Branch Basics: A Non-toxic Cleaner Review
This is my honest Branch Basics review. I was gifted their starter kit but this review is genuine.
When I first heard of Branch Basics, I was intrigued, to say the least. I love products that are sustainable and non-toxic. But I’ll be honest, I’m all about being as healthy as I can but I grew up on bleach and harmful cleaning products. It has been hard for me to let go of them. I tried for a while to use some non-toxic products but I felt like it just wasn’t cleaning how I wanted it to.
According to The Spruce, “for many household cleaning jobs, bleach just isn’t the right cleaning solution. It has heavy fumes that can make you sick. Contact with bleach on your skin is irritating and can be very harmful. Mixing it with many other cleaners can produce toxic results. Bleach can also damage surfaces and remove color”.
For more info from The Spruce on bleach check out this article.
Upon doing more of my own research on Branch Basics, I fell in love with everything that they stood for. They have their own blog where that talk about everything that has to do with your health. They call this blog their “soapbox”.
Branch Basics is about providing healthy cleaning products for your home. The founders are Allison, Kelly & Marilee. They believe that everything that we put into our body, on our body, and in our house have “the power to rob us of good health or to cultivate it”.
When I first started doing research on how to use the products, honestly I was so confused! The website boasts that there is a wood cleaner, mirror cleaner, kitchen cleaner and so much more. But when I went to “shop”, I didn’t see any wood cleaners or mirror cleaners.
Don’t worry though, I quickly learned how it works.
The base of all the products is made up of their multi-purpose concentrate. They claim that this concentrate makes cleaning “simple, sustainable, safe and affordable”. This concentrate is safe to use in the kitchen, with laundry, the bathroom, and on all surfaces. It is plant and mineral-based and designed to replace every cleaner that you have in your house.
How much is it?
I received their starter kit which is priced at $59. This includes 33 oz. concentrate, 3 empty refillable 24 oz spray bottles, a 10 oz foaming wash bottle, and a 32 oz laundry bottle.
- 3 all-purpose bottles for $2.90 each
- 3 bathroom bottles for $5.80 each
- 3 streak-free bottles for $.20 each
- 3 foamer bottles for $2.90 each
- 64 loads for $.24 per load
If you want to try it but you’re not ready to fully commit, try their trial kit for only $5. It comes with a mini concentrate and an empty spray bottle.
What is it made out of?
Purified Water, Coco Glucoside (Sugar-Based Cleanser), Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Decyl Glucoside (Sugar-Based Cleanser), Sodium Citrate (Food-Grade Emulsifier), Lauryl Glucoside (Sugar-Based Cleanser), Sodium Bicarbonate (Food-Grade Baking Soda), Sodium Phytate (Plant-Based Antioxidant)
The order was placed on 17 April and arrived on 28 April. I checked the tracking of this order everyday! (I do that with every package, I just get too excited)
Once I got the package I was ready to clean everything.
I put all of my other cleaning products on the back burner so I could provide an honest review.
How I used Branch Basics:
I used the all-purpose cleaner to wash my fruits and veggies.
I used the foamer to give my dog a bath.
I used the bathroom cleaner and oxygen boost to clean my tub.
I cleaned my floors with it.
I washed my hands and cleaned all of my dishes with the foamer.
The great thing about this cleaner is that it is fragrance-free. If you like some fragrance, you can always add in food grade fragrances or essential oils. For example, when I did laundry, I used the laundry detergent and oxygen boost and when I went to dry my laundry I made a homemade fabric softener with white vinegar, orange essential oils, and some citrus peels.
I had no idea that air fresheners are “among the most toxic products found in our homes”. And apparently vodka is a great unscented air freshener!
According to Branch Basics, “Simply pour inexpensive, unflavored vodka into a spray bottle and use as an air mister. It will help reduce stale and musty odors”. For more info on this check out their blog post, Nontoxic Air Fresheners: Remove Odor Naturally.
Once I read this article I stopped buying candles (& I love candles). Instead, I filled a reusable spray bottle with warm water and a few drops of essential oils. When I’m done cleaning I just spray this around the house. I have been loving this and it’s so much better for you.
The only thing that was noticeably different from other cleaners, was that I had to let my dishes that had oil on it soak in the cleaner. So now I spray my dishes that are especially dirty with the all-purpose cleaner and let it sit for just a couple of minutes. It works great after I let it do its magic for a little.
Should you try Branch Basics?
I am not 100% non-toxic in any way but I am so glad to have been given the opportunity to try this product out. I definitely believe that we will get rid of all toxic cleaning products in our house and not go back!
I absolutely love that this cleaner doesn’t leave any residue and it’s fragrance-free so you’re free to add any essential oil you like and make it your own.
If you have any questions about my experience feel free to reach out and ask! I’ll be more than willing to answer.
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Thank you so much for reading my Branch Basics review. If you know of any other non-toxic products that I should be talking about, let me know!