This Giveaway has ended: Seventh Generation Back-to-School Kit Giveaway - Ends 9/2

.I use lots of Seventh Generation products from cleaners to training pants for my 2 year old, so when I was asked to do this giveaway, I got really excited. I love giving away my favorite things.

Seventh Generation knows that kids pick up more than ABC's in school and wants to help keep them germ free with their disinfecting products.

With 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).

Here are some tips from best-selling author and pediatrician, Dr. Alan Greene, to help parents protect their child´s health during back-to-school season.

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.

*Refer to disinfecting product labels for full details


One lucky My Baton Rouge Mommy reader will receive 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 child´s classroom), disinfecting multi-surface spray cleaner, facial tissue and paper towels.

This giveaway will end on Thursday, August 2nd at noon

To enter this giveaway:

First, (mandatory entry) tell me a tip that you use to help rid your kids of school germs. Do this by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post along with your initials so that I can match your comment to your Full Name and Email Address on the form.

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  1. Handwashing. It's the number one thing you can do to prevent the spread of germs, so we do a lot of it.

    Michelle Lesley

  2. Handwashing. I also use baking soda and peroxide to help clean and disinfect around the house. RO

  3. i keep a bottle of germ x in the car and when i pick them up, the first thing they grab is that bottle and clean their hands

  4. I don't have kiddos of my own, but I've definitely had to babysit a few! A huge part of it is just educating the children about proper hygiene - making sure they know to wash their hands before every meal, after they use the bathroom, after playing outside during recess, etc. And definitely handwashing as soon as they get home in case they didn't listen. ;) --- PS

  5. You can't say enough about handwashing. As soon as they walk in the door, they wash their hands. If we go somewhere with lots of contact with strangers (i.e. Chuck E Cheese or fair, etc), they go straight to the shower. If there are a lot of children getting sick at school, Lysol backpacks. GL

  6. I tell my children to wash their hands after using the bathroom. I also have them wash their hands after playing and use germ gel when leaving the doctor's office.

  7. HANDWASHING!! I am a nurse so I know how huge handwashing is!! I have also been teaching my 3 yr old how to cover his mouth when he coughs.

  8. I try to remind him all the time to wash his hands, they are always so filthy. I also encourage him to use hand sanitizer.


  9. Wash hands! We use sanitizer while we are out. Also try to remind them not to touch their face...super hard though!

  10. We stay healthy and germ free with lots of disinfectant including wipes, hand sanitizer, and hand-washing :) *Thanks* for the giveaway! {CF}

  11. A wholesome diet of non-processed foods with lots of natural vitamin C to strengthen their immune system! If they don't like raw carrots I juice them with apples and they love it.

  12. I keep my daughter healthy by using Purell hand sanitizer every time we get in the car after being out and about. TZ

  13. Washing hands, or using disinfectant wipes/hand sanitizer.

    Donna B.

  14. Each time we come home from preschool, washing our hands is the first thing we do. We were only sick for one day at our house this past winter, cross our fingers it goes this well next year!

  15. Handwashing, handwashing, handwashing. I can't tell my kids enough - it will eventually get through!

  16. I continuously clean shared surfaces such as keyboards and door knobs. When hand washing isn't possible, a little hand sanitizer helps kill germs.

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  18. Hand washing is a must and i disinfect everything plus i spray lysol on all the doorknobs. :) MH

  19. I love the clorox wipes. I use them all over the house.


  20. We carry hand sanitizer and hand wipes everywhere! We also advocate hand washing as soon as we get to a sink with soap!


  21. Always remove the shoes at the shoe stand upon entering the home from school. Washing hands is always insisted at the school as well. Thanks for the giveaway. I love Seventh Generation, I hope I win :)

    thabal628 (at) gmail (dot) com

  22. wash hands #1 and I disenfect surfaces on a regular basis. CG

  23. HANDWASHING! Also, loading the kids up on vitamin c, contained in berries. Also, keep sanitizer in diaper bag, car, kitchen sink, etc.

  24. HANDWASHING! Also, loading the kids up on vitamin c, contained in berries. Also, keep sanitizer in diaper bag, car, kitchen sink, etc.RT

  25. HANDWASHING! Also, loading the kids up on vitamin c, contained in berries. Also, keep sanitizer in diaper bag, car, kitchen sink, etc.RT

  26. I make sure my son knows the importance of handwashing. I also donate a huge bottle of hand sanitizer for my son's classroom at the beginning of the year. Thanks for the chance, CW

  27. Wash hands a lot, sneeze into your elbow, and don't share your drink with other kids.

    celtic.dreamer at

  28. Daily giveaway Tweet {CF}

  29. We do hand washing as well, I think it is one of the best preventions and we eat healthy.

    steffanie771 at hotmail dot com

  30. I don't see the submit button for the form, I don't know if it is too far to the right it is covered up or what, I can't submit.

  31. Hey Stephanie,

    Sorry about that, but if you put your mouse over the form area and scroll down it should roll up. Let me know if it works for you:))

  32. I work in medicine, and I'd have to say that more than anything - even Purell! - I'm a huge fan of the flu shot. Unlike a little snotty nose picked up from a playmate, it can be deadly....and it's so very preventable. MR

  33. Of course I consider hand washing to be the first line of defense, but the flu shot is a biggie around our house.

  34. I forgot to leave my initals...ML

    Of course I consider hand washing to be the first line of defense, but the flu shot is a biggie around our house.

  35. I homeschool!!! It keeps "school" germs to a minimum. Love it. JMG


  37. I make sure I wash doorknobs as often as I think about it. They are havens for germs!

    My initials are CW

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  38. I have them wash their hands as soon as they get home.

  39. I have them wash their hands as soon as they get home!

    My initials are CP

  40. I send the kids to school with a travel size hand santizer tuck in their book bag.
    SM are my initials


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