Fighting the Fall Flu

by Elaine on September 24, 2010 · 8 comments

in Parenting

School is back in full swing, and so are the germs and bugs. There has already been a lice scare in my son’s grade, and I’m sure cold and flu season is not far behind.

Normally, my husband and I have our whole family vaccinated against the seasonal flu (thimerosal free version for the kids). Last year, we chose to receive the seasonal flu shots, but not the H1N1 vaccine. This year, the seasonal flu protects against the H1N1 virus as well as a few other strains of the flu. We are still undecided which members of our family, if any, will receive this year’s vaccine.

In the meantime, we are continuing to practice thorough and frequent hand washing with a regular (non-antibacterial) foaming hand soap and cleaning our home with green cleaning supplies such as Seventh Generation disinfecting products.

seventh generation logo_final A few months ago, I was given the opportunity to review the Seventh Generation line of non-toxic cleaning supplies. MyBlogSpark and Seventh Generation are once again sponsoring a give away of their fine eco-friendly products. They generously provided me with additional products to review and give away.

When I first tried the Seventh Generation Lemongrass and Thyme scented Disinfecting sprays and wipes, I was put off by the strong and unusual scent. I initially thought the scent was unpleasant, but then I realized that I no longer felt sick after disinfecting my kitchen or bathroom. The fumes from my old chemical filled wipes and sprays used to make me dizzy and give me headaches, despite turning on all the exhaust fans. Since I have been using the Seventh Generation products regularly, I have adjusted to the scent and don’t mind it as much anymore.

seventh generation-4 web If you would like to try the Seventh Generation Disinfecting products for free, please post a comment below about how you are protecting your family this flu season. One lucky reader will win a Seventh Generation “Back-to-School” kit that includes a Seventh Generation backpack, two canisters of Seventh Generation disinfecting wipes (one for home and one to donate to your childĀ“s classroom), disinfecting multi-surface spray cleaner, facial tissue and paper towels. Comments must be posted by midnight CST on Sunday 9/26 to be eligible for the random drawing. The winner will be announced on Monday, September 27th. The “Back-to-School” kits have been generously provided by Seventh Generation through MyBlogSpark.

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1 AD September 25, 2010 at 12:40 am

toxic runoff from our homes’ wastewater can really be a problem to the ecosystem. I think it’s really a good idea to think green, even for the smallest household products. keeping your house clean is a great perk too :p

2 jpmanuel September 25, 2010 at 4:40 am

We plan on getting the flu shot this year but just haven’t gotten around to it (Noah still has a bit of cold). Now that he’s in preschool, I’m even more strict about cleanliness and hygiene. I always make sure I sanitize his hands as soon as I pick him up and then of course remind him to wash with soap and water at home. I haven’t tried seventh generation products since we use a different brand right now but would love to give this a shot!

3 Neal September 25, 2010 at 10:44 am

I like the idea of not using the strong chemicals when cleaning the bathroom….the regular cleaners seem pretty strong and probably toxic.

4 Dulce September 26, 2010 at 12:06 am

The H1N1 media coverage last year did really well to put me through some anxiety. We opted not to get the flu vaccine, which remains the decision again for this year. My parents didn’t send me for flu vaccines growing up (probably for financial reasons), so I’ll follow suit and hope my children develop natural immunities. They spend all day in daycare’s ideal breeding-grounds of anything/everything, so I try not to think of possible outcomes for sanity reasons.

My cleaning habits haven’t changed, with extra spot checks if a household member gets sick. But if I could help the environment without spending so much more, then I’m all for green cleaning.

5 martha September 26, 2010 at 3:16 pm

I am constantly trying to do new things to help my family with allergies. We have changed our diet more than once and I am trying to make sure I keep dust out of the house. It is hard to determine when to get more fresh air and when to get less. We haven’t decided if we will all get flu shots or not. I am a firm believer that organic is smarter and “going green” is the best way to try to protect your family from many illnesses.

6 Alice September 26, 2010 at 4:43 pm

I get the flu shot every year and I always wash my hands as soon as I arrive home. I don’t like to use a lot of chemicals inside the house, especially deodorizers. I prefer vinegar and water to mop my floors. I would be willing to try the Seventh Generation cleaners.

7 Jessica September 27, 2010 at 7:14 am

my son and I take vitamins, he takes lil critters vitamins and echinechia(sp) with vit. c. to help efend the colds. I dont use any chemicals in my house only, vinegar, baking soda and hot water. I make my own laundry soap.

those are just a few things we do

8 Elaine September 27, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Thank you all for reading and commenting. I hope all of our families will remain healthy this flu season.

According to the True Random Number Generator at, the winner is comment #1. Congratulations, AD! I will be e-mailing you for your contact information.

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