Frequently Asked Questions
What is Dapple’s mission statement?
Dapple’s on a mission to create completely gentle & effective, baby- focused products. Our top green scientists have developed plant-based solutions that pack a punch—these powerful formulas have even received a “Best in Class” rating from the Clean Label Project that tests for product purity!
How was Dapple started?
By two moms. Our founders, Dana and Tamar, had been friends for years, and both started having children around the same time. They each felt that there was a need in the marketplace for worry-free, sustainable, and effective products that would get the cleaning job done, without the fear that their family would be unsafe.
Why is Dapple formulated with plant-based ingredients?
Babies explore their environment with their hands, their mouths, and pretty much everything else. Common household cleaners from many mass brands, contain toxins and harmful ingredients that are linked to everything from cancer to birth defects. Using dapple on the things that interact with your baby creates a toxin and worry-free environment for your child to explore.
Are your products toxin free?
YES! We proudly leave all toxic ingredients out of our formulations. Dapple is formulated without: Parabens, Phthalates, Formaldehyde, Artificial Dyes and Fragrances, Chlorine, SLS, SLES, 1,4-Dioxane, Phosphates, Alcohol.
Do I need to disinfect my home?
Every family must make the decision that is right for them. However, disinfectants are dangerous to inhale and are proven to create super-bugs, which can weaken your baby’s developing immune system by making their environment “too sterile.”
What is the Clean Label Project?
Clean Label Project is an independent nonprofit focused on health and transparency in consumer product labeling. Clean Label Project uses data and science to reveal the true contents of America’s best-selling consumer products. Products are tested in an accredited analytical chemistry laboratory for 130 harmful environmental and industrial contaminants and toxins. Results are published as Product Ratings.
What does Dapple mean?
dap·pleˈdapəl/ verb. Mark with spots or rounded patches. Dapple was named after the spots that that you’re cleaning, and the bubbles you’re cleaning with!
But there are many plant-based products, why is Dapple better?
Because it’s not just worry-free; it’s also very effective. That’s what dapple is all about. Some products focus so much on the “safety,” that they don’t live up to efficacy expectations and needs. Dapple products have gone through careful and thorough testing that prove our products work better, and are formulated without harsh chemicals.
Do your products disinfect?
As we are a cleaning line with ingredients powered by plants, we do not sanitize or disinfect. To disinfect you either need to use some sort of chemical, alcohol, or more naturally—with heat. While we do not sanitize, independent testing has proven time and time again, that we are the leading products for plant-based cleaners in the marketplace.
Where can I buy dapple products?
Right here on Amazon! For a full list of retailers visit our website: www.dapplebaby.com.
About Our Products
My recent bottle of Dapple is cloudy and thicker than normal. Why?
We have looked into this and determine that the cloudy appearance was due to one of the plant-based ingredients becoming waxy. While it’s not common, we can assure you it’s not a risk or a safety issue. It’s purely a cosmetic issue and does not affect the safety or efficacy of the product.
What are the base ingredients in your products?
Our products all have a base formula of water, baking soda (to remove odor), and alkyl polyglucoside (glucose and coconut blend). Alkyl polyglucoside is a safe and effective surfactant that does the heavy lifting of the cleaning job.
Is your soap easy to use?
Most dish soaps come with a push/pull top, but our dish soap has been specifically designed with moms in mind. You only need one hand to pump soap and clean your bottles and sippy cups with ease. We know all too well, that two hands while cleaning are hard to come by. Our founders also were determined to create a dish soap that they like to call “sink candy.” The bottle is pleasing on the eye and will blend into any kitchen decor.
What if I need a product on-the-go or while I’m traveling?
Not to worry, there is a dapple product for that. We have convenient travel sizes in products necessary for on-the-go messes.
Are your products organic?
No. We are not certified organic. Although we are made from plant-based ingredients, these ingredients are not necessarily certified organic. This might be necessary for the food you consume, but not necessary for cleaning products.
Are your products vegan?
Our Lotion and Shampoo & Bubble Bath contain yogurt powder, but all other items are vegan.
Do your products have tree nuts in them?
We do not use any tree nut oils in our products and our manufacturers use a thorough cleaning and sanitization procedure on their production lines before running any of our products to prevent carryover of any previous product’s ingredients. Many of our products contain surfactants that are derived from coconut and palm kernel oil; neither of which contain tree nut proteins.
Are your bottles recyclable?
Yes, our bottles are 100% recyclable and BPA free.
Why doesn’t your dish soap suds up as much as other soaps?
Our products are formulated without SLS and SLES. These are chemical surfactants that help to produce the bubbling effect you experience with chemically derived soaps.
How much dish soap do I need to use? A little goes a long way with our products! It may not be bubbling up as much in the sink, but that’s just because of its plant-based ingredient list, which is formulated without SLS, SLES and other harmful chemicals.
Why is Dapple formulated without Parabens:
Parabens are any group of compounds used as a preservative in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products and in the food industry. These compounds, and their salts, are used primarily for their bactericidal and fungicidal properties. Parabens are not Dapple approved because studies have linked them to breast cancer and reproductive issues.
Why is Dapple formulated without Toluene:
Toluene also known as toluol, is an aromatic hydrocarbon. Toluene is predominantly used as an industrial feedstock and a solvent. Toluene can also be used as a disinfectant. Toluene is not Dapple approved because when the chemical is inhaled, it can cause drowsiness, numbness, nausea and headaches. Irritations to the nose, throat and skin may also occur.
What is BIT?
BIT is the preservative that Dapple uses in some of our products. With any products that are made from plant-based ingredients, you need to have at least some preservative to help maintain a shelf life. Benzisothiazolinone (or BIT) is widely-recognized as one of the most versatile, compatible and trusted broad spectrum preservatives available for the Home Care market. BIT has recently been listed on CleanGredients ®, an online database of cleaning product ingredient chemicals. Ingredients listed on the CleanGredients ® database have been pre-approved by the EPA for use in Safer Choice-labelled products and have been reviewed by NSF International’s Sustainability Program. When consumers see the Safer Choice logo on a product it allows them to recognize that the product
- ◦ Has been evaluated for its effect on the environment and human health
◦ Utilizes ingredients that are considered the safest in their class
◦ Is safer without sacrificing quality or performance
Based on this, Dapple has a high confidence on the safety of this ingredient for our consumers and the environment.
How does your dish soap work so well?
In addition to the ingredients in our other products, our dish soap has tetrasodium iminodisuccinate, a natural chelating agent that binds the proteins and the lipids from milk and formula together, instead of to the bottles and breast pump parts, allowing the residue to wash away with ease.
Where are your products made?
Proudly in the USA.
What sizes does your dish soap come in?
3oz travel, 16.9oz countertop, and 34oz refill pack.
What sizes does your laundry detergent come in?
What sizes do your wipes come in?
45 count travel or 75 count countertop.
Are your products kosher?
Our household care items are kosher.
What are the fragrances of your products made from?
Natural essential oils.
Are your products tested on animals?
Is your laundry detergent okay for cloth diapers?
Yes! We are formulated for cloth diapers.
Is your laundry detergent good for sensitive skin?
Yes, our laundry detergent has been formulated for sensitive skin. It is hypoallergenic, fragrance and chemical free.
Why is Dapple formulated without SLS and SLES:
SLS and SLES also known as Sodium Laureth sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate, are inexpensive surfactants that are known irritants used to create bubbles in many personal care and cleaning products.. SLS and SLES are not Dapple approved because they have been linked to eye irritation and poor eye development in children. Even at very low levels, the products may be absorbed through the skin and cause issues with eye health.
Why is Dapple formulated without Phthalates:
Phthalates are a group of chemicals made from petroleum and often used as dissolving agents in personal care products and to increase the flexibility of plastics. Phthalates are not Dapple approved because they have been linked to asthma, ADD, breast cancer, obesity, Type II Diabetes, low IQ, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development and male fertility issues.
Why is Dapple formulated without Formaldehyde:
Also known as methanol, formaldehyde is a preservative used to extend shelf life. Formaldehyde is not Dapple approved because it is a carcinogen and has been known to cause eye, skin and lung irritation. Many Dapple competitors have various preservatives that have formaldehyde donors (HHT).
Do you have a sampling program?
We currently do not send samples through the mail.
Are you on social media?
Yes! You can follow along with us on Facebook (dapplebaby) and Instagram (dapplecleaners).
What’s your email for customer service?
Do you have an email list?
We do! You can sign up on our website. We don’t send lots of emails, we just update you on different sales promotions, and new products.
Do you ever have sales and promotions?
We do have sales and promotions from time to time in-store and online. Check in with your preferred retailers for details.