Dandelion Daisy doesn't have a complicated ingredient list full of ten-syllable words that you can't pronounce. Every product we offer was originally made for our family to use.
Natural Laundry Detergent
Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Tetra-borate, Coconut-oil Soap (Sodium Cocoate, Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Gluconate, Fragrance derived from Essential Oil)
Laundry Softening Crystals
Sodium Chloride, Lavandula officinalis (lavender essential oil), Citrus limon (lemon essential oil), Eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus essential oil)
Refreshing Laundry Spray
Water, Witch Hazel, Lavandula officinalis (lavender essential oil), Citrus aurantifolia (lime essential oil)
All Home Cleaning Spray
Water, Acetic Acid (vinegar), Sodium Tetra-borate, Citrus sinensis (orange essential oil), Lavandula officinalis (lavender essential oil), Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree essential oil)
Soothe & Refresh Foaming Hand Soap
Water, Castile Soap (Water, potassium oleate from organic sunflower oil, potassium cocoate from organic coconut oil, glycerine of organic origin, potassium citrate, potassium palm kernel acid), vegetable glycerin, Fragrance Lavandula officinalis (lavender essential oil), Citrus aurantifolia (lime essential oil), Citrus limon (lemon essential oil), Citrus sinensis (orange essential oil)
Sooooo - what is all that stuff for???
Sodium Carbonate: often referred to as "washing soda," it is a mineral salt based cleaning agent that softens water and improves stain removal. The kind you buy in the grocery store is probably processed in a chemical plant. Our is mined in Wyoming.
Sodium Tetra-borate: commonly known as "borax," it is a mineral salt and is extremely effective in lifting soils from laundry. It is NOT boric acid, which can get a little confusing when researching and citing articles. Ours is an earth derived mineral from California.
Sodium Chloride: this is your typical table salt, except most of us eat iodized salt. Sodium Chloride works as a water softener.
Sodium Cocoate: this is a fancy word for "soap made from coconut oil." Coconut oil is combined with lye (sodium hydroxide) in an age old process known as saponification. All lye is consumed in the reaction, forming sodium cocoate and some extra coconut oil. Coconut oil also acts as an anti-foaming agent which allows Dandelion Daisy Natural Laundry Detergent to be low sudsing and used in High Efficiency (HE) washers.
Sodium Gluconate: this is a water softening agent that helps eliminate the need for phosphates. Sodium Gluconate binds with hard water ions to allow the detergent to clean more effectively, and prevents all that dirt from redepositing into the clothes.
Potassium Hydroxide: similar to sodium hydroxide, this compound is reacted with coconut oil in that same process of saponificaiton (say that five times fast!). It makes a "softer" soap, which means it will also blend with water easier. That helps make our liquid hand soaps more effective. In case you were wondering, all potassium hydroxide is consumed in the reaction, and none is left over.
Acetic Acid: we use vinegar, which is a 5% dilution of acetic acid in water. It functions as a cleaner and lifts soils. It can also aid as a deodorizer. It works great in Dandelion Daisy All Home Cleaning Spray for cleaning up our hard wood floors after our puppy Daisy has her "accidents." We look forward to not needing it so much.
Essential Oils: we use a number of different oils for their aroma and cleaning properties. There is a LOT on the internet about the EOs, so we'll let you do your own research on the benefits.
Is there anything that Dandelion Daisy Doesn't Use?
- No Phosphates
- No Sulphates
- No Phthalates
- No Parabens
- No Animal By-products
- No Animal Testing
- No Optical Brighteners
- No Dyes or Colorants
- No Synthetic Detergents
- No Synthetic Polymers
I guess you could argue that we do animal testing because everything we sell has been used on our three children and our golden-doodle puppy. We have a child with a peanut allergy and another who had eczema from store-bought detergent. We used the products when we had a septic system, and we have friends who used it for their cloth diapers. So we've done a ton of testing with our family and friends, which may not sound scientific, but we also don't use scientific ingredients like "Disodium Diaminostilbene Disulfonate." We hope you love our products and we will answer any questions you may have.