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At certain times in our lives, we reassess the products we use in our homes and on our bodies. It usually comes at a time when our health is front of mind. For many, having kids is one of them. And as we learn more about the toxins in many cleaning and beauty products and their long-term effects on our bodies, switching to a natural, non-toxic option, becomes an easier choice to make for our families.

Dr. Bronner’s was founded in 1948 by Emanuel Bronner, a third- generation master soapmaker from a German-Jewish soapmaking family. He used the labels on his superb ecological soaps to spread his message calling for unity across religious & ethnic divides. Still family-owned and run, Dr. Bronner’s honours its founder’s vision by continuing to make socially & environmentally responsible products of the highest quality, and by dedicating profits to help make a better world.

What they’re best known for, is their Pure-Castile Liquid Soap. Made with organic, certified fair-trade ingredients, it boasts 18-in-1 uses – from washing your face to cleaning the floor – it’s a multi-use soap that keeps cleaning green and simple. It’s also highly concentrated, meaning that a little goes a very long way. As they say on the bottles – Dilute! Dilute! Ok!

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Here are some of our favourite uses

LAUNDRY
We know that the residue of what we use to wash our clothes stays on them, and in turn, touches our skin. Washing clothes with an all-natural, chemical free soap is not only good for our skin but also good for the earth. Add 1/3 to ½ a cup of soap in a top loader and ½ a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle (half the recipe for a front loader). For family members with sensitive skin, the Baby Unscented is best.

ALL PURPOSE CLEANER
Many non-natural supermarket household cleaners contain phthalates and noxious odours which can be particularly dangerous for children. Making an all-purpose spray is an easy and safe way to clean without the nasties. Add a ¼ cup of soap in a litre of water in a spray bottle. Option to add ¼ cup of tea tree essential oil. Good for cleaning prams, toys, sinks, counter tops, tables and bathrooms, the list goes on!

FRUIT & VEGGIE RINSE
Giving your fruit and veggies a quick rinse in soap helps to remove unwanted bugs and dirt and on non-organic produce, it helps to remove pesticide residue. Add a small squirt to a bowl of water, dunk produce and swish around and rinse in clean water.

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BATH & BODY
Our skin is our biggest and most absorbent organ, so what goes on it, can also go in it. Using a natural soap is a safe and gentle way to wash and is great for those with sensitive skin and for children. For the bath, add roughly 2 tablespoons of soap in an average sized tub, it won’t bubble but still cleans. Alternatively, use a small squirt on a wet washcloth and apply to wet skin.

CLEARING CONGESTION
This is a great one to keep up your sleeve for the cold and flu season. Add tablespoon of Peppermint or Eucalyptus soap to a bowl of steamy hot water. Breathe in mist with a towel draped over your head.

BABY WIPES
Making your own baby wipes is a safe way to know what’s going on your baby’s sensitive skin. You can make them using a cut up old towel or paper towel. Add 1 teaspoon to 1 ½ cups of boiled and cooled water, along with 1 tablespoon of witch hazel, 1 tablespoon pure aloe vera and 10 drops of lavender essential oil (optional), pour over wipes. These are great for nappy changes and sticky hands. Keep a tub at your nappy change station and a tub on the kitchen bench.

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Dr. Bronner’s has always been an activist company, dating back to when Emanuel Bronner was calling on the human race to unite from street corners and auditoriums, selling his peppermint castile soap on the side. Carrying forward that same activist spirit, it is their mission to continue to use the company today to fight for and financially support causes they believe in: regenerative agriculture, fair trade, animal advocacy, industrial hemp and drug policy reform, and living wages among others. They call themselves the “fighting soap company,” and are committed and strategic in the causes they fight for.

Dr. Bronner’s Six Principles define their most important relationships, and guide them in everything they do.

1.Work Hard! Grow! Prosper!

Learn, grow, improve. Success is the engine that makes everything else possible. We are responsible for ourselves but also each other, and as we grow, we must grow responsibly.

2.Do Right By Customers.

Only the purest organic and fair-trade ingredients—most products vegan and certified to the same organic standards as food! No synthetic preservatives, no foaming agents. Body, hair, face, mouth & teeth—food, dishes, laundry, mopping, pets—Dr. Bronner’s is the very best for human, home, and Earth.

3.Treat Employees Like Family.

Be kind, reward generously, support good and healthy living. Seek and encourage the best in one another. For whatever unites us is greater than whatever divides us!

We’re a family business and consider all who work with us to be part of our extended family. Every “family member” in every position within the company has an important role to play and deserves to enjoy the best benefits and compensation programs we can offer.

4.Be Fair To Suppliers.

Build relationships with organic farmers and producers to create equitable supply chains. Fair prices for farmers, living wages and excellent working conditions for workers, investment in communities, respect for land and people! Our relationships with our organic suppliers is direct, local, personal, sustainable, tangible, and verifiable. It’s a way for customers to know that the products they’re purchasing will have a real and positive impact on the people and communities who make them. For us it’s a continuation of Emanuel Bronner’s legacy. He wanted to change the world for the better with the label on our bottles. We want to do the same with what’s inside.

5.Treat The Earth Like Home.

Make humble and mindful use of the earth’s gifts. Do not waste, do not harm the land or people or animals. What comes from the earth must go back!

Regenerative organic farming projects—soil enrichment and tree-planting programs—100% post-consumer recycled packaging—aggressive waste and water-use reduction—yes!

6.Fund & Fight For What’s Right!

Be an engine for positive change—share profits, share talent, share muscle, share voice—give & give, fund & fight!

For more about Dr Bronner’s and to view their range, visit them at One Fine Baby Melbourne.  In the meantime, you can visit www.drbronner.com.au