9 Surprising Uses for Oxy Boost (It’s Not Just for Laundry!)

We at The Honest Company created Honest Oxy Boost because we don’t like what conventional chlorine bleach does to our lungs, our skin, our families, fabrics, and the environment. So, our Oxy Boost has all the power of conventional bleach, minus the toxic fumes and risks. And, just like bleach is used for far more than just laundry, our Oxy Boost is super multi-functional, too! Here are 9 surprising uses to get you started unleashing the power of this product today!

 

9 Surprising Uses for Oxy Boost

 

1. Sanitize bottles, toys, cutting boards, & more! Dissolve 1-2 pods in a sink of hot water and dunk your dirty doo-dads. Let soak for 20 minutes or longer, wash with Honest Dish Soap, rinse, and dry. (Note: wooden toys and cutting boards should not be soaked.)

2. Polish porcelain sinks. Make a paste by mixing crushed pods with hot water. Apply to surface of sink, let sit for 10-20 minutes, rub, and rinse.

3. Freshen drains & disposals. Dissolve 1 pod in 2 cups hot water and pour down drains once a month to clean and deodorize them.

4. Manage mold & mildew. For non-porous surfaces, make a solution of 1 pod in 2 cups hot water and pour into a spray bottle (for tougher jobs, make the paste mentioned above). Apply to surface and let it sit for 10-20 minutes. Gently scrub and rinse clean. This works great for soap scum, too! (Learn about preventing mold and mildew and important safety issues from the EPA.)

5. Kick coffee stains off your mugs, cups, and carafes. Dissolve a pod in a sinkful of hot water and soak dishes for a few minutes.  For tough stains, gently scrub.  Wash and dry as usual.

6. Deodorize your diaper pail. Simply break up a pod (or two) and add to hot water. Clean the pail with this solution, rinse, and dry before adding dirty diapers.

7. Wipe out weeds in walkways. Crumble a pod or two into a bucket of hot water and pour over weeds in the cracks and crevices of your sidewalk and driveway. Those pesky plants should be dead in a day and the Oxy Boost solution will help keep them from coming back. (Note: works best on sunny days. Also, be careful not to get the solution on surrounding plants or grass.)

8. Clean-up concrete. Stains or mildew making your concrete patios and walkways look a little lackluster? Mix a few crumbled pods into a gallon of hot water and pour onto the offending area. Let it sit for about ten minutes, scrub with a wire brush and rinse. Tougher stains may take more treatments.

9. Whiten walls. Say goodbye to sticky fingerprints! If you have white walls in need of a quick cleaning, break up one pod of Oxy Boost and mix with a liter of water and a few drops of Honest Dish Soap in a spray bottle. Spray, wipe, and presto! (Note: works best on white or other light-colored walls with glossy or eggshell finishes. Always spot test first.)

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What’s on Your Food? You May Not Want to Know…

What is on Your Food? You May Not Want to Know

Do you think washing your food with water alone is enough to make it safe to eat? You might not after reading this…

But, don’t worry, The Honest Company can help you with kitchen prep and food safety — making “clean” eating easy.

Pathogens on Your Food

Tainted food recalls make regular headlines and have included everything from contaminated cantaloupe, mangoes, and papayas to peanut butter, ground turkey, and tuna. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group reports that foodborne illnesses increased by a whopping 44% between 2011 and 2012, and continue to make 48 million people sick annually. “Foodborne illness can be much more severe than a simple upset stomach,” says Deirdre Cummings of Massachusetts’ Public Interest Research Group. “It can cause serious chronic health problems….”

Pesticides on Your Food

And, unless you’re buying all organic (which most of us can’t afford), there are almost definitely pesticides on and in your food. What’s On My Food?, a searchable database from the Pesticide Action Network, makes it easy to learn what pesticide residues have been found on everything from asparagus to butter and poultry. Even apples might not keep the doctor away — according to the USDA, pesticide residues found on those grown conventionally have included chemicals linked to cancer, brain impacts, hormone disruption, and reproductive and developmental disorders.

Because fresh produce can get contaminated where it’s grown, sold, and made, The Honest Company can give you peace of mind when cleaning your kitchen and preparing your food.

Here’s What You Can Do

1. Buy organic when possible. Look for foods with lower levels of pesticides when you choose conventionally grown foods.

2. Look for produce that’s not bruised or battered.

3. Start with a clean slate. Food safety at home starts with a clean prep area. Wash your hands. Spritz down your countertops. Suds up your cutting boards and utensils in hot, soapy water. This way, you reduce unwanted contaminants before handling your fruits and veggies. (Tip: When possible, try to use natural, non-toxic cleaning products!)

4. Wash your produce (even organic) right when you bring it home. It’s easiest and most efficient to wash everything at the same time. And then you don’t run the risk of cross-contamination. The U.S. FDA advises skipping soap since fruits and veggies are porous and can absorb soaps or detergents. Honest Fruit & Veggie Wash is an easy option that’s 100% non-toxic and plant-based and effectively removes unwanted:

  • Toxic pesticide and chemical residues;
  • Pathogens, waxes, dirt, handling oils, and bacteria surface contaminants (found on both conventional and organically grown produce).

And it doesn’t leave any taste or odor behind. Check out these photos comparing produce washed in water vs. those sprayed or washed with Honest Fruit & Veggie Wash.

Water-versus-Fruit-and-Veggie-Wash-Broccoli

Learn more about Honest Fruit & Veggie Wash and how easy it is to use.

BONUS:  Try Honest products for free and also get 40% off your first purchase by entering Honest40 at checkout.  Valid for first-time US & Canada customers only.  Expires on April 30, 2014.

What Does it Mean to Help “Families in Need”?

As a company, we’ve committed — with every purchase you make — to donate to families in need. This means we give time, money, or product to support non-profits that serve a growing number of communities. Because you are the reason that we are able to give back, we want to share the collective impact we’ve made together. And, as we work to quantify the number of families in need that we have helped, we thought it would be useful to let you know how those calculations are made.

Helping Families in Need With Every Purchase You Make

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Filmmaker Mary Wigmore on Ina May Gaskin & ‘Birth Story’

Birth Story
Now here’s a story all parents and pretty much anyone in amazement of motherhood will appreciate.

Forty years ago, Ina May Gaskin set out to transform the then-standard birthing experience at hospitals where doctors often used forceps and husbands were not allowed in the room. She and her friends set up a self-sustaining community in Tennessee called “The Farm,” so Ina May could teach women to deliver each other’s babies using age-old midwifery practices. As word of their social experiment spread, the community created a model of care for women and babies that changed a generation’s approach to childbirth.

Ina May Gaskin

An award-winning documentary about Ina May’s work in maternal health — Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives — was released last April. (You can access the digital download of the film on birthstorymovie.com as well as on iTunes.) The directors describe the film beautifully:

“Today, as nearly one third of all US babies are born via C-section, [Ina May] fights to preserve her community’s hard-won knowledge. With incredible access to the midwives’ archival video collection, the film not only captures the unique sisterhood at The Farm Clinic — from its heyday into the present — but shows childbirth the way most people have never seen it — unadorned, unabashed, and awe-inspiring.”

We had a chance to interview Mary Wigmore who co-directed the film, along with Sara Lamm.

“We hope that the film helps lessen the cultural fear around the topic of childbirth, that it inspires women to connect with the awe-inspiring power of their bodies, and that it helps all of us think about what we can achieve when we work together in a community,” Mary says.

Here, Mary shares what she learned while making this inspiring documentary.

A Conversation with Mary Wigmore

Honest: How did you hear about Ina May Gaskin?

Mary Wigmore: My friend and co-director Sara Lamm gave me a copy of Spiritual Midwifery when I was pregnant with my son. I loved the photographs of the pregnant hippies and their positive birth stories. I found the book made me feel excited and less afraid. I love that this book has been passed from woman to woman over and over again for nearly 40 years. Sara and I wanted to know more about Ina May and the Farm Midwives and we were surprised to find a film did not already exist so we decided to make it.

HHow long did it take to make this film?

MW: It took about 3 and half years. A true labor of love.

H: Do people live on “The Farm” or is it just a midwifery center?

MW: There are about 200 residents living on The Farm now. People come from all over the world to study with The Farm Midwives at The Midwifery Center and some travel there to have their babies with them of course.

H: What surprised you most while learning her story and making this film?

MW: I think what surprised me most was attending a birth. It was so sweet and so calm and I never imagined that a baby could be born like that. Truly beautiful and something I hope to witness again. Other surprises…Ina May is really funny, a great cook, speaks six languages, makes her own clothes and she’s also a technophile!

H: What is something every woman should know about childbirth?

MW: One of the most valuable things I learned is how important it is to surround yourself with a loving, supportive team of caregivers. Oxytocin, the love hormone, is released while laboring. Try to enjoy it!

H: What did Ina May offer at The Farm Clinic that typical hospitals of the time did not offer?

MW: In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, husbands were not allowed in the hospital room with their laboring wives. At The Farm, the partners were and still are an essential part of the support team for the mother.

The midwives create a loving supportive environment for the mother. They encourage her to let her body to do what it was built for. Fear is not part of the equation.

We wanted to show the midwife model of care so people can actually see and be inspired by the work these women do… even in very complicated births, they are so calm and sweet.

We want the film to be useful to anyone caring for pregnant women — doctors, childbirth educators, doulas, and families in any setting – home, birth center, or hospital.

H: How has your view of childbirth changed after making this film?

MW: I think of childbirth as a normal bodily function rather than a medical event now. I am so impressed by women’s bodies and what they can do. (Birth Story offers an opportunity to see birth with minimal intervention and unmedicated.)

H: How does Ina May feel about modern child birthing methods used by hospitals? Do women in labor on The Farm rely on hospital care if they encounter medical emergencies?

MW: Ina May has an ongoing and very respectful collaboration with many doctors who have taught her through the years. And she has a healthy respect for technology. The Farm also has a great relationship with a hospital that’s just 15 minutes away. They transfer immediately if necessary.

As far as improving the child birthing experience in hospitals, I would say Ina May would like to see more midwives in US hospitals, and wants to lessen the culture of fear and unnecessary interventions.

H: What do you think is the message Ina May wants to pass on to future generations?

MW:

1.     Our bodies were built for birthing babies! “Your body is not a lemon!”

2.     We need more midwives assisting births in the US.

3.     When women work together, we can change the world.

Ina May inspires us because of her care and compassion for women. Her natural approach to pregnancy and childbirth has made her a thought leader in maternal health and midwifery. You can read more about Ina May here, and The Farm here.

Tell us about your birth experience and what amazed you about the process.