Seventh Generation Searches for Mother Nature with $5000 Green Home Makeover Contest
Seventh Generation, the nation's leading brand of environmentally responsible household solutions, is looking for real life “Mother Nature” inspirations. Celebrate some you know who’s an inspiration when it comes to caring for our families and the natural world we all depend on by entering the Search for Mother Nature contest on www.seventhgeneration.com/mothernature.
The contest, which runs from now until May 31, includes a grand prize of a $5000 green home makeover. Both the nominated Mother Nature and the winner will also receive a year’s supply of Seventh Generation products and $2,500 donation in our Mother Nature’s name to an organization working to make the world a safer place. Six finalists will also receive a year’s worth of Seventh Generation products to help them protect planet home.
To enter the contest, visit www.seventhgeneration.com/mothernature and tell us in 1000 characters or less about the person who’s inspired you to protect your own Planet Home. Share their story and tell us how they’ve led by example and shown you the way to a safer family and healthier planet. Seventh Generation’s own Mother Nature inspiration, Ivette Melendez of Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES), will be a judge of the contest. WAGES helps low income women in the San Francisco region establish cleaning service cooperatives whose environmentally-friendly methods protect the health of both co-op members and their clients.
“Little things can make a big difference when it comes to protecting the planet,” said Melendez. “We work with non-toxic cleaning products every day, which protects our own health and also ensures that the homes we clean are safe for the families living there and safe for the environment.”
To learn more about Ivette’s tips for protecting your own Planet Home, Seventh Generation has compiled videos showcasing her green cleaning methods for hot spots in your home. The videos detail how to clean your oven, microwave, stainless steel and other household areas with non-toxic products and can be seen at www.seventhgeneration.com/mothernature.
In celebration of Mother Nature, Seventh Generation sent me their newest products. The one that really made me happy was the disinfecting wipes! Before I was a greenie, I used Clorox wipes and I loved them. How easy and convenient is it to just have a canister of wipes on your countertop for your disposal? Well, Seventh Generation has done it. These wipes have the perfect amount of wetness to get the job done. They also smell like thyme which I am not such a huge fan of but it is all natural which is truly the most important factor. I also appreciate their recycled paper towel. It isn't very soft but it gets the job done all while maintaining Earth's precious resources.
Here are some cleaning tips to leave you with/Three of Ivette’s favorite tools:
1) Let vinegar become your elixir of happiness. Mix 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water.
a. Shine a hardwood floor. For large areas, dip your mop. For smaller surfaces, apply from a spray bottle.
b. Bring shine to wood furniture. Spray a cotton or microfiber cloth and rub along the grain. For occasional conditioning try a mineral or olive oil rub.
c. Remove smudges from glass. Spray the mixture onto a cloth. Wipe in just one direction. Cloth-dry for extra shine.
2) Get a grip on your flathead screwdriver.
a. Get into appliance crevices. Cover the tip with a cloth. Slide in one direction.
b. Reach nooks and crannies of shower frames or fridge seals. Cover the tip with a cloth. Inch the cloth to a clean spot after each wipe.
c. Remove faucets and light switch panels. For a deep cleaning, use the screwdriver to remove small fixtures. Always keep the screwdriver dry.
d. Lift gum or stickers. Wet what’s stuck. With even strokes, carefully scrape one direction using a spatula or screwdriver. Uneven pressure may result in scratches.
3) Let your baking soda do the talking.
a. Maintain troublesome drains weekly. Remove hair or blockages. Pour in 1 cup baking soda. Add 1 cup vinegar. Watch for happy bubbles. Rinse with hot water. Repeat if necessary.
b. Clean the oven. Wipe out loose detritus. Lightly dampen the entire area with a soapy water spray (if it’s too wet, it won’t work). Lightly sprinkle the entire surface with baking soda. Leave for 7 minutes. Scrape with a metal spatula from side to side. Then scrub soap and water using a plastic scouring pad or brush. For a clean smell and a nice shine, wipe the oven with the 1:3 vinegar solution.
c. Rub out rust. Make a paste of soda with a few drops of soap and leave for a few minutes. Apply it to a dry rusty spot. Rub in small circles with a wet pumice stone. Repeat if necessary
One Winner will receive:
-Three tools to help you clean more efficiently
-Seventh Generation disinfecting wipes
-Seventh Generation Natural all-purpose spray
-Seventh Generation Natural dish liquid
-Seventh Generation Recycled paper towels
Please tell me how you like to be green! It could be the littlest of ways or the grandest of ideas! I want to know. Also, tell me how important smell is to you when cleaning.
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This contest will end on June 21st at NOON EST. Good Luck! It is open to US entrants!
***I was sent these items for review purposes. I did not receive any other compensation. The opinions expressed within this post are truthful and I was under no obligation to write a positive review***