Seventh Generation Disinfectants

I’ve been meaning to post about this for a week now…

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Seventh Generation debuted a line of disinfectant wipes and sprays at the Natural Products Expo East a few weeks ago.  This line will be the first naturally-derived EPA registered disinfectants approved to claim “kills over 99.99 percent of germs naturally on hard, non-porous surfaces”. 

BURLINGTON, VT — (MARKET WIRE) — 09/25/2009 — Seventh Generation, the nation’s leading brand of non-toxic, environmentally safe household solutions, incorporates the latest breakthrough in green chemistry with the introduction of a new line of household disinfectant wipes and sprays. Debuting at the Natural Products Expo East in Boston this week, the product line has the distinction of being the first and only naturally-derived EPA registered disinfectants approved to claim “kills over 99.99 percent of germs naturally on hard, non-porous surfaces” and effective against the common Influenza A virus (“the flu”) and its related strain, H1N1, otherwise known as “swine flu.”

Personally, I prefer to keep it simple with using just Baking Soda & White Vinegar to clean around the house.  *Remember, “green” products are popular right now, but a big part of saving the world is reducing the extra “stuff” that we buy.*  As devoted as I am to my 50/50 vinegar-water mix, every so often I feel the need to use the hard stuff to deep clean (which usually involves a date with Mr. Clean).  I remember my sister telling me a story once about how her workplace was very environmentally friendly & cleaning supplies were always non-toxic, but that whenever the boss would leave town, they’d break out the bleach to get everything REALLY clean.  Sometimes you just need to sanitize. 

I’ll be interested to see whether these Seventh Generation products will really be tough enough to satisfy my urges to clean.   Either way, I’ll definitely check it out.  Seventh Generation has blown up, but I still consider it a hometown company (and yes, I will always consider Vermont my actual home).   If nothing else, I’m sure that these cleaners will smell divine.    The Lemongrass and Clementine Zest dish soap has literally ruined me for other dish soaps. 

“I sound like a housewife,  Hey ‘chelle, I think I’m a housewife”    -Michelle Shocked

I’m on fire!

You would not believe how much I got accomplished today.  Seriously, with no kids around I flew through everything I needed to do.  Well, I flew through a lot.  If I hadn’t taken a break and screwed around on Twitter, etc between each task, I would have done EVERYTHING. 

Cleaning went ridiculously fast.  I would set out to do something, unload the dishwasher for example, and I’d do it.  No pulling Z off the door or finessing knives out of his hands.  No telling cleaning up a cup of spilled milk and wiping a 4 year old bum.  I just….DID it.  Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t give that other stuff up for the world (well, except the wiping…I could do without that).  But WOW it was nice to get something done on the first pass.  So then, when I finished, I’d look at the clock and only 10 minutes would have gone by! (Which led to the screwing around on the computer, but that’s another topic). 

Sometime in my 4 years of mothering, I’ve become a lot more efficient.  It’s probably the fact that I have to do everything in quick little spurts to save time for the “incidentals” (i.e. cleaning/saving/distracting the kids).  It’s like those athletes who train at high altitudes and then compete at sea level and are completely unstoppable .  I’ve trained with the extra weights on, and when they’re not a factor I’m on fire! And I’m so used to doing certain things over and over and over (picking up the living room), that when I do it once and it stays that way, it’s a little shocking.

I say this all like my house is perfect.  It’s so not.  But for the time that I devoted to cleaning/cooking/household errands, I rocked the house. 

Then I went and read a magazine in the sun (Hey, I’m on mom-cation!)