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Q&A: Laundry Tips & Natural Home Cleaning With L’AVANT

Truth be told: organic cotton bedding transforms your sleep with its all-natural softness, but it’s just one step toward a toxin-free home. Like you, we at Boll & Branch are always looking for ways to create a cleaner and safer space for ourselves, our families, and our communities—one free from harsh, synthetic chemicals and the dangers that come with them. This search led us down many roads, but our bedding experts finally found their game-changer with the L’AVANT Collective Laundry Collection

Just like our bedding, L’AVANT’s cleaning essentials are made different—with non-toxic, plant-based ingredients that are powerful in performance and distinguished in design (ones you’ll actually want to keep on your counter or shelf). We couldn’t keep this rare find to ourselves, and now, you can get L’AVANT’s High Performance Laundry Detergent, Wool Dryer Balls, and Fresh Linen Laundry Oil at a Boll & Branch store near you

Before you visit your local store, take a few minutes to read our Q&A with Co-Founders Lindsay Droz and Kristi Lord, who tell us about their stance on toxins, top cleaning tips, favorite products, and more.

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Q: Why does non-toxic laundry care matter?

A: Kristi & Lindsay: High-performance, plant-based laundry detergent is important for environmental, health, and economic reasons. Many conventional market detergents are made with non-biodegradable ingredients, with fragrances that contain microplastics and require higher doses of detergent— which is hard on your fabrics, washing machines, and wallets over time.

L’AVANT’s plant-based detergent was formulated with gentle-yet-effective biodegradable ingredients that won’t harm your fabric over time. It was third-party lab tested and found to work just as well as the leading conventional detergent, and has a USDA Biobased rating of 100%.   L’AVANT detergent is 5x concentrated, which means you only need 25ml per load to work just as well as the leading detergent. We want your clothes, sheets, and towels to last! Caring for your high-quality items with a high-performance, plant-based detergent will help extend the lives of your precious items.

Q. Why did you opt for plant-based products?

A. Kristi & Lindsay: As more information comes out about how harmful chemicals have seeped into our everyday lives, and the impact they have on our health, we try to make better choices for our homes and families one baby step at a time—whether it’s organic food, clean beauty, or organic sheets.  Cleaning products just came next in line. Reading the back of the label became even more important once little feet, knees, or four-legged fur babies were crawling on our floors. We aren’t perfect, but we are more aware and informed. We are fortunate to live in today’s world where highly effective, safer choices are available across all categories!

Q: What’s your favorite product? 

A: Kristi: This is like asking us who our favorite child is! But if I had to choose, it would be the  Multipurpose Cleaner. We are constantly discovering different uses for this magical product—including all sealed surfaces but also glass, mirrors, upholstery, and car interiors. And the newest one we discovered is that it makes an incredible pre-treatment for acidic-based stains on clothes, sheets, and towels. My kids spill spaghetti sauce on their clothes every time they eat and I just spray them down with the Multipurpose Cleaner as they are clearing their plates!

A. Lindsay: Do I really have to choose one? Before we released Laundry Detergent, Dish Soap was my number one—it just makes me smile when doing the dishes. Now that we have released our Laundry Detergent, I can’t imagine my life without it. My clothes, towels, and sheets have never felt or smelled better. The best part about the laundry detergent is its ability to lift stains. I had a white shirt that I accidentally got a tough, dark stain on, and before I threw it out because I thought it was ruined, I put some laundry detergent on the stains, and ran the shirt under water while rubbing out the stain and it all came out, right then. From then on out, it became my favorite.

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Q: What are your top 3 cleaning tips? 

A: Kristi & Lindsay: 

  1. Think of alternative ways to use your cleaning products.

Dish soap, for example, is not just for dishes. There are many alternative ways to use it, like jewelry cleaning (toothbrush and dish soap will make those sparklers shine), washing the car (add a couple tablespoons to a bucket of water and wash away), and stain remover on clothes (gently rub onto oil-based stains and let it sit overnight).

2. Get a good steam cleaner.

Steam cleaners are not just for removing dirt; they also tackle stubborn stains and grease with ease, making them versatile tools for household cleaning tasks. Serving as a natural disinfectant and sterilizer, they are effective for sanitizing while cleaning. We love using steam cleaners for mopping our floors, cleaning up grout, getting grease off of the stove, cleaning out the fridge, and cleaning mattresses among so many other items!

3. Choose cleaning products that make you feel good while doing your daily home rituals.  

We never imagined how a good dish soap that smelled great and actually worked could put a smile on our faces after cleaning up from a late-night dinner. Or watching your two year old spraying a surface to wipe down the counters, and not worrying about it being harmful to them. Whether it is from the scent of the product, the packaging that elevates your counters, or the way it actually cleans something you did not think it could accomplish, find products that bring you joy.  

Q: What’s a common mistake people make when cleaning/doing laundry?

A: Kristi & Lindsay: One common mistake is the mindset that you need specific products for specific surfaces or items. Think a separate cleaner for your car, outdoor BBQ, specific stain removers, specific detergents for specific items, glass cleaner, bathroom cleaner, floor cleaner, etc. This adds up economically and takes up precious space in your home! Investing in a few high-quality, high-performing plant-based products that can do multiple jobs is worth it. Most laundry stains can be treated with just a little high-quality laundry detergent placed directly on the stain and worked in!

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Q: What made you want to partner with Boll & Branch?

A: Kristi & Lindsay: This is a dream come true! We were already completely obsessed and customers of Boll & Branch sheets—and have been since they launched. The products make you feel so special when you get the set in the mail, and the dedication and care that goes into how the textiles are sourced and manufactured aligns so beautifully with the mission of L’AVANT.

We can’t wait for you to experience the L’AVANT difference—with a natural, non-toxic, and luxurious clean that helps everyone in your home sleep better at night. Shop the L’AVANT Laundry Collection at a Boll & Branch store near you.