Cleaning Made Easy
A Seventh Generation Review and Competition
When it comes to cleaning the house, I’m not a fan. I know there are some strange people out there who love cleaning but I am most certainly not one of them. I’ve tried making these tasks fun but what fun is there in cleaning up only for it to be covered in crumbs and sticky fingers ten minutes later? The task I hate the most is cleaning the floor. I suppose it has to be done though!
I’ve always wondered how harmful the chemicals that are in household products are, to ourselves and the environment. The problem is traditional cleaning products have stood the test of time and we tend to use the products that our parents have used, because we trust them. I’ve often considered buying products with ‘naturally derived products’ but unsure if they would be worth the money and whether they actually work.
Now once upon a time I would get excited by a night out, now I get excited when companies like Seventh Generation offer me the chance to try some of their products. I was sent a whole hamper to put their products to the test. I also have another hamper for one lucky person to win, but more about that later.
Why buy Seventh Generation?
Seventh Generation are based in Vermont, they’re a certified B Corporation. B Corps are certified to be better for workers, better for communities, and better for the environment. They believe in transparency and disclose ingredients right on their packaging. They don’t test on animals. For over 25 years they have been formulating products made with plant-based ingredients that really work. Really well.
Seventh Generation offers home care, baby care, and personal care products that are made without fragrances with the sensitive skin individual in mind. They test products in a clinical setting with people who also identify as having sensitive skin.
They formulate products whilst thinking about the impact of their existence on the next seven generations. Cleaning products use ingredients often derived from petroleum sources (non renewable). Seventh Generation strive to use ingredients derived from plants rather than petroleum whenever possible.
So, do they actually work?
(Ultra-Concentrated Natural Washing Liquid, Free & Clear 66 wash and Natural Washing Liquid, Eucalyptus & Lavender 33 wash)
In all honesty I didn’t think I would be impressed, with menacing stains that kids bring to the washing load I had to wonder whether plant based products were tough enough. I was pleasantly surprised. Whites have stayed white and colours stayed true and this stuff really gets the clothes clean. I will own up though to rubbing in vanish on tomato sauce dribbles, that stuff is a bugger to wash out.
Another plus is that none of us have complained about any irritation to our skins after using this new detergent.
Washing Up Liquid
I think this has to be my favourite. The liquid is thinner than most traditional washing up liquids so it is tempting / habit to give it a big squirt. But really, a little goes a long way with this. It does a great job of dissolving grease and getting plates and pots clean without scrubbing.
(All Purpose Natural Cleaner and Glass and Surface Natural Cleaner)
All Purpose Natural Cleaner
I’ve used this on the floor (yes I actually got down on my hands and knees with a cloth, the mop and bucket is outside likely covered in spiders. This is my OH’s idea of de-cluttering the kitchen and I refuse to buy another), kitchen hob and bathroom suite. It works just as well as any other cleaning product I’ve used. I didn’t use it on the kitchen worktop as we have wooden work tops and the label says not to use on wood.
Glass and Surface Natural Cleaner
I’ve used this on all our mirrors and windows (now there’s another job I loathe – window cleaning). This really did make light of this job. I used this on our kitchen work tops too with no adverse effects. I always find using kitchen roll to clean and a clean tea towel / rag to dry off works best.
Natural Toilet Cleaner
I said before I don’t like using bleach. When it comes to the toilet I have to admit that bleach does work wonders. The Natural Toilet Cleaner doesn’t come close to the effect bleach has. I found I needed a toilet brush to give the toilet a good clean and I don’t like like having a toilet brush around as the toddler seems to be attracted to all the stuff he shouldn’t. That said, knowing it is environmentally friendly and not tested on animals will make me persevere with this.
Overall I give Seventh Generation products a big thumbs up. They also produce other products such as hand soaps and baby products which are sadly not available in the UK at the moment. I’ll look forward to when they are. Check out some of their cleaning tips on the website.
**Please note that although we were sent the products for a review, all opinions are my own.
Now for the competition…
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Competition will end on the 4.10.2017
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