Now that Bubba is nearly three, it’s not entirely necessary that we stick to baby dishwashing liquid and detergent for her. But you know what? I still prefer to do that as the child’s skin is still pretty sensitive and some of the brands available out there might be too harsh for the skin. So for this reason, we decided to let her continue using baby-safe products till she’s much older.
When she was much younger, we’ve used brands such as Pigeon, Kodomo, Pureen, Method, Attitude and Bio-Home. If you noticed the trend, we started switching to more environmentally-friendly products when she was a little older and we understood what the harmful effects of some of these chemicals/ toxins and the long-term effects that they have on our body. This includes allergens, irritants, dangerous synthetic additives, preservatives, fragrances or dyes.
As such, I’ve always been on the look-out to try out other brands out there that are not only baby-safe but also safe for the environment. Expanding our horizons also meant shopping beyond our shores but on sites such as iHerb or even shopping at the local supermarkets when we are overseas to see what’s available out there. Case in point, we did uncover a couple of baby-friendly products during our recent trip to Coles Supermarket in Gold Coast. But of course, due to luggage constraints, we didn’t bring everything back.
We received an email from the good folks at DearBaby who asked if we were keen to give Dapple home-cleaning products a try for the purpose of this review. I’ve seen Dapple products being sold on Red Mart and Agape Babies and have been wanting to try it out but never got the chance so the timing was just right for us to test the products and see if they would be ideal for our home/ Bubba.
I shared with Audrey our profile (ie: Bubba’s age, the types of household cleaners we would purchase to use specifically for Bubba) and she curated a list of products based on our lifestyle.
Dapple is a pioneer in natural cleaners and healthy home products, specifically designed for households with babies. Started by two mums in 2008 in New York, Dapple was born because these mums wanted to take the guess work out of cleaning safely around kids. Trust me, this can be quite mind-boggling as shared earlier if half of the products available on the shelves claim to be baby-friendly and one actually has to scrutinise if the ingredients are truly child-friendly.
Powered by plant-based formula, Dapple products are designed specially to clean baby messes. All Dapple products use natural-based ingredients that are environmentally-safe, biodegradable, and free of parabens, SLES, and phthalates, as well as synthetic dyes or fragrances. That to me is a huge plus for I understood more than half of those harmful ingredients that I would avoid on products that I would actually use on myself, what more for the Bub.
What does this mean?
Not only is Dapple baby-safe which means generally safe for children, it is also kind to the environment. Dapple is a trusted brand of Healthy Child Healthy World and is also certified by the nonprofit B Lab to have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. That’s great to know given the growing popularity of green parenting in Singapore, Dapple will certainly appeal to this category of parents/ families who are more environmentally conscious.
Here’s what we received which we thought are all great for travelling to be honest!
For Surface Care: Dapple Food Grade Pacifier Wipes (25 pieces)
I did share with Audrey that Bubba is no longer using a pacifier so I wasn’t too sure if sending these over to us would actually come in handy. She told me that actually I would probably find this very useful as the wipes can also be used to clean utensils or surface areas (such as high-chairs, tables, cutlery) when we are out. Turned out to be true!
What we liked about the pacifier wipes is that it comes individually wrapped and it’s really very convenient. No more fishing out for your big pack of wet-wipes which may not necessarily give you that pure clean-on-the-go for your equipment. Another plus for this individual packaging is that you don’t have to worry about them drying out which we often get when we open a pack of wipes that we hardly use and over time, the entire pack just ‘dries out’. What we do is simply pop two or three of these towelettes into Bubba’s utensil pouch and this comes in handy to clean her cutlery when she’s done with eating when we are out.
For Laundry Care: Dapple Baby Laundry Detergent Pods (25 pieces)
I’m usually quite picky when it comes to using the right laundry detergent for the Bub. It needs to be hypoallergenic (safe for babies’ skin), free of parabens and artificial fragrances. It doesn’t need to necessarily have any scent but that would be an added bonus if any.
Again a great accompaniment for overseas trips, these pods are easy and convenient to use. Each pod features a unique, natural enzyme package that specifically targets and cleans up all that spit-up and mushed food stains (things that your toddler would typically do to irk you and get their outfits all stained).
I like that each pod is just sufficient for a laundry load of your child’s clothes, so all we needed to do is to throw in one of these pods to a load of laundry (3kg) which usually contained home-wear, school uniforms, towels and sometimes our wet-bags plus diaper bags.
For Dish Care: Dapple Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid (Apricot)
Seriously, Dapple does come up with a delicious-scented baby bottle and dish washing liquid. I was literally spoilt for choice when I had to narrow down to the preferred scent of our choice (couldn’t decide between Apple-Pear, Lavender or Apricot) so I opted for Apricot – something light and fruity.
Dapple Bottle & Dish Liquid is perfect for safely cleaning baby milk bottles, cups, pacifiers, cutlery and even breast pump components. It features an award-winning green technology that specifically targets milk residue with baking soda to combat odour. Again, as with the rest of the products under the Dapple umbrella, this is free of harmful chemicals such as SLS, SLES, artificial fragrances, dyes, parabens, , phthalates, 1,4-dioxane, chlorine, formaldehyde, and alcohol.
Be warned, this seriously smells so good that we wanted to basically wash our entire cutlery for the home using Bubba’s dishwashing liquid instead! Plus, it’s fast-rinsing and majority of the oil stains and milk residues from her milk bottles came out quickly that I didn’t have wash her bottles twice. Savings for one bottle of dishwashing liquid will probably last longer.
Pure ‘N’ Clean Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid (travel-sized)
While going through Dapple’s catalogue, I was also particularly pleased to find that travel-sized bottles are available for their Baby Bottle and Dish Liquid. I find that extremely useful as we travel quite a fair bit so it’s important that we bring along Bubba’s dishwashing liquid to wash her bottles and utensils when we are on-the-go (on the plane, on the roads, in hotels, etc). Also, I like the assurance of relying on something that we have been using rather than going to a foreign land and rushing out to the local supermarket/ convenience stores to purchase baby-friendly products. And these travel-sized bottles are great for these occasions (approved by security given that it’s 3 oz – under 100ml), at least I don’t have to look for other smaller bottles and transfer them. Priced at S$4.90, I think the price isn’t that expensive either.
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