One of the things that comes with any form of holiday for the kids is MESS and constant cleaning. I mean, we’re talking the playroom looking like someone have let a tornado loose in their, the washing piling up to such epic levels whereby the kids can pretend to be mountaineers… and don’t even get me started on the dishes. Have you ever heard of reusing a beaker for your water guys?
A couple of weeks ago Seventh Generation approached me and asked me to work with them, try out a few of their products and see how I got on. If you aren’t aware, Seventh Generation is an American brand of plant based cleaning products – all natural, all safe for the kids and the animals (something that made me grumble as I only realised this AFTER I bought a tonne of over priced guinea pig pen cleaning solution from Pets at Home. How to make cleaning solution £2 more expensive than it would otherwise be? Bang it in a pet store and put a hamster face on it…) Anyway, I’m digressing.
Seventh Generation sent me a huge hamper – which you can win too, but I’ll come back to that in a minute.
The first thing on my never ending to do list was to tackle the laundry pile. I work on a “if the laundry is in, I can get on with other tasks whilst it does it’s thing’ principal. Do you do that – have a routine? So, laundry. One of the things I really like about the natural free and clear laundry wash is that it can be used for the whole family, and because it doesn’t have a scent itself, I can really smell whatever fancy pants fabric softener I’ve bought when the clothes come out of the wash. The liquid itself has really worked – something I’ll admit I was skeptical about, I mean, it’s natural and made for sensitive skin, how much punch can this baby pack? Yet it did. And everything from the squirt of cherry juice across my new maxi dress to the dirt and grass stains on Reuben’s new shorts were lifted – though I did apply some neat to those before I put them in the normal wash.
Next, on to the spills. Spills, spills everywhere. From Edith’s sudden decision to become a nudist and piddle on the floor 4.2 more times that she will piddle on the potty (the .2 is for the many times she’s tried to go on the potty but been too busy investigating what she’s doing and missed it) to Reuben’s clumsy spills and Toby’s even clumsier spills – of everything! Ive been testing out Seventh Generation all purpose cleaner for those, and it has to be the first product I’ve used that doesn’t leave a funny smell when cleaning up Edith’s accidents – it leaves no real smell at all. One of the things I’ve always hated about potty training is the vague scent of urine in the air (and on me) everywhere. Followed by that overpowering smell of anti-bacterial wash, something that is a bit of a no if you own cats (which we do) as ammonia based products cause them to pee everywhere.
Finally, bringing up the cleaning rear, it was the dishes. I honestly do not understand how they manage to create so many dishes. Just use the same cup? And you only had a sausage roll, you can cope without the new plate. Yet, here we are with the leaning tower of dishes.
I’ve been trying out the natural scent based dish wash and I loved the way it bubbled up, just like any chemical based brand, but without any nasties. My only complaint was that I preferred the scented (lavender and mint) for the dishes as I DO like scented dish wash to make my hands smell nice… I know, my life choices are showing when dish wash is how I scent myself.
Want to win some to try out yourself and become an all natural convert too? You can enter my competition to win a hamper below! If you just can’t wait to try it out, then you can visit Tesco here and use the discount code GRXNZY to get £3 off your order!
Tell me what chore you find the most frustrating/annoying in the comments below.