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Timestamp: 2009-02-28 14:41:04 UTCI am so excited to have been given the opportunity to review Dapple baby cleaning products! I was leery about using cleaning products while I was pregnant, worrying that they would be harmful to my baby. And since EG was born 17 months ago, I have become even more concerned. Especially considering that everything in our house has probably been in her mouth at some point in time! So, when I saw that Dapple makes not only baby-friendly cleaners, but baby specific cleaners, I had to try them! I have always tried to find baby-friendly cleaners to wash EG's highchair and toys, and have always washed her dishes separately by hand. I've never used the dishwasher for her items because, in our area, the water mixed with your standard dishwasher detergents sometimes leaves a film on the dishes (especially plastic ones!). I worry that there are dangerous chemicals still left over on this film and have never put any of her things in the dishwasher. Having said this, you can imagine my excitement when I was given the Dishwasher Powder and the NEW Toy Cleaner Wipes to test out. Long story short, they were both AWESOME and I will definitely be buying more!
The first thing I did after receiving the cleaners was to fill up my dishwasher (okay, so it was already full and waiting for someone to put some cleaner in there!) and test out the Dishwasher Powder. It was the first time that I felt comfortable putting some of EG's dishes in there. Also, I was wondering how this powder would work with our water. All of the research we've done indicates that the higher level of phosphate in the powder, the less film we'll have on the dishes. Thus, I found it particularly interesting the the Dapple is phosphate free. As I anxiously awaited for my dishes to be washed, I wanted to test out the toy cleaner wipes. Luckily, we had just purchased a few Little Tikes items from Craigslist that needed some cleaning. Before, I would have likely wiped them down with Clorox wipes, let them dry outside, and then rinsed them with water. EG would probably not have been able to play with them until the next day when I was sure that everything was completely dry and chemical-free (in my mind at least). This time, though, I decided to use the Dapple toy cleaner wipes because I felt that they were safe enough for me to use, let dry, and then let EG play with the toys right away. They cleaned really well (The toys had already been cleaned by the previous owner so it's not like they were filthy. If they had been I think I would have needed a spray toy cleaner...which Dapple does also make!), had a "non-chemicaly" fresh smell, and were a nice weight and size. They also came in a handy little Travel size pack that would easily fit in a diaper bag, car, or purse. Throughout the week that I've had the wipes, I've used them on nearly everything from her highchair, to cleaning pacifiers while we're out, wiping off a restaurant table, etc. They are great to have around, and the best part is that I know they are completely safe! Co-founder of Dapple, Tamar Rosenthal, said, "We envisioned our babies popping their toys right back into their mouths the minute they were cleaned and we wanted to be comfortable with that." Sounds good to me!
Now, back to the dishes...I was so impressed! All of the dishes came out completely clean and with fewer filmy dishes than with any other detergent we've used...interesting because we supposedly needed more phosphates. My husband was impressed too, as he had been less than convinced that this "baby" dishwasher powder could be tough on dirty dish grime. Boy was he wrong (and he even admitted it!)! This powder is actually formulated specifically to "zero in on residues that babies leave behind" and it worked great on grown-up residue too. We loved the dishwasher powder and will be keeping some in stock at our house!
It's so wonderful to find an eco-friendly cleaner made specifically for babies, and I just can't say enough about Dapple. I can't wait to try the rest of the Dapple product line, which also includes Toy Cleaner Spray, Dish Liquid, and the full-size container of Toy Cleaner Wipes. If you would like to try them out yourself, Dapple products are available for purchase at Babies "R" Us, Diapers.com, Giggle.com, Dapplebaby.com, and in certain boutique stores. Dapple has also graciously agreed to give away a travel pack of the Toy Cleaner Wipes and Dish Liquid to one lucky reader of Mommy Works! See details below for how to enter!
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