How To Use Branch Basics Foaming Wash: Complete Guide

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How To Use Branch Basics Foaming Wash: Complete Guide

Customers are often surprised that our all-in-one safe cleaning Concentrate can be used to make Foaming Wash, which is a hand, face, and body wash.

However, this is entirely possible when you create a human-safe formula designed for the most sensitive skin.

Plus, Foaming Wash is incredible for hand washing, facial cleansing, pet washing, cleaning jewelry, for babies, and more.

What other cleaning product can say that?

Read on to learn all about Branch Basics Foaming wash and 13+ ways to use it around your home.

What Is Branch Basics Foaming Wash?

Branch Basics Foaming Wash is made using Branch Basics Concentrate, a multi-purpose, human-safe, EWG-Verified, Made Safe cleaning Concentrate designed to replace every cleaner (and more) in your home.

To make Foaming Wash, combine 1 part Branch Basics Concentrate to 4 parts water in the refillable glass or plastic Foaming Wash bottle.

Shake, and you’re ready to use.

Branch Basics’ Starter Kits contain everything you need to toss the toxins by replacing synthetic chemical cleaners, laundry products, and soap with safe alternatives. 

Our Premium Starter Kit, for example, contains Branch Basics Concentrate and Oxygen Boost (laundry booster, bleach alternative, and soaking agent) plus five glass or plastic bottles to make your own Streak-Free, All-Purpose, Bathroom, Foaming Wash, and Laundry cleaning products.

Just add water + the designated amount of Concentrate to the fill line, shake, and you’re ready to clean.

For more information on how Branch Basics safe cleaning system works, plus a video demo, see: How To Get Started With Your Branch Basics Kit.

13 Ways To Use Branch Basics Foaming Wash for Personal Care and Cleaning

Branch Basics Foaming Wash is a super-convenient way to ensure you have human-safe hand soap, body wash, and more at your fingertips.

Here are twelve-plus ways to use it.

1. Hand Washing

Foaming Wash is most frequently used as an ultra-gentle and natural hand soap. Keep a bottle at your kitchen sink, in your bathrooms, in the car, or anywhere frequent hand-washing is necessary.

To use:

  1. Pump foam and rub hands together for 20 seconds. 
  2. Rinse clean.
  3. Refill as needed.

Our Travel Size Foaming Wash is a perfect safe way to remove germs on your hands when you’re out and about, traveling, or on the road.

2. Body Wash or Baby Wash

Foaming Wash’s ultra-gentle, non-allergenic, naturally derived surfactants, Coco Glucoside and Decyl Glucoside, plus organic Chamomile Flower Extract, make it a perfect natural cleanser for face, body, or even baby.

In fact, Decyl and Coco Glucoside are so gentle they are often used in healthy baby products.

To use:

  1. Use the Foaming Wash in the shower or bath as you would a body wash or soap.
  2.  To use on baby, add 1 or 2 pumps to a washcloth and gently wash and rinse.

Learn more about our ingredients in:

Note: Foaming Wash is not a tear-free formula, so take care around eyes.

Related read: Coco Glucoside Vs. Decyl Glucoside: What’s The Difference?

3. Eye Makeup Remover

Imagine you’re traveling and forgot your makeup remover, or you’re at home and just ran out of your favorite brand… Foaming Wash to the rescue!

Its ultra-gentle formula makes quick work of eye makeup without causing skin irritation.

To use:

  1. Rub directly on closed eyes. 
  2. Wipe makeup off with soft cloth or reusable cotton rounds.

Note: This is not a tear-free formula, so be sure to keep your eyes closed.

4. Facial Cleansing

As you’ve just learned, Foaming Wash’s star ingredients make it an excellent, super-gentle, and healthy cleanser for even the most sensitive skin.

Chamomile Flower Extract is particularly nourishing for the face, is non-drying, and helps calm and soothe irritation.

To use:

  1. Wet your face.
  2. Gently rub in Foaming Wash for about a minute (you can also remove your eye makeup at this time).
  3. Rinse.
  4. Pat dry.

Get more tips on clean skincare in: Our Favorite Non-Toxic Personal Care Products.

5. Hair Wash

As if body and facial cleansing weren’t enough, Foaming Wash also works as an ultra-gentle shampoo for all hair types—including babies, toddlers, and children (just remember, this is not a tear-free formula, so take care with little eyes).

We use it all the time, especially when traveling, but it can take a little experimentation.

A little more or less Concentrate to water ratio may be better for your hair depending on thickness and type. 

Start with the recommended dilution and tweak from there.

To use:

  1. Wet hair.
  2. Lather on.
  3. Rinse clean.
  4. Follow up with your favorite all-natural conditioner, if desired.
  5. Style as usual.

Related read: How To Clean Your Shower Naturally: 6 Tips.

6. Makeup Brushes

With Foaming Wash poised at your bathroom sink, you’ll remember to wash your makeup brushes more often for an even cleaner clean beauty routine.

To use: 

  1. Add a few pumps of Foaming Wash or All-Purpose spray to a sink or bowl of warm water.
  2. Soak your makeup brushes for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Rinse clean and air dry.
  4. If you’re in a hurry, rinse your brush with warm water, then add a quarter or half a pump directly to your brushes, agitate with your fingers, and rinse until the water runs clean. 

Related read: Our Non-Toxic Makeup Recommendations.

7. Shaving

Conventional shaving creams typically contain a toxic soup of synthetic petroleum-derived surfactants, dyes, and heavy fragrance. Since the skin absorbs most of what it encounters, these are ingredients you want to avoid, especially if you shave frequently and have sensitive, irritated, or inflamed skin.

Instead, use Foaming Washing to create a rich, thick foam for shaving.

To use: 

  1. Wet the area (face, legs, underarms, etc.).
  2. Apply a generous amount of Foaming Wash.
  3. Shave and rinse.

8. As a Pet Wash

Foaming Wash’s ingredients are gentle, non-irritating, and safe enough to be safe to use as a pet wash on dogs or cats. 

To use:

  1. Wet your pet and lather Foaming Wash.
  2.  Scrub and rinse.

For more tips on safe pet washing, see: How To Wash Your Pet With Branch Basics.

9. Dishes

Branch Basics Foaming Wash is an excellent (and convenient) way to hand wash dishes.

To use:

  • Either squirt directly onto the dishes and scrub, or add a few pumps into a sinkful of warm water, agitate to create foam, and hand wash dishes.
  • You can also use All-Purpose or Bathroom dilution to wash dishes in the same way.
  • To use undiluted Concentrate, add 1 teaspoon of Concentrate to a sink full of hot water to hand wash. 

Related read: Why Human-Safe Dishwashing Is So Important.

10. Jewelry

For sparkling jewelry that looks brand new, try Foaming Wash on your rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more.

To use:

  1. Soak jewelry in a bowl of water with a few squirts of Foaming Wash for 3-5 minutes or overnight. 
  2. Use a soft brush if necessary to clean away dirt, grime, and build-up.
  3. Rinse and dry. 

Not recommended for opals and pearls.

11. Paint Brushes

Those with artists at home will love using Foaming Wash for quick and efficient paint brush clean-up.

To use:

  1. Soak brushes for 5-10 minutes with a few pumps of foam.
  2. Rinse with warm water.

Related Read: The Branch Basics Smart Guide To Safe School Supplies.

12. Baby Bottles

Foaming Wash is a convenient, safe way to wash your baby bottles (and you may be surprised how many toxic chemicals are hiding in conventional dish soap).

To use:

  1. Pump Foaming Wash directly into the bottle and scrub clean.
  2. Follow up with any recommended sanitizing measures.

13. Produce Wash

You can forget the expensive product washes! Just a pump of Branch Basics Foaming Wash (or All-Purpose) is all you need to remove more dirt, germs, and pesticide residue from your produce.

To Use:

  1. Spray skin directly with All-Purpose or foam with Foaming Wash, lightly scrub, then rinse with cold water.

Foaming Wash Tips

Making and using Foaming Wash is easy, but following these tips can make it work even better:

Tip 1: A Little Goes A Long Way!

Foaming Wash is very economical because a little goes a long way! Just one pump on hands or face is all you need for a thorough clean.

Tip 2: Consider Using Distilled Or Filtered Water

As healthy home experts, we highly recommend using filtered or distilled water in your Foaming Wash.

This eliminates or minimizes exposure to common water additives and contaminants additives like chlorine, fluoride, minerals, and other chemicals that can irritate delicate skin. 

For more information on what’s hiding in tap water, see: How To Choose The Best Water Filter For Every Home And Budget.

Tip 3: Keep A Travel-Size Foaming Wash In Your Car, Purse, Backpack, etc. As A Hand Sanitizer Alternative

As previously mentioned, we love using travel-size Foaming Wash when traveling or on the go.

It’s also a great alternative to chemical-based hand sanitizer when you want to remove germs rather than kill them. 

Although Foaming Wash is not a sanitizer, it is highly effective at removing germs. 

Per the Centers for Disease Control, soap and water are the most effective way to clean your hands.

Learn more about the science and advantages of using soap and water vs. hand sanitizer in: Hand Soap Vs. Hand Sanitizer: 4 Steps To Healthy Hands.

Tip 4: Replace After 1 Year

If your Foaming Wash happens to last a whole year, we recommend replacing the formula with fresh water and Concentrate.

Foaming Wash FAQs

The idea of using a cleaning concentrate for personal care, babies, pets, etc., can raise a lot of questions! Here, we answer your Foaming Wash FAQs.

Q: What is in Branch Basics Concentrate used to make Foaming Wash?

A: Branch Basics Concentrate is an EWG-verified, Made Safe certified, biodegradable product made from a combination of natural ingredients and naturally derived surfactants, including: 

  • Purified Water: Reverse Osmosis
  • Decyl Glucoside: An ultra-gentle naturally-derived surfactant cleanser from coconut and/or Non-GMO corn. 
  • Chamomile Flower Extract: An organic flower extract with Allergen (IFRA) Certifications, which certifies it is nonallergenic and is not a fragrance. 
  • Coco Glucoside: An ultra-gentle naturally-derived surfactant derived from coconut. We use this with Decyl Glucoside to enhance cleaning and foaming power and stability.
  • Sodium Citrate: A plant-derived, biodegradable sodium salt that acts as a water softener.
  • Sodium Bicarbonate: A mineral-based water softener, also known as baking soda.
  • Sodium Phytate: A natural chelator used as an antioxidant preservative.

Learn more in: Is Branch Basics Safe? Your Questions, Answered.

Q: Is Foaming Wash a tear-free formula?

A: No. Although they are safe for very sensitive, delicate, and allergic skin, Foaming Wash, and all Branch Basics products, are not tear-free. 

Safe and tear-free products have their place (especially for bathing-reluctant babies, toddlers, or kiddos). However, their pH can disrupt the skin’s natural barrier and thus, may be irritating for certain skin types.

Q: Why is Foaming Wash considered safe for babies and those with very sensitive skin?

A: All the ingredients in Branch Basics Concentrate (used to make Foaming Wash, All-Purpose, Bathroom, and Laundry) were selected with the most sensitive individuals in mind.

This is why we chose the most gentle naturally-derived surfactants we could find, Coco Glucoside and Decyl Glucoside, which are commonly used in baby products. 

Organic Chamomile Flower Extract adds an extra layer of soothing, nourishing, and healing properties to this already gentle formula.

Learn more in: The Journey To Our New Formula.

Q: Does Foaming Wash have a scent?

A: Foaming Wash is naturally fragrance-free. Its scent is best described as a mild soap scent with a hint of chamomile.

Related read: What Does Branch Basics Smell Like? 5 Fragrance-Free Benefits.

Q: Can I add essential oils to Foaming Wash?

A: If you know your skin and body are not sensitive to particular essential oils, try using 1-5 drops of your favorite 100% pure, organic/wildcrafted essential oils to Foaming Wash and see how it goes.

Q: What’s the difference between Foaming Wash and Branch Basics Gel Hand Soap?

A: Both Branch Basics Gel Hand Soap and Foaming Wash are ultra-gentle and effective for hand washing, eye makeup removal, facial cleaning, and body wash, and made using only safe and natural ingredients.

Some people prefer a gel-based hand soap, like Branch Basics Gel Hand Soap, while others like the foaming action of the original.

For more information on the ingredients in Branch Basics Gel Hand Soap, see: Breaking Down Our Healthy Gel Hand Soap Ingredients.

Note: We always recommend using a variety of products on the skin, including bar soaps, to avoid getting sensitive to repeated use. 

Q: Can I use my own bottles to make Foaming Wash?

A: Branch Basics Premium Starter Kits come with a refillable Foaming Wash bottle. 

However, you can also use your own bottles to make enough for your entire home. 

Just be sure to use a foam-style pump and follow the recommended ratio of 1 part Branch Basics Concentrate to 4 parts water.

You can also order more Branch Basics Foaming Wash bottles (in reusable glass or plastic) here. We even give a price break on packs of 3.

Get more details in: Using Your Own Bottles For Branch Basics Concentrate.

Toss The Toxins With Branch Basics

When we set out to create Branch Basics, our goal was to create a simple and effective, healthy cleaning Concentrate to replace every cleaning and laundry product in the home. Our #1 priority was, and always will be, human health. 

Naturally, this also had to work as a hand, face, and body wash (because our bodies need healthy cleaning too.)

We hope this article has showcased all the fantastic things you can do with Foaming Wash, beyond hand-washing.

We also have similar guides for Branch Basics All-Purpose, Streak-Free, and Bathroom, which are all made using all-natural, EWG-verified, Made Safe Branch Basics Concentrate + Water. 

If you want to simplify your healthy cleaning routine, click here to check out Branch Basics Starter Kits.

Check out our blog for more tips on everything- safe cleaning and healthy living.

 New to the healthy home and healthy cleaning movement? We’ve got a course for that.

Branch Basics Toss The Toxins Online Course takes you through the process of creating a safe home with step-by-step instructions on how to remove and replace common household toxins.

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