Aug 3, 2010

ABC's 123's and GERMS! ~Closed~

We have a winner!!

Y'all know how I do this by now. I get the help of my twitter stream! The numbers this week were 1-78 and here is our winning number . . . .
(1st number to come in)

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and that one belongs to . . .

7winner

Congrats!


Ah, Back to School means lots of things.

Excitement
school supplies
new clothes
homework
more homework
&
GERMS!

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Did you know : Nearly 22 million school days lost each year due to the common cold and flu (CDC) and as many as 2.7 million bacterial found per square inch on common school surfaces (NSF International), it’s no wonder that 82 percent of parents with kids in grades K-5 fret about the germs in their children’s classrooms (according to a survey conducted by Seventh Generation).
Ugh! No one wants to miss school due to a cold or other illness. 

I have some tips to help protect your children's health this school year courtesy of Dr. Alan Greene and Seventh Generation.

Optimize the immune system

* Reap the benefits of probiotics like those found in yogurt. A recent study showed that children who received enough probiotics daily throughout the cold and flu season had a significant reduction in the number of illnesses they had and, when they did get sick, the symptoms were both milder and didn't last as long.

* Be sure your child is getting plenty of vitamin D from the sun, from food, or from a supplement.

* Build a strong foundation. Good food, good sleep, and good physical activity all help the immune system to flourish.

Be wise about reducing unnecessary exposure to harmful germs

* Teach children the key times to clean their hands in the classroom. The most important times include after sneezing, coughing or using the restroom, upon leaving "high-risk" places (recess, naptime, play stations) and before meals or snacks.

* Sixty percent of teachers surveyed said that they request that parents donate disinfecting wipes to the classroom. Seventh Generation’s disinfecting wipes kill 99.99% of germs* naturally using the active ingredient thyme, a component of thyme oil which is derived from the herb thyme.

* Stress the importance of not touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

* Demonstrate to your children how to cover their mouth and nose for every cough and sneeze. This simple maneuver has spectacular results in decreasing the spread of viruses and bacteria floating about the room, waiting to be inhaled.

Great tips!
How do you keep the germy germs away?

Seventh Generation has a whole line of GREEN cleaning products to help combat the germs and all things ICKY.
They clean and disinfect Naturally.

You can check out their whole line of products by visiting SeventhGeneration.com.

Got Germs?
You need this prize package!

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Leave me a comment below with a tip on how you keep your household germ free.

One lucky winner will win the Seventh Generation prize pack which consists of:

 Seventh Generation backpack, two canisters of Seventh Generation disinfecting wipes (one for home and one to donate to your child’s classroom), disinfecting multi-surface spray cleaner, facial tissue and paper towels

This giveaway will end on Tuesday, August 10th.


I received a Seventh Generation prize pack like the one above for this feature post. Both prize packs are courtesy of Seventh Generation through My Blog Spark.
 

78 comments:

The Perfect Trio on August 3, 2010 at 4:40 PM said...

Am I first? Woot!
Can we enter more than once?

I have numerous cans of Lysol all over my house. I spray it all the time. In the crib, on the door handles, down the staircase...everywhere!

Bee and Rose on August 3, 2010 at 5:07 PM said...

We use 7th Gen products all over the house! I love their laundry detergent!

We use air purifiers to keep the allergens down around here. They've made a huge difference in our breathing!

5webs on August 3, 2010 at 5:26 PM said...

I don't want my household to be entirely germ free, because germs can be beneficial to humans also. So I just clean regularly, but not obsessively.
Alicia Webster
5webs@comcast.net

Jean on August 3, 2010 at 5:53 PM said...

I use Lysol sprays and wipes, constantly

Sarah on August 3, 2010 at 6:21 PM said...

I bleach everything.

debbie on August 3, 2010 at 6:56 PM said...

I insist we wash our hands whenever we come home. I do use lysol on doorknobs, hard surfaces that germs can live on for a long time.
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

Monica on August 3, 2010 at 7:29 PM said...

I wish my house was germ free lol. I try to keep it that way at least by wiping down the bathroom area w/ clorox wipes. Other than that I use mostly all natural cleaners and just try to keep a regular routine for cleaning. "everything in its place" so to say.

MOMFOREVERANDEVER on August 3, 2010 at 8:26 PM said...

take off shoes when get inside- change outdoor clothes to home clothes when we get in and throw away excess trash

One Mama on August 3, 2010 at 9:13 PM said...

I'd love to win this pack! I'm a big fan of safer cleaning products! We always take off shoes at the front door when coming home and wash hands before eating!

Anonymous said...

No shoes in the house, Purell every where, and daily wipedowns! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com on August 3, 2010 at 11:12 PM said...

Oh I want to win!! I love 7th Generation products!! I always like to keep hand santitizer around everywhere so it is easy to access instead of having it in one place that you have to go to :)

samarcy on August 4, 2010 at 8:17 AM said...

i use the wipes already and love them, with 5 grandkids running in and out all day i gotta wipe everything down daily!!! from the kitchen to the bathroom and everything in between.

409cope on August 4, 2010 at 9:47 AM said...

I use baking soda to clean the tea stains from my teacups. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

McKim on August 4, 2010 at 11:57 AM said...

We have lots of antibacterial gel we use as well as good handwashing practices. I also use antibacterial wipes on surface a lot.

Krista on August 4, 2010 at 12:29 PM said...

I keep my kids outside

littlelatina on August 4, 2010 at 12:39 PM said...

wonderful prize i usually use lysol

Super Blogger Girl! on August 4, 2010 at 12:40 PM said...

I make my son wash his hands before eating anything, tradition, but he stays pretty darn healthy so something is working!

jennifer.lleras@gmail.com

angelface on August 4, 2010 at 2:37 PM said...

This is a fantastic contest! Around my own home I lysol the remote controls and door handles once a week (now I'm feeling guilty like I should do it more often!). I also run bleach in our washing machine after a handful of washes.

After reading these other comments, I have some new ideas to use!

dawns41 on August 4, 2010 at 3:26 PM said...

I have softsoap in the kitchen and bathrooms so we can wash our hands when needed.

dawns_horizen@yahoo.com

sksweeps on August 4, 2010 at 5:56 PM said...

Well, sort of germ containment/resistance - I make lemonade with home grown lemons and drink a glass of that a day. Then, I seem to have pretty good resistance to the colds my daughter brings home from school. Too bad she's old enough to think she knows it all, and won't follow my advice for her to do the same... then she wouldn't be bringing them home in the first place!

sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

Amanda on August 4, 2010 at 6:06 PM said...

I am not a germaphobe. I only use green cleaning products and I clean regularly or at least try to.

Mindi said...

To keep our house germ free we use alot of lysol, wash hands, and cover our mouths when we cough!

mae_01_sw@yahoo.com

krstrpp on August 4, 2010 at 6:43 PM said...

I'm not really sure IF we keep our home germ free; although we try to pick up spills and messes as soon as possible. Thanks for the chance to win the totally awesome prize pack! (krstrpp at hotmail dot com)

Jenn S. on August 4, 2010 at 7:24 PM said...

We wash our hands A-LOT and use lysol on doorknobs, phones,keyboards etc..once a week.

llinda29 on August 4, 2010 at 8:20 PM said...

We wash hands and keep the counter clean

TommyGirl on August 4, 2010 at 8:33 PM said...

I'm a firm believer in washing hands well several times a day (hopefully not bordering on OCD)

cstironkat on August 4, 2010 at 9:00 PM said...

I use all green cleaners to keep my house germ free. I also believe in good hygene

ladydi115 on August 5, 2010 at 11:26 AM said...

I keep a bottle with some rubbing alcohol around to use to wipe up the bathroom sink and toilet to disinfect naturally.

ky2here on August 5, 2010 at 3:16 PM said...

I don't think any household is germ free but we greatly reduce germs with frequent handwashing, liberal usage of hand sanitizer and regular cleaning with bleach based products.

ky2here at msn dot com

Cathy W on August 6, 2010 at 1:36 AM said...

Cleaning the dishwasher monthly.
Place a dishwasher-safe cup filled with plain white vinegar on the top rack of the dishwasher. Using the hottest water available, run the dishwasher through a cycle - except for the cup of vinegar, the dishwasher needs to be empty.
The vinegar will help to wash away the loose, greasy grime, sanitizes, and helps remove the musty odor.

Lyudmila on August 7, 2010 at 11:28 AM said...

Water only now (

lusizova (at) gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Antibacterial soap all over the place

droopydog63@hotmail.com

tristatecruisers on August 7, 2010 at 9:29 PM said...

i use a lot of bleach, soaps and plenty of hot water. :)

marci
tristatecruisers at yahoo dot com

idahomom on August 8, 2010 at 9:57 AM said...

I clean with lysol.

Anonymous said...

During cold and flu season we wipe down knobs and switches regularly.

katfam95 @ aim.com

rah267 on August 8, 2010 at 3:53 PM said...

higgs.rachel at gmail.com
clean well clean often...
btw your comments smell of peaches

Amanda on August 8, 2010 at 4:08 PM said...

I do the normal cleaning and disinfecting, but with 2 boys the most important germ free thing I do is making sure they wash their hands regularly. They were horrible about actually doing this, so now I have a sniff check - they come out with their hands raised and if I don't smell the soap, it's back to the sink! haha, it works! :)

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
buckeye7081@gmail.com

Nakia on August 8, 2010 at 4:18 PM said...

Lysol wipes are my key to being germ free! They are so easy and convenient!

dancingthroughit at gmail dot com

Shellie on August 8, 2010 at 10:55 PM said...

I have airm purifiers in the major rooms that that germ-killing capabilities. Plus I vacuum a lot.
fatmeatloaf1@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

We go through alot of Clorox wipes and spray.
shawnac68@hotmail.com

Laura on August 9, 2010 at 10:42 AM said...

We stay germ-free with lots and lots of hand washing

AEKZ2 on August 9, 2010 at 11:09 AM said...

I was raised by a Japanese mom, so not wearing shoes in the house is tradition. I've continued this tradition in my house and it keeps the germs, pesticides, and other gross stuff off my carpets.

lisa on August 9, 2010 at 11:13 AM said...

To keep my house germ free i use Seventh Generation disinfecting wipes. msmith572@yahoo.com

Amy on August 9, 2010 at 3:16 PM said...

I use the stronger smelling headache starting disinfectents once a week - the rest of the week I use natural disinfectants - lemon and water - makes the house smell fresh too!

amy creatingfire at gmail dot com

Benita on August 9, 2010 at 4:49 PM said...

We wash frequently and use wipes whenever we use the sinks.


bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

Louis on August 9, 2010 at 5:06 PM said...

when it comes to fighting germs I trust Lysol and Clorox Anywhere

Valeen on August 9, 2010 at 5:58 PM said...

We keep antibacterial wipes in both bathrooms and in the kitchen. That helps keep the germs down!

sweepyhead at gmail dot com

Denise S. on August 9, 2010 at 6:58 PM said...

I'm a neat freak and keep things pretty clean.

Julia on August 9, 2010 at 8:56 PM said...

washing hands frequently!

Deb on August 9, 2010 at 9:20 PM said...

I am always washing my hands. Also, I make sure the dogs stay clean.

wombatspurple said...

Leave the shoes at the door, who knows what kind of germs you have picked up on the bottom of your shoes on floors and the ground and everywhere

wombatspurple[at]yahoo.com

nancymn2003 on August 9, 2010 at 10:15 PM said...

We stay germ free by constantly vacuuming, wiping down all handles/door knobs with disinfectant

Kathryn on August 10, 2010 at 12:27 AM said...

I Lysol everything, counters, phone receivers, computer keyboards, door knobs..
blackbird0615@yahoo.com

degood on August 10, 2010 at 12:59 AM said...

We stay germ free by doing lots of hand washing, lots of disinfecting wipes and lots of lysol spray.

kerrie@mayansfamily.com

guettel78 on August 10, 2010 at 7:22 AM said...

We keep our home germ-free by using disinfecting wipes, spray, and hand sanitizer. However, I've become concerned about the potentially harsh chemicals in many of these products, so I'd love to make the switch to Seventh Generation. Thanks for the chance to enter!

gkaufmanss@yahoo.com

amyd on August 10, 2010 at 7:27 AM said...

I actually use lysol wipes like crazy!
ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

amy16323 on August 10, 2010 at 9:14 AM said...

Lysol sprays
amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

loni on August 10, 2010 at 9:43 AM said...

I am a firm believer in washing down commonly touched items like remotes, doornobs, and handles...


trippyjanet at hotmail dot com

A. Lyon on August 10, 2010 at 10:50 AM said...

I keep my home germ-free, by using lysol on everything, and dusting like crazy!

FDP 4 Life on August 10, 2010 at 11:49 AM said...

i keep the house germ free by using lots of bleach and i know that those chemicals are not good for us
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

Pamela S on August 10, 2010 at 12:59 PM said...

We wipe down surfaces with a bit of diluted bleach water. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)AOL(DOT)com

sjt42075 on August 10, 2010 at 1:02 PM said...

we wash our hands all the time and i clean every day
stracey2010@live.com

BabeeLove on August 10, 2010 at 1:27 PM said...

Instead of cleaning once a week. I clean as I go. I also have lysol wipes to wipe everything down or I use Clorox anywhere.
I've been dying to try 7th Gen stuff!
aechika at hotmail dot com

kngmckellar on August 10, 2010 at 3:13 PM said...

I just try to keep everything clean, especially doorknobs and bathrooms with Lysol usually.

momznite on August 10, 2010 at 4:50 PM said...

We wash our hands as soon as we get home from school or shopping.
momznite_at_yahoo_daught_com

carolpie on August 10, 2010 at 5:20 PM said...

We always wash our hands when we come in and I regularly clean doorknobs, light switches and kitchen appliance hands, sinks, faucets, and tubs, and counters.
Every night after dinner I clean the sink with soap and hot water and clean all food, crumbs and dishes so my kitchen is ready for the next time we use it.
spencer1953 at gmail dot com-carol.

brianpiero on August 10, 2010 at 6:11 PM said...

Thanks for the giveaway...we stress hand-washing to our kids, especially when they come home from school, it's the first thing they do !

senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

kathy pease on August 10, 2010 at 6:39 PM said...

i mostly use bleach and ammonia for cleaning to kill germs

faithfullyfrugal on August 10, 2010 at 6:51 PM said...

During school, when the children come home we wash hands and change clothes. The uniforms go straight into the wash. During flu season, I started this when I watched a show on how many germs are transported on a school uniform.

Thank you for the entry,

Nikki
nikkidavissells at gmail dot com

Jeanine on August 10, 2010 at 7:43 PM said...

wipes! i am always stocked on wipes. i think they are the greatest invention!

Atreau on August 10, 2010 at 8:31 PM said...

I clean daily and make sure the animals have clean paws.

Fionen on August 10, 2010 at 8:46 PM said...

We regularly use disinfectant wipes on our door knobs.

fionen_ftw @ fionen dot com

purango on August 10, 2010 at 8:48 PM said...

Wash hands, use disinfectant spray and keep things picked up off the floor garrettsambo@aol.com

Nancy S. on August 10, 2010 at 8:55 PM said...

We do a lot of hand washing.
ncschools at yahoo dot com

Charity(ccboobooy) on August 10, 2010 at 9:39 PM said...

I use only natural products.


charisscharity at yahoo dot com

Donna on August 10, 2010 at 9:48 PM said...

I believe in frequent handwasing.
donna444444@yahoo.com

kimbly on August 10, 2010 at 10:04 PM said...

We like using microfiber to clean but I worry about germs, so I use regular household cleaners. I would like to try something less filled with chemicals and add it to my cleaning routine


kimbly at g mail dot com

Anonymous said...

Always wash hands when coming inside!
Liza
lizajl at homail

 

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