Because Every Ingredient matters.
Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate):
A paste from baking soda can be very effective when used in cleaning and scrubbing. Baking soda is commonly added to washing machines as a replacement for softener and also to remove odors from clothes. Sodium bicarbonate is also effective in removing heavy tea and coffee stains from cups when diluted with warm water.
Gaia uses baking soda in the powder laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner, and powder hand soap.
Washing Soda (sodium carbonate):
Washing soda can be extracted from the ashes of many plants, and is well known for its everyday use as a water softener. It effectively removes oil, grease, and alcohol stains. Sodium carbonate is also used as a descaling agent in boilers such as those found in coffee pots, espresso machines, etc.
Gaia uses washing soda in its powder laundry detergent and automatic dishwasher detergent.
Borax (Sodium Borate):
Borax occurs naturally in evaporite deposits produced by the repeated evaporation of seasonal lakes and can be used in various household laundry and cleaning products. It has strong odor-destroying capabilities and can enhance color and cleaning power.
Gaia uses Borax in its spot remover.
Citric acid exists in greater than trace amounts in a variety of fruits and vegetables, most notably citrus fruits. Lemons and limes have particularly high concentrations of the acid. It is used to remove scale from boilers and evaporators. It can be used to soften water, which makes it useful in soaps and laundry detergents. Citric acid is the active ingredient in some bathroom and kitchen cleaning solutions.
Gaia uses citric acid in its automatic dishwasher detergent.
Dry Hydrogen Peroxide (Sodium Percarbonate):
Sodium percarbonate is produced by the reaction of sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide, followed by crystallization. As an oxidizing agent, sodium percarbonate is an ingredient in a number of eco-friendly home and laundry cleaning products. Dissolved in water, it yields a mixture of hydrogen peroxide (which eventually decomposes to water and oxygen) and sodium carbonate ("soda ash").
Gaia uses sodium percarbonate in its powder laundry detergent.
Flaked Castile Soap:
Coconut Oil, Soap of Coconut, Vegetable Glycerin and Water. Made by a centuries-old, time honored process by mixing coconut oil with caustic soda. Caustic soda is made from sea salt. Coconut oil is thus converted to coconut soap, which is technically called sodium cocoate. During the process of making coconut soap, glycerin is also produced since glycerin is a part of natural coconut oil.
Gaia uses flaked castile soap in its powder laundry detergent and powder hand soap.
High Purity Salt:
Pure granulated salt, with no added preservative or free-flowing agents. GAIA uses salt as a water softener in the dishwasher detergent. Salt is produced by evaporation of seawater or brine from other sources, such as brine wells and salt lakes, and by mining rock salt.
Gaia uses salt in its automatic dishwasher detergent.
Liquid Castile Soap:
Gaia's Liquid Castile Soap is comprised of Saponified oils of Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Potassium Oleate, Water, Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Schoenanthus) Oil. It is free of artificial colors, fragrances, preservatives, animal products, their byproducts, and animal testing.
Gaia uses liquid castile soap in its dish soap, automatic dishwasher detergent, and all-purpose cleaner.
Pure Grain Alcohol:
Grain alcohol is a form of pure alcohol which has been produced by fermenting and distilling grain.It is also known as ethyl alcohol or ethanol. Pure grain alcohol can be used as an antiseptic and as an all-natural preservative. GAIA uses eucalyptus denatured alcohol.
Gaia uses lavender denatured alcohol in its all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, and automatic dishwasher detergent.
White vinegar is often used as a household cleaning agent. Because it is acidic, it can dissolve mineral deposits from glass, coffee makers, and other smooth surfaces. Vinegar, throughout history, has been reputed to have strong antibacterial properties. 5% vinegar is 90% effective against mold and 99.9% effective against bacteria.
Gaia uses vinegar in its glass cleaner and automatic dishwasher detergent.
The harsh, artificial scents of conventional household products emit toxins at levels that can negatively affect their health and the health of their home. Essential Oils are not only more pleasant, they can be safer, healthier choices for those concerned with the environmental effects of cleaners. Fragrances of plants and flowers—many essential oils possess antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral qualities. Gaia uses pure essential oils in all its products.
Lavendar (Lavandula angustifolia) Essential Oil:
Lavender has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
(remove lemon that is currently listed): Lemongrass oil has a light and fresh lemony smell with earthy undertones. It is stimulating, relaxing, soothing, and balancing.The compounds that make up lemongrass essential oil are known to have anti-fungal, insecticidal, antiseptic properties.
Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) has a fresh, sweet, citrus aroma that is energizing and uplifting. The aromatic effects include support of one's own sense of self-love and approval. The antiviral and antimicrobial properties make it a good disinfectant.
Key Lime Essential Oil
Lime oil is refreshing, crisp, and sweeter than lemon. It has antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, bactericidal, and disinfectant properties. It is a wonderful degreaser in addition to making your home smell fresh and clean!
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint is fresh, minty and uplifting. It enhances alertness and stamina, and exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal properties
Spearmint Essential Oil
Spearmint has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, which make it a very effective disinfectant. It also helps in relaxing the nerves and relieving stress, depression, and anxiety.
Tea Tree Essential Oil:
Tea Tree is an extracted from Melaleuca alternifolia and has a warm, spicy odor that helps to lift the spirit. The therapeutic properties of tea tree oil are antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, bactericide, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific.
Guar gum, also called guaran, is a vegan gluten free thickener. It's made from the seeds of the guar legume, which have been ground into a fine powder.
Gaia uses guar gum in its automatic dishwasher detergent.