Disinfect Naturally: Seventh Generation's Surface Cleaner

Disinfect Naturally: Seventh Generation's Surface Cleaner

Emily Han
Jan 21, 2010

When it comes to cleaning products, we usually stick to simple, non-toxic solutions like baking soda and vinegar and avoid harsh chemicals and synthetics.

However, we do admit to wanting a little extra protection during cold and flu season. So we were interested to discover Seventh Generation's Multi-Surface Cleaner, the first natural disinfectant approved by the EPA.

According to Seventh Generation, their Multi-Surface Cleaner kills over 99.99% of household germs on hard, non-porous surfaces, specifically Influenza A, H1N1, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli. Thymol, a component of thyme oil, tops the fairly simple list of ingredients, which have been approved as "food grade" by the EPA.

We like the natural lemongrass and thyme fragrance, and though we can't speak to its effectiveness from a chemistry standpoint, the cleaner does at least satisfy our psychological desire for something a little stronger.

Have you used Seventh Generation's Multi-Surface Cleaner? What do you think?

• For more information, visit Seventh Generation

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