Branch Basics

Clean living has become a really big deal to me, the other day I wrote a post and listed some of the products I use for myself and in my home. In my health journey I started with changing all my personal products for clean beauty but I quickly learned the products sitting under my kitchen sink were affecting my health even more.  

Once I started learning and reading more I was shocked to learn no one is holding the ingredients that go into my cleaning products, dishwashing liquids or laundry detergent to any sort of clean standard. I learned these products have harmful chemicals called VOCs (volatile organic compounds – don’t worry there won’t be a quiz) Basically, there are studies that show breathing in these chemicals, absorbing them through your skin and digesting the leftover chemicals on your dishes is as bad, or worse, for your health as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. (SAY WHAAAT?!)

I was chatting with someone the other day and they asked why I thought autoimmune disorders, cancers and other strange illnesses are on the rise. I believe (and a lot of science backs this up) that all the chemicals in our homes and food is wrecking our health. A few things that your cleaning products are linked to affecting are: learning disorders, hitting puberty years early, issues getting pregnant, neurological issues, cancer, migraines, asthma and so much more. Thinking about that affecting my kids tiny bodies was enough for me to start tossing stuff out of my house and start trying to live a cleaner lifestyle. 

So I started reading labels but going through every single bottle in my house was enough to make my head explode. Every. single. thing. was. toxic. That’s why I was so glad a friend of mine told me about Branch Basics. This isn’t an ad, because let’s be honest, I’m not cool enough for anyone to pay me to talk about their products, I just love them that much. 

Branch Basics sends you one bottle of concentrate that replaces everything in your home: Laundry Detergent, All Purpose Spray, Windows/Glass, Bathroom, Dish Detergent, Hand Soap, Floors and more. I love that I can simplify things and just have one product to cover all my cleaning needs. You can read more about it here and buy a starter kit

Don’t be alarmed at the price, I may be the cheapest human on the face of the planet, so I got your back. Branch Basics ends up being more cost efficient than most of the cleaners you currently have in your home and one bottle of concentrate lasts my family about 6 months.

Even if you decide this product isn’t for you, you should follow their blog and on instagram, they always have awesome information and tips on clean living and healthy lifestyles. Here’s a really great article that talks more about some of the stuff I touched on plus how and WHY you should detox your home. You can read about it here. I could go on and on about my love for Branch Basics but I’ll cut myself off so their founders don’t serve me a restraining order. 😉

If you do decide to try them out here is a promo code to get $10 off. Like I said, I’m no one special, once you become a customer of theirs they provide you a discount code you can share with your friends so we can help everyone #tossthetoxins and start clean living.

How I Got “Healthy”

Post pregnancy kicked my tail, both times, but especially the second time. Long story short, post-pregnancy jump started a bunch of autoimmune diseases that took a while to figure out and diagnosis. All these strange health issues lead me down a path I didn’t see coming. When doctors couldn’t give me a solid answers or treatment plans, I started eliminating things in my life in hopes I could fix some of these unexpected health problems…basically I went full granola

My first course of action was to clean up my eating. Anything you could get rid of, I got rid of it. Sugars, gluten, eggs, preservatives, dairy…basically anything that was known to cause inflammation, GONE. I never ate perfectly but I feel like I did it really well for a long time, only because I was miserable and I needed to believe this would fix my issues. While there were countless things eating better did DO for me, it didn’t fix all my health issues. 

I realized I was only addressing part of the problem, so I buckled down and started to look at our whole house and lifestyle. It was time to not only eliminate the junk out of my diet but also the toxins in the products I was using. When I started to read about it, it felt extremely overwhelming so I took it one step at a time.

It felt most logical to eliminate anything that touched my body first, so I started from the top down, literally. (this is also the point where my husband thought I had officially lost my marbles:)) Below are the clean products are what we are currently using: 

Shampoo – 100% Pure 

Conditioner – 100% Pure 

Hair Frizz Oil – Straight Jojoba oil 

Face Wash – Beauty Counter Face Wash

Makeup – 100% Pure, Honeybee Organics, Juice Beauty 

Face Masks – 100% Pure

Face Serums – 100% Pure or make your own

Toothpaste – Toms 

Deodorant – Native or Jordan just recently started using Stink Bug

Body Soap – Dr. Bonners 

Laundry Detergent – Branch Basics

Household Cleaners – Branch Basics

Children Bath – Hellobello, Dr Bonners, Burts Bees 

Hand Soap – Branch Basics

Dish Liquid – Branch Basics

Dishwasher – 7th Generation 

Sunscreen – Badger or Babo Botanicals 

I know I left some products out and I am sure there things I haven’t even thought to switch out but wanted to share products that have been working for me soon rather than later. The more you learn the more you realize nothing is regulated and there is “bad” stuff in everything. I now find myself looking at the ingredients my yard company and pest control company use….I’ve started looking at the ingredients in clothing labels…WHO AM I … and what our mattress is made out of…… and what kind of chemicals are in our water even though it’s filtered…..I’m deep into the rabbit hole now friends and I don’t see myself coming back. I’ve gone full on granola