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  1. Have you ever reviewed Blueland products they have a great low waste profile but I am unsure about thier safety.

    1. Hi, Casey! Thank you for reaching out to I Read Labels for You! Yes, we have reviewed Blueland (for our Savvy Consumer Circle members). In a nutshell, we consider some products safer than others.

    1. Hi, Donna! We haven’t tried Truly Free. We’ve looked at their Everyday Cleaner ingredients, and they are fine. But we are not confident about the ingredients of their other products.

  2. Is it safe to mix essential oils in the Branch Basics concentrate to “scent” the laundry cleaner or the all purpose cleaner?

    1. Hi, Lindsey! Thank you for the question! Since we are not living in an ideal world, nothing is safe in absolute terms. The addition of essential oils to the BB cleaner will not form harmful ingredients in it. The caution with essential oils refers mostly to potential allergies that some people may have. We hope this helps! If you would like to get a personal consultation, Irina will be happy to help you:

      1. I have a few questions regarding Dr Bronners unscented castile soap and Branch Basics. If these 2 are similar cleaners, is Branch Basics drying like Dr Bronners is? Also, what makes Branch Basics better than Dr Bronners as a cleaner?

        1. Hi, Mercedes! We haven’t noticed any dryness with either of these products. The difference is that Dr. Bronner’s is castile soap, i.e., soap-based cleaner, and Branch Basics is surfactant-based (glucosides) cleaner. We have noticed that soap does not work well in hard water. Feel free to book a consultation with Irina for additional assistance:

  3. Thanks so much for the information! Can you tell me more about not using scented Dr. Bronner’s with infants or kids? What is the concern? Thanks!

    1. Hi, Bethany! Thank you for the question! In general, we don’t mind essential oils. Yet, like anything else, they may have a potential to increase the risk of allergic reactions. Though rare, such cases have occurred. When it comes to babies, we recommend avoiding products with essential oils for safety’s sake. For additional information, feel free to book a private consultation with Irina here:

  4. Im trying to purchase and use code READ15 but its saying not valid. Is there another code, Warmest and best to you

    1. Hi, Nicole: Melaleuca products do not adhere to my safety standards as some of their products contain a combination of ingredients that I banned from the products I use and recommend such as ethoxylated ingredients and fragrance (a mixture of undisclosed). Do you sell their products or just use them? ~Irina

      1. I am trying to figure out what to use, I do not sell it 😊 . I have been using the thieves cleaner from youngliving.

          1. I’m surprised you didn’t discuss Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds cleaner, which would be a more direct comparison to Branch Basics as they are both detergent based. What do you think of Sal Suds?

          2. Hello, Marina! Thank you for the question! Sal Suds is fine, especially for hard water. We hope this helps!

  5. In regards to Branch Basics, I hadn’t noticed any of their products specifically for dishes (by hand. Did I miss something?
    I’ve been looking for a non-toxic dish soap that is effective in cutting oils/grease. Other great brands as Dr. Bronner and Mama Suds just don’t work for me.
    Any suggestions?

    1. I put a tiny amount of Branch Basics in a soap dispenser with distilled water and use that to hand wash my dishes. There’s only two of us & we live minimally, so I wash our dishes after every use. I haven’t found it costly but I also don’t use a large amount in the mixture.