Phthalates: Where Are They Hiding & How to Go Phthalate-Free

Branch Basics | Common Household Chemicals to Avoid: Phthalates

What are phthalates? Phthalates are a group of chemicals made from petroleum used in personal care products and are used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastics and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).1 Like harmful BPA, phthalates are considered stealth chemicals that are classified as endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) and gender benders.2 Health effects of phthalates […]

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Nontoxic Air Fresheners: Remove Odors Naturally

Branch Basics | Nontoxic Air Fresheners

Nontoxic Air Fresheners Synthetic perfumes, air fresheners, plug-ins, scented candles, room sprays, and other artificially scented products often contain toxic chemicals like phthalates, which are endocrine disruptors. The chemicals used to make “air fresheners” have been linked to headaches, ear aches, depression, irregular heartbeat, and even diarrhea in babies. If you’d like to know more […]

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Switching to Glass: The Best Way to Store Food & Drinks to Avoid Phthalate and BPA Exposure

Switching To Glass to Avoid BPA Exposure | Branch Basics

Glass technology is about 5,000 years old.(2) Despite its long history, the technology of glass manufacturing has changed very little in the past 50 centuries. Glass is the material of choice for virtually all food and drink uses. This is because glass is inert, which means it does not chemically interact with other materials. Glass […]

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Juice Society | Currently Loving: Coldpressed, Organic Juice & A Recipe for Chia Pudding

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  Currently Loving: Juice Society We’re so excited to introduce Danielle Sobel of Juice Society, a hand-crafted, cold-pressed, organic juice company here in Austin, Texas. The Branch Basics love for Juice Society began with Kelly and Allison displayed next to Danielle at a local health fair in the Fall. We shared a similar story of using […]

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Branch Basics Oxygen Boost: Whitening and Lightening Mineral Powder

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Branch Basics Oxygen Boost We at Branch Basics HQ are very excited to offer a new, 100% mineral Oxygen Boost that’s safe and effective for brightening laundry, removing stains, and cleaning grout! Although there are other mineral powders on the market, they often include added fragrance and synthetic ingredients. We wanted to offer a safe alternative that […]

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Hand Soap Versus Hand Sanitizer: Why “Antibacterial” Is a Dirty Word & 4 Steps to Healthy Hands

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The Surprising History of Handwashing and Hand SanitizerS The history of intentional hand washing had an unfortunate beginning in the 1840s. When Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis proposed to fellow doctors that washing their hands before seeing each patient would reduce the transfer of infection, he was ignored, ridiculed, rejected, and ultimately dismissed from the hospital where he […]

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