Saturday, October 13, 2012
Seventh Generation, Real Simple and the Clean House Challenge - Review and Giveaway
Here in the Broken Teepee household we try our best to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. It was a commitment we made when we moved onto our little farm and started looking for a house to build. We chose the yurt for it's design and made it as environmentally friendly as possible by choosing to install lots of windows for passive solar,bamboo flooring, low VOC paint, all wood cabinets, Marmoleum flooring and many other small choices that have left us with a house that doesn't off-gas nasty chemical smells and doesn't need a lot of energy to heat.
Some of the other personal choices we have made include using products that are friendly to the environment like those from Seventh Generation™. I had long been using their dish soap before I was contacted about their collaboration with Real Simple magazine for the Cleanhouse Challenge. What is that you ask? Well, I'm going to tell you!
The Cleanhouse Challenge is an interactive game where you go to the website and visit each room in the virtual house. By touring each room in the house you are rewarded with coupons for Seventh Generation™ products and Facebook badges to show your expertise in keeping a green home! If you complete the entire tour Seventh Generation™ will donate $10 (up to $15,000) to 350.org a group focused on solving the climate crisis. I'm going to head over to the Challenge as soon as I finish this post! How about you?
I was sent a box o'Seventh Generation™ to use. As I mentioned above, I was already using their dish soap. I was sent their new Hand Care Formula which has HerbaVera™ moisture in it. It was lovely to use to wash dished but I have to say that I really don't like the bottle it is in. This is also a new design and it is not convenient to use. It requires two hands or a very co-ordinated one hand and that just didn't work for me. I much prefer the standard design where you pick the bottle up and squeeze; with this design you had to lift the cap and then squeeze and if you didn't have the cap out of the way the soap got all over the cap and made a mess. As to the soap itself - it worked very well. Lots of nice bubbles and it did an excellent job of cleaning - even with my soap making. That requires serious grease cutting and this soap did a great job!
I was also sent the Natural Laundry Detergent Packs. Another new product from Seventh Generation™. I tried them with all of my different laundry needs; sheets and towels, nasty, dirty husband type laundry and my goat clothes. I was very pleased with how everything came out of the washer. All clothes were clean and left with a fresh smell. You just toss one pack in with your dirty clothes (two if they are especially dirty) and set your machine. They work in both HE and regular washing machines (I have a front loading HE.)
I have other products to tell you about but I don't want this to get too long so I will review them in a second post. Be sure to come back tomorrow to learn all about Seventh Generation's™ Wood Cleaner, Granite and Stone Cleaner and Stainless Steel Cleaner.
You can shop for Seventh Generation™
You can find Seventh Generation on Facebook
You can find Seventh Generation on Twitter
You can find Seventh Generation on YouTube
You can take the Cleanhouse Challenge
You can go to Real Simple magazine
One lucky US reader will win a prize pack from Seventh Generation™ with all of the products that I tried. It will include: Natural Dish Liquid with Hand Care Formula, Natural Laundry Detergent Packs, Wood Cleaner, Granite and Stone Cleaner and Stainless Steel Cleaner.
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Disclosure: I received a box o'Seventh Generation™ gratis. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free products. I received no monetary compensation for this post.