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Things I Love Thursday- Seventh Generation

TILT I have long documented our family’s move towards green-ness. I love finding products that help me in my endeavors, but aren’t hard to find and are affordable. Mostly I love finding companies that help me clean the way I like to clean, but to do so a little more earth friendly. Mainly I am talking about wipes.

I have a long love affair with disinfecting wipes. They make my life so very easy. But they make me feel so very guilty. The waste of the wipe, the chemicals in them, not to mention whatever is left behind on surfaces my kids are eating off of. But, darn it cleaning wipes, I just can’t quit you. So when I was sent some Seventh Generation wipes to use I did a little dance. Now I can wipe guilt free. Can I get a Hallelujah?!!

We have had an amazingly healthy stretch which I am attributing to the changes we have made in our eating and our general “greenesque” living. To call it completely green would be a stretch but we have made some really big changes. But now the kids are going back to school and I worry a bit about germs and the onset of the sickies. Seventh Generation is partnering with best-selling author and pediatrician, Dr. Alan Greene to help parents protect their child’s health during back-to-school season.

The science nerd in me found this video about germs fascinating:

Honestly, when I do reviews I try and never just cut and paste things from what the company sends me, but try and write things in my own words and my own language, but I thought these tips to keep your kids healthy as they go back to school were great.

  • Reap the benefits of probiotics like those found in yogurt. A recent study showed that children who received enough probiotics daily throughout the cold and flu season had a significant reduction in the number of illnesses they had and, when they did get sick, the symptoms were both milder and didn’t last as long.
  • Be sure your child is getting plenty of vitamin D from the sun, from food, or from a supplement.
  • Build a strong foundation. Good food, good sleep, and good physical activity all help the immune system to flourish.
  • Teach children the key times to clean their hands in the classroom. The most important times include after sneezing, coughing or using the restroom, upon leaving “high-risk” places (recess, naptime, play stations) and before meals or snacks.
  • Stress the importance of not touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Demonstrate to your children how to cover their mouth and nose for every cough and sneeze. This simple maneuver has spectacular results in decreasing the spread of viruses and bacteria floating about the room, waiting to be inhaled.

Awesome, easy reminders that will hopefully, combined with all the healthy food we are eating, keep our family healthy this year.

I was also excited to try out Seventh Generation’s paper towels and facial tissues made from recycled material. While I expected something that felt like scratchy cardboard, I was impressed that that was not the case at all. They also sent me some cleaner that I use on the occasion that I need a deeper cleaning than my beloved wipes.

Would you like to try out Seventh Generation products? I have a gift pack identical to the one I received up for grabs. Your “Back-to-School” kit would include a Seventh Generation backpack, two canisters of Seventh Generation disinfecting wipes, disinfecting multi-surface spray cleaner, facial tissue and paper towels. To win, simply leave a comment sharing your best tip for keeping your kids healthy and germ-free. This is mandatory for entry. For extra entries do any or all of the following and leave a SEPARATE comment letting me know you did so:

Winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday, August 25th. Good luck!

To facilitate my review, Seventh Generation provided you with the a gift pack and giveaway gift pack for my readers through MyBlogSpark. As usual all opinions stated are mine.

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Comments

  1. I love 7th Generation – mainly for why you said … reasonably priced and still good!! I think hand washing is the biggest thing for us. I don’t overly do highchair or grocery cart covers (I know that grosses some out!), but handwashing is a must! And often!
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  2. Girl you know I will try anything to be greener, provided it has the effects of bleach and is super convenient. Sign me up.
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  3. I just tweeted the contest here.

    http://twitter.com/BigBinderBlog/status/21544946235
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  4. I subscribe to your RSS feed too.
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  5. Yay…I love disinfectant wipes, but I also feel bad for using them. I’ve been trying to use microfiber cloths but sometimes I just have to use the wipes!

    I’d love to give them a try!
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  6. I already tweeted the contest!
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  7. I’m linked up to Things I Love Thursdays.
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  8. I hope it’s okay to keep entering recipes. I LOVE meatloaf, sounds crazy but true. I wouldn’t submit any recipes that I didn’t completely love!!

    I will come back tomorrow and see the video, it isn’t working but I think it’s just my computer!! Thanks!
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  9. I’m trying to quit wipes too — trying to move towards 7th Gen Disinfecting Cleaner plus washable microfiber cloth. But the wipes are SO convenient, and I need some motivation to clean the bathroom.

    I wash hands with my toddler singing the ABCs after church nursery, playing outside, etc.
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  10. I linked up to the carnival. Would love to win, BTW.
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  11. I subscribe with google reader. Congrats on your streak of health. WIsh I could say the same.
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  12. My kids get so sick of hearing me say “Go wash your hands!” Lol It’s a wonder we have any skin left on our fingers as much as we wash! :) I’m a huge believer in hand sanitizer, now that I don’t have babies to worry about (with the alcohol, etc.). But I am psyched to hear there is a “green” version of the cleaner wipes I also adore!!
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  13. My whole family washes their hands as soon as they come in the house. I also have the kids wipe doorknobs down as one of their Team Clean chores. So important all year, but especially during cold and flu season!

  14. I’d love a clean floor but I’m quite a bummer when it comes to mopping. :P

  15. Since my girl is under 2, the best thing I can do is keep her hands clean…by using wipes, soap, bathtime, whatever means necessary!
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  16. i keep those very same wipes in the bathroom while we’re potty training :) my favorite thing about them is that they don’t have a “scent” like some of the other brands. just clean…nothing extra.
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  17. I love Seventh Generation! My best tip, which of course isn’t feasible for school aged kids, is that we stay home if the sickie germs seem to be particularly rampant! Other than that, bathes every day if we are out and about during cold and flu season. Usually because of my daughter’s sensitive skin, she gets a bath as needed. But if we leave the house during cold and flu season, she gets a bath. And we wash hands lots! And lots of healthy foods, plenty of water, and plenty of rest.
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  18. I subscribe via google reader!
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  19. linking up for the first time today! my post actually fit in perfectly and I didn’t even know about your link up. saw it on twitter and decided to add my post. I grabbed your button too! :)

  20. nicolerenae says:

    I put little bottles of hand sanitizer in my kids’ lunch boxes!
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  21. nicolerenae says:

    I subscribe by email!
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  22. Thanks for hosting! I love these cheerful blog hops and can’t wait to see what wonderful blogs I find!

    Marianne @ Lucy’s Human
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  23. Theresa says:

    I agree with Kelly! My kids are home-schooled so we just stay home during cold and flu season. We also make sure that DH washes his hands as soon as he gets home. The kids wipe down the doorknobs. I do like to wash hands but not so often that we are losing skin. I also like the hand sanitizer, I just don’t like that it also kills the good germs.
    I would LOVE the seventh generation cleaners for their green-ness! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  24. Theresa says:

    I also follow your RSS feed!

  25. Sneeze/cough not into your hands but into your elbow :)

    Also, this is my frist TILT! Thanks for hosting!!!
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  26. I participated this week in TILT :)
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  27. I already follow Seventh Generation on Twitter. @lavonnelong is my username.
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  28. I already follow you on Twitter. Tweet: http://twitter.com/lavonnelong/statuses/21595487349
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  29. I do subscribe to the diaper diaries to my gmail address.
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  30. When school starts, so will my smoothies. This is where I pack some spinach leaves in the blender with a little juice, puree, add organic yogurt, and then whatever- pureed carrots, wheat germ, honey, and frozen fruit, of course. Hopefully, this little cocktail will counteract a day of germs or poor eating! Freeze leftovers in popsicle molds.

  31. I try to wipe down the kitchen counters after each meal to keep the kitchen clean and from becoming a breeding ground for germs.
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  32. Jeannette says:

    Primary way to avoid germs: cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, but they rarely get sick so it seems like it always a new lesson for them each illness.
    Also, I actually let them eat a fair amount of dirt- I think it helps build the immune system to fight the really nasty stuff. :)

  33. I try to use as many homemade and natural cleaners as possible to reduce my family’s exposure to unnecessary chemicals.

    I like that Seventh Generation has this same goal.
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  34. Stephanie says:

    We are always washing our hands (my 17 month old loves the water so this is an easy one!). We wipe down our toys, cups, etc and try to keep it simple and not too overwhelming! Would love to try these products in our house!

  35. I use a cart cover to keep the germies away. I tend not to be super careful about germs. I figure we all need to get sick from time to time to help our immune systems to work properly, but I don’t invite illnesses by putting my baby in a cart where he will surely chew on the handle!
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  36. I LOVE love love SG! I am totally following them on twitter now…
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  37. Also subscribe to ye olde blog.
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  38. Christie says:

    I have a Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer on this little rubber holder thing hooked onto my purse. It’s always handy, smells good, and my niece and nephew love to use it. Helps keep us healthy!

  39. Christie says:

    email subscriber

  40. For us it’s washing hands often. This boy gets into all kinds of things that only boys can so handwashing is a must.

  41. I use 7th Generation mainly for cleaning supplies and love them.

    I am following you on twitter.
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  42. It’s fair to say I’m a huge germaphobe. I have hand sanitizer in almost every room where hand washing isn’t possible, and I clean doorknobs, remote controls, etc on a regular basis.

  43. Shawn says:

    I try to make sure everyone gets enough sleep, eats right and lots of hand washing.

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  44. Kourtney says:

    I make sure my kids drink plenty of water, eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, with proper sleep. They all help clean the house weekly too lol…

  45. Charice Adams says:

    I try to make sure my kids are always washing their hands and using their antibacterial wipes after touching things, sneezing, going potty, and so on. I also give them vitamins and make sure they are eating plenty of healthy foods!

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  46. Tracy says:

    I keep my daughter healthy by using Purell hand sanitizer every time we get in the car after being out and about.

  47. Tracy says:

    I just subscribed to The Diaper Diaries via email.

  48. Stefanie says:

    I love Seventh Generation wipes which I keep with me to keep my whole household germ free.
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  49. lesanne keeler says:

    I make sure my kids wash their hands before and after everything. We also use hand sanitizer, and of course they are to cough & sneeze in their arm

  50. I love to wash my hands and just doing it rubs off on the little one . . . he loves to imitate :-)

  51. Heather says:

    My biggest tip for keeping the germies away is NOT using hand sanitizer! Aside from the fact that my son and I have really dry skin and hand sanitizer leads to cracked hands… which of course gives germs a place to party, I also feel like one of those crazy conspiracy theory moms and think it undermines your bodies ability to fight off germs for itself!

  52. LOVE 7th Generation products! We use them regularly.

    In our house, washing hands is our first line of defense. –And often. I also wipe down counters, tabletops and door knobs frequently.

  53. Lisa L says:

    To keep my son healthy, I give him multi-vitamins every day, wash his hand frequently and avoid large crowds.

  54. Lisa L says:

    Following Seventh Generation on Twitter (HY2024)

  55. Lisa L says:

    I’m an email subscriber

  56. trixx says:

    I make sure my daughter is constantly washing her hands & uses hand sanitizer when we’re outside

  57. trixx says:

    I subscribe via email.