Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Seventh Generation - Review & Giveaway



Years ago I was anal about keeping my house clean. Even though I've loosened up on making sure everything is perfect and spotless, I still want my home to look nice. Having six kids and a husband ensures that I'll always have a home to clean! I want products that work effectively and quickly without causing harmful side effects. Seventh Generation is committed to becoming the world's most trusted brand of authentic, safe, and environmentally-responsible products for a healthy home. By using their laundry and household products, I am keeping toxic chemicals out of the environment and saving natural resources.



Seventh Generation was kind enough to send me their Free & Clear Starter Kit to review. Wow, there were enough products to keep every inch of my home clean! With each product received I'm going to detail what I did and/or did not like about them, as well as their benefits.

Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner- This disinfects while you clean and effectively controls odors. I've used this on my countertops and like how it effectively cleans them. The spray comes out of the bottle easily and my countertops are shinier.

Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner - My bathtub has to be cleaned almost daily. My husband works as an auto mechanic and is covered in dust and grime when he gets in the shower. Of course it gets all over the tub when he showers. With the Bathroom Cleaner, I'm able to spray the area after he gets out and wipe it down a few minutes later. It helps on keeping the mess controlled. It also disinfects while you clean.

Disinfecting Wipes - These wipes kill over 99.99% of household germs and are my favorite because no extra rag or cloth is needed. They're also great because the kids can just grab one out of the container and wipe away. It doesn't take extra supervision to make sure they're not using too much. I like how the wipes are thick and soapy because they cleans well. However, because they are so soapy, I sometimes have to use a paper towel to dab on the cleaned areas to wipe off the extra soap.

Laundry Detergent - It is hypoallergenic and free of phosphates and optical brighteners. The main thing I look for in laundry detergents is that they do not leave spots on my clothes after washing them. If the detergent does that, then I'm done with that brand. Thankfully I've not had that problem with the Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent I've used. Another plus is that it takes only a small amount to clean my clothes, maximizing the number of loads I'm able to do per bottle.


Liquid Fabric Softener - This softener is also hypoallergenic and free of toxins. I usually use dryer sheets when doing laundry simply because I'm not the best at remembering to add liquid softener to my final rinse cycle in the wash. I made it a point to keep this on the dryer to remind me it needed to be added. I like how my clothes come out feeling very soft and static-free.

Natural Dish Liquid - This liquid is free of phosphates and is safe for septic systems. I've been using it when washing dishes. Just a little dab in the water is needed to get the right amount of suds. Food came off and my dishes became clean with ease.

Natural All Purpose Cleaner - This cleaner does not create harsh fumes and it is hypoallergenic. I keep it up at camp to clean the golf cart and inside the camper. By spraying and letting it sit for a few minutes, I am able to come back and wipe off the areas with no problem. This has also been used inside my kitchen fridge. When throwing food away one day I noticed that there was a sticky substance on the bottom shelf. I had to spray the cleaner a few times due to the stickiness, but it came clean.

Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Pacs- These are safe for septic systems and biodegradable. This is the only product I have not personally used because I do not have a dishwasher.

Natural Glass & Surface Cleaner - This cleaner is non-toxic and hypoallergenic. My kitchen table has a glass top and has to be cleaned daily due to the liquids and foods that get on it. I use this cleaner almost everyday on my kitchen table and feel good knowing that toxics will not harm us when we sit down to eat at the table. Streaks are very minimal when cleaning with it.

Natural Paper Towels - They are unscented and have no added dyes or fragrances. I'm not real fond of the brown color, but they are thick and have been used to clean and eat with.

Seventh Generation Recycled Bag - This is a roomy brown bag with the Seventh Generation logo. It is large enough to take grocery shopping or to pack a few clothes in. I've been using it to put dirty towels and washcloths in when we are done using them at the camp.



Seventh Generation doesn't hide what is used in their products. All ingredients are disclosed. Not only are they helping the environment, they are also helping to ensure that consumers can safely use their products.

Win It!
One person will win a Seventh Generation Free & Clear Starter Kit (includes all of the products listed above).

Mandatory Entry:
Leave a comment with which Seventh Generation product you'd most like to try.

Extra Entries:
Leave a comment with something you learned in the Seventh Generation FAQ's.
"Like" Seventh Generation on Facebook.
Follow Seventh Generation on Twitter, SeventhGen.
Follow me on Twitter, partymix25.
Tweet about this giveaway, leave a link to the tweet (can be done once daily).
Follow my blog.
Subscribe to my blog by email.
Have my button on your blog.
Have the "Outdoor Adventures" button on your blog.
Blog about this giveaway, leave a link to the post (+3 entries).

Leave a separate comment for each entry and include your email address in the comments. Giveaway is open to residents of the USA. Giveaway ends 6/7/10 at 8 pm CST. Winner will be randomly drawn and will have 48 hrs. to respond to email notification or a new winner will be drawn.

I received products for review from Seventh Generation. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products. Your opinions and results may differ.

187 comments:

I♥thesecrazykids said...

I would most like to try the laundry detergent
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I "like" Seventh Generation on fb
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I follow your blog
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I♥thesecrazykids said...

I have the "outdoor Adventures: button on my blog
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I♥thesecrazykids said...

I subscribe to your blog by email
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I♥thesecrazykids said...

following you on twitter
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lisa said...

Anxious to try the liquid laundry detergent. msmith572@yahoo.com

lisa said...

I "Like" Seventh Generation on Facebook.(lisa smith). msmith572@yahoo.com

lisa said...

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lisa said...

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lisa said...

Blogged: http://stephie-stephsblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/seventh-generation-cleaning-kit_25.html

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lisa said...

Blogged: http://stephie-stephsblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/seventh-generation-cleaning-kit_25.html

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lisa said...

Blogged: http://stephie-stephsblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/seventh-generation-cleaning-kit_25.html

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lisa said...

Email subscriber, msmith572@yahoo.com

lisa said...

I learned that Heat from the washer could be causing evaporation of water/solvent to yield a thicker product. msmith572@yahoo.com

Busy Working Mama said...

I'd love to try their laundry detergent.

Busy Working Mama said...

@busyworkingmama follows 7th on twitter

Busy Working Mama said...

email subscriber
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GFC follower

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@busyworkingmama follows you on twitter

ColleenMarie82 said...

I really like their carpet cleaner

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ColleenMarie82 said...

I learned that sometimes the diaper can leave a gel on babies skin but this is notharmful

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ColleenMarie82 said...

I LIKE Seventh generation on facebook

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ColleenMarie82 said...

following seventh generation on twitter as Halleelujahmom

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ColleenMarie82 said...

following you on twitter as Halleelujahmom

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ColleenMarie82 said...

I follow

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I subscribe

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ColleenMarie82 said...

tweet

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Confessions From A Working Mom said...

I would like to try the disinfecting wipes!

~Elizabeth

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

I learned all about "SAP"-- Sodium Polyacrylate-- and why it's safe to use in diapers for kids!

~Elizabeth

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

I "like" Seventh Generation on FB (I used my real name-- which I'd rather not post on blogger!)!

~Elizabeth

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

I'm also following Seventh Generation on twitter (@Iamconfessing)

~Elizabeth

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

Following YOU on twitter (@Iamconfessing)

~Elizabeth

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

Here's today's tweet:

http://twitter.com/IAmConfessing/status/14710897287

~Elizabeth

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

I subscribe to your blog through GFC!

~Elizabeth

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

I have your regular blog button on my page (http://confessionsfromaworkingmom.com)

~Elizabeth

debbie said...

I would like to try their ultra thin maxi pads with wings because they are chlorine free.
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debbie said...

I am a email subscriber.
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debbie said...

I am a gfc follower.
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sturberry said...

I would like to try the Automatic Dishwasher Gel

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sturberry said...

Following SeventhGen on twitter
puredove

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sturberry said...

Already following you on twitter
puredove

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sturberry said...

Already a follower of your blog as well

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Nebraska Fillemans said...

I love the antibacterial things...and the diapers would be great too!!

Nebraska Fillemans said...

I am a follower!

Nebraska Fillemans said...

I am a subscriber!

Nebraska Fillemans said...

I have your button!

Donna said...

I would like to try the Chlorine Free Baby Wipes

Donna
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Donna said...

I follow your blog

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Donna said...

I subscribe through e-mail.

Donna
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Donna said...

I "like" Seventh Generation on facebook

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Donna said...

Did you know? Thanks to you, the consumer, we have been integrating more and more of our products into more Target stores...that's cool, I live five minutes from Target.

Donna
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katidyd said...

Since I like easy, I'd like to try the wipes.
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katidyd said...

google follower
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email subscriber
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Melissa said...

I'd love to try the Natural Fabric Softener. omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

Melissa said...

Following you on twitter @omydarlingblog

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Follow your blog, too! omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

crystal said...

i would liek to try the laudry detergent

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crystal said...

i like seventh gen on facebook
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follow seventh gen on twitter @lovemy21b

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lisa said...

Daily tweet: http://twitter.com/samasam/status/14759297850

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ColleenMarie82 said...

daily tweet

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Susie B. Homemaker said...

I'd most like to try the Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Pacs.

Susie B. Homemaker said...

Follow your blog.

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Have your button.

lisa said...

Daily tweet: http://twitter.com/samasam/status/14830190770

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ColleenMarie82 said...

daily tweet

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Confessions From A Working Mom said...

Another day, another tweet!

http://twitter.com/IAmConfessing/status/14855738568

~Elizabeth

Amy O'Connor said...

i would love to try the laundry detergent. I would hope it works for cloth diapers!

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Amy O'Connor said...

I already "like" Seventh Generation on FB

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Amy O'Connor said...

I follow Seventh Generation on Twitter.

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Amy O'Connor said...

following you on Twitter

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Amy O'Connor said...

it is tweeted:

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Amy O'Connor said...

I follow you

Tamara B. said...

I would love to try their NEW Botanical Disinfectant wipes.
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Tamara B. said...

I learned that Do the Seventh Generation diapers compost or are they biodegradable?
Answer
Just like most disposable diaper designs in the marketplace, Seventh Generation diapers are not biodegradable, nor can they be composted. Many of the materials used are synthetic, and do not biodegrade.

Most diapers end up in a landfill where they will not biodegrade, even if they were designed to do so

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Tamara B. said...

I "Like" Seventh Generation on Facebook.
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Tamara B. said...

I am a follower.
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Tamara B. said...

I am a subscriber.
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crystal said...

Tweet
http://twitter.com/lovemy21B/status/14894080896

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lisa said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/samasam/status/14906125677

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Amy O'Connor said...

daily tweet

http://twitter.com/mommaoconnor/statuses/14925209265

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Amy O'Connor said...

I learned that Seventh Generation liquid laundry detergent is safe for use on diaper covers. (forgot to answer this one yesterday!)

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ohhhfire said...

i would be interested in trying out their diapers
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ohhhfire said...

i am a facebook fan of seventh generation
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ohhhfire said...

i am a twitter follower of seventh generation
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ohhhfire said...

i learned in their faq that seventh generation has a list of products that they will not use, why they wont use them, and what they use in their place. this is so informative!

one thing they will not use are petroleum surfacants

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ohhhfire said...

i am a twitter follower of yours
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ohhhfire said...

i am a google friend connect follower
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ohhhfire said...

i am an email subscriber
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Alexis AKA MOM said...

Love their products! Since I'm still using them. Would love Chlorine Free Baby Diapers :)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

FAQ: Our diapers are not meant to leak gel; however, due to the small size of the sodium acrylate polymer (gel) it can leak through the fibers of the diaper. We believe that the gel is not harmful to your baby's skin, as we use a food grade polymer.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Follow them on twitter :)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Follow you on twitter :)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Follow this blog :)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

I subscribe :)

crystal said...

tweet

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lisa said...

Daily tweet: http://twitter.com/samasam/status/14972534969

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crystal said...

tweet

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lisa said...

Daily tweet: http://twitter.com/samasam/status/15038211212

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Shaiha said...

I would really like to try their natural dishwashing liquid.

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Shaiha said...

I appreciated discovering that I could d/l 'The Seventh Generation Guide to a Toxin-Free Home' off of their website.

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Shaiha said...

Just liked Seventh Generation on FB

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Shaiha said...

I follow you on twitter under Shaiha_

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Shaiha said...

I follow your blog with google reader

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Shaiha said...

I blogged about this giveaway 1x

http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/2010/05/giveaway-seventh-generation.html

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Shaiha said...

I blogged about this giveaway 3x

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Shaiha said...

I blogged about this giveaway 2x

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crystal said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/lovemy21B/status/15093576378

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lisa said...

Daily tweet: http://twitter.com/samasam/status/15104207683

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Judy said...

I'd most like to try the natural dish washing liquid.

Judy said...

I am a GFC follower. (Traci66 sent me)

lisa said...

Daily tweet: http://twitter.com/samasam/status/15185723586

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ColleenMarie82 said...

daily tweet

http://twitter.com/HalleelujahMom/status/15200691669

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~dab said...

I'd most like to try the Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Pacs.

jewelknits said...

I'd like to try the new disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner!

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jewelknits said...

I blogged about this giveaway here:

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jewelknits said...

I blogged about this giveaway here:

http://jewelknits.blogspot.com/2010/05/monday-giveaway-roundup-may-31-2010.html

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jewelknits said...

I blogged about this giveaway here:

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#3

Jennifer T. said...

I'd love to try the Chlorine Free Baby Wipes.
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Jennifer T. said...

I'm a facebook fan of Seventh Generation under username Jennie Tilson.
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Jennifer T. said...

I learned that, in addition to brick & mortar stores, Seventh Generation's products are also available via Gaiam's catalogs and through online retailers.
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Jennifer T. said...

I'm an e-mail subscriber.
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Jennifer T. said...

I follow via Google Friend Connect.
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~dab said...

6/1 tweet http://twitter.com/simplydab/status/15224365463

crystal said...

Tweet

http://twitter.com/lovemy21B/status/15238186367

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lisa said...

Daily tweet: http://twitter.com/samasam/status/15244078230

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Steve Capell said...

I'd love to try their laundry detergent.

Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.

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ColleenMarie82 said...

daily tweet

http://twitter.com/HalleelujahMom/status/15266309045

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~dab said...

6/2 tweet http://twitter.com/simplydab/status/15291195982

crystal said...

Tweet http://twitter.com/lovemy21B/status/15310546740

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lisa said...

Daily tweet: http://twitter.com/samasam/status/15323901422

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Halleelujahmommy said...

daily tweet

http://twitter.com/HalleelujahMom/status/15345727344

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Previously ColleenMarie82

~dab said...

6/3 tweet http://twitter.com/simplydab/status/15379614694

Ladytink_534 said...

My favorite item is the Recycled Trash Bags
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Ladytink_534 said...

I learned that The Seventh Generation Chlorine-free Bleach has not be approved by the EPA for making germ killing claims

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Ladytink_534 said...

I'm a seventh generation FB fan~ Jennifer L.
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Ladytink_534 said...

I'm a follower (Google Friend)
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lisa said...

Daily tweet: http://twitter.com/samasam/status/15428764049

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polly said...

i'd like to try the automatic dishwasher gel.
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polly said...

email subscriber
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polly said...

publicly follow gfc
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polly said...

they will mail coupons to you if you don't have a printer to print them.
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~dab said...

6/4 tweet http://twitter.com/simplydab/status/15451311866

amanda said...

i'd like to try the dish detergent
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amanda said...

7th generation twitter follower @yourstowin
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amanda said...

i follow you on twitter @yourstowin
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amanda said...

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amanda said...

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crystal said...

Tweet http://twitter.com/lovemy21B/status/15473042994

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lisa said...

Daily tweet: http://twitter.com/samasam/status/15478057909

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lisa said...

I follow you on Twitter(samasam). msmith572@yahoo.com

lisa said...

I follow you on Google Friend. msmith572@yahoo.com

~dab said...

I learned the following:

What causes clogging in the dispenser of my HE washer?


Answer
The four possible causes are:

1. Heat from the washer could be causing evaporation of water/solvent to yield a thicker product.
2. Fabric Softener and Laundry Detergent may be mixing at some point to cause gelling.
3. Build-up in the dispenser is occurring which will cause clogging over time.
4. Not using a formulation specifically made for HE machines.
***We recommend that you use products that specifically state that they are made or safe for HE machines.

The third scenario is pretty common and can be alleviated by flushing the dispenser with a non-chlorine bleach/water mixture. Another possibility is that it is the fabric softener formulation itself has too many solids.

Since I just bought an HE washer, this is important info for me to know to keep it operating correctly.

~dab said...

I like Seventh Generation on Facebook.

~dab said...

I follow SeventhGen on twitter

~dab said...

I follow you on twitter

~dab said...

I follow (GFC)

~dab said...

I subscribed via email

~dab said...

I have your button

~dab said...

I blogged. http://simplydab.blogspot.com/2010/06/seventh-generation-review-giveaway.html

~dab said...

I blogged. http://simplydab.blogspot.com/2010/06/seventh-generation-review-giveaway.html

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~dab said...

I blogged. http://simplydab.blogspot.com/2010/06/seventh-generation-review-giveaway.html

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~dab said...

6.5 tweet http://twitter.com/simplydab/status/15519370253

lisa said...

Daily tweet: http://twitter.com/samasam/status/15571476077

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~dab said...

6-6 tweet http://twitter.com/simplydab/status/15577606263

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last tweet - no whammies! :) http://twitter.com/simplydab/status/15621606662

ReggieMann said...

I would like to try the Free & Clear Natural All Purpose Cleaner

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ReggieMann said...

I follow your blog publicly with Google Friend Connect

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Tylerpants said...

I'd love to check out the Free & Clear Natural Dish Liquid. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

Tylerpants said...

I learned Seventh Generation does not test on animals for any of their products. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

Tylerpants said...

I'm a subscriber. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

Tylerpants said...

I'm a follower. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

trixx said...

I would like to try the Delicate Care Laundry Detergent! peanut[at]nyc.rr.com

trixx said...

One thing learned is that Seventh Generation uses SLS in their hand dish liquid, their disinfectants and their laundry liquids. peanut[at]nyc.rr.com

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