Since having children I made the decision to try and use more natural and eco-friendly products around them. I knew they'd be putting everything in their mouth and licking the floors so why not make it as safe as possible. I already use water and vinegar for my floors and I even went as far as buying cloth diapers and making my own laundry and dish washing detergent. I also have cloth wipes and wipe solution that I made! This all happened after number two came and I wanted to put forth the effort. Well reality set in and I discovered that the cloth diapers and still too big for my daughter and her newborn "blow outs", the laundry detergent does NOT get the stains out of her clothes and the dish washing detergent I made leaves a residue and doesn't do a great job. I haven't even tried the cloth wipes as I had a stash of disposables. What's a mother to do??
This is where products like Seventh Generation fit in. They're safe around my children and pets, are eco-friendly and actually do the job they're supposed to do. The containers the products come in are made from recycled plastics. I got to try out the baby wipes, the dish soap, the all purpose cleaner and the laundry detergent.
The baby wipes are soft and cloth like. They're free of chlorine processing, fragrances, latex and petroleum-based lotions. I felt good using these on my ten week old girl's sensitive baby skin!
The laundry detergent is made from plant derived cleaning agents and enzymes to remove tough stains. With two kids I do a lot of laundry and this detergent was effective at removing the day to day messes on our clothes. I like that it's gentle enough to use on everybody's laundry including the baby's.
I do a lot of dishes on a daily basis especially since the baby is bottle fed I'm constantly washing bottles. I chose the free and clear dish liquid which is free of fragrances and dyes. It's also made from plant derived cleaning agents and was effective at cleaning all my dishes including greasy pans. I also found it to be gentle on my skin and felt great using it to clean the bottles.
Two kids, a cat and a husband means the house gets dirty. The all purpose cleaner, again made from plant derived cleaning agents, was effective in cleaning up these messes. The cleaner doesn't have strong fumes as some cleaners do and is non-toxic. I loved that I could just spray a surface and wipe with a cloth and no soapy residue is left behind. It left my kitchen counters clean and shiny! My son eats his snacks off of the coffee table so I felt good giving the table a good wipe with this cleaner.
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