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Thursday, February 25, 2010

{Seventh Generation} Review & GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

I always wondered where Seventh Generation got its name from, and I recently found out. Apparently it was inspired by the Great Law of the Iroquois, which declares, "In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." This, of course, gives great insight as to the integrity of this company.

I'm sure you've heard of Seventh Generation and are at least familiar with a few of their products, although, I myself must confess, I didn't realize how expansive their line of products was until recently. Along with their household cleaning items, they also carry both a feminine and baby product line.

Here are some remarkable traits of some of the products of this company, which was established 20 years ago:

*non-chlorine bleached products
*recycled products
*phosphate-free cleaning products
*organic products

Essentially, Seventh Generation uses only ingredients that are not potentially chronically harmful to our health and that are environmentally safe. And furthermore, Seventh Generation donates "10% of its profits to non-profit community, health, environmental, and responsible business organizations working for positive change." And I shan't forget to mention that at the time I'm writing this, they have also saved 361,154 trees and 922,000 gallons of petroleum. Not too shabby.

I recently received their Healthy Home Starter Kit on my {somewhat dreaded} "cleaning day" {yes, I have a self-declared cleaning day each week...for now anyway; once baby #2 arrives, that will all change, and cleaning will be done only when it can...here and there}, so I was actually stoked {for once!} to get started cleaning! Whoo-hoo for cleaning inspiration! The Healthy Home Kit includes their Kitchen Cleaner, All-Purpose Cleaner, Glass & Surface Cleaner, Shower Cleaner, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Tub & Tile Cleaner, Brown Paper Towels and their Tote Bag {phew!}. It's an awesome kit to get your own home up to speed on being green {and clean, for that matter!}, not to mention a fabulous Home Warming gift, if I do say so myself.

Now I had already been using their Glass & Surface Cleaner (which is a delightful scent of Ruby Grapefruit & Herbs}, and I fully love its versatility to clean both glass and surfaces alike. This is such a time-saver for a Mom on the dreaded "cleaning day" since you don't have to start with the glass cleaner, then get the surface cleaner {not to mention a different rag} to clean both the glass items and surfaces. Any 2-for-1 product is always a plus in my books {particularly in the bathroom & kitchen, where you can just clean the {chrome/nickel/etc.} faucet fixtures and countertops at the same time}.

The Toilet Bowl Cleaner was next. It's a natural cypress & fir scent, but very mild smelling - not harsh at all. It was pretty clear {due to lack of dyes} and worked like a charm. It also has a nice tapered spout for easily reaching under the toilet bowl rim. Great to use in small spaces like your bathroom, where cleaning fumes can easily overpower you.

Next I tried the All Purpose Cleaner, and tackled my son's potty chair with it. Now, this may be TMI {too much information} for those of you who haven't dealt with a potty chair yet, but this was a task. Don't get me wrong - I rinse it out, and clean it with product after every "number 2," but it still seems to hold that pee smell. So after some good sprays of the all purpose cleaner, guess what? No smells. And when I say NO smells, that's what I mean. My point being, I wasn't just covering up the bad smell with a good one - all smells were simply gone. The All Purpose Cleaner I was sent was actually from their Free & Clear line, meaning it was free of both dyes and fragrances. And I have to say, it was so strange and eye-opening for me to be able to clean something without some overpowering "cleaning" {chemical} smell taking over me and the room ~ loved it!! {Their products from the Free & Clear line would be fabulous for Moms who are sensitive to smell {obviously} or for pregnant moms with ultra sensitive senses. I would have LOVED to have had my hands on this when I was in my first trimester and every single unnatural scent {i.e., chemical-ridden} made me nauseated!}.

Then I moved on to the Tub & Tile Cleaner and Shower Cleaner. Now, I have to say that being as much of a type-A personality as I am, I never let our showers/tubs get that dirty. We squeegee them down after every shower and all.... That being said, that nasty pinkish moldy stuff still manages to hide under certain crevices, and inevitably there are water spots on the chrome and soap scum on the shelves that hold our shampoos and such. So I took the cleaners to them, and all scum, pink nast & water spots came off, and pretty easily, might I add. The Tub & Tile Cleaner had a natural cypress & fir scent, while the shower cleaner was green mandarin & leaf. The scents were oh-so-mild that, for the first time ever, I actually didn't have to turn on the bathroom fan in order to clean out the shower! And when I was done, the room didn't reak of overpowering chemicals!

Finally, I tested out the Kitchen Cleaner in its {again} very mild scent of wild orange and cedar spice. This was great for cutting down kitchen grease and grime, and worked quite effectively around the stovetop.

All in all, I was really quite impressed with the line of Seventh Generation products I was sent. What an absolute revelation to be able to clean without all those overpowering, unnatural chemicals filling the air! And to know it's getting clean, but not harming my family {or the environment, for that matter} while doing so is just that much more of a bonus.


BUY IT: Visit Seventh Generation today to see their full line of products and to make a purchase there (or find a local retailer by you who carries them).

And now for the part you've been waiting for...

WIN IT: Seventh Generation has generously offered one very lucky Haute Tot and Baby Couture reader their own Healthy Home Starter Kit {valued at $38.99}! To enter, you must be {or become} a HTBC blog follower (1 entry). THEN once that requirement is met, please visit Seventh Generation and come back and comment on either one thing you learned about either the company itself or one of their products, or tell me some fact you learned about conservation {1 entry}. Be sure to leave your email address in the entry so that I have a way to contact the winner! If there is NO EMAIL left, another winner will be drawn. Winner will be chosen via random.org and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another winner will be chosen. Entrants can enter through March 17th. Winner to be chosen March 18th, 2010. {Contest open to US residents only}.

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*Follow Adam's Blankie on twitter AND tweet about this giveaway with the following tweet (copy and paste), (1 entry - can be done daily):
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Please note, I was not paid to do this review.
Opinions are strictly my own, and no one or nothing else has influenced me in my review.


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117 comments:

Heather said...

Their dryer sheets are recyclable or compostable after you use them.

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Heather said...

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Subscribe to your blog via google

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Heather said...

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Heather said...

Signed up for the Seventh Generation newsletter

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Heather said...

Fan of Adam's Blankie on facebook

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Heather said...

Seventh Generation Nation member

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Sarah J. said...

I knew that Seventh Generation used recycled materials in their paper products, but I didn't realize they were from 100% recycled materials. I cannot seem to get my husband to cut down on his paper towel usage obsession, so perhaps we should look closer at switching.
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Sarah J. said...

follow via GFC
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Megan said...

I love their stuff! I learned that their products have saved 362,679 trees and 928,969 gallons of petroleum. Cool!
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Megan said...

I'm a Seventh Generation Nation member
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Megan said...

I've subscribed to Seventh Generation's newsletter
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Nature Manipulated said...

I never knew that Seventh Generation was 20 years old and one of the country's first self-declared "socially responsible" companies.

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Nature Manipulated said...

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I'm a Seventh Generation Nation member.

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Lo said...

I love the chlorine-free diapers and baby wipes!

Lo said...

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Wehaf said...

Seventh Generation also makes feminine hygiene products.

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Bethany said...

I learned that they have just about EVERYTHING! From dishwasher rinse aid to organic feminine care. WOW!

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Alisha L. said...

Follower of HTBC via Google Friends Name=Alisha L.

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Alisha L. said...

I learned that Seventh Generations Baby Wipe Refills use 90% less packaging then traditional plastic box wipes, love it!

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Alisha L. said...

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MMC said...

I'm following! :) I love all natural products!

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jennifer57 said...

I learned they give 10% of their profits to non-profit community, environmental, health, and responsible business organizations working for positive change.

Deb said...

I follow :)

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Deb said...

I knew I was washing a lot of clothes, but geez... "The average household washes about 50 pounds of laundry in 7.4 weekly loads, cleaning some 6,000 items annually"

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Deb said...

I subscribe via google friends

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Anonymous said...

I learned that they lowered their diaper prices. Yay!

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RSS subscriber.

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Cabootique said...

Awesome giveaway! I didn't know they had such a wide array of products - I was only aware of the cleaning products.

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jodi233 said...

great giveaway! i didn't realize that this company has been around for 20 yrs, i have just begun seeing them in the stores in the last few years. so i learned they have been around much longer than i had thought!
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jodi233 said...

i am an email subscriber
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jodi233 said...

i am a 7th generation member
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jodi233 said...

i signed up for their newsletter too
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AngieHandmade said...

following!
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AngieHandmade said...

Wow, I'm astonished that laundry detergent is a petroleum product.
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subscribed via feedburner
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signed up for seventh generation nation
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The Fam said...

I'm a follower and I learned to use the cold water wash option whenever possible, and you’ll save 85% of the money and energy consumed by a hot water load.

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Nature Manipulated said...

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Kristen G. said...

I like that the Shower Cleaner doesn't create harsh fumes and uses plant-based cleaning agents. That's always the worst thing about cleaning the shower is the strong fumes!

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Kristen G. said...

I signed up for Seventh Generations newsletter.

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Marci said...

Following (june_spirit2628)
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Marci said...

I learned that their free and clear product lines are free of chemicals and have only natural ingredients. They are safe for young children to be exposed too. The fact I learned about conservation is that their free and clear line has saved 928,969 gallons of petroleum.
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Mercy said...

I like that they have organic, chemical free baby products.

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I signed up for the newsletter.


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Mercy said...

I am a fan of you on FB.

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lil misses' mama said...

I am a follower. I had no idea that Seventh Generation made training pants for toddlers...and they are made of wood pulp!
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Sara said...

I learned that alcohol shouldn't be used in cleaners because it is a volatile organic compound.

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Jenco13 said...

I always wondered how well their products worked. So thank you for the explanation above. I also only thought they had cleaning products. Now I know that they have other products for women and that they are better for me and our environment.
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thanks
Jen

Jenco13 said...

signed up for your feedburner emails.
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Jenco13 said...

became a fan of adam's blankie on FB.
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Jenco13 said...

became a fan on twitter and tweeted the giveaway.

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I am now following this blog
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AmbreRose said...

So I was interested in the laundry area of my home and how I could be greener with that. I learned that the dryer sheets are a Plant-derived softening agents, and that they are compostable after use. Great idea, love the givea way! ambrerose(!at)aol.com

SCMOMOF2BOYS said...

I follow your blog.
I never knew that Seventh Generation was 20 years old and one of the country's first self-declared "socially responsible" companies.

SCMOMOF2BOYS said...

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Signed up for 7th Generation.

Rachel C said...

I learned that they have printable coupons on their website.
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ecky said...

i knew that they made diapers and wipes but i had no idea they made feminine hygiene products!
their ultra thin pads with wings look amazing!

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Vanessa said...

Their dryer sheets are recyclable or compostable after you use them.

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trixx said...

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trixx said...

I learned that Seventh Generation formulates its products with plant-based surfactants in a way that oils and greases are rapidly dispersed in water so harmful solvents are not needed.

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I'm a Seventh Generation Nation member

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I signed up for the Seventh Generation newsletter

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I'm a feed subscriber.

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tina reynolds said...

I follow your blog and I would love to try the training pants and diapers thanks eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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i subscribe to your blog 1/2

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i subscribe to your blog 2/2

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I am a fan of Adam's Blankie on Facebook (mrstinareynolds)

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i signed up for the seventh generation newsletter

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I am a Seventh Generation Nation member thanks

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i am following on twitter and I tweeted
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