Sunday, September 26, 2010

Review: Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes

With Cold and Flu Season fast approaching, you may find yourself looking for something that kills viruses. If you're trying to avoid killing yourself along with the germs, then Clorox, Lysol, and other harmful chlorine bleach-based disinfectants are out of the picture. What botanical alternatives exists?

Seventh Generation has partnered with CleanWell to develop a somewhat new line of disinfecting products. The active ingredient in these wipes is Thymol, which is a traditional antimicrobial found in the essential oil of thyme. According to their research, it kills 99.99% of germs, like the Influenza A Virus (inc. H1N1), Salmonella enterica, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Because my boyfriend loves to clean with wipes, I picked up a package of the Disinfecting Wipes. I don't have any lab equipment so I have to take Seventh Generation's word that it kills viruses. The cleaning was indeed quick and easy and the lemongrass and thyme scent was fantastic too. Still, I felt like using a cloth once before tossing it out is living a little too high on the hog for me. The guilt factor was worsened when I read the cloth is made of cotton and rayon, so I can't flush it or expect it to bio-degrade either. Well, that was true until I got to the toilet and realized I wouldn't have to think about cleaning a sponge well enough to use again. I do wish the wipe were a bit bigger. It felt small in my hand and measly against the toilet. It took three wipes to clean the whole thing.

Having said all that, I am looking forward to having my boyfriend use this easy and effective cleaning tool, so I will make sure we always have a bottle in the house. I might also pick up the Bathroom or Multi-Surface Cleaner so I can just apply directly to a big ol' re-useable cleaning rag. That or maybe I'll try to find out more about this thyme oil on my own. Hmmm....

Olivia Lane is a Blogger, Green Living Educator, and Health Coach trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She's also author of Baking Soda & Bliss: The Healthy & Happy Guide to Green Cleaning 
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