A few years ago I started (slowly) making the switch to using cleaning products that weren’t so toxic and harsh for my son. It was actually a very difficult switch for me, as I am considered the “Queen of Clean.” I absolutely adore anything that you use to clean – from cleaning agents to the vehicles in which we use to, well, use them. In fact, my husband would quickly change the TV channel if there was a commercial about a new cleaning product. I could just stare all gleamy-eyed at the TV screen, conjuring up all the great things I would do with it once I could get my hands on it (which I could never do fast enough).
Now that I also have a daughter and am on my “healthy journey,” I have been trying to eliminate as many toxins from our lives as possible (including my run-to stash of trusty ol’ Clorox wipes and the like). The majority of this time I had been cleaning with vinegar, water, and baking soda. Generally, I was happy with my regime, knowing that I was doing something better for my family and for the environment, but we all know the distinct smell of vinegar. Not so yummy. So I was curious about the Seventh Generation line. I asked and they provided!
The good people at Seventh Generation sent me a Free & Clear Starter Kit to review:
Disinfecting Wipes – 35 ct.
Laundry Detergent – F&C 32 oz
Liquid Fabric Softener – F&C 40 oz
All- Purpose Cleaner
Natural Paper Towels
Seventh Gen Recycled Bag
Please note: The Disinfectants have Thymol sent (from Thyme oil). These are NOT considered free & clear, but they are great for immune-depressed households or those with small children. The scent dissipates quickly.
It’s called “Free & Clear” because it is free and clear of dyes, fragrances and masking agents (all except the disinfectants, which I will get to later). The first thing I did was take a look at the packaging for information and ingredients (which they fully disclose)…
Plant-derived cleaning agents. No phosphates. Hypo-allergenic. Not tested on animals. No animal ingredients. Not poisonous. No harsh fumes. Formulated to be safe for your family and the environment. Non-toxic. Biodegradable. Packaged in post-consumer recycled products. Kosher-certified.
Okay, seems harmless enough. Now let’s see if it works! First I tried the actual F&C line, and it was, as advertised, without any scent. Everything so far worked as well as my old toxic cleaning products. No streaks, no fumes and clean. The dishwashing liquid gave enough suds to cut through all the grime and grease. Even the laundry detergent performed well (in cold water, might I add). It was, so far, a seamless switch.
The recycled paper towels were a bit rough and thin. I’m so used to Bounty’s thicker, towel-like action, so this was the hardest item to get used to. One recommendation I would make to this would be to have a select-a-size option to “save more trees,” so to speak. Most of the time I just need about half of a sheet.
Now on to the (scented) botanical disinfecting line, which I was eager to try. Again, everything worked well, and I was super excited that they had wipes. Wipes are just so handy and easy when you need a quick clean-up job. That’s the main reason I was so reluctant to give up my secret stash of Clorox wipes. Now, I can and will! I have to admit that the lemongrass and thyme scent is definitely not my fave. Sadly, I prefer the scent of “fresh” or even the toxic commercialized perfumed scents (maybe it’s just the fact that I’ve been conditioned to those harsh smells all of my life). However, my picky husband loves it, saying that it makes the house smell like a pizza. The combination of the two is in fact quite reminiscent of that oregano scent. So, if you like oregano, then it’s definitely for you. Me, not so much. It doesn’t dissipate as quickly as advertised, but it is a very small price to pay for non-toxic disinfectants.
The bottom line: Extremely effective! I am pleased.
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