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Dapple Review,

As a mom, I use a lot of detergent, dish soap and cleaning supplies.. I’m always looking for new options as far as brands go. Yes, I always prefer to make my own, however if I run out of something, it’s nice to be able to reach for a bottle I trust to use around my kids.

The wonderful people over at Dapple sent me a few products to try just for that reason. They believe that products should be made with children in mind, and the messes that they make. For instance, using regular dish soap on bottles and sippy cups, they realized it was leaving a film and scent on all the bottles that they didn’t want. The lingering floral scent from the soap was not a safe mesh with the milk that was put in it.

They decided to make plant based products without any harmful chemicals or fragrances/perfumes, that was designed to clean up all the messes that children can make!

I love their message, because when I buy anything anymore, I turn the bottle over and read the ingredients. If there is one thing in the product that has me concerned to use around my daughters… I put it back.  With cleaning products, it’s really easy to pollute your home, I do my best not to do so.

Dapple has some pretty awesome products. I encourage you to head over to their website and check them out!

Remember the dish soap I was talking about?

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I really liked this. My kids…. well my 18 month old is an expert at hiding things, especially her sippy cup. So, when I see a hidden sippy cup, my stomach instantly turns. I’m praying it’s no more than a day old and it’s just water. However, that’s never the case.. It’s always a 2 or 3 day old sippy cup of almond milk. I can see the dreaded thick milk film on the side of the cup and consider just throwing the whole cup away!

This soap though is good! Cuts right through it with no problem! Big thing I like is that it is fragrance free. So, you don’t have the gagging smell of old almond milk and flowers. That happened once, never again!

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Check out those ingredients! I love their humor too. Notice the difference though, most warning labels consist of “if consumed, contact poison control”. Not dapple, theirs say “drink water to dilute”. It’s all plant based and natural products. It can give moms that breathe easy feeling when it comes to cleaning products.

Next, Cleaning Spray!

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Babies have blowouts. It happens A LOT! I’ve gotten pretty smart and stopped changing diapers on those pretty little changing table pillow cases. We have ruined more of those than I know. However, now that we’re changing on easy to clean surfaces, the last thing I want to do is spray some chemical filled spray where they will be laying on it again, an hour later. Just doesn’t seem right to me. Plus, most cleaners have bleach or stinky chemicals to where their room now smells.

Dapple has an awesome lemon scented spray that cuts through any disgusting mess and leaves a clean smell after. It’s their nursery cleaner and I love it. I don’t only just use it in the nursery, but also for wiping down highchairs and their food trays.

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I want you to go find the cleaner you are using now. Read the warning label. I bet most don’t say just drink a glass of water if ingested.. Once again… it’s safe! They even have a little tip which I know a lot of people don’t consider when they are buying a “natural” product. You have to read your ingredients..Some can still have allergens and toxic by products.

I really love this brand!

 

What every kitchen needs….Cleaning Wipes!

20161015_130839After our kids are done eating or while we are cleaning the kitchen, most people reach for a tub of cleaning wipes. If this is you, I encourage you to read the ingredients. Most of us know that cleaning wipes consist of bleach. Not exactly kid friendly.

Dapple cleaning wipes really cut through the grit and grime and clean! I was pretty impressed when I used it on my stove. I am an incredibly messy person when it comes to cooking. Things overflow and get cooked onto my stove top. I have sauces and oils all over the counter and my oldest never fails to say “mommy, you made a mess!”

I love how durable the wipes are and the messes it can easily clean. They can scrub and not crumble and tear, but they are so gentle when needed.

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Once again, look at the ingredients. Cleaners made from vegetables, sugar and apples! Hard to believe considering how well these wipes clean! Great to have in the car too. I’ve spilled my coffee in the console and didn’t have the time to clean it up right away. What a sticky mess. Used a wipe and bam it was gone and no sticky residue.

Last, but definitely not least…. Laundry Soap!

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Now, this may not pertain to all moms, but I like to cloth diaper. It was always such a pain though to find a safe detergent that I could use that was compatible with my inserts and covers. Plus, my youngest breaks out with eczema here and there, so a natural soap is important. Finding something that fit both of these categories and actually cleaned was difficult.

Dapple cut through the poopy diapers, cleaned the clothes, and didn’t make Remy’s eczema act up.

All of the cleaning agents are derived from vegetables, glucose and coconuts. Love it!

 

Overall, dapple is pretty awesome. I was so excited to see that when they say it’s safe for babies and children….they mean it! It’s just not a labeling scheme to get you to buy. They taking quality ingredients and make something great for families.

I’d recommend Dapple 100%!

Check them out on Facebook or their Website….either way.. make sure you see what all they have to offer!!

 

 



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Biokleen Product Review

When I was searching for new cleaning products, I came across Biokleen. They have all natural household cleaners. As many know, I am pretty picky when it comes to what products I allow in my home. I have 2 young children and my youngest gets into everything. So, having a safe alternative that works is important.

I tried 3 of their products. The Laundry Liquid, the Oxygen Bleach Plus and the Bac-Out Stain Remover. I’ve been trying these products for a while now to really form an opinion. Here are my thoughts!

biokleen Laundry Liquid

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This Laundry Liquid is formulated mainly for HE washers, however I had a standard washing machine at the time. What I liked is that they had listed how to use it for standard wash as well, so I knew I wasn’t going to screw anything up. It does say 64 loads, but if you’re like me and use it for a standard washer, you’ll get about half as many washes since you’ll need to use more liquid. It doesn’t contain any Phosphate, chlorine, ammonia, petroleum solvents, butyl, glycol ether, metasilicate, brighteners, SLES, or EDTA. Looking at the ingredients, I was pretty happy. Everything is plant based and it really did work!

My kids are pretty messy. My 3 year old is pretty careful, but she always seems to get something on her. My 16 month old has an adventurous spirit. She has no boundaries when it comes to dirt and messes. So, when I first used this liquid, it was on some straight up muddy clothes. Clothes came out great and looked fresh!

Another thing I really liked about this was the packaging. It’s made from 100% cardboard and newspaper. and the bottle actually pulls apart at the seam.

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So, from there youll have 2 different pieces. the cardboard/newspaper outer shell and the inside bad that held the liquid. According to their website it’s 70% less plastic than regular laundry bottles. I found this pretty impressive!

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See! Pretty cool huh? So, then you can dispose as you’re supposed to!

biokleen Oxygen Bleach Plus

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Next, I tried the Oxygen Bleach Plus. I could go on forever why regular bleach is horrible for you, but many may not understand how oxygen bleach is different. One huge thing is….it’s not bleach! Like this product, it’s mainly a washing soda or sodium carbonate. With regular bleach, you can’t wash your colors with it… oxygen bleach you can and it will actually brighten them! It’s a safer alternative and way better for the environment. It’ll whiten your whites and it won’t break down your clothes and wear them out faster.

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So, what did I think? I really liked it! I had a stain I couldn’t get out of my daughters white shorts. Playing outside and falling in a mud puddle while we were at a friend’s house sat too long. I washed it once and there was a faded grey stain all over her shorts. I basically just told her to wear them under long dresses or to bed, I thought they were ruined. When I got the Oxygen Bleach Plus, I thought, I’d give it a try. Well what do you know.. it got the stain out. Please forgive me, I did take photos, but my phone went all wacko and I had to get a new one and lost the before and after picture. Trust me though, it worked wonderfully!

biokleen Bac-Out

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I have dogs so Bac-Out was right up my alley. Especially with our Schnauzer with a sensitive stomach..  That dog is prone to getting an upset and throwing up. Ugh! Let me tell you though, this stuff worked. It’s citrus and plant based with live enzymes cultures that really eat at the odors and eliminate them. I’ve invested in enzyme treatments and cleaners in my time of having animals and nothing really eliminated the stain and the odor, that didn’t leave the fabric or carpet funky feeling. We have a whitish carpet and the carpet looked better after using Bac-Out than before the incident even happened. It’s pretty concentrated, but you don’t have to dilute it to use it. Just point and squirt.. I’m a fan!

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Looking at the ingredients, everything is plant based. The big warning for children had me look into it a little further. As that always raises a red flag for me even when its advertised as safe. According their website, they basically say since it is a household cleaner and even though it’s not toxic, they just want to raise awareness to be careful with using household cleaners around children. If they were to get it in their eyes, it would burn etc. So, just be aware!

Overall, I really liked the biokleen products. They tackled every job I gave them and succeeded! It’s nice to see that there are natural cleaning products out there that really work and aren’t misleading with labeling. What you see is what you get here.

Thanks biokleen!

If you’d like to check out biokleen and it’s products head over to their website HERE or their Facebook page HERE!

Have you used biokleen? Share your thoughts down below in the comments!



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NaturOli Review + Coupon Code

I’m so excited to be able to write this review. Even though its funny that I’m excited over laundry detergent, shampoo, and soap, but the mom in me is one happy camper. Finding products that are truly safe to use around children can be hard. Some claim to be safe, but once you get down to the nitty gritty in the ingredients, some can be debatable.

I bring you…  NaturOli..

I was happy when I came across their website. They have a lot of great options. The products I tried were Soap Nuts, Liquid Laundry Detergent, Pretreat Laundry Stick, Shampoo Bar, Liquid Shampoo and a Cleansing Bar.

The ingredients in all the products are pure and natural. It was nice to be able to pronounce every ingredient and even know what it was! NaturOli are all about preserving the environment. The use all recyclable and biodegradable packaging and they take all the steps necessary to ensure and promote eco-friendly practices.

Speaking of the environment, I want to start with one of the products I was on the edge about first. I really wanted to like it because here in America alone, we dump thousands of gallons of shampoo down the drain daily just from rinsing it out of our hair in the shower. Shampoo contains chemical after chemical and our water treatment plants aren’t  designed to eliminate these chemicals, so all of these harmful chemicals make it back into our water supply. Scary….   So having safe alternatives, I love..

This product was NaturOli’s Secret Shampoo Bar.

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As a hairstylist, I was stoked. I wanted to like it, because it would give me another option to use in the salon. However, my experience was a little different.

I got in the shower and had the bar in my hand. I tried rubbing it in my hands and then into my hair… that didn’t work well for me. I found it worked best if I just rubbed the bar directly onto my head. It was so smooth.  It wasn’t extremely foamy, which is a positive thing. Plus, you can really tell where your missing to wash. It felt very conditioning, probably because it has coconut oil and olive oil. I didn’t feel like I needed to condition, but out of habit, I used just a little..  this was a mistake!

I had to wash my hair again the next morning. It felt greasy, like I didn’t get out all the conditioner. So, I rewashed with the shampoo bar and then blow dried. Once again, I wasn’t excited. My hair looked frizzy..but I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt. I’m so glad I did. As the day went on, the better my hair looked. I had volume like WOAH!

 20160726_124812Last night, after my husbands shower, he mentioned he used the shampoo bar on his beard. He said he was pleased because the little bubbles it creates really gets in and cleans! I wouldn’t of even thought about using it for facial hair but it makes sense and could eliminate beard oils!

I read on their site that it takes a few washes to really get used to it, because it takes a little bit of time to eliminate all the stuff that’s in our hair that shouldn’t be there. Which explains why my hair felt the way it did. They are right though, the more I have used it, the better my hair looks and feels and it hasn’t faded my color one bit!

I used the liquid Nut Shampoo on my daughters hair. Her hair does tangle very easily, but I do feel as if I was able to brush through her hair easier! This was a win win for us. No tears and a happy child!


The other bar I tried was the Cleansing Bar. Using the “soap” from the soap nuts with beneficial oils really makes this cleansing bar great! It left my skin feeling soft and clean. The soap it creates is very creamy feeling and I knew it would be hydrating, which my skin always needs. I am a sufferer of psoriasis and my skin can freak out with certain products. With the cleansing bar, it was calming and actually helped with the redness!

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Next, the Pretreat Stain Stick. With having 2 younger kids, comes with a ton of stained clothes. Every meal, every step outside, will lead to a stain. One of my kids favorites though to make would be a fruit stain. Blueberries, blackberries and strawberries are the most popular. Plus, the hardest to get out. So I wanted to try this stain stick on a fruit stain. I didn’t have to wait long for a stain to happen. This is a strawberry stain. It happened at a birthday party and it dried and sat for a good 5+ hours before it was even touched with the pretreat. I followed the directions and wet the stick and rubbed it on the stain. Waited 5 mins and threw it in the wash. I was shocked when it came out. Most of the fruit stains don’t come out on the first wash, but this one did! I was ecstatic. Check it out!

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I loved the Extreme 18X concentrated liquid detergent. It is a very concentrated soap berry detergent that is gluten, corn and soy free. No sulfates, parabens, phthalates, phosphates, petro-chemicals, dyes or chemical brighteners. 100% fragrance free and great for sensitives skin and noses!

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I was surprised when I read that you could use it for more than just detergent! You can mix it to make household cleaners, carpet cleaner, dish soap and even to wash your fruits and veggies! How many laundry detergents can you do that with?

100% Non Toxic!!  I love it!


When making the concentrated liquid detergent, they use Soap Nuts/Berries.

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Which you can actually make your own liquid detergent and I’ll show you how in another post, but it is all based on a small nut! I am a huge fan of soap nuts. They are my all time favorite for laundry soap.I am very pleased with NaturOli’s soap nuts. The quality is great and they clean really well.

You only need about 5 or 6 nuts and you throw them into a muslin bag and toss it into the wash. It stays in there the whole cycle until the load is done. Like I mentioned before, with all the stains my house sees. The soap nuts do the trick!

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You’ll want to find your nuts after every wash though. They can easily get lost in the clothes.

They don’t have a scent, which is okay! I usually add a drop of essential oil into the wash just to give a good smell naturally!

I also noticed with most soap nuts, you get a longer life from your nuts if you use cold water. Not as much soap is released with cold, but it still cleans well.

Overall the soap nuts are probably my favorite NaturOli product. I can do so much with it. Make cleaners, laundry soap, veggie cleaner and other household uses. Plus, when I’m done with it, I can put them in my compost to help add nutrients to the soil and plants! Very cool!

If you would like to get all of the products I mention, I have a special for you!

NaturOli has a great set with all of these included HERE!

AND you can get an additional 10% OFF by using the code:   ohmyorganics16

 

I hope you guys take the time and check out NaturOli. I promise if you’re like me and love non toxic ways of living…. this is for you!

 



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Simply Organic Laundry Review

For a while now I’ve been making my own Laundry liquid soap, but I really wanted to try a powder. As I was looking for some recipes, I came across Simply Organic Laundry’s website. The ingredients looked great and I was super excited that they were based out of Ohio! So, I decided to give it a go! Boy am I sooo pleased that I did. Upon opening the box, it smelled amazing!! I was so excited to try it!

Simply Organic Laundry powders are earth-friendly, full service laundry powder to meet all your laundry and clothes washing needs! Simply Organic Laundry is safe to use on all fabrics including baby clothing, diapers,and your delicates. Of course, Simply Organic Laundry cleans typical laundry items, as well, such as sheets, towels, active wear, pet bedding, and heavily soiled clothing.

Simply Organic Laundry has four simply natural, yet powerful, ingredients selected for their excellence in cleaning clothes throughout the ages: Soda ash (common washing soda mined from the Green River Basin in Wyoming). Soda Ash both cleans and deodorizes. Sodium Percarbonate for whitening and brightening, an enzyme mix to break down common stains, and finally, ground Soap berry. Soapberries are fruit from the Sapindus Mukorossi tree, one of the earliest known species which produces natural soap (saponin) and cleaning power. The soap berry, not only cleans, but also serves to soften your laundry in the washer and the dryer. Simply Organic Laundry is low sudsing and works for all washer types, both standard and high efficiency models. A 50oz. bag can wash 100 high efficiency loads. One tablespoon per load is all that is needed for an average load.

Simply Organic Laundry offers four, choices: Simply Naked-the original with no added oils or fragrance, Simply Baby with a delightfully soft fragrance, Simply Lavender and Simply Mint-both scented with the purest essential oils. Even the packaging is earth-friendly and biodegradable.

The instructions were pretty straight forward. 1 wooden scoop (that’s included) for a HE load and 2 scoops for a standard washer load. Plus, the wooden scoops are so adorable and fun!

 The laundry powder couldn’t of come at a better time. My two daughters were outside playing all day yesterday. My 1 year old, who can not walk yet, still crawls everywhere. They were playing in their water table, where water and dirty concrete with a crawler, doesn’t mix. Her shorts were wrecked.  The mud and dirt was so ground in, I was certain they were gonna be trash. So, I figured this would be the perfect time to try out Simply Organic Laundry Powder!  The Mint was calling my name. It smelled so good, I wanted to eat it. haha..  I can tell you though, It may smell lovely and gentle but It really did get the dirt and grime out of my daughters shorts. I was stoked!

 Today was a whole other day. Same little 1 year old and a full day playing outside…in a dress of course. Water and mud were her friends. I came home from work and the bottom of her dress was drenched and once again, She crawled around and rubbed the dirt in good. I thought, let’s put the Artisan Laundry Powder to the test again! Grabbed the Lavender, tossed in my 2 scoops and patiently waited to see the results.  As soon as I heard the buzzer I ran in.. What do ya know.. her dress was perfect again! Didn’t even look like it was sent through the ringer!

 I am so happy I found this laundry powder. It smells amazing and really gets the yuck out! My clothes smell fresh clean and look great! I will continue to buy Simply Organic Laundry powder! If you’d like ot try it you can go to:

  • Simply Organic Laundry can be purchased at any of twenty Heinen’s Grocery Stores surrounding Cleveland, Ohio and Chicago area suburbs. For locations go to www.Heinens.com

  • Pure Enchantment 19100 Old Detroit Rd. Rocky River, Ohio

           www.PureEnchantment.com

  • Sols in Berlin,  4914 West Main Street  Berlin, Ohio

           www.solsinberlin.com

Or you can check out there website www.solpowder.com

Have you tried Simply Organic Laundry Powder? What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments! 



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