Excited to share my full review of Caraway Nontoxic Cookware Ceramic Pots. This nontoxic cookware option is a new find for me and one I was so pumped to get my hands on and test out! They launched in the fall of 2019, so they’re not even a year old. I was intrigued to say the least of their ceramic pots after having tried so many others in the past, I knew there must be something special about this line and there is.
Let me introduce you to the newest wave of ceramic cookware- Caraway!
Let me first share a little information on Caraway Cookware ceramic pots and pans and what makes them so special. They are made using a mineral based coating that doesn’t leach into your food. They also emit 60% less C02 than traditional non-stick coatings. They first start with an aluminum and stainless steel base and then cover it with the mineral based coating. The mineral coating is free of lead, cadmium and teflon. As with most ceramic pots and pans it is a mineral-based coating made of silica, oxygen, binders, and color pigments.
People used to be concerned about the mineral coating chipping but I’ve found high quality ceramic pots and pans don’t do that. It’s the poor quality, usually inexpensive ones that tend to chip or wear off after a short amount of time. As I like to say- you get what you pay for!
Caraway Cookware is definitely high quality. Very durable and stain resistant. I haven’t had any issues with stains or discolorations. It really continues to look as good as the day I got it! Something I really love about the cookware. It’s also very easy to clean. All you need is some warm soapy water and a scrub pad and it cleans things up really well.
Caraway Cookware comes packaged so well in a recycled cardboard with zero plastics.
The Caraway Cookware Ceramic Pots and Pans Collection
The Caraway Cookware Ceramic Pots comes in 4 cookware options.
You can buy them as a set for $395 or you can shop them individually. Buying them as a set saves you $65. The set really is the perfect wedding or shower gift in my opinion. It would be all the essentials to get you started in the kitchen. The Caraway Cookware ceramic pots comes in 5 colors. Cream, Gray, Terracotta, Sage and Navy. They all look very modern and sleek. I have the gray ceramic pots collection. The first thing everyone says when they see them is how good they look with my kitchen! I couldn’t agree more. They definitely look very sharp.
Caraway Cookware is comes with lids with a ventilating hole.
Caraway Cookware is such an easy transition for anyone looking to swap their cookware from traditional non-stick to a nontoxic non-stick option. You won’t miss your old toxic cookware at all with Caraway! It’s so easy to use. It’s completely nonstick. I haven’t had any issues with food sticking to the ceramic pots or pans at all. Even my husband was so impressed with the performance. He couldn’t get over how easy it was to use. I’ve made ground beef, sausage, chicken, eggs, quesadillas, vegetable stir fry’s and more. I love the small fry pan for cooking eggs or quick one person meals. The Sauce Pan I’ve used so much for sauces, oatmeal and pasta. The Sauté Pan is great for cooking larger one pot meals, meat and stir fry’s and the Dutch Oven is great for soups, chili, whole chickens and broth. I really have used them all for different things and they work so well.
I love the hanging canvas lid holder too! Such a great way to organize the lids. The Sauté Pan, Sauce Pan and the Dutch Oven all come with lids. Something I love! They even have a small venting hole in each lid. The hanging canvas comes with two suctions. I put it on the side of my fridge and it works great! So easy to get to the lids. They also come with magnetic modular pan racks that help keep your ceramic pots and pans organized in your cabinet. They really have thought of everything!
The lids come in a hanging canvas that you can hang inside a cabinet for easy storage.
They also work for any type of stovetop. Whether you have gas or electric or even induction- Caraway Cookware will work!
Another point I wanted to make is that they don’t feel quite as heavy as some other ceramic cookware I’ve had in the past. They are sturdy but not too heavy. I like being able to still lift the pan with one arm if I need too. As with any ceramic cookware you want to make sure you use wooden, or silicone utensils on the pans, no stainless steel to prevent scratching.
I have been so happy with Caraway Cookware and the overall performance of their ceramic pots and pans. Often you find a cookware and you love how it looks but not how it performs- Caraway does it all. From the sleek design, to the amazing even cooking, easy cleanup and effortless storage- Caraway makes it easy to switch to nontoxic cookware without thinking twice!
Caraway Cookware comes with interlocking magnetic storage shelves for easy storage in cabinets.
I also applaud Caraway Cookware for it’s ethical manufacturing. They go the extra mile to ensure that their employees are paid fairly, with benefits, safe, treated well and work regular hours. Their ethics also carry over into their environmental practices too. Their shipments are shipped out in recycled cardboard without any plastic. They also use biodegradable cork trivets as well and low impact print dyes.
I’m so excited to finally be sharing my full review on 360 waterless cookware! I have a whole post dedicated to nontoxic cookware and it still remains one of my most popular posts on my website. I’ll be adding in 360 soon to the nontoxic cookware post, but wanted to share first here all the details on the company and what to expect from 360 cookware.
First, I must share that my friend Steph Duford from @stephdufordlifestyle turned me on to the cookware. She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to natural living in all it’s forms! I’ll be sharing her full experience using the cookware too below. I thought it would be nice to have two opinions. When she recommends something I know it’s going to be gold because she only loves the best of the best and truly does her research so well.
Now if you are wondering why you would want to avoid conventional cookware, allow me to share some facts with you. It might seem like one more thing to consider when it comes to living a natural lifestyle, but let me assure you, it’s an important one!
I’m sure you’ve either used nonstick pots or pans or conventional stainless steel. These pans may make it easy to cook your food with but unfortunately they carry dangerous toxic exposure as well! Conventional cookware usually contains toxic chemicals called Perfluorooctanoic(PFOA) or Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) or the stainless steel is a combination of scrap metal that contains heavy metals.
When living out a natural lifestyle one of the foundations is cooking your food. It’s no secret that when you cook your own food, you’re getting more nourishment then when eating out. However, if the cookware we constantly use is leaching out harmful toxins we may be doing ourselves a disservice. As I mentioned earlier it’s the toxic load over time that really adds up. These chemicals are literally getting into the food we’re eating and then absorbed by our bodies.
Which brings me back to 360 and why it’s one of the nontoxic cookware options I love. It is the best when it comes to a clean stainless steel cookware option!
One of the reasons why I love 360 so much is that it is made in the USA in West Bend, WI.
It’s become a family business that started with the owner’s father being turned on to waterless cookware after returning from the Vietnam War. He then started to sell it for more than 30 years. The operation got outsourced more and more to Asia. The owner’s son realized he wanted to continue waterless cookware and keep bringing it to the American people, so he created 360 Cookware. He had realized how unique it was, from the flavor it produced in food that had been cooked in it, to the nutrients it kept intact. The cool part is that they kept many of the workers that had been laid off from the previous company and hired them to work at 360 Cookware. These trained workers encompassed more than 450 years of experience in the manufacturing of waterless cookware! Since 2004 360 Cookware has been making waterless cookware that stands the test of time and serves families everyday as they use them to feed their families.
I was so moved by the story of 360 Cookware. I love supporting family businesses and people that are truly creating products that are safe for people and the environment!
So now you might be wondering, what is waterless cookware?
Allow me to explain. Waterless cookware uses a technology called Vapor Technology to cook your food at lower temperatures. When you cook your food at lower temperatures you are not only increasing the flavors but protecting all the nutrients in the food. Yielding higher nutrients in your cooked food once their done. Not only does it heat your food at lower temperatures but it also does it quicker! Yes, in this case you can have the best of both worlds. You are cooking the food in it’s own juices so you don’t need the added oils, butters, etc like you would with other cookware.
The lids of 360 Cookware are specially designed to create a Vapor Seal that encapsulates the heat and moves it around the food to cook it. Instead of overcooked, low nutrient food, with bland taste, you are left with nutrient dense flavorful food! I can attest to the magic of waterless cookware after using 360 cookware myself- more on that in my full review below. If you prefer to cook as you always have you can still do that with 360 cookware too! You don’t have to use the waterless cookware method but once you learn it you won’t want to go back!
This 6 quart pot from 360 cookware has been on heavy rotation in my cookware arsenal!
Now, I’ve always wondered about the safety of stainless steel cookware when it came to leaching metals into food. I wasn’t so sure about it. However, after looking into 360 I’m convinced this is one of the safest options out there when it comes to nontoxic cookware. A 360 cookware pot or pan has a layer of T-304 Surgical Grade Stainless Steel first, then the next layer is Aluminum Alloy- which helps to conduct heat throughout the cookware, and then the third layer is T-400 Series Stainless Steel. Since the aluminum alloy is in the middle it never comes in to contact with your food. Many companies are using scrap metal and not stainless steel and calling it stainless steel. The scrap metal could be from anywhere and often is from China. You end up not knowing what your stainless steel actually contains. I also love that it’s surgical grade stainless steel! My friend Steph brought this to my attention. This is what they use in your body if you were having surgery for something particular- next level that they use the highest quality.
360 is unique because not only is it U.S. made surgical stainless steel, but it’s also manufactured in the U.S. So everything is sourced and made here in the United States- so cool! I love knowing exactly where they’re sourcing the product and how it’s being made. 360 doesn’t spare any detail when making their product- it truly is unlike any other stainless steel cookware!
If you’ve looked into cookware in the past you may have been met with the idea that the more layers the better when dealing with cookware. Unfortunately, this isn’t the truth. More layers isn’t better but the thickness of the layers is what you want to consider. 360 has one of the thickest layers overall at .11″. Ensuring you can feel safe about what you’re cooking your food in!
One of the best things about 360 Cookware is the fact that it’s cookware you will have for a lifetime. You can literally pass these pots and pans down to your grandchildren. Once you invest in them, you’ll have them forever! They are heirloom quality and made to last. I love this because so often you have to buy so many sets of pots and pans, not with 360 Cookware- they hold up and last. They believe so much in their product that they offer a lifetime warranty- pretty amazing!
As you can see, 360 doesn’t miss details. They’re super into them, which I love! They even have a well done FAQ’s page on their website that is sure to answer any question you may have about the cookware.
This 360 cookware is made of USA made pure stainless steel.
My Experience Using 360 Waterless Cookware
Ok, onto to my experience using 360 Cookware. I had never used waterless cookware in the past. This was my first time using this method and being introduced to it. As I said earlier, my friend Steph from @stephdufordlifestyle is the one who turned me on to 360 Cookware. I’m forever grateful! I’ve never owned such a nice cookware set and I can tell you the difference is like none other.
They are so well made and feel so sturdy. I have the 3.5 Quart Saucepan, the 6 Quart Stainless Steel Stock Pot Slow Cooker, and the Stainless Steel 8.5 in. Fry Pan. Needless to say after using them I want to add more to my collection!
This 6 Quart Stainless Steel Stock Pot has been such an amazing multi-use product! I love the versatility.
6 Quart Stainless Steel Stock Pot Slow Cooker- I love how this pot can go from the slow cooker to an oven or on the stove. It’s so versatile! I can cook a whole chicken in this, a roast, a large batch of chili or bean soup and it all comes out wonderful. The flavor of the meat is unlike any other. It’s multi-use function really makes this one of my more loved pieces because it can do all the things. As fall and winter comes I can see myself cooking so many soups in this too! It’s been a game changer for me. It really has actually eliminated other pots that I used to use and created more of a minimalist effect to my cooking- because I only want to use this! I have a family of 5(one being a baby) but this has been perfect for our family. If you have a smaller family you may want to check out the 4 quart and if you have a larger family the 8 quart may be perfect for you! I’ve seared meat in the pot, then added in my veggies and the rest of the ingredients and put it on the slow cooker- trust me when I say you’ll use this!
3.5 Quart Saucepan- What doesn’t this saucepan do?! But really. I can cook veggies in here, meat of any kind, from ground beef, sausage, chicken legs, chicken thighs, chicken breasts, and steaks. This is a well loved pan. I would say this is a quick way to make dinner fast and tasty! I’ll have some meat that’s been dethawed and then I’ll add it to the pan and within 15 minutes or less I have the tastiest dinner! The flavor of the meat is unreal. Ask my hubs! The chicken flavor is unlike anything I’ve made before and I literally don’t use any oil! It’s just the waterless cookware technology at work. The veggies don’t taste mushy or overdone but so much more fresh and vibrant. I love knowing my foods nutrients aren’t being diluted by water I’ve added. This pan is also great for stir fry’s too! I keep trying new things all the time with it.
8.5 in. Fry Pan- This little guy is perfect for frying eggs, reheating something quick, or if I’m just fixing something for myself or my husband. It’s such a great size and easy to handle. There is a learning curve with frying eggs or scrambled eggs when using it. I learned to heat it on low, around 3, wait a few minutes until it’s well heated. Add a little oil. I prefer avocado oil or ghee, then add the eggs in the oil. The trick really is to not overheat, which you will hear often when reading more about waterless cookware and cooking with it. Slow and steady wins the race- especially when it comes to cooking eggs. As with anything be patient, you’ll get the hang of it!
The 360 Cookware 3.5 quart stainless steel sauté pan does just about everything when it comes to cooking!
How To Cook With 360 Waterless Cookware
There is a slight learning curve to cooking with waterless cookware as I mentioned. But once you learn it, it’s so easy! I found the instruction guide that comes with the cookware so helpful and also their how to videos on their website. One of the biggest things is to make sure your pan is pre-heated before adding the food. You don’t need your pan to be hotter than low to medium heat. I find a lot of people turn the heat on high and that is what causes things to burn, lose flavor and nutrition. You’ll be surprised even with the low heat how quickly your food actually cooks! Once you have your pan set to low/medium for 3-5 minutes then you can test the pan to see if it’s hot enough by dropping some water in the pan. If it splatters it’s not hot enough, but if the drops of water bead up and dance across the pan you know it’s hot enough. Once your pan is hot enough you’ll add your food. Then add your lid and wait for the steam to escape the lid, then you spin the lid to activate the vapor technology. The guide they give you is so helpful in knowing how long to cook things at first and then as you get used to it you will remember how long it takes the next time. There were a few things I added water to when cooking some vegetables and steak but it is very minimal. As with anything the more you use it, the more you learn!
The biggest thing I’ve noticed and my husband has noticed is the flavor profile in all of our food. It has gone way up! Also, how quickly it cooks items and the versatility of the pans. I’m hooked!
My beautiful friend Steph Duford is a health guru and does her research!
My Friend Steph Duford’s Experience Using 360 Waterless Cookware
As I mentioned my friend Steph Duford is the one who introduced me to 360 Cookware. I wanted you to hear her experience because she is so well versed in the product and living a truly holistic and natural lifestyle. I look to her so often when researching products because she does such thorough research herself. I knew when she loved 360 Cookware that it was something special. I wanted you to hear a little of her story so you can understand why her endorsement of 360 Cookware means so much!
Steph Duford is from Wisconsin. Born and raised a Midwest girl. Her husband, Larry and her have a 7-year-old fun and enthusiastic son named Frank. Recently, after 16 years, she left her profession as a hair stylist to be a full-time SAHM (stay at home mom) and homeschool Frank. There hasn’t been one defining moment that has made her passionate about lifestyle and wellness but a compilation of many. Knowledge is her power. Steph loves to learn and research…often times to a fault. By personality, she is passionate, strong willed and determined. Her biggest tool has always been self navigation. At 1 year, her son Frank was diagnosed with multiple anaphylaxis to both food and environmental allergies. He’s truly the bravest and most inspiring human she knows. It has been her mission to focus on healing him from the inside out and there really is no limit to how far her and her husband will go for her son’s health and freedom.
One thing she very much prides herself in is how her and her family create normalcy. They focus on experiences that can safely be improvised and work around limitations while still building childhood fun/memories. Steph’s mission is to share experiences that have shaped her in hopes to reach and help others. Her biggest satisfaction is helping others build a happier, healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families.
Steph prides herself on using products that her great grandmother would have used- 360 Cookware is just that.
Her Thoughts On 360 Waterless Cookware-
During this time of quarantine, many of us are cooking and eating more from home. Have you given much thought about your cookware? Is it non-toxic and of the highest quality or is it leaching chemicals into your food? I chased down the rabbit hole of researching cookware for a full year before landing on what I can confidently say I feel like is the safest product that out preforms the rest on the market. But wait, it gets better, 100% USA manufactured with 100% USA T-304 surgical stainless steel (the same surgeons use for medical procedures). Prior to my research I thought “stainless steel” was stainless steel. We had All-Clad stainless cookware and I thought it was the best but what I didn’t know is that many commercial “stainless” pots and pans are made from a variety of scrap metal from over seas. There are other T-304 waterless cookware companies on the market but none in which finish their cookware with a dry sanding technique (no chemicals involved) to make them shine rather than chemical polishes that transfer to food. This means 360 is a green factory and has no chemical waste, no smoke stacks, and no employees wearing masks. 360 cookware offers a lifetime warranty and is the heirloom cookware you purchase once and hand down for generations to come!
I wasn’t expecting this but it was a welcome surprise how our food tastes very different and alive!
The vapor technology keeps nutrients in food vs. escaping through steam and over cooking. Making the end result more nutrient dense food. I’m able to achieve the perfect l’dente every time. People ask me why choose stainless steel over other nontoxic cookware options? For me I stick with product my great grandma would have used. These are heirloom pieces that will last you a lifetime! I have stainless steel bowls from my grandma that were given to me as she passed away and they are still in perfect condition. You know something is good when it still looks great after 50 years. I also love that they are manufactured right in Wisconsin and are a “green factory” that has great nontoxic air quality for their employees. There is no landfill this will end up in- you will have it for a lifetime!
In today’s newest video I’m sharing some of my favorite natural living product faves! These are tried and true products that have really been awesome for helping me decrease toxins in my everyday life. When you stop and think about all the toxins your exposed to in your everyday life it really starts to add up. By making simple swaps here and there you’re able to really eliminate so much toxic buildup. It’s easy to forget about the products you use everyday, but these are the ones that can have such a big impact because of their repeated use!
This video is all about sharing products that I use literally on the daily and why they work so well for me. I’m sharing my favorite natural toothpaste, natural laundry soap, lead free mugs, organic coffee and so much more. I’m always on the hunt to find products that truly perform and these products do just that! I hope you enjoy watching and learning about some of my favorite everyday natural living product faves. I want to hear some of your product faves- leave me comment below.
Sharing my favorite natural cleaning products with you today. I’ve had a lot of people recently ask what I use to clean my house with. It may be because spring is here, and spring cleaning is looming over everyone’s head. I must say I’m a clean freak by nature. Ask my family, they’ll tell you-I can be a little OCD! Oh well, my house is clean. The spring cleaning bug has definitely bit me. I’ve been de-cluttering our place like crazy! My motto: If it doesn’t serve a purpose, toss it. Let’s just say I’ve given away loads of “stuff” these past several weeks and it feels so good.
In the spirit of cleaning, I thought I would share with you my top natural cleaning products. Everything from laundry soap, window cleaner, bleach alternative…well, you get the point. I’ve compiled this list after over 7 years of testing out natural DIY’s, products and everything in between. I finally feel my list meets my standards and is worth sharing. I mean do you know how many laundry soaps I’ve tried in 7 years?! I think I know every DIY recipe out there. I literally changed mine every couple of months.
I have a full list of all my favorites when it comes to cleaning. Below is a list of products you can find from reading this post- it’s chockfull of it all!
Natural Product Swaps-
Natural Laundry Detergent
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Natural Dryer Sheet Alternative
Stainless Steel Cleaner
Laundry Stain Remover
Natural Scour Pads
Natural Hand Soap
What’s Really Lurking In Conventional Cleaning Products?
The sad reality is that we use cleaning products to clean our house but then when we are done they leave behind air pollution and poisons. These are products people use day in and day out and often don’t think twice about. The toxic load they put on the body is downright scary. Not too mention the accumulative affect they have when used over and over. I’m sure you’ve experienced initial affects from using conventional cleaning products, such as being light headed, getting a chemical burn or having watery eyes. However, those are minor in comparison to the long term affects associated with consistent use of conventional cleaning products. Cancer being one of the major downsides to constant exposure of toxic cleaning products.
Ingredients To Avoid In Cleaning Products:
Perchloroethylene or “PERC”
Quaternary Ammonium Compounds, or “QUATS”
Parabens- (This includes methyl-, propyl- ethyl-,butyl-) This is an ingredient we see often in beauty products but it’s also found in cleaning products. It’s a hormone disruptor also known as endocrine disruptor. Been known to cause reproductive problems too. Has been found in breast cancer tumors, may cause male infertility and early puberty.
Triclosan- Drying of the skin, skin irritant and has been linked to eczema. Endocrine disruptor and has been found to have 1, 4 dioxane, again cancer causing. Can be found in laundry detergents, hand soaps, dish soaps- anything that gets super sudsy. Avoid any soaps that use the word “antibacterial” on them. They more than likely contain triclosan if they have antibacterial on the label.
Ammonia- Irritation of the eyes, skin and throat. Also can burn the skin when it comes in to contact with it. Excessive exposure may lead to liver and kidney damage. Can be found in bathroom, floor, carpet, glass, upholstery and stain cleaners.
Perchlorethylene of “PERC”- Causes dizziness, headaches, nausea, skin irritations and respiratory issues. Long term effects are neurological problems, liver and kidney damage and cancer. Found in dry cleaning, wood solvents, cleaning solvents, aerosol products and carpet cleaners.
Phthalates- These are found in products that contain fragrance. So many cleaning products contain fragrance. From all purpose cleaners, bathroom cleaners, carpet cleaners, air fresheners, laundry detergent and dryer sheets. They cause hormone disruption, and reproductive issues in males and females.
Sodium Hydroxide- Found in many solvents and cleaners. From oven cleaners to drain cleaners. It can cause burning in the eye, throat and skin.
Chlorine- Bad for the lungs, has been linked to thyroid issues, skin irritations, and linked to dementia in the elderly. Can be found in many disinfectant cleaning products. Chlorine bleach and ammonia are big toxic culprits when it comes to cleaning products. They should not be mixed together. If mixed they form chloramine gases which are toxic to the lungs
Bleach- Found in laundry products, toilet cleaners, many whitening cleaning products, and used as a disinfectant too. Causes skin irritations, respiratory issues, liver and kidney damage. Cannot be mixed with other cleaning products as it can cause serious chemical reactions.
Phenols- These are found in any cleaner that has the word “sol” in it. From solvents, to air fresheners, detergents, flame retardants and disinfectants. Can cause liver and kidney damage, as well as skin irritations and central nervous system damage.
Fragrance- Fragrance is also a huge offender when it comes to conventional cleaning products. Companies try and mask the scent by using artificial fragrance. Artificial fragrance is a recipe for a toxic chemical cocktail. Since fragrance is considered a “trade secret by the FDA, companies don’t have to share what’s in their fragrance. All they have to do is list the word fragrance on a label. So you have no idea what’s actually in a product when you see the word fragrance. As mentioned earlier, phthalates are found in fragrance- another toxic offender.
“The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products.”
Half the products now are loaded with so much fragrance to mask their smell that it practically knocks you off your feet! Artificial fragrance, in my opinion, is one of the worst things-I can smell it a mile away. Have you ever walked into someone’s house and the first thought was someone must have been cleaning because the scent is so intense? I know I have. That’s artificial fragrance at work.
Quaternary Ammonium Compounds, or “QUATS”- These are found in many disinfectant products. They are meant to kill germs. A lot of people think these are necessary for everyday use but they aren’t. Unless you plan on doing something intense like a medical surgery, you don’t need these for everyday use. They are lung and skin irritants, have shown to cause reproductive problems, and birth defects in mice. These also create superbugs which end up being resistant to other cleaning products and antibiotics.
Something to keep in mind. The cleaning products are bioaccumulative in nature. Since these are chemicals we use all the time, they build up over time. That’s where the real danger comes in as long term affects are not something you want to be dealing with. Isn’t it odd that the very products we use to clean our houses with end up causing us more harm than good in the long run? It’s time to swap out the cleaning products and save yourself from toxic chemical exposure.
So I’ve compiled my complete natural cleaning product guide. I’m sharing what I use and what works when it comes to natural products. Trust me, you won’t even miss your old stuff!
Natural Cleaning Products
Love e-cloth natural microfiber cleaning cloths!
I wanted to give a brief introduction about e-cloth before I continue sharing their products. The basis of e-cloth is that it offers a chemical free cleaning experience using only water. It does this through micro fiber technology, proprietary equipment, and manufacturing techniques. *Also, with many companies on the market offering similar microfiber cloths and products, learn why I chose e-clothhere.
This cloth has been another winner from e-cloth. One side is more grainy and perfect for getting rid of residue, while the other side is smooth for polishing. Both sides remove 99% of bacteria just using water-I love it! I just spray some water onto the stainless steel, then use the grainy side to remove any residue(make sure you go in the direction of your grain so you don’t scratch anything). Then I would use the smooth side to polish. It did clean my stainless steel well, but it didn’t leave it sparkling like I wanted. I contacted e-cloth and asked what the solution might be to get the “sparkle” effect.
They recommended the Glass and Polishing Cloth. So I got that, gave it a try, and bam-my stainless steel sparkled like new! The best part is it not only works for shining up stainless steel, but also for cleaning windows and mirrors. I would spray a little water onto my window or mirror and wipe away. No streaky residue. Are you hearing me people?! There was absolutely no chemical used to clean my stainless steel, windows or mirrors! Let’s just say I struck gold. I also used the Stainless Steel Cloth to clean my granite counters, and my countertops never shined brighter. I highly recommend these two products. They tackle so many cleaning jobs with no chemicals. Plus, no paper towel was wasted, just wash and re-use! Get E-Cloth 2 Glass & Polishing Cloth.
Thieves Household Cleaner
I’ve been loving this all purpose cleaner. I use it for my countertops, floors, bathrooms, dusting- really anything! I love that it not only gets things shiny but actually is disinfecting them as well. It makes everything smell fresh and clean too. You get a bottle of the concentrate and then make your spray. It has lasted me so long! I still have half the bottle left and I use it for everything. I bought the bottle in February and it’s now May. Check it out here!
FAVES: a DIY natural dish soap, to my favorite dishwasher detergent and silicone scrub brush.
I’ve had this mop for over a year and a half and it’s been awesome. I used to have a Shark steam mop. It pushes out really hot steam that cleans your floors. However, I learned that steam can actually get under your wood floors and get moldy. I then was on the hunt for something else and found the Deep Clean Mop.
This mop uses a microfiber cloth to clean the floors. It attached to the mop with velcro. You just get the microfiber cloth wet and then it cleans your floors getting rid of 99% of the bacteria. It is so easy to use! I just throw it in the washer after use. I also will spray some Branch Basics All Purpose Cleaner on the floor as I mop for added benefit. My floors look clean and feel clean! Get it here!
These really work and are clean! They are fragrance free which I love and are so easy to use. Just add one tab to the dishwasher and that’s it. My dishes come out clean and streak free. Plus, as I mentioned they’re super clean- chlorine free, dye free, phosphate free. Made with plant-based mineral ingredients and biodegradable. Get the Ecover Naturally Derived Automatic Dishwasher Tablets!
My favorite natural laundry stain remover and dryer balls instead of fabric sheets.
This dish soap recipe is my fave! It’s so easy to make-literally takes a minute, it’s so effective, and it’s toxin free! Plus, you’re going to save a ton of money, since you’re not buying it pre-made. The recipe uses Sal Suds from Dr. Bronner’s and love it. I also use it for cleaning my floors sometimes when I want a little soap. For the full dish soap recipe head to Live Simply’s Blog here!
Branch Basics All In One Cleaning Kit-
I can’t recommend Branch Basics enough if you’re looking for an all in one cleaning kit to purchase to swap all your toxic cleaning products over to natural ones. They make it so easy! You buy this kit here and then you have one cleaning solution you use to make each bottle of cleaner. You add water and the solution to make each cleaning solution. From window cleaner, all purpose cleaner, laundry detergent, bathroom cleaner and even foaming hand soap. Plus they also have a product called an Oxygen Boost. This can be used to add a little extra grit to heavily soiled laundry, clean tile and grout, get out stains and add a little grit when cleaning bathrooms. Once you’ve used up the solution you just order more solution instead of more bottles. Saving on plastic and waste in the long run. Check out Branch Basics here!
Natural laundry detergent is so important in reducing your overall toxic load.
A couple thoughts on natural laundry detergent. I’ve found different water can effect how well a natural laundry detergent works. Just keep that in mind. Also, if you’re used to using conventional detergents that have so much fragrance in them it knocks you over, be warned that these will NOT be the same. Your clothes might not even smell fresh to you for the first few times because you’re used to synthetic fragrances.
I love using this for getting toilets white and removing stains from tile. I mix a little with water to form a paste and add it on. I leave it for a while and then come back and scrub it off. I also add it to laundry loads to keep things extra fresh. Works especially great for laundry that is extra soiled. It’s my new favorite cleaning product! It’s the natural alternative to Oxi Clean I tell people. Get it here!
EcoNuts Liquid Laundry Detergent-
This is my newest laundry detergent find! It uses soap nuts to clean your clothes. Not related to a nut at all but a berry tree. Instead of leaving it in berry form they make a liquid that’s more concentrated. I love that it’s in a pump form. I just pump a few pumps into my washer and I’m good to go. It gives my clothes a clean, fresh smell- even towels! Plus, you can get it on Amazon. Check it out here!
Pure Natural Laundry Detergent-
This one is also great! My clothes feel clean but don’t feel like they have a build up on them. My hubs approved too! Really good at getting rid of odors. The company even recommends soaking clothes too for tough stains or smells. They also get their cleaning action from the soap berry. This laundry detergent was actually created by a family that had children that were allergic to conventional detergents. They created Pure as a solution! It’s especially great for sensitive skin. You can even find it on Amazon. Get it here!
Greenshield Organic Laundry Detergent-
I love how easy this is to use. It feels like a conventional detergent without all the questionable ingredients. This also uses soap berries as the cleaning agent. Great for sensitive skin. They have a free and clear version, a lavender version, and even a baby version. My clothes feel clean and fresh. They also feel soft! I want to try their other cleaning products too. Get it here!
I love this detergent! It really works and is completely natural-what more could you ask for? I love the whole concept of using soap nuts. For one they aren’t nuts, but are actually a berry from a tree, how much more natural can you get?! They’re a sustainable resource and grown organically easily, they’re great for sensitive skin, and hypoallergenic. Not to mention they’re 100% bio-degradeable, and completely safe for water systems. If you’re not sold yet, they actually use less water than conventional detergent, are safe for front loading washers, and they cost less per load too. They’re just a pretty amazing little berry!! How does it actually clean your clothes? It takes the saponin contained in the husk of the natural berry, and uses that to wash and get rid of dirt. Yes, even my husband’s stinky workout clothes smell good! My clothes smell fresh, not artificial and they are clean. I’m addicted to this stuff and almost out- it really is some good stuff. Buy it here!
Thieves Laundry Detergent-
I’ve fallen hard for this laundry detergent! It works so well. I had my eye on it for a while and kept putting it off because of the price tag. It retails for around $40 for 32 oz. I knew that wouldn’t last me long. But then my friend filled me in on a secret. You actually dilute the formula into three 32 oz containers! Which had me sold. I can’t recommend this enough if you’ve been searching for a natural laundry detergent that gets your clothes smelling fresh and clean. It gets all the grubby clothes, plus my hubs workout clothes smelling so good. They use enzymes and the power of Thieves essential oil to clean the clothes. Get it here!Also, I am not a sales rep for them but my friend Steph Duford is. She introduced me to Young Living and so if you do buy it, please buy it from her! Her # is 22470440. Thank you!
I like Molly’s Suds but sometimes after a couple months I feel like I need to switch up my laundry detergent and use something else. It feels like my clothes or towels are getting a residue. It could just be me and the water where I live. But just wanted to be honest about my thoughts. I do think they’re great! Nice to have a powder option especially for travel. They even have a liquid now too! I haven’t tried it but will update when I have. Check it out here!
Molly Sud’s Oxygen Whitener-
I really love their Whitener! It works well. The key is to leave your items to soak for a bit. The longer you can leave them soaking in the whitener the better from my experience. This has removed yellow stains from white shirts in the underarm area. It also has removed skincare stains from my white pillow case and freshened my white sheets. Get it! Check it out here!
Puracy Laundry Stain Remover-
This is hands down the best stain remover I’ve ever found! It works so well. At the end of the day my kid’s clothes can look pretty gnarly. This keeps them in tip top shape. I spray it on, let it sit for an hour and then use some water to scrub and get the stain out. As good as new! If you don’t want to wait for the stain remover to set in, no problem. I’ve often just sprayed it on and rubbed it in the stain. It takes a little more elbow grease sometimes but comes out! I’ve also used this on my carpet and it works great too.
I’ve had people ask me about the ingredients before because EWG doesn’t rate it as good. Remember EWG is a computer system and can’t take into consideration all of the things. This is something they missed. Read it here. Get the stain remover on Amazon here!
Scrub brushes and scour pads can really load up on germs quick. Most people don’t change out their scrub brush or pad. The germs and bacteria can build up over time, even parasites. My friend Steph from @stephdufordlifestyle shared with me a tip that she does and I’ve been hooked ever since! You buy a large pack of natural scour pads. Then cut them up into 6 or 8 squares each. Then just use one new square for each day and throw away the old one at the end of the day. Then it’s not harboring bacteria but you’re also not going through a sponge a day.
She uses a new one for each meal even. She has multiple allergies in her house so this is not only for sanitation but also safety purposes. I don’t have any family allergies so I just use one square per day. I get these Scotch Brite Natural Scour pads. I buy them in a package from Amazon. The scour pads are made from 50% agave plant and packaging is 100% recycled. I used to buy the Twist scour pads but I can’t seem to find them in bulk anymore. So I’ve resorted to the Scotch Brite Natural Scour pads for now since they come in a pack of 12. I don’t have to buy them for several months after. Get them here!
I LOVE this hand soap! Best organic, natural hand soap I’ve tried…hands down. I’ve struggled with finding a hand soap. It either wasn’t pure, or didn’t foam. This baby does it all, and has the best ingredients. Not to mention, it doesn’t dry out my hands! Everyone needs this in your kitchen and bathroom…trust me. They have them in several scents-they all smell good! Buy it here!
Branch Basics makes it so easy to swap out your conventional products for natural ones.
I’ve also picked up a few other natural cleaning product tips and some DIY’s if that’s our thing!
Cleaning Microfiber Cloths– I get a separate set of microfiber cloths from Amazon in a pack of 12 or 15 just for cleaning the bathrooms and dusting. I get a different color so I have a set for the kitchen and for bathrooms. Helps keep things more streamlined and then I’m not using the bathroom cloths for the kitchen. Check out the cloths I get here!
Bleach alternative- I found this recipe on the blog Live Simply. Check out Kristin’s blog-it’s awesome! She has so many great DIY recipes and they actually work. This one is gold! You just mix hydrogen peroxide, washing soda and hot water. I can’t take any credit for it though. I’ve just used it for everything and I’m here to say it works. I typically soak my stuff overnight, not that you need too, I just forget I’m soaking things sometimes…opps! I’ve found it works best for things when done right away. Don’t wait a month, and then decide you want to whiten something…know what I mean? I had these white tea towels that hadn’t ever been whitened, needless to say they were in bad shape. However, they did turn out pretty white with a good soaking…but just get on the soaking asap just for good measure.
Use the same towels for cleaning each time so there is no need for paper towels. I don’t buy paper towels. However, sometimes there are seasons where my hubs pleads with me to buy some. Usually it’s when we have a baby. Sometimes convenience wins out. I buy Seventh Generation’s recycled paper towels and only allow 1 roll per week. We actually make it longer than a week most of the time. Typically we use these reusable microfiber cloths from Amazon here! Really good deal for a pack of them.
So excited to share My Green Mattressreview with you! I’ve tested out several different mattresses in the past but I kept getting asked the same question. Is there a budget friendly organic mattress option? Well, I searched and found My Green Mattress. It is not only squeaky clean when it comes to their ingredients and sourcing but also easy on the wallet! Basically, I struck gold.
Now you might be wondering why you should choose an organic mattress in the first place. So many reasons. I wanted to break it down for you.
Since they say we spend a 1/3 of our lives sleeping it’s important to consider the bed you’re sleeping on. I remember finding it alarming to learn all about the toxic ingredients in mattresses! From flame retardants, VOC’s, and formaldehyde- the toxic load can be scary. Not too mention, mattress companies are not required to disclose all the chemicals they use in order to make their mattresses compliant with mattress regulations. It’s also important to mention that many companies may claim to be organic, natural but actually have no certifications backing up these claims. Let’s dive into My Green Mattress review below!
I have the My Green Mattress Natural Escapes Mattress.
Here are some facts about what makes certifications important. The GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certification ensures that their mattresses are:
*Made from organically grown, harvested and processed materials
*Manufactured in our facility in an environmentally and socially responsible way
*Labeled and stored in our facility in a way that is easily trackable
Similarly, the GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) certification ensures that the latex we use in our mattresses is:
*Harvested from the sap of organic rubber trees
*Processed in an organic and environmentally friendly way
*Manufactured in our facility in a way that meets organic standards
Having the GOTS and GOLS Factory certifications means you can literally trace all materials back to the original firms and lots where they grown. My Green Mattress is consistently audited to ensure that they are complying with the certification standards. I love knowing that My Green Mattress not only has these certifications but that they are routinely inspected. It gives me peace of mind as I’m sleeping at night.
Here’s a list of ingredients they avoid:
NO Flame Retardants or Flame Retardant Barriers
NO Memory Foam or other forms of Polyurethane Foam
NO Soybean or Biobased Foam (polyurethane foam with soybean oil mixed in)
NO Harmful Glues or Adhesives
NO GMO Cotton or other GMO fibers
I love this quote on their website:
We source the highest quality materials to give you the best and safest mattress—not because we have to, but because it’s the right thing to do.
I love that My Green Mattress is a family owned business. Tim, the founder created the mattress because his daughter Emily suffered from eczema and environmental allergies. Tim wanted a mattress that was pure and healthy for his children. Therefore My Green Mattress was birthed. An honest American owned company in Illinois. They handcraft all the mattresses in their factory there.
They also offer a 120 day sleep trial which really was the icing on the cake for me. Many companies don’t stand by their mattresses like that. You literally get to try your new mattress out for 4 months and if you don’t like it during the trial you can return it. I love this about the company. I don’t know anyone else willing to make sure that the money spent on an organic mattress can be insured.
I really loved the “10 Things To Know Before Buying A New Mattress” post. This helped to guide me when choosing what type of mattress I really wanted. From what size of mattress, to firmness, even what mattress is best for those that suffer from allergies. My Green Mattress covers it all. They even have a section on their website that compares all of their mattresses so you can get a better idea which one will work for you. Check out the comparison here. If you still have questions when ordering your organic mattress, My Green Mattress is happy to help answer any questions you may have. Their goal is to make the process smooth and deliver an organic mattress that meets your needs. You can contact them here.
Of course the My Green Mattress review wouldn’t be complete without sharing my experience. After looking at their mattresses I chose the Natural Escape Mattress. I wanted something that would be more on the soft side and really offer the support I was looking for. Natural Escape fit all my requirements. Plus, after talking with My Green Mattress it was their most luxurious mattress they offered. When we got the mattress it was boxed tightly in plastic wrap. Setting it up was a cinch! My husband did it all. I created a little video I had shown on my Instagram stories to give you an idea. Check it out below!
It had an earthy straw like smell when it came out of the box but we just aired it out for a couple days and it went away. It wasn’t repulsive at all, just like it had come out of the factory.
So how does it feel when sleeping on it? I thought you would never ask! 😉 As my husband says- it’s super comfortable! The mattress actually came at the perfect time since I just had my third baby. My hubs had been sleeping on the couch off and on so he wouldn’t wake up when SJ woke up in the middle of the night. So instead of the couch he started to sleep on the new mattress. I asked him for his thoughts. He said not only is it super comfortable but his back has never hurt when sleeping on it, it keeps him cool at night and he never wakes up. Now if you know my husband then this is saying a lot. He gets hot very easy and wakes up often when he is.
I second his sentiments. It feels very comfortable, I feel like my whole body is supported at night and that I get a deep sleep. I was concerned it might be too firm but it isn’t at all. I’ve heard great things about their toppers and initially thought about getting one as well but really I don’t think I even need one. Maybe down the road but it feels so nice without it. I would recommend trying it out first without it and then seeing if you need it once you sleep on it for several nights.
I can’t recommend My Green Mattress enough! The whole experience has been great. I love how family friendly they are and affordable. The mattress we got is over half the price of our organic mattress in our bedroom and my husband said he likes it just as much! I’m so excited to find a budget friendly option for all of you when searching for an organic mattress. Knowing you can have peace of mind when you sleep at night and your kids sleep is the best feeling!
Organic Labor Day Sales 2019 is here! Who’s ready to save some money?! I know I am! I’ve got the pulse when it comes to organic beauty sales, organic living sales and more. This is the time to save since most companies don’t offer sales again until Black Friday/Cyber Monday! So hop on the deals now.
Whether you’re searching for an organic pillow, organic sheet set, maybe a new natural beauty foundation or just want to start stocking up on organic beauty for the holidays, there’s something for everyone. The organic Labor Day sales 2019 edition is off the hook with sales galore!
I’m going to list each online store and then under them I’ll list the deal. Some I may have to leave blank until a specific date. Be sure to check back throughout the week and weekend as I’ll be updating with the latest sales happening!
*Oh and P.S. if you need help, or aren’t sure on color, etc- send me an email to email@example.com- I would LOVE to help a friend out!
Some of my favorites in organic beauty on sale for Labor Day 2019 this week!
Credo Beauty is your one stop shop for all things organic beauty! It has it all. From natural deodorants, natural makeup, organic skincare, natural hair products and more. They’re like the Sephora of clean beauty! I’m beyond excited to share their Labor Day promo with you!! Love getting Tata Harper from Credo. Love their Clarifying Mask. Also, love that they carry Goop- I get their Himalayan Salt Scrub Shampoo there. Also, if you’ve followed me you know I love Kosas lipsticks and Credo carries them too!
*For every $125 purchase, you get a $100 gift! I mean talk about a deal! Starts August 27th- Sept. 2nd.
*They are offering 15% off site-wide use code: LD2019. (Cannot be combined with any other promotions. Brands excluded include May Lindstrom, Vintner’s Daughter, Josh Rosebrook, and Kypris). Starts August 29th- Sept. 2nd.
Detox Market is one of the first green beauty stores to launch back in the day. They carry an assortment of natural beauty brands from all over. I love getting Lily Lolo from Detox, love their bronzer in Miami Beach and their mascara, also Agent Nateur Deodorant in Holi Rose.
*Get 10% off orders over $150- use coupon code: DETOX10 & 15% off orders of $200- use coupon code: DETOX15. Starts August 29th- Sept. 2nd.
Another one stop shop when it comes to organic beauty products, Integrity Botanicals has all the natural beauty goodness. I love getting Fitglow beauty products there, especially their concealer- fave in green beauty and their lip serums!
*With orders over $100 or more receive 15% off with code: LABORDAY19. (cannot be combined with any other code and is not valid on the following brands: May Lindstrom, Kypris, Vintner’s Daughter, La Bella Figure and Laurel Skin). Starts August 30- Sept. 2nd.
This is your one stop shop for all of clean living and organic beauty! Pharmaca has it all. From organic baby products, natural supplements, organic home products and more. Always offering sales and Labor Day is no different. I love snagging inika organic beauty products there, W3ll People, and Juice Beauty.
*Take 25% off with code: LABORDAY. Starts Friday August 30th-Monday Sept. 2nd.
This is one of those organic beauty skincare lines I fell for years ago! They offer clean and effective products that really make your skin sing. I also love that they’re budget friendly! Love their Luna rose and honey cleansing mask and Lavender Cacao Body Polish.
*For Labor Day they are offering 35% off using code: REFRESH. Starts Monday Sept. 2nd- end of the month or until they sell out!
This is another natural beauty store that offers a ton of organic beauty brands. From natural makeup to organic skincare products and natural hair products. I love their soap collections– the reusable bottles look so chic, and you can get Josh Rosebrook’s Active Enzyme Exfoliator there too- the best!
*Get 15% Off Sitewide with code: SUMMER15. Starts August 27th-August 29th. (Exclusions include kits, bundles, May Lindstrom, Josh Rosebrook and Vintner’s Daughter).
This is one of the very first skincare lines I used in clean beauty and fell hard for! All of Leahlani’s creations are made in Kaui, Hawaii. Some favorites are the Mermaid Mask, Honey Love and Kokoleka Mask.
*15% off Beauty Oils (Serums + Elxirs) using the code: LABORYAY. Starts Friday 8/20 – Monday 9/2.
This is a family friendly organic beauty store. They offer something for the whole family, from women, men, baby and kids. Love getting Earth Mama Organics from them and Pleni Naturals.
*For Labor Day they will be offering a gift with purchase on all orders $50 and over. Lily Lolo just launched some new vegan nude lipsticks and they will be giving away one with each purchase over $50. They will also have an end of summer sale with savings up to 30% on select items. Starts Aug. 31-Sept. 2nd or until lipstick runs out.
*Free Shipping on all US orders. Enter code LD2019. Additionally stay tuned for a very special Beauty Heroes Box that launches on Sunday Sept. 1st! You are going to want to subscribe for that now- trust me! Subscribe here.
*15% off store-wide discount, 20% off summer recovery & essentials, 20% off sale items. **Promotions are automatically applied at checkout**Starts Friday August 30- Monday Sept. 2nd. (Brand exclusions may apply and it will not apply to subscriptions or gift cards).
This is such a unique and well thought out organic beauty box. It’s bi-monthly which is nice, you really get to savor each product. It also gives you access to some of the most unique and effective products in natural beauty. I am always finding new favorites in the Boxwalla box that I wouldn’t have found otherwise. Check out past Boxwalla reviews and see how to subscribe here.
*Free International shipping on the one-time page, with no minimum using the code: ENDOFSUMMER. Valid till Labor Day, September 2. New listings of the one-time boxes, including the Heart of Gold Box, 5YINA, Malaya Organics, Flower & Spice. Check them out here!
This is the water filter we use in our house and love! We actually just upgraded to the Royal Berkey. We realized we needed more water! Especially with a third baby on the way. I can’t recommend it enough. It even filters out fluoride if you get the fluoride filter. Can’t beat that!
*They haven’t posted their sales but they are always offering some serious deals for Labor Day weekend, so check back!
I have loved this new smoothie subscription! It makes drinking smoothies so easy! You literally just put everything from their pouch into a blender, add liquid and blend away. I love that they are organic, and don’t have a ton of sugar, but are loaded with healthy fats and veggies. It makes eating healthy that much easier. My faves are the chocolate and berry!
*They are offering $20 off your first box! Just click the link below.
These sheets are what luxury is made of! They are made with fair trade certified cotton, and certified organic cotton. The second party certifications include GOTS, Oeko-Tex and FLOCERT- a global fair trade certification. These 300 thread count cotton sheets wrap you up in softness the minute they touch your skin! They come in a variety of colors too. We chose white and are happy with how crisp and clean they look. They also have 3 different sheet sets. You can get a hemmed version, classic or pleated.
*They are offering 25% off a minimum purchase of $99 using code: laborday19. Starts Aug. 26th-Sept. 2nd.
They are store that offers pure and natural mattresses, bedding, and home furnishings all made in the USA. It’s your one stop shop to clean up your bedroom! When I was choosing my pillow options to try out they were so helpful. Walking me through the whole process and asking questions to ensure I had the best options for how I sleep. I love their Kapok Pillows for my kids and my husband and I love their shredded latex pillows for ourselves.
*They are offering 20% off using coupon code: GGG. Starts Aug. 26th- Sept. 2nd.
I love West Elm for their organic quality products, but also their sustainability and fair trade practices. I’ve purchased my all wood bed frame from them, and many bedding items. Check out my blog I did on detoxing your bedding here. They offer so many great organic bedding options- from sheets, blankets and duvet covers.
*They have all the sales listed right on their website.