Showing posts with label cleaning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cleaning. Show all posts

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Cleaning the House with Seventh Generation

We have recently moved to a bigger house which has many perks but one huge downside too.  More space to play means more space to clean too.  Keeping the house clean has been even more challenging whilst we have been surrounded by boxes (and we still are in some rooms).  When we moved we cleared out the old cleaning cupboard, discarding products we never really used, no longer have a need for and the bottles that have probably been sat there since we moved in.  Seventh Generation sent us a hamper with some of their cleaning range to try out and I have been using them around the house since we moved in.

We had already switched to the Seventh Generation washing liquid which comes in completely recyclable cardboard packaging.  The bottle has 66 doses in and has no fragrances, dyes or optical brighteners.  It tackles the everyday mess that the children completely cover their clothes in and is hypoallergenic and not irritating to our skin.  Full of plant based power, we love the fact that this has a much smaller environmental impact that the washing liquid we were using and we are pretty converted.

I have been trying a few of the other products thanks to the hamper and I am really impressed with the streak free window cleaner.  We have big glass doors at the back of the new house which are a magnet for small sticky fingers it seems so this is definitely getting a lot of use! It is plant based and has no harsh fumes.

I have been looking for a biodegradable toilet cleaner too and we are really impressed with the Seventh Generation cleaner which has no harsh fumes and is scented with essential oils. It is easy to use and is a product we will continue to use.

All seventh generation products are not tested on animals, are derived from renewable plant based ingredients (which are completely disclosed on the packaging) and are designed with the next seven generations in mind and the world that they will inherit.  They are available to buy in select Tesco stores.

I have collaborated with Seventh Generation to offer a hamper of their cleaning products including three three mentioned above, their all purpose cleaning spray and their biobased natural wasing up liquid.  Entry is via the rafflecopter form below.

This post is in Collaboration with Seventh Generation

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Thursday, 24 March 2016

Never too young to get Cleaning - COMPETITION

This pregnancy has been exhausting and during the first 12 (20) weeks, I really struggled to stay on top of the house.  The washing piled up, the bathroom needed a serious deep clean and the floors collected crumbs so quickly that I was very glad that Finn wasn't yet crawling.  It made me realise that something had to give, and that we needed a new routine and as the bigger boys are now four and three, that they could be given some responsibility for looking after the house.

We haven't given them set chores, but instead I find that giving them different tasks each day helps keep them interested and excited, especially if there is an element of competition involved.  One thing that I have discovered that they love to do it use a broom, and so sweeping the dining room has become one of their regular tasks.

They take it in turns to use the broom and the dustpan and brush and the best thing about being so small is that you can get right under the table!  These are jobs that are starting to take a strain on my back as my bump grows and their enthusiasm makes it more of a game than a chore.

Getting them to do more of the small jobs that I would do without thinking also seems to be teaching them responsibility and the more they do them the more they become an unquestionable part of life.  Taking their plates into the kitchen once they are done, scraping food into the food bin, folding school clothes that will be worn again the next day (on the odd occasion that he manages to keep something clean), sorting the recycling.  I never really asked for help before this pregnancy but now that I need it they have shown me that they were ready all along.

Finn is still too young to really get involved, although the idea of strapping things to his hands and knees and getting him to clean the floors hasn't completely left my mind - he does love crawling in and then sliding backwards on his tummy so he may as well be polishing whilst he is there!  Hopefully as he grows up watching his brothers help out around the house he will pick up the habits naturally.

My top tips for getting children involved in the housework are:

-Make it into a game or competition - they love excitement and can find it in anything so help them along the way.

-Think of simple age appropriate tasks, emptying washing machines, tidying toys, laying the table and sweeping are all ok for a four year old.

-Do it as a family - put on some loud music, have a dance as you clean and all do a different task in the same room together.  It feels like a group activity and things get done so much quicker.

-Be careful with chemicals - I don't let them near anything strong, but we do have cleaning wipes for them to use that are very mild.  Keep everything stored safely in case they decide to do some impromptu cleaning whilst you aren't looking!

-Make it become routine as quickly as you can so they do their tasks automatically rather than feeling like a request each day.

I also shared some tips over on the Argos page so check it out!

This pregnancy has definitely taught me to do what I can and not stress about the rest.  Bursts of energy are spent giving one room a deep clean and I am desperately hoping that the nesting instinct kicks in this time, I seem to have skipped it in my other pregnancies!

How do you encourage your children to get involved with the housework?

There is a fantastic competition to win £250 of Argos vouchers to spend on a floor-care product, to enter simply share a photo on social media (facebook, twitter or instagram) of your family fun cleaning routine and use the hashtag #Cleaningwithkidscomp.

Two other bloggers and I will be choosing our favourites to put forward and an independent judge will choose one winner.  I can't wait to hopefully get some tips from you guys too!

Competition Terms and Conditions: 
By participating in the #CleaningWithKidsComp competition you are deemed to accept these terms and conditions. 
1. No purchase necessary. 
2. Only one entry per person 
3. The competition is open to UK residents, except employees of Home Retail Group. 
4. The prize is as follows: £250 [two hundred fifty] Argos vouchers to be redeemed against a Floor-care product on the Argos website. Subject to availability. 
5The winner will be asked to provide their name and contact details. 
6. The information you provide here will be safeguarded under the Data Protection Act and controlled by Home Retail Group. 
7. The competition runs from 23/03/2016 to 23/04/2016 [the entry period]. 
8. Argos will notify the winner by email within 14 [fourteen] days after the competition closing date. 
9. The winning entry will be selected by an independent judge based on criteria including creativity and quality.  The judge’s decision is final.  No correspondence will be entered into. 
10. No cash alternatives will be substituted for the prize.  The promoter reserves the right to offer alternative items/activities of a greater or equivalent value should unforeseen circumstances require it. 
11. Entries submitted before or after the entry period will not be eligible. 
12. Use of a false name or address will disqualify any applicant from receiving the prize. 
13. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason. 
14. Any entries attempted through the use of agencies or robotic, repetitive, programmed, or similar methods will be void. 
15. If the prize is not claimed within 28 days, we reserve the right to redraw. 
16. The promoter reserves the right to (a) add to or waive any rules on reasonable notice (b) reserve the right to alter, amend or foreclose the competition without prior notice. 
17. The winner may be required to participate in post-event publicity arranged by or on behalf of the promoter. 
18. Promoted by Argos Distributors Limited, 489-499 Avebury Boulevard, Saxon Gate West, Milton Keynes, MK9 2NW. 

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