Do You Know What’s in Your Laundry Detergent?

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The Fresh, Clean Smell: Air Pollution Have you ever walked around your neighborhood and noticed that fresh smell of someone doing laundry? Bad news: when you breathe in that “clean” familiar scent, you’re actually getting a lung-full of toxic chemicals.  According to research by the University of Washington, when scented laundry detergents and fabric softeners […]

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Branch Basics Laundry Instructions

Branch Basics Laundry Instructions

These laundry instructions are the method we suggest for incorporating Branch Basics Concentrate into your laundry routine. Typically, if stains are properly pretreated, 1 teaspoon of Branch Basics Concentrate is adequate even for larger, tougher loads. Branch Basics Laundry: Top-Loading Machines For top-loading machines, add 1-2 teaspoons of Concentrate to your washing machine as it fills with water. […]

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Branch Basics Ultimate Guide to Nontoxic Floor Cleaning: It’s Much Easier Than You Think!

Branch Basics Ultimate Guide to Nontoxic Floor Cleaning

Why a Clean Floor Makes a Big Difference in Your Health Your shoes carry you across parking lots, through gym locker rooms, and into bathroom stalls, where they pick up E. coli (causes intestinal and urinary tract infections), Klebsiella (pneumonia bacteria), and Serratia ficaria (a respiratory tract infection bacteria).1 In addition to bacteria, your shoes […]

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Integrated Pest Management: An Inexpensive, Safe, & Sensible Way to Avoid Pests

Integrated Pest Management | Branch Basics

Briefly, Why is Conventional Pesticide Use Harmful? Globally, 972 people die each day of unintentional pesticide exposure, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).1 Conventional, synthetic pesticides are indiscriminate killers affecting not only insects, but also “non-target organisms” –  humans and every living creature.2 In adequate doses, pesticides can cause immediate death in humans, though most […]

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Sunning: How to Take Advantage of the Summer Sun by Outgassing (or Offgassing)

Sunning to Offgas | Branch Basics

What is Offgassing or Outgassing? Offgassing or outgassing are interchangeable terms that relate to indoor air quality. Offgassing refers to the release of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from a material or solution that has been trapped or absorbed. For example, when a room is freshly painted, the chemicals from the curing paint slowly offgas into […]

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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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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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