Reducing my toxic load became a huge priority for me after I had two unexplained miscarriages. I learned about how ingredients in everyday conventional products can affect our bodies. Not only did I clean up my diet and beauty products, but I started swapping out my cleaning products.
I had been using brands like Method and Mrs. Meyers which I thought were clean. Turns out, they’re not – they’re greenwashing. Most of those products would irritate me when using them. I shouldn’t be sneezing, coughing, or having to hold my breath every time I used a cleaning product.
When it came time to switch up my household cleaning products, I started by making my own. I used ingredients like vinegar, Castile soap, and essential oils. However, I hadn’t found a nontoxic laundry detergent I liked. Plus, Joshua was not a fan of our all-purpose cleaner’s vinegar smell. I was definitely open to other alternatives.
I kept hearing about the brand Branch Basics in the wellness community. I even got a sample of their foaming wash in the Organic Bunny Box. After reading Organic Bunny’s review, I really liked what I saw (especially the low ratings on the EWG). So I decided to give them a try.
I liked the idea of using a multipurpose concentrate as it’s very cost-efficient. One bottle of their concentrate makes 3 all-purpose cleaners, 3 bathroom cleaners, 3 window cleaners, 3 foaming hand wash bottles, and 1 bottle of laundry detergent (64 loads.
I ordered their Starter Kit + Oxygen Boost. I definitely noticed a few things right away once I switched:
- I wasn’t coughing or sneezing when using their products
- Clothing colors were more vibrant after washing them in the detergent + Oxygen Boost
- Less lint in the dryer
- Things were staying cleaner a lot longer
- I wanted to clean more 😆
There’s a stigma that if it’s clean/organic/green then it doesn’t work as well as conventional products. Let me tell you, with Branch Basics that is NOT the case. In fact, their cleaner has cleaned things that I haven’t been able to get clean with conventional cleaners. For example, let’s look at my vintage loveseat:
It has drool stains from my doxie licking his 🍑 bootyhole. Yeah, gross. 🤢 I tried many remedies/cleaners to get the stains out and none of them worked. I couldn’t even take it to the cleaners.
I was so close to getting rid of it because I thought I couldn’t save it. The thought of parting with it made me sad because it’s part of a pair that belonged to my grandmother (my sister has the other one).
After I started seeing how well Branch Basics was working around the house, I decided to try it on the loveseat. I consulted their user guide on how to treat stains and used the bathroom spray + Oxygen Boost.
First, I gave it a few spritzes and agitated it with a small scrub brush. Next, I sprinkled the Oxygen Boost and then set it with a few more spritzes of the bathroom spray.
I gave it a good scrub and let it sit for a while, came back, cleaned it all off, and it was good as new! I don’t know what kind of sorcery is in the Oxygen Boost, but it makes the color in everything it touches really pop!
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