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.