Review: Dapple -- An environmentally friendly product

Thursday, February 16, 2017

6 years ago, I became a mom. 6 years ago, I became a little more paranoid. I constantly source for safer products for the home, knowing that Big K may chew toys which she had glided on the floor or perhaps even lick her crumbs off the floor! She turns out to be an extremely cautious girl and generally very well behaved, but well, you never know! Fast forward, now, I am a mommy to two beautiful children and still on the lookout for better products for the family to minimise their exposure to harsh chemicals.

I was introduced to Dapple recently and was mighty impressed. Dapple is designed by two mothers who know exactly what it takes to clean tough baby messes. Dapple products are specially formulated for households with kids. That's us!

We tried the Dapple Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid and it lives up to expectations. It is said that it will remove milk films and odour. While most liquids may be able to remove milk films if you give the bottle a good scrub, odour is another matter altogether. I always felt that our milk bottles smelt funky. No matter how long i soak the bottle with detergent or have it filled with hot water, the smell persists. However, after using Dapple Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid, the smell was eliminated. I am truly in awe of its cleaning prowess. Being non-toxic and plant-based makes the product all the more safe. Most bottle liquids on the shelf contain artificial fragrances hence they smell good. But,  according to the Environmental Working Group, it is one of the top five allergens and can trigger asthma attacks. In addition to that, some products contain Phthalates which acts as a solvent to help fragrances last longer. This isn't good as it is an endocrine disruptor. Say what? The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep and mood, among other things. The Dapple Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid does have a smell, but it is refreshingly scented with Apricot -- the real thing! Very light! We also tried the Lavender Bottle and Dish Liquid. A nice after wash smell. I do however prefer the Apricot probably because it reminds me of the fruit itself. Greedy me. It is also free from formaldehyde which acts as a preservative. This is an eye, nose, lung and throat irritant and what's worse, it is known to be a human carcinogen! Lately, the hubs complained that my palm is getting a little rougher, no thanks to harsh dishwashing liquids. Most contain Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureate Sulfate (SLES) to help disperse ingredients for easy rinsing. While this may sound good, people can get sensitised to it and it also has drying property. That explains why my hands are getting rougher! You would be also assured by its award-winning green technology which targets milk residue and uses baking soda to combat odour. It is made entirely of plant-based ingredients which makes it worth the money! Do not underestimate plant-based products as this is super-effective at cleaning our bottles! You would also be glad to know that refill packs are available for purchase. Environmentally friendly much?

The other product which tried was the Dapple Baby Laundry Detergent. Since a long time ago, we have been using powder detergent to wash our kids' clothings. I somehow feel that it isn't all that effective as we have to put quite a bit. I have been looking for a liquid which is able to do a better job. Unfortunately, I've tried several and the smell irks me. I abhor most fragrances from laundry products. Especially laundry products because we will be wearing the clothings infused with these fragrances every. single. day. So I was very glad to know that Dapple Baby Laundry Detergent is hypoallergenic and fragrance free! Great for sensitive skin! While the hypoallergenic bit doesn't seem to matter much since most of us use the washing machine to wash our clothes, it is quite critical when it comes to hand washing our clothes. I frequently have to hand wash my kids' clothings as some dyes run. As it is, the dyes from the clothing are probably not great, we wouldn't want to add oil to the fire and have our laundry products plagued with artificial colouring and fragrances. When Big K was still very young, she constantly suffered from hives. I suspect that it is due to all these harsh chemicals which she had been exposed. Knowing that Dapple products are made of plant-based ingredients and is a trusted brand of Healthy Child Healthy World puts me at ease. On top of that, no stains were seen on my clothings . You know how it is that certain laundry liquids might stain the clothes, well not Dapple. This laundry liquid is fragrance free. By that word, I initially thought the end product will still stink and probably not be as clean. However, our laundry came out smelling clean! It is so gentle and safe that it is perfect even for newborns. Dapple Baby Laundry Detergent really hits the bullseye! In addition, we need not add a whole lot. For small to medium loads, all you need is approximately 1/3 of the cap (1st bar) whilst larger loads would need approximately half of the cap (2nd bar). It is great that the transparent cap comes with indicators.

Quality assured
Dapple is an USA brand and its products are made in USA. Their products are not tested on animals and come with refill packs which saves 68% of plastic. Not only is Dapple baby-safe, it is also kind to the environment. Dapple is a trusted brand of Healthy Child Healthy World. It is also certified by the nonprofit B Lab to have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. 

Do check them out over at DearBaby. They've got a good range of products from surface care, laundry care to dish and bottle care. 
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Now for more exciting news :: From now till 28 February 2017, DearBaby has kindly extended a 15% discount off all Dapple products on DearBaby webstore as well as Dearbaby at JEM. Simply enter the code " dapple15janice". Do note that for purchases online, there is a minimum order of $20. Easily hit!