Kaylaan toothpaste tablet review

Crunch. Brush. Smile. I recently came across this New York based small business via a wholesale website I was browsing while looking for new eco-friendly and safe personal care products to offer to my March buying club. Many of us are on a plastic-free mission (as much as possible anyway) and toothpaste is 1 product that we all use daily (I hope). So, I thought I’d give it a trial offering, and I’m happy to report there was quite a bit of interest in it. I divided some of the 90 tablet tins into 10ct samples, and many took advantage of that.

So far I have tried: cinnamon, strawberry, watermelon and blueberry. I honestly have enjoyed them all very much. They pack a surprising amount of foamy punch in a small little tablet. Some in my group who have sampled them have actually said they’re too foamy, or at least that it will take some getting used to. Many of us have switched to toothpastes that don’t foam at all (such as my coconut oil-based option) so foam is a new sensation again! You do just simply pop the little tablet into your mouth, crunch it and it basically dissolves into a powder, and brush!

They offer several flavors in a 90ct tin ($12), as well as refill pouches, starter kits, bamboo toothbrushes and duos which save you a bit of money. You can get them with, or without, fluoride (I won’t get into that debate, I trust you to come to an informed decision on the topic yourself, we don’t use it in our house). Deepti, the owner, has been wonderful to work with and has offered great customer service, which is very important to me.

So many bad things came out of the pandemic of course. But 1 thing that I appreciate and admire is the inventiveness of people who took the plunge and created a new small business. Maybe something brand new entirely or accelerating something they already had initiated. This is the story of Kaylaan (from their website). The Whole World Is a Stage– From an early stage, we found ourselves deeply caring about the use of plastic and climate change. During the peak of the pandemic we accelerated our project, we combined our passion for the sustainable lifestyle that we were already living and created one simple product that is used by everyone in the world: Toothpaste. But not the commercial kind of toothpaste that you are familiar with, you know, the kind that is filled with all types of chemicals, packaged in single-use plastic which cannot be recycled and ultimately ends up in a landfill after use.

What does Kaylaan mean? It’s a Nepalese word that translates into: “Wishing you good health”.

  • Ingredients:
  • Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Calcium Carbonate
  • Xylitol
  • Erythritol
  • Stevia
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
  • Magnesium Stearate

On the ingredients: 3 of them I use in my homemade paste as well (sodium bicarb (baking soda), calcium carb, and xylitol). Both xylitol and erythritol have known oral health benefits. I had to do a bit of research on sodium cocoyl isethionate as I wasn’t too familiar with it. About it: Sodium cocoyl isethionate is a surfactant based on fatty acids from coconut oil and isoethionic acid, a type of sulfonic acid. EWG rates it a 1. It is not expected to be an environmental toxin. It is classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful, nor is it suspected to be bioaccumulative. This ingredient is what gives it the foaming properties.

My husband and I are both enjoying it. And it’s definitely a very travel-friendly option! My kids don’t love it. I think they tried it once or twice. They said it has an after taste. And I do pick up a tiny bit of a soapy after taste. If you’ve ever tried tooth soap, it’s similar to that. But in my opinion, it’s very mild. I’m a huge fan of variety, so we have several options in my house. I think if it was the only option, my kids would use it without complaint. But I haven’t seen them reaching for it. I keep it in regular rotation with several flavors of my own, as well as Poofy Organics options.

I’d love to hear from those of you who’ve tried it and know how you’re liking it!

If you would like to order, here are some things to know:

— 100% Money-back Guarantee If our sustainable toothpaste tablets are not what you expected, get your money back!

–Almost 5000 trees planted: For every purchase, we join forces with Eden Reforestation Projects and we’ll plant a tree! Give yourself a good crunch & brush, because every single one of them matters!

–To shop: I have a 10% off coupon to offer! Deepti let me know they have an affiliate program. So if you plan on purchasing, please use my referral link and I earn 10% of your order: https://www.kaylaan.com/?ref=ecofriendlyusa. The coupon code to get 10% off your order is: JESSBRANDT.

And I do plan on offering these during my semi-annual Eco-friendly USA One-Stop Shop orders. The next one is in Sep. Here are the vendors/details for the most recently completed March order, to give you an idea: Eco-friendly USA One-Stop Shop | Eco-friendly baby/family products MADE in USA (ecofriendlymamausa.com)

Thanks for reading!

Review of A Remedy for That products

***Including tallow balm and Magic Elixir (fire cider).

I have offered products from this vendor to the buying club for a couple of years now, and they have become increasingly popular. It has been great watching her line slowly grow, if you haven’t checked out all her offerings recently, you need to! She originally started offering just tallow balm, elderberry syrup, and Magic Elixir (fire cider). She now offers a variety of personal care products, including starter packs and gift sets!

Last month I ended up testing out a new-to-me product as part of an oops, and I’m so glad that oops happened. Melissa shipped a boxful of her product to me, and the lid for 1 of the whipped tallow balm loosened up, so a tiny bit leaked. Mainly it just made a greasy mess of itself, the product was fine. But she told me to keep it, and she direct-shipped a replacement to the customer so it would arrive in perfect condition (something I always appreciate from the vendors I work with). Well, I feel like this oops was meant to be. It arrived in March, when both Hubby and I were experiencing pretty dry, end of winter skin. He had started doing a lot of spring yardwork and had perpetually dry hands from being in the dirt. The balm has a very greasy, wet feeling when you 1st put it on, but it absorbs surprisingly quickly. We much prefer the whipped to the non, which is much denser. We both feel like the whipped tallow balm has by far been the most moisturizing product we’ve ever used for our hands. I’m in my early 40’s, and look at my hands sometimes and feel like they’re starting to look like old lady hands, a bit wrinkly. No matter how much lotion I put on, it didn’t help with that. But I truly feel they have improved in that regard since using the tallow balm! I still like my good-smelling, all over body lotion (from Poofy) for the rest of my body. But specifically for our dry hands, I can guarantee we will be keeping Melissa’s whipped tallow balm on hand (pun intended!). My Hubby even commented that we cannot be without it!

A few other products I have tried: Magic Elixir. Many of you have likely heard of Fire Cider, this is Melissa’s version of it. I LOVE the flavor of it. I usually take a shot glass of it as often as I remember during cold/flu season, as each ingredient is selected for its immune-boosting properties. But I also use it as kind of a vinaigrette sometimes! One of my favorite dishes I used it for was a brussels sprout-based stir-fry with some bacon crumbles in it. Right at the end I doused it with a shot of the Magic Elixir while on high heat. It gave it such an awesome tang! Here’s her description from her Etsy shop page: Magic Elixir is my version of the classic Fire Cider. I use local and organic roots and vegetables to steep for a minimum of 6 weeks. Then I strain and top with true raw honey. The recipe for fire cider has been around for a long time. My version of this recipe is unique and the local honey ready pulls the flavors together. Ingredients: Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, onions, garlic, ginger, horseradish, peppercorn, lemon, orange, spicy pepper variety, thyme, rosemary, fermented turmeric powder, raw honey.

I absolutely love this pic of her Magic Elixir steeping:

Other very popular items she offers are her ready-to-go Elderberry syrup as well as kits to make your own! I do make my own, and tried one of her kits last winter and absolutely loved it. It was super easy, and the taste was great. She takes all of the guess work out of it for you.

I plan on continuing to offer these products during each of the 2 buying club orders annually (March/Sep). So that’s a great time to stock up while getting products from many other vendors, and paying just 1 shipping fee. But if you can’t wait until then, here’s the link to shop directly from her Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ARemedyForThat

Art supplies made in the USA?

I’m going to chip away on updating my made in USA resources, most of them were created many years ago. So, I’d like to know what your favorites are? Safe, effective, and made in the USA, please share below.

We’ve loved Earth Paints for many years, and that’s still the case. We always use their egg dye kit at Easter, and we love mixing up the powdered pigments into paint. Add more for a water paint ty[e, add less for darker, thicker colors. Here’s my original review from way back in 2013! https://ecofriendlymamausa.com/2013/07/29/earth-paints-review/

I keep them stocked via Pure Play too: https://pureplaykids.com/shop-now/ols/products/natural-earth-paints-kit

Here is what I have listed, I just deleted 3 brands that I had listed that apparently no longer exist!

Eco-kids: http://www.ecokidsusa.com (dough, paint, crayons, rolling pin, paste, egg-dye, art pads) –Here’s my review of Eco-Kids Crayons: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=566925839989727&set=a.568349859847325.144572.397517646930548&type=3&theater

Wee Can Too: http://www.weecantooart.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&view=category&virtuemart_category_id=6&Itemid=4 (finger paint, crayons, sidewalk chalk, egg-dye,  paints) My Wee Can Too crayon review: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=566931286655849&set=a.568349859847325.144572.397517646930548&type=3&theater

Earth Paint: http://www.naturalearthpaint.com/shop/childrens-paint-kit/ (paint)

Comment below with any recommendations please!

Vitamix has awesome customer service!

Wow, I’m SO impressed with the Vitamix customer service. I bought a renewed one off Amazon last Feb (2020), and I’ve always questioned if it was working as well as it should. For reference, this is the one I purchased (https://amzn.to/3qUDsC1). And for the record, more than ever I’m on a mission to avoid Amazon as much as possible. It’s definitely worth comparing with the vendor directly and other outlets, sometimes you’ll find that Amazon is even more expensive!

Here’s the post I shared when I purchased the Vitamix in Feb of 2020: I did it… I took the plunge & finally committed to my forever blender, I’m the proud new owner of a Vitamix! While this may not sound that exciting to some, I’ve been wanting one for years. I’m so sick of buying a new blender only for it to conk out on me after 6-24 months. We make smoothies almost daily, and our old blender took forever to blend. We just made our 1st smoothie in our Vitamix, and everyone agreed it was the best ever. We had some heavy whipping cream in the fridge so added that, and it turned out like frozen yogurt, I ate mine out of a bowl with a spoon!!

Fast-forward several months, and I just wasn’t sure it was working like it should. It vibrated really badly on the counter. It kinda’ stalled out after it started blending. I’d turn it up to high after starting it on low and it would shut off as it was getting too warm. After making smoothies one day I decided I should check on the warranty and inquire, this thing was super expensive and I expected it to work with a bit more ease. The pictures in the manual show it making ice cream, and I didn’t feel mine would do that. But I was super nervous because of course the 3m Amazon warranty was up, and did I have to buy it directly from Vitamix to get the extended warranty? I went into my Amazon order and when I clicked on ‘get product support’ it gave me the contact info to contact Vitamix, which was reassuring. I called and they said 20 min wait, so we’ll call you back, which they did in just 10 min. She assured me that they stand behind their product 100%, and asked what the issues were. She spent 20 min on the phone with me giving me some tips to try, and if those don’t work, they pay for me to send it back, they will get to the bottom of it, and pay to send it back. I asked how long their warranty is: 3 years from purchase. I had already had it 6m, and she said: you know, since you haven’t been too confident in it since you purchased it, I’m going to start your warranty today, and extend it by 2 more years for you. I explained how I placed a special emphasis on purchasing made in the USA items, and that I intended this to be my forever blender. She assured me they are still fixing blenders purchased in the ’90’s!!!

Anyway, I’m a huge believer in amazing customer service, and my 20 minutes on the phone with her was so reassuring that my nearly $200 investment was worth it. BTW, it was $189 when I purchased it in Feb, it’s currently $269 (renewed), and new it is $384. She assured me that anything renewed should be exactly as good as new. Made in Ohio. Oh, and her tips made it work much better. I put an anti-slip silicone mat underneath it so it doesn’t vibrate my whole counter. And it was overheating because it is supposed to be turned up to high quickly, I was leaving it on low too long and that was making it overheat. So I left as a VERY happy customer. It was such a great feeling!

Contrast that with my Cuisinart customer service experience: they told me to throw away my 3 year old coffee grinder and buy a new one (that they’d give me a 20% off coupon for 😦 https://ecofriendlymamausa.com/2021/02/24/boycotting-cuisinart-the-search-for-the-last-coffee-grinder-of-my-life/

Boycotting Cuisinart & the search for the last coffee grinder of my life…

Ugggghhhh, coffee grinder woes! I spent $60 on a Cuisinart (yes made in China) grinder in 2018, hoping it would last many years. It’s flaking out on us. It comes with an 18m factory warranty and no I didn’t buy the 4 year extended warranty, was hoping for $60 I would be getting decent quality. In my 20 or so years of grinding coffee I’ve already gone through at least 5 coffee grinders, usually we just grab a cheapie. They never last more than a couple of years. I will always justify spending more money on something that will last many years. I didn’t find any electric coffee grinders made in the USA when I was in the market back in 2018, so went with the Cuisinart (this one for reference). It has 4.5 starts out of over 20,000 reviews (will be adding my negative review shortly). The on/off/grind switch is starting to flake out, we have to hold it down while inserting the plastic container all the way in. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

I called their customer service hoping I could send it in to be serviced, even if it was at my cost. She said no, it’s past the 18m warranty and there’s nothing they can do (I guess if I had bought the extended warranty they would’ve just sent a new one?). She said throw it out and buy a new one. They’ll offer me 20% off on a new purchase. It old her I will not be buying anything from them ever again if that’s their solution. I just hate the throw away culture. Anyway, what have you had luck with? I’m leaning towards a manual crank option or worst case, pre-ground! Of course, my 1st choice will be something made in the USA, does that exist? I’m imagining I can find some antiques off Ebay, might those have lead concerns? Comment below if you have knowledge on this topic please!

Why I love Barefoot Books!

UPDATE: I am no longer an Ambassador as of 1/1/19, but I still LOVE the books very much & will continue to purchase them as a customer!

I’ve fallen so in love with our Barefoot Books collection that the rest of our collection really doesn’t seem to have much to offer. It all started when my Mom gifted my kiddos the Yoga cards deck. I had never heard of Barefoot Books prior to that. Seeing my 2 kiddos who rarely sit still, doing breathing exercises & practicing Double Downward Dog, I thought to myself: I wonder what else this company offers??  And the answer was: SO MUCH. Raising kids in rural WI means I need to make an effort to expose them to other cultures, and it is something that is very important to me to make a priority. We travel as much as possible, but what I LOVE about books is it brings a whole new world right to us, at home, usually in bed snuggled up together. Little-by-little we have added to our Barefoot library, and there is not a single book I do not find to be a great addition.  They are so colorful, from cover to cover, they are vibrant, beautifully illustrated & just truly great stories! If I had to pick a favorite, which is not easy, I would have to say it’s the Barefoot Book of Earth Tales. It features fabulous nature-inspired tales from several different cultures, and I just adore the lessons it weaves into these fabulous stories. We also have, and have thoroughly enjoyed, the Barefoot Books of:  Children, Animals, Pirates, Princesses, and there are still so many more that we have not yet added to our library.

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Puzzles are an absolute favorite way to spend time together. We have several of their puzzles & love them! We have the 100 piece princess puzzle, which is definitely on the challenging side, even for me, but we manage to get it together. We also have & love: Growing a Garden (below) & the Fairy House (which I see is no longer available). There are many more puzzles available!

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Games. I ADORE their games, for 1 main reason: they are cooperative, not competitive, what a fabulous idea……! We recently added The Fairy Game & it has been a big hit.

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Before that we played the heck out of Dinosaur Escape. We also own Simple Math Lotto & Earth Science Bingo. And I cannot recommend Alphabet Go Fish highly enough. We took this with us on our trip to Belize last January, and we played soooo many games of it. It’s perfect for taking along in your purse, and we pulled it out numerous times when we had to wait for food in a restaurant, in an airport, etc, and it was fun, educational, and really helped pass the time for my less than patient kiddos.

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YES, they are printed in China, this is the only part I dislike, and some of you may be surprised & turned off even, wondering why I would go against my made in USA mission?? I really, truly feel these books are THAT great, that I’m willing to overlook this detail. Also, they have a strong sustainability mission, and I truly believe are trying their very best to have the least environmental impact possible.

ABOUT: Our commitment to green business practices grows from the Barefoot team and our Ambassador community’s deep-rooted desire to lessen our impact on the planet. From sustainably sourced paper to vegetable-based ink, the materials that make up our books are ones that you can feel good about having in your classroom or home. Want to learn more? Find out how we’ve planted trees across the globe, and read on to learn how our production processes are contributing to a more sustainable future.

Paper

Paper is core to a publisher’s business. We want to protect the world’s remaining ancient forests and ensure that the forestry and paper manufacture undertaken on behalf of Barefoot Books is ethical and legal. The welfare of the people involved in and affected by the supply of paper to Barefoot Books is also of paramount importance to us.

Our printers do not use paper that contains pulp from illegal or unsustainable sources in the manufacture of our books. We use paper that has been graded 3* by the PREPS Grading System or certified by the FSC, the gold standard in forest management and responsibly sourced paper. We continue to work with our suppliers to improve the environmental credentials of our products. Our board books and activity books are made using recycled paper.

Ink

All of the ink used by our printers is vegetable based.

Manufacturing Standards

Barefoot Books supports a common, internationally recognized social accountability standard to cover working conditions, health and safety issues, remuneration, working hours and the prohibition of the use of child and forced labor . It’s called the CARE Process. It is the standard used by the global toy industry and is managed by their industry body, the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI). All of our printing partners carry ICTI CARE certification.

Recycling

Our print suppliers have systems in place to feed paper offcuts and wastage back into their supply chain. Our packaging is made from recycled material and recycled again after use. We recycle as much as possible in our own offices.

Transporting books from the manufacturer to our warehouse

We tailor print runs to fill shipping containers. This reduces the number of sea and land journeys made on Barefoot Books’ behalf, allowing us control and reduce our carbon footprint.

 

I love that you can shop by age, subject or format and they offer great gift sets & story collections (Compassionate Citizens Set, on my list!). I find the website to be very organized and easy to navigate!

The case FOR supporting the MLM business model

The title should continue with: when the products are great!

In my 6+ years of blogging, I’ve seen my fair share of disdain for MLM (Middle Level Marketing) companies. A quick Google search will lead you to plenty of articles against supporting a MLM company. This is not one of those articles. I wanted to share my thoughts as to why you should not lump all of them together nor turn your back on them entirely…. Believe me, I’ve also built up my share of disdain for certain companies myself!  From time-to-time I see posts: looking for non-MLM recommendations for baby shampoo (just a random example). Here’s why I think you’re missing out by lumping ALL MLM’s together.

My motto: ingredients speak for themselves, they just need a voice. I am that voice. I have spent years looking into every personal care company I see. And in my opinion, Poofy Organics is the best of the best. You can look at this list here to see my Best-of-the-Best, So-So, and Not Recommend Lists: https://ecofriendlymamausa.com/product-reviews/personal-carecleaning-master-list/. Of those on my Best-of-the-Best, Poofy is the only direct sales/MLM/network marketing option in that category.

I’ve been a “Guide”/affiliate/Rep with Poofy for 4 years now. The fact that Poofy has ~500 of us Guides sharing our love for these products & all they stand for, with our friends, family, co-workers, means Poofy continues to grow at a slow but steady pace. This means they are able to offer more USDA certified organic products than any other line on the market. This means that every time we vote with our $$ & make a purchase, they need to re-order supplies from their wholesaler. Our vote with our dollars means more organic ingredients in demand. That means an organic farmer continues his/her livelihood of growing  the organic crop they specialize in.

Every product you purchase has a wholesale & retail cost. When Kristina first launched Poofy Organics over a decade ago, she offered her products in a traditional brick & mortar way, to a bunch of Whole Foods on the East Coast (Poofy is located in NJ). So yes, it was convenient that you could swing by Whole Foods & pick up a select handful of  Poofy products. But only if you were on the E. Coast would you even see them. Or only if you found out about Poofy’s retail website somehow would you even have heard of them. Now, with ~600 products, there’s no way any brick & mortar could stock even a portion of their great offerings.

I know from my hours of volunteer staffing in my food co-op that we markup personal care products 70% there. Yes, 70%! Most retail mark-up is at LEAST 50%…. So while yes, I earn 25% of your purchase when you shop via my Poofy link, it’s nowhere near the 50-75%+ mark-up you are paying for items you’re buying off the shelves elsewhere.

Poofy is different in many ways. There is no push to get out there & recruit others. Many never recruit anyone. Poofy is not interested in exponential growth like many other MLM’s, they want to get as big as possible, as fast as possible. Poofy doesn’t. Kristina, the owner & product creator at Poofy, wants to continue making products by hand, and is very proud of the fact that all products are hand-poured and hand-labeled, in addition to being hand-made. Also, our 25% commission is far less than many companies. Earning 50%+ commission with other MLM companies is more of the norm than not. Kristina believes in keeping Poofy prices as low as possible so as many people as possible can afford them. I urge you to do some price comparisons with other companies, both MLM & non. You’ll find higher price tags for products with few or zero organic ingredients.

So yes, I am earning 25% of your Poofy purchase instead of Whole Foods earning 75%. Are you seriously going to hold that against me for telling you about this great line? Are you seriously not going to consider these products, which I consider the best of the best on the market, because it’s an “MLM”. I really hope you’ll reconsider… The ingredients speak for themselves, and Poofy uses the finest organic ingredients on the market. In addition, you can shop directly from Poofy is you choose, you don’t have to purchase through a Guide as many other companies force you to do, even if you don’t know one. So you can go straight to poofyorganics.com & make your purchase there, they don’t pay out commission to anyone for that purchase. But I hope you’ll consider using my link, so I can keep on doing what I’m doing: researching the safest, best, made in USA products on the market. Here’s my link 🙂 https://ecofriendlyusa.poofyorganics.com/

 

 

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Jolene’s UPDATED safe make-up GUIDE!!

After a lot of requests, Jolene has updated her recommended make-up options! If you should choose Poofy you can take 10% off your 1st order, via rebate, let me know if you have any questions! I’m so so thankful that she volunteered the time to do this! I do not wear make-up myself, so this guide is a huge help!

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My Poofy Organics link: https://ecofriendlyusa.poofyorganics.com/

 

Reusable Cloth Pad review: Party in my Pants!

WARNING: this post discusses menstruation & reusable options. I’ve had some people react negatively to this in the past. I understand this may not be an option all of you are interested in. If you are not, turn back, keep scrolling. If you are, read on please!

My “green” journey never ends. I continue to make changes I want, slowly but surely, as my budget allows. There is ALWAYS something on my list. I always look to what disposable items I’m using, and seek reusable alternatives for them. I used cloth diapers & wipes on my 2 kids. I use cloth napkins, “kleenex”, wash cloths. I did use a menstrual cup for awhile, The Keeper, but I just never fell in love with it. I liked that it was reusable, but that was about all I liked. I had been using organic cotton tampons & pads for the last couple of years. I liked that they were organic, had minimal plastic packaging, but they are quite pricey, and still disposable!

Then suddenly I realized it was time to move to cloth pads! I had seen Party in my Pants recommended in the past when this topic has come up. I clicked around their website a bit and when I learned they were based in my state of Wisco I was extra excited! They offer a huge assortment of shapes, sizes & patterns, organic & non.

My advice: definitely try at least 2 different options! I started with the Shebang Kit. It offers one of every size, I split it up between organic cotton & organic flannel. And I’m glad I did because I learned I like the flannel a bit more. It’s a bit softer. 1 month of using this kit & I knew what I needed to have on hand to make it through an entire cycle. I place another $120 order a week later & had enough for my 2nd cycle, with 2 to spare!

Pic: Shebang Kit, you pick the pattern & fabric.

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So, here it is, my collection! I looooove the options for patterns! I was looking at Glad Rags previously, they are solid beige in color. Seriously. No patterns, just solid beige. What a terrible option for a reusable pad! You will find that most of the options from Party in my Pants are dark, bold, heavily patterned, PERFECT for this product! This stash is very new indeed & I will be happy to snap a pic a year from now to compare! Also, want to make sure you know you can fold them up like I did in the bottom center, perfect for your purse, etc.

Here’s what I have, all organic cotton or flannel, with a leak-proof nylon backing:

1 small, 1 mini-liner, 1 Luxe Liner, 4 medium, 3 large, 1 overnight, 2 super overnight.

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CARE: They have a lot of info about this on their website! You can totally wash them with other laundry, but you should dry them on low. For that reason, I’ve kept them separate, as I’m not good at picking things out before tossing them in the dryer together. https://partypantspads.com/pages/faq

 

I have heard from several of you who have used these for months, or years, and love them! I’ve also heard from some who prefer another brand for a variety of reasons. These DO have a nylon backing, so if you aren’t okay with that you’ll want to choose a different option. Everything that comes in contact with your skin is organic, so that’s what matters to me. The nylon backing helps ensure they are leak-proof.  Like with every other product recommendation I give, I do not expect 100% of you to love this as much as I do. But for me, it is working, I’m loving the product, the company, the feeling I’m voting with my dollars…

 

Website: https://partypantspads.com/

Review of Tangie laundry paste

Nothing gets me more excited than people who think outside of the conventional “box”, or plastic jug maybe I should say! I know many of you, like myself, are on a mission to use the least amount of plastic you possibly can. And that can be very hard to get away from, especially in products such as laundry detergent. Our options: liquid in a big plastic jug, or powder in a plastic bag. That’s why I was so, so excited when I learned about Tangie laundry soap. What is it? A traditional-looking bar of soap that you dissolve in your own container to make your own liquid! 1 bar makes 1 gallon of liquid which can get you 132-264 loads, depending how much you use/load obviously. This comment from Angie, the FL entrepreneur behind this product, solidified that I’d found a great new line. It is so, so refreshing to find others who accept environmental responsibility while getting their products out there, it’s not always easy to find! “I feel the packaging issue must be addressed from my side, as the manufacturer. Natural ingredients are great but if we’re still poisoning our water supply and our soil with plastic waste…. we’re not doing the best job we can.”

Of course, it’s all about the ingredients, and I’m happy with this list of minimal, yet proven laundry aids: handmade plant based soaps (coconut & olive oil), soap nuts liquid (extracted using solar ovens), yucca powder (washing), baking soda (freshening), oxalic acid (stain lifting & whitening), sodium percarbonate (stain lifting), salt (fabric softening), & LOVE!It is very rare for me to have a plastic jug on hand, just when I have some of my friend’s organic apple cider on hand, and I didn’t necessarily want to mix up enough for 200 loads if I didn’t love it, so started with ¼ of the bar & a 1 quart glass jar: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I’m very happy with this product as a natural laundry option, and even happier with the lack of plastic involved! I LOVE people that think outside of the norm, I learned about this product from Sarah of salonsolids, it’s a very similar concept but for shampoo/conditioner! I use 3T of liquid per load, it has been 3 weeks since I began using it & I haven’t even finished the qt yet. I do ~1 load/day. I use only cold water, and have hard well water. I was previously using Molly’s Suds, and think Tangie works as well, if not slightly better than Molly’s! I need to play around with the amount I’m using a bit, as it’s likely I could even be using less! I went with the middle ground recommendation on the packaging, not the smallest recommendation, not the largest.

Photo after 3 weeks of usage:

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I was also sent a sample of the stain remover bar. Ingredients: coconut oil, grapeseed oil, soap nuts liquid, oxalic acid, sea salt, citric acid, lemon essential oil & LOVE. I was curious to try it as the 1st ingredient is coconut oil, which is one of the main stains I deal with in our clothing as I use & make coconut oil based deodorant & toothpaste. I put the Tangie stain remover to test on my kiddos wild grape stained shirt: Top= Poofy, middle=no pre-treat, bottom= Tangie’s stain removing bar:

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I let it sit 8 hrs, then washed using the Tangie liquid soap, below is the after. I felt the Poofy spray & the Tangie performed very simalrily. I did not treat the stain on the lower left of the Tangie area, and that’s the only one I saw come through in the areas I treated. Both did better than no treatment for sure:

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Update March 2021: I’ve been using Tangie laundry soap exclusively for 6 months now after floating around between different options. And I’m sticking with Tangie going forward! It truly is working well for my needs, and I love that it’s 0 waste. What I reallllllllly love is the dispenser lid that I picked up from Angie, it makes the whole process super user-friendly. I use 2 capfuls/load.

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Please do, and please share your feedback with me! I do not expect 100% of you who try this to find it to be the  perfect solution for your laundry needs. We all have different water types, machines, and expectations. But I hope you’ll give it a try & that many of you will find it to be a great option for your family!

WEBSITE: https://wastefreeproducts.com/

FB PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/ilovetangie

Angie’s email (use to request your $1 sample): Gratefulred78@gmail.com

 

 

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