Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Review: Dapple Baby

When Nate was born, I was a bit fanatical about germs. Nothing made its way within 10 yards of him if it hadn't been sanitized three times over. Thinking back, I should have bought stock in Clorox for all the wipes I went through every week. I've eased up a bit now that he is a toddler, a.k.a muck magnet. But to this day, I still worry whether the cleaners I am using are more dangerous than the dirt I am trying to expunge. In my search for natural baby products, I discovered Dapple. (Don't you just love the name? Dapple of my eye. A Dapple a day...)

Dapple was created by two moms who longed for natural cleaners devoted to the very items that babies touch and mouth everyday, such as bottles, cups and dishes. Traditional dish soap left behind synthetic fragrances and lingering suds, which eventually led to stubborn odor and film. They knew there had to be a better, safer way to clean babies' unique messes. And so, Dapple was born.

Dapple offers a complete line of nontoxic household cleaners, tailor-made for families with young children. All Dapple products use natural-based ingredients, are biodegradable and are free of parabens, SLES, phthalates, dioxane, synthetic dyes and fragrances. Made with baking soda, they work like a good wash with soap and water - only more convenient. Dapple products are pediatrician-recommended and are not tested on animals.

Dapple kindly sent me their Toy Cleaner Spray (ARV $5.99) and travel size Dish Liquid ($5.99/full size) to review.

We've put the Toy Cleaner Spray to good use, everywhere from the highchair tray to the changing table to the portable placemat to the ball pit, where Nate and his friends love to swap spit and hide nuggets of food that won't be found until days later. The clean, fresh scent is so mild it is hardly detectable. I had to really lean in close to even smell a subtle hint of fragrance. But that's a good thing. I don't need my son to taste perfume on his so-called "clean" toys. The spray is super easy to use: just spritz and wipe. No need to rinse afterward, as I would out of paranoia with other cleaners. I feel so much more comfortable now knowing Nate's toys and surfaces are free of grime and pose no hidden threat to his health.

The Dish Liquid has also come quite in handy. Even though I wash most of Nate's sippies and dishes in the top rack of the dishwasher, there are times I'm in a rush and don't have time to wait for an entire dishwasher cycle. So, a quick hand wash with Dapple helps me out in those times I'm in a pinch. I generally rinse everything pretty thoroughly but there were no spots or sudsy residue left after washing and drying. It also didn't dry out my hands like other soaps can. This would also be great to use with hot water to sterilize breastpump parts at home.

The only disadvantage I can think of with Dapple products is the price. As a one-income family, I think my husband would balk at spending $6 on dish soap when I could use something like Safeway's Bright Green line for half the cost. However, a little goes a long way with these products so if you aren't too liberal with them, I think you can get your money's worth, along with peace of mind.

Bottom line: If you're in the market for organic baby products and want to find an effective yet gentle cleaner for your little one, look no further than Dapple.

BUY IT: Dapple Baby products are available at Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, Bed Bath & Beyond and online at,, and Just head on over to their handy dandy store locator to find the closest retailer to you!

To learn more about Dapple and keep up on the latest news and offerings, follow Dapple on Twitter and/or Facebook!

Disclaimer: I received the above products from Luna at Dapple to facilitate my candid review. I was in no other way compensated for my post. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own so your experience may differ.


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