A big thumbs up for this product! Armed with a coupon from a vendor stand at a local festival, I purchased my first bottle of Seventh Generation natural cleaning products, starting with this spray. Every Memorial Day weekend I give all the windows in the house a thorough cleaning – it’s usually about the time when I start opening up the windows to let in the fresh, warm air and seeing all the dirt and grime buildup from the winter storms and spring rains.
I use newspaper as my “towel” to clean windows (it doesn’t leave streaks or lint) – at least I know that won’t disintegrate with the blue cleaners I had used before. I didn’t know what to expect with a new “natural” product – would it leave ink all over the window? I sprayed the first window – squirt, squirt, squirt – and started wiping.
The first thing you notice with the Seventh Generation product is the smell – or rather, the lack of it. Short of unscrewing the top and sticking my nose in the bottle, there was no noticeable smell. This took a little getting used to; perhaps I enjoyed cleaning windows so much before because the pleasant (yet noxious) smell of “general cleaning solution” made me feel good and that I had refreshed something. With “natural” home products you’d expect a smell like vinegar, lemon, or lavender; not having a smell at all was a little unnerving.
The second bit that took getting used to was that I needed less of it to clean the windows than the other sprays. Or rather, I used less of it because it took longer to dry – probably because it lacks alcohols. I didn’t want to spend all my day wiping and wiping. And not that anyone should complain about using less of a product, either!
So now here I am using a colorless, odorless product, and using far less of it than the blue stuff. It worked just as good – if not better – than any other window cleaner I’ve used before. It was amazing. My husband commented on how good the windows looked without knowing I had switched products. Because it didn’t smell and had so few ingredients on the label I thought maybe they had pulled one over all of us and bottled water! Can’t get more natural than that.