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Cleaning & Laundry
Tropical Traditions Liquid Soap in Foaming Dispenser: The foaming dispenser gives such a perfect, rich lather that I use only a 1/3 pump at a time for hand washing. I’ve tried it on my face as well but found it too drying. You can buy refills in giant bottles. Ingredient list: saponified organic coconut oil. The end. Okay, if you get a lavender or tea tree flavor, then you’ll have an essential oil in there too, though I always spring for the unscented.
Dr. Bronner Organic Liquid Castile Soap: I choose the Baby Mild scent because it’s the gentlest. For Baby Bear’s laundry, I use 1 teaspoon of soap, plus 1 tablespoon of washing soda per load. It’s working well and is helping us reduce his skin rashes. I even used it short-term as a shampoo, followed by Dr. Bronner Shikakai Conditioning Hair Rinse, when we were testing a 100% detergent-free lifestyle.
Branch Basics Soap: A true soap (not a detergent) that contains some plant enzymes to cut grease and kill germs. I was highly skeptical and wary of this product, but after corresponding with one of the company’s founders and reading their stories, I gave it a try. Now I’m sold! It’s pricy, and I don’t care for it in my laundry, but I’m thrilled by how well it works in the kitchen for hand-washing dishes (1:7 soap:water ratio in a spray bottle), dishwasher “detergent” (3 T of 1:7 ratio mix), and disinfectant spray cleaner (1:7 ratio). This is GREAT stuff.
Squatty Potty: Our bodies are designed to eliminate while squatting, and this product helps you do that while still using a standard toilet. An absolute must-have for lifelong pelvic floor health, not to mention the especially vulnerable pregnancy and postpartum periods. Read my article about the Squatty Potty here.
Shower Filter: A very important product, as chlorine is rapidly absorbed through the skin and lungs while showering and bathing. Can improve hair and skin health too.
SavvyRest Organic Latex Mattress: Ours is going on 5 years old, and we still think it’s one of the best purchases we’ve ever made. We’re always relieved to return home to our beloved latex mattress. This company has the highest standards for purity.
Tuft & Needle Mattresses: A remarkable online company offering fair prices, hand-crafted quality, and excellent customer service. An x-long twin is only $249. These are ideal for guest rooms. Because they’re made of petroleum foam, I don’t prefer them for nightly sleeping.
Pacific Rim Furniture: In our effort to create a healthy bedroom, we chose a completely nontoxic solid maple platform bed made by Pacific Rim. The quality is excellent. They also make cribs and other furniture. We purchased ours through Dax.
Nomad Solid Wood Platform Beds: Affordable nontoxic hardwood beds perfect for tight budgets, guest rooms, and kids’ rooms. X-long twin is $134, King is $204. Available through Amazon. We have two x-long twins in our guest room that can be pushed together and made up as one bed for couples or pulled apart and made up as two beds for other travelers.
Under the Nile Plush Organic Cotton Blanket: I’m mildly obsessed with this blanket. It is soooo soft and cuddly–and breathable too. We purchased it along with an organic cotton chenille blanket, but this one is better by far. A fabulous, pure year-round choice!
LL Bean Ultraplush Sateen Blanket, PrimaLoft-Filled: I bought these for our guest beds and received rave reviews. They may not boast the non-toxic factor, but for occasional sleeping, they’re delightful. Silky-cozy soft on one side, smooth sateen on the other. Yummy.
PB Classics 400 Count Sheets: Smooth, soft, cool, durable–what’s not to like? These are my favorite sheets, even over our very expensive organic Coyuchi sheets.
LL Bean Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Sheets: These affordable sheets have stayed smooth and soft, unlike our more expensive Garnet Hill flannel sheets. A must-have for cold nights!
Fashy Hot Water Bottle: Made in Germany and very durable. We put extremely hot water in them to keep me toasty while I drift off to sleep. I prefer it to an electric heating pad, which generates EMFs.
Berkey Water Filter: An affordable, portable option with optional fluoride and arsenic filtering ability. We used to have a countertop Aquasana filter, but when our 1910s apartment didn’t have enough water pressure for it, we looked for a new solution. It turns out that the Berkey is far superior. We add the additional fluoride and arsenic filters to ours because Houston water quality is so poor. Here’s a great blog post from Mommypotamus explaining why the Berkey is a top-notch choice.