Product Review: Seventh Generation Multi Purpose Cleaner vs Vinegar

I wanted to start “going green” around the house a while back and I had read a long time ago about the use of distilled white vinegar.

So I read articles and heard on how it is a natural disinfectant. I even read somewhere that to help eliminate E-coli on veg and fruit you should use a vinegar wash they used a 3part water to 1 part vinegar. Plus that would leave a more pleasant residue than any soap based veg wash cause especially with salad greens it is hard to rinse the soapy veg cleaners off.

We had tried to find a natural pet smell eliminator (Dog smell- Yuck) when we were selling our home and read somewhere how vinegar and water solution in a spray bottle will take away doggie smells. Tried it and it totally works.

I personally keep a bottle and spray down my dogs coat all the time. I use it on their bedding and also it is great on any piddle accidents.

I made a bottle for the kitchen using 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water and about a scant teaspoon of dish soap. ( Have read people will use just vinegar and water- will try that next time in kitchen) It totally cuts the grease in the kitchen and does not leave any water marks on the appliances! In the bathroom it does wonders on soap scum on glass shower doors. On mirrors it is streak free. You would think the smell would be off putting, but it dissipates quickly and I love that when I spray down the whole bathroom before I wipe it, the smell is not so strong that I cannot breath as with regular chemical cleaners.

One web site I found that has alot of good tips is

So with this knowledge in hand I wanted to test it up against a new product that I saw in the store that is “green” by Seventh Generation is there multi-purpose cleaner (green bottle).  The following is from their web site :
•Kills 99.99% of household germs botanically
•Effective against Influenza A virus including H1N1
•Streak-free spray for easy cleaning
•Deodorizes and effectively controls odors
•EPA registered
•No rinsing or wiping is required, even on food contact surfaces
•Powered By CleanWell™

 I used it in the kitchen and I will say it works at cutting the grease just fine. But,  I immediately got a wiff of the smell. I cant place it but whatever it is, IT STINKS! It is a definite “chemical fumy smell”.
I know they do not have any chemicals that are not safe and the cleaners ingredients are  said to be derived from Thymol (component of thyme oil) I much prefer the smell of vinegar if you can believe that!

I sprayed the inside of the shower walls and the doors of which I let the soap build up on and standing inside with the doors closed spraying I was coughing and gaging! The fumesis hard to handle and breath if you have to stand inside shower to spray and clean. I had to put the vent on and leave. I let it soak on the doors and it did a decent job but I definatly had to go over it again. Plus it left some streaks of water marks on the doors. The streaks were not terrible but they were there.

My little one has asthma and I cannot imagine having such a strong “fumy” cleaner that takes my breath away around her. Granted she wont be there when I am cleaning. But, she does like to help out at times. I can give her the Vinegar solution and a towel and tell her to clean the mirrors on her closet, with Seventh Generation multi purpose cleaner product there is no way, I do not want her to breath that!

End result I find that  Seventh Generation multi purpose cleaner does clean well I would give it 4 out of 5 but for the odor I give the overall a low score of 1 cause I will not buy it again. I will keep the vinegar it is way more cost effective at pennies per sprayer vs Seventh Generation’s cost roughly $5 a bottle!

I will try their other products in the future, I am always interested in a better detergent for my clothes that I can “go Green” with. I think we all want to do our part. Even in the smallest of ways.  So this will be my ongoing experiment.

Momma Says: Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All things connect.  ~Chief Seattle, 1855

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