam floor cleaner so i don't have to use any cleaner at all to keep my floors clean.

i recycle and use fabric bags when i go shopping.

if i have items to get rid of i either give stuff to goodwill or shelters, or bring them to recycling facilities instead of dumping them in the trash.

okaat said...

I have started making my own laundry detergent. My friend gave me an all natural recipe for it. That is the best thing i have done for the environment this year is keep the laundry detergent chemicals out of our environment.

pms3237 said...

I use as many green cleaners as possible

k-team said...

I have been buying natural cleaners. My kids help the environment by using reusable containers for their lunches and juice. Thanks!

Sweetscove said...

I lessen our exposure to chemicals by making my own cleaners at home with vinegar, bleach and water.
sweetscove at gmail dot com

carolpie said...

I buy organic food when I can and use natural soaps and laundry soap and vinegar where I can.
Instead of spraying chemicals I weeded my garden by hand which took forever! LOL

kaykay said...

We have saved the enviroment by recycling this year. And we mainly only use natural products.We would really love to try this product out!!!!!!

llinda29 said...

I keep my family safe from chemicals by reading labels

Anonymous said...

Our family cat Missy is 15, so i'm very careful about what i use in the house for cleaning!gcgranny722hotmail.com

Holly G. said...

We are avid recyclers, and we buy organic food as much as possible. I am really concerned about the long term effects of chemicals on my family.

Anonymous said...

We make our cleaning products from safe items found in our cupboard!

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

Emmy*Coffee said...

I bought a bike!

fancyfeet48 said...

I began to use naturl things to clean with like baking soda and vinagr I also buy enviormently safe products
we also recycle when ever we can

karen said...

I grow organic vegetables in my garden and always safe, chemical free products around the house and in the yard. Thanks.

president(dot)peaches(at)hotmail(dot)com

breanna said...

well, i'm just getting started in learning about ridding my home of chemicals and being more "green"

i've started growing my own herbs and veggies, though i've yet to be able to taste any! i also got a compost bin to reduce what we send to the landfill. and i'm looking into what home products i should switch to.

h. mcnaron said...

I stopped using bleach a while ago and I'm still looking for good cleaners. I do try to buy organic so we don't get pesticides and other chemicals in our bodies. I also recycle but could do better.

susan1215 said...

I'm using more natural cleaning products. I'm recycling and bringing my own bag when I go shopping.

kmorghan said...

We are switching over to green cleaning products and have a few Seventh Generation products in use. We also have stopped getting plastic water bottles and use more glass and stainless steel containers not just for beverages, but also for storing leftovers and carrying lunches to work. We hardly ever drive anymore - prefer alternative transportation except for trips to the grocery store. We eat a lot more organic foods, much of which we have been growing at home.

Bubblicious259 said...

I should really go with natural products. This could be the start of a new way to clean for me

Auriette said...

When I have to use a chemical cleaner, I wash up afterwards with water to try to clean up the toxins. It's sad to have to clean up after the cleaner.

cstironkat said...

I use only green products when I clean and I buy organic when possible. I have gotten rid of all my paper products. I use napkins, washable placemats and microfiber cloths when I clean.

Jennifer said...

I only use green products, so hopefully that keeps my family safe from chemicals. We have recently started recycling here. Wish that they made it mandatory.

jennylovesjeff (at) hotmail (dot) com

Secret Life of a WAHM said...

I have started using child friendly products and have started to steam mop my floors.

MassFoodie said...

I use my clothesline. We also clean with baking soda, lemon juice, white vinegar, bleach and water.

theolotto said...

I try to find all natural cleaning products for my home. We also recycle whenever we can.

Alison said...

We don't use dryer sheets, we rarely use our dryer, we have switched from disposable napkins to cloth (same with menstrual pads for myself!). I try and find alternative ways to clean something vs. just buying a bottle of this or that at the store. Water works wonders on a lot of things. AND vinegar is a good backup. ;)

THANK YOU!! alisonad23 at gmail dot com

Julie said...

i try to keep my family safe buy buying or making natural cleaning products
jewlzeez04@gmail.com

Atreau said...

We use primarily baking soda and/or vinegar to clean the house.

Gianna said...

I lock my cabinets.
I grow my own fruit, veggies and herbs.

Jessica said...

I try to clean spills up quickly with a rag and I also use natural recipes for cleaning.

PaintedPony17@yahoo.com

Pamela S said...

I have tried to switch to natural cleaning products (I still need to work on that though!) and we thoroughly clean all fruit and vegetables before eating. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

kakihara said...

I use organic products, and I try to purchase as much as I can from local producers. I don't drive--I walk or ride my bike everywhere.
kakihararocks@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

nice to have all natural products ty.
vivianbl@olg.com

Sarah said...

I bought a steam cleaner so I can clean with only water. The best thing I've done for the environment this year is reuse and recycle as much as possible.

Jean said...

I also bought a steam cleaner for my kitchen floor - love it!

sweepmom said...

I have switched to using mostly reusable shopping bags and I recycle any plastic ones I happen to get. I also bought a steam mop and have stopped using chemical cleaners on my floors.

idahomom said...

I like to use natural products like vinegar and baking soda.

brianpiero said...

Thanks for the giveaway...we use various combinations of baking soda, lemon, and vinegar to clean the various surfaces in our home for the most part; a mild bleach solution also has it's uses, however infrequently.

Our latest green initiative this year was to "retire" our dishwasher to save energy i.e. hot water/electricity...we use elbow grease to wash the dishes now (and in the summer we use the "grey water" to water our plants).

senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

lsfish said...

I am trying to use more natural cleaners like vinegar

Anonymous said...

I have started to use natural or plant based cleaners.
We recycle everything. I have two bins just for recycling and they're both full.

adr1001025[at]msn.com

cloud10277 said...

We use all natural products and recycle with out cities program.

cloud10277@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

HORTON111@AOL.COM

I USE A LOT OF BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR AROUND THE HOUSE FOR CLEANING

amy16323 said...

always use less chemicals.
amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

amyd said...

I use a lot of these ni chemical cleaners,different kinds!Best thing I did was stop using plastic bags!

ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

sksweeps said...

I've gotten rid of all the commercial cleaners and now make my own with more natural ingredients (healthier and much less expensive)

purango said...

I keep my household safe from chemicals by only using natural cleaning products. I have helped the environment by using cloths instead of buying paper towels. garrettsambo@aol.com

katzkids said...

I use alot of natural cleaning products and even make some of my owm.
We have been recycling much more this year.We try to use and reuse as much as we can.

DEBIJOT said...

In the past 2 years, I have gradually worked over to using natural cleaning products in all my cleaning.
We recycle everything we can

AEKZ2 said...

I've recently switched to natural cleaners. We recycle and we've taught our children to recycle, too.

gillhome said...

we use natural cleaning products, buy organic whenever possible, and have a great vegetable garden in the summer!

Kt said...

I have some of this brand and a few other "green" cleaning supplies, we try to composte and recycle what we can, plus we share a car and use public transit!

Madeline said...

I keep my family safe by always carefully reading the labels of all cleaning products, no matter how harmless they might seem.
The best thing I have done for the environment is probably that I try to walk everywhere and use public transportation/cars as little as possible - luckily, I live in a city that is very walkable and has lots of sidewalks.
Thanks!
mem4dr at gmail dot com

lilyk said...

I keep my family safe from chemicals by using organic products. The best thing I have done for the environment this year is to recycle cans and bottles.

dhunt said...

Would love to win !!

Marcia said...

As a New Year's Resolution I am trying to cut down on cleaning products that are not eco-friendly. So far, I am doing pretty good (except I won't give up my toilet bowl cleaner).

Gabriel S-J. said...

I try to recycle as much as I can.

Joannie said...

We don't use chemical products for cleaning, only organic ones. We also use unscented products.
hi_joan_elliott at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Alot of focus should be put on how to make recycling easier for everyone.

Michele said...

I have switched to mainly natural and more "greener" and safer products which helps keep my family safe from chemicals as well as protecting the environment.

mrsmiki77 (at) gmail (dot) com

dddiva said...

We try our best to read labels and make the environmentally friendly choices when we can.

Maja said...

we recycle and use natural products

Angie said...

I have been trying to use vinegar and baking soda for some of my cleaning.

Swtlilchick said...

I have been throwing away alot of
my cleaners with chemicals and
have been using baking soda and
water to clean with.I don't even
use paper towels much.I have gathered
a bag of ripped and torn towels
to clean and wipe out hands on.

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

Ms. Autumn said...

We try to use steam cleaning (with water) to avoid chemicals & we are trying to take "little" steps to help the environment!

autumn398 @yahoo.com

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mindy said...
by trying to stay away from anything that is environmentally unfriendly thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

March 29, 2010 3:13 PM

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