superdumb supervillain: A Little Dapple'll Do Ya

Friday, July 11, 2008

A Little Dapple'll Do Ya

***WINNER PICKED 7/24 WITH RANDOM.ORG***
***CONGRATULATIONS, kevnjacks!!!***
her comment... Oy, the worst has to be the sippy bottles and their valves. I don't really use bleach so I had a heck of a time trying to get in there with my hands! But it was much easier after discovering that the Dr. Brown little valve brush fits right inside! Yay!


I must admit, I was slightly skeptical about Dapple, a new dish detergent formulated specifically for babies' needs. I mean, there are a zillion detergents out there, how could this one be much different? The answer is, simply, that Dapple is better. It was created to safely and effectively clean baby bottles and dishes, using natural, safe and environmentally sound ingredients. Dapple contains no chlorine or phosphates to worry about and it is biodegradable.



My kids were breastfed and the protein residue on bottles has always slightly grossed me out. Those things are tough to clean. Dapple has those sorts of problems in mind. The dish liquid easily cuts through the milky goo and leaves a nice clean scent in the air. Dapple is fragranced with essential oils, so there is no oddly chemical potpourri smell on your dishes, just a light waft of fresh lavender. The dish liquid cleaned up sticky peanut butter and orange juice pulp with ease. The dishwasher soap left my pyrex pan sparkly clean after a particularly crusty lasagne set on it. With no soaking beforehand. I was impressed!



Dapple is a finalist in Yahoo's Seeds of Success program to empower female entrepreneurs. If they win, you'll be able to see more Dapple products on shelves near you sooner, including a toy cleaner that is currently in development. Right now, Dapple is available directly from their website (in bulk quantities only) and at several New York City area retailers. It is also available online at Diapers.com.

To enter and win your own Dapple starter kit (including one bottle of dish liquid and one box of dishwasher detergent), please comment on this post with your own stories of icky baby clean-ups and what you like best about Dapple.


Entries will be accepted through July 23rd and I'll pick the winner using Random.org. US/Canada readers are eligible. Only one entry/comment per person, please.

Make sure you leave an email address in your comment or that you have one accessible on your blog so you can be contacted if you win! Or, you may choose to check for your nickname at Prizey.Fetch, a new site that compiles winners in one convenient place:


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106 comments:

  1. Hi, These Dapple products sound wonderful! It never ceases to amaze me how many wonderful green products are becoming available. One dinner dish I don't like to clean up is spaghetti!!!!! My son has it all over him. He literally is covered with red sauce from head to toe! I would enjoy trying these two soaps.
    Please enter me in your drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  2. a tricky dinner to clean for me is rice... my toddlers get it on the table, themselves and of course, the floor. It is too sticky to wipe or sweep! I end up picking it up one by one... all the while thinking - would anyone notice if I just left this until tomorrow (dried up rice sweeps up very nicely) :0) I like Dapple because it is safer and eliminates harsh chemicals. Thanks for the fun giveaway! amguely(at)gmail.com

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  3. my kids high chair trays get so gross and don't fit in the dishwasher- I would love this!

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  4. icky baby messes-- aren't those daily?? lol I just used dapple for the first time a few weeks ago and love it! No chemicals on my baby's messy breast milk bottles!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  5. I'd love to try this! My baby mess is typically gummed-up fruit bars. Especially strawberry and grape! So sticky and stain-y.

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  6. I hate trying to get the milk odor out of bottles or cleaning up the absolute mess teething biscuits make. It's like cement. I love that this product is natural-based and biodegradable.
    gkstratos@ yahoo.com

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  7. I have to agree with the comment above mine. The milk odor is enough to get my gag reflex in overdrive.

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  8. I love that the ingredients are safe in this product. It is so hard to get the milk smell out of the bottles, I have found. This would be such a blessing to find a product that works while being natural.

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  9. Wow this stuff sounds great on odors

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  10. I love that they are natural and biodegadable. Im always looking for safe alternatives when it comes to products effecting my little one. It drives me crazy how my son always pus his sticky food-covered hands in his hair-to me thats the grossest thing. HAha--thanks-looks like a great product.
    gomeggo@gmail.com

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  11. My daughter has a knack for getting sticky fingers all over everything...furniture, walls, you name it. And since she usually does all of this on the way from the dining table to the bathroom to wash her hands, it would be nice if I had a great dish soap I know is nontoxic so I could let her wash her hands right at the kitchen sink. Email: jennae@greenyourdecor.com

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  12. My grandson loves those baby cookies but they make such a mess! He always gets it all over his tray and himself. I'd love to win this to clean his bottles and his high-chair!

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  13. to embarrassing to mention in mixed company love it

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  14. When Teething Biscuits start to get mushy and gushy its amazing all the places it gets!!

    I lov this product as it sounds so very environmentally friendly and is biodegradeable!

    Oh, when my daughter was young, she used to get the pan when I was done making rice krispie squares. A baby, a pan with marshmallows and rice krispies!! oyeee I think you can imagine!

    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  15. I'd love to try the laundry soap to get out the breast milk projectile vomit from the other night. He'd eaten too much solid food and then the guests proceeded to play with him and toss him around. No a good combo. The BM sticks very well. =/

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  16. Well, the grossest thing that I see is when I go to clean a sippy cup, and when I pull the little piece out of the top and it's gross in there! I've thrown away so many sippy cups just because of that, when they really just needed to be cleaned really well. And sippy cups are expensive!! I'd also like to really get those bottles clean! What I like most about this product is that is is free of chlorine and the other junk that so many cleaners have in it!!! Would love to try it!!

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  17. The worst clean-ups I have to do, though they aren't really baby related any more, involve soaking the baked on food out of the crockpot. As far as baby clean-up, I always hated when we had spaghetti or some other staining food and it would discolour everything from bibs to tray tables. I like that these products are all natural, especially since we have a septic system. We really are trying our best to create a healthier home.

    michelle at northofthe49 dot com

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  18. my firstborn almost never threw up as an infant and, when she did, it was the tiniest amount. So, I was dumbfounded when my second baby was a projectile mess. The worse was when we were playing in her room and she'd puke. I have those foam interlocking mats down in her room and the vomit would ooze all down in the cracks. Talk about a pain to clean, not to mention disgusting.

    I'd love to try dapple. Anything to make my babies world safer (and better smelling). Thaks for the opportunity!

    anavarre1331@bellsouth.net

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  19. The worst is when you forget a milk filled bottle or sippy in the car for a day or two. yuck!

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  20. I can totally relate to the breast milk residue on bottles...NASTY...and my husband is also grossed out by that! haha!
    I, personally find the nastiest thing to clean up is OATMEAL. It gets sticky and icky and hard to get off bowls and tables.

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  21. This would be great to clean the bottles my little girl uses. She gets milk everywhere when she eats, so the inside and the outside of the bottles are covered in milk.

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  22. baby loves hard cookies but it gets smushed all over and the worst is when, after getting all sticky, they sneeze!

    i love dapples smell

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  23. I was all dressed up and ready to go to my friend's wedding. then mr. messy hands got sticky, dirty, all over my pastel dress. Oh my goodness.

    dapple is great to have to clean up dirty dishes and plates. how great to have safe

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  24. Dapple sounds awesome. I always hate the bottles you find in the diaper bag or car that you forgot about...gross! Thanks for the contest!

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  25. I love that it gets breast milk residue off safely. My daughter's high chair tray can be really gross- I would love to try this on her tray. Knowing that it's safe is huge! Thanks!!

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  26. I've had some diaper changing disasters - I'd love to try this product! Thanks! afdr3d@umkc.edu

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  27. My kids highchair trays really get dirty.

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  28. I have 1 daughter and babysat 2 of my friends kids as well as my daughter about a week ago. 1 9 month old, 1 one year old and a 2 year old. It was crazy I just ran around the whole time with paper towels and baby wipes changing diapers, clothes, cleaning up spills and wiping off little hands and faces. I dunno how you guys with 3 or more do it! 1 kid is a dream for me, I think we'll stay that way for a while. I like that Dapple is all natural. Great giveaway, thanks!

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  29. The messiest meal for us is Spaghetti Dinner night. YIKES! My 3 year old little girl gets it everywhere and all over herself. I am a big fan of Dapple because it is safer and eliminates harsh chemicals. Thanks for this fabulous giveaway!

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  30. Dapple would be great for cleaning my kids sippy cups! I wipe down our floors and sweep up crumbs and vacuum everyday! They can never seem to eat without making crumbs and dropping food as they go...

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  31. Spaghetti- EVERYWHERE...the walls, high chair, floors, cat, you name it.
    This soap looks like it would work WONDERS!


    froggypartyof2@aol.com

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  32. I need some Dapple right about now on my walls! This looks awesome and I would love to try it!

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  33. There is nothing worse than finding a bottle that escaped to up under the couch...with a little bit of milk still in it. Yuck!! I would love a product that is heavy duty but not harmful.
    barker.tina@gmail.com

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  34. I loved this. We just had a brand new Grand Daughter yesterday. This would be great for a gift. Something different and useful.

    Thanks!

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  35. I liked the idea of it being natural. You are so right about the 'lost' and "found" bottles and sippy cups too !

    cobber@sagensun.net

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  36. The day my son drew on the walss with marker and turned to our dog and said "she did it"
    Dapple is a great cleanr.

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  37. Many years ago I was in the Navy and working in a pediatrics ward. One toddler woke from his nap before everyone else and quietly painted himself, crib and walls (he was at the end of the ward) with the material that was available. (Any mother should be able to figure out what it was!) Definitely the worst baby clean-up I have ever seen! I had to go into my office to laugh over the expression on the corpsman's face--don't know if he ever wanted children after that.

    So far as Dapple is concerned, sounds like a marvelous product. Will definitely look into it, since anything that both cleans well and is good for the environment is a great idea.

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  38. Ive always thought you treat baby items different that everyday items,back when my babys were little,I boiled everything,even their drinking water,now im keeping grandbabies,i want it to be right ,so id love to try this product,count me in too,thanks

    vlbelk@hotmail.com

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  39. My youngest took a jar of vasaline, opened it and smeared it all over the walls, rug and changing table. It literally took hours to clean. ever try cleaning up a little vasaline- try a large jar!

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  40. My daughter opened a bottle of fire engine red nail polish that was stuck (after I told her not to). It exploded everywhere in the kitchen, floors, table, chairs, etc. We did get it off the floors and table but not the chairs as they were upholstered.

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  41. I'm going green as much as I can and would love to win this! Thanks for the opportunity.

    woobyjjm at yahoo dot com

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  42. My daughter got into my purse, into my makeup and smeared the walls with it. What a mess! This Dapple sounds great!

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  43. We had to wash down the crib, linens and all besides the toddler when she smeared Vaseline all over herself and anywhere else she could reach.

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  44. My grandson found a spatula, some grape jelly, and my refrigerator door. Such a nice painting he left Gran'ma. He's coming back - I hope I win some Dapple...

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  45. When I was 6 I tried to make a grilled cheese sandwich in the microwave. I was the only one home at the time (yes, my parents left me home alone when I was 6 and my brother was 5) and the house filled with smoke. It was a horrible mess and was really hard to clean up. I thought my parents would be mad but they thought it was hilarious and made the microwaves off limits when they weren't home. The best thing I like about dapple is that it's safe for kids and pets.

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  46. My baby has to take a vitamin supplement (was a preemie) and it makes her poos stink with a peculiar metallic odor. They also stain much worse than regular breastfed baby poo. And they give her a little diarrhea sometimes. Put that all together with a midnight diaper change and some farts to give that stuff some distance...and use your imagination... (and I really liked that pair of jeans...)

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  47. Cleaning up after the kids eat anything. Love to try this product, sounds great.

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  48. I would love to try this. My grandkids are living with me and I'm finding all sorts of items in the strangest places and want to try anything that will help with odors and cleaning.

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  49. I justreceived a small sample of Dapple and haven't had a chance to use it yet, but it looks like a great product that's safe to use. Icky baby messes I don't like to clean are obviously spit up and poopy! Thanks for a great giveaway!

    furygirl3132@comcast.net

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  50. so many messes around here,chocolate ice cream probably the worst.

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  51. Oy, the worst has to be the sippy bottles and their valves. I don't really use bleach so I had a heck of a time trying to get in there with my hands! But it was much easier after discovering that the Dr. Brown little valve brush fits right inside! Yay!

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  52. This sounds like it would be a great win! Thanks for the chance!

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  53. When my son was about 10 mos old, he took a FULL bottle of maple syrup out of the cupboard that the older kids had left open and dumped the entire contents all over the floor and himself. It took me an hour to get him and the floor clean.

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  54. I was just wondering about using dish soap on bottles. I've been changing over so many other products that we use, but I wasn't familar with Dapple. My baby deserves the best of course. I will for sure give it a try.

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  55. I've had some diaper changing disasters I think this product would help

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  56. Spaghetti and tomato soup are the worst to clean up. I love how Dapple is environmentally friendly.

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  57. I don't even have any stories of icky baby cleanups. I think after a while you become immune. Well, if you leave a sippy cup with a little milk in it in the car and forget about it, that's really hard to clean. There we go.

    My favorite thing about them? To be honest, I was thinking as I read their add that I'd rather it say "annihalates everything in the vicinity" than "is natural." 'Cause I had a hard time believing that something natural would get stuff clean. So my favorite part is your testimony about the baked-on lasanga! And now I want lasagna.

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  58. My son loves cracker and home made icies so he can make a great mess. He likes to pick the food up and smoosh it between his fingers

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  59. I'd love to win some for my grandson, who is drooling a lot. His mom is also doing cloth diapers, which I know have had their share of messes, even on his dad.

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  60. I have never tried Dapple but think it sounds wonderful. I hate worrying over the chemicals in cleaning items that are possibly being consumed by my children. Sounds like a wonderful product!

    Laura.Adams@ky.gov

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  61. Cleaning up the ancient half eaten sandwich from under the couch was pretty bad.

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  62. I would love to try this. I have so many bottle and sippy cup incidents where they managed to get under the sofa or the car seat. Pull one of those out after sitting for 3-4 days and you have to wonder if they are really coming as clean as they should be.

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  63. I love that they are natural and biodegadable. Im always looking for safe alternatives

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  64. Would love to win this - thanks!!!
    cdrury@gmail.com
    high chairs are always a huge problem - this looks wonderful!!

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  65. Once my daughter took her turkey baby food jar, and dumped the whole thing out on her tray and then put her hands in it, her artistic side (lol), was using it as finger paints all over her high chair, and herself!

    I like the fact that Dapple is pediatrician approved how many dish soaps can say that?!

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  66. I have to say the worst mess is the staining on the front of their little shirts from the washed and dried milk proteins. I would love to try this Dapple stuff. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  67. A safe way to clean baby products is great! I just thought there were clothing detergents. If this can get spagetti stains out of the dishes then i am sold!
    ceegee24 at hotmail dot com

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  68. ive got to agree with many others... the Milk smell EWWW

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  69. I literally stopped putting milk in sippy cups because I couldn't handle cleaning them out if they were left out too long! I use Ecover dishwasher tabs, but I'd love to find another "green" alternative to the conventional dish cleaners!

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  70. One of the few things that haven't changed over the years is babies. They still cover every nearby surface, and themselves, with goopy, sticky, sloppy messes, just as mine used to at every meal.

    Who wouldn't love the idea of using a healthy natural product on dishes and clothing? I'm sold!

    dlcwin[at]gmail[dot]com

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  71. Spagetti is so hard to clean up. I like the natural ingredients.

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  72. the food messes are the worst ..especially smashed carrots and any tomato based sauces

    i love that this ia green product :) We all want to make the world better for our children :)

    Great giveaway! I hope i'm the lucky winner for this.

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  73. CHERYL FRANCISCOJuly 21, 2008 1:13 PM

    my worst was when my son's super-bowels sprayed across the room in the doctor's office.
    cherylfrancisco@hotmail.com

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  74. my grandson always plays with his food-it's in his hair, ears all over the highchair and floor. I like that the dish liquid cleans the bottles and leaves a scent of lavender

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  75. This product sounds amazing. I am in the process of trying to use more organic natural products and this product seems like it fits the picture perfect. I would love to have a chance to win this product and try it out.
    missie0511@yahoo.colm

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  76. I like that Dapple is natural and safe but yet it's still strong enought to cut through that weird milky residue. Once when I was shopping my baby girl spit up all over my shoulder and it was running down everywhere. Then she did it again. It was horrible and I sure could have used some Dapple for that outfit that day. Ewwwww.
    doot65[at]comcast[dot]net

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  77. I love the way commercial babyfood dries to a concrete-like texture. Apple and rice cereal should be used for highway repair, it would solve our infrastructure problems!

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  78. I like that it's made for babies, like laundry detergent is. Our first mashed peas experience required quite a bit of clean up.

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  79. this would be great for me to was my new baby bottles inn.

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  80. Boys squirt when you least expect them to when changing the diaper.

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  81. Dirty diapers can be dangerous, and disastrous!
    I like the idea that it can remove the residue from baby bottles!

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  82. To me ,the grossest baby mess is not the recent baby bottles.
    It's the baby bottles that roll under the couch and age for a few days. Ewwwwwwww.Baby bottle cheese.
    Thank you for the contest.

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  83. I love how this product is a green mess fighting machine - er product!

    My baby is so messy in general, we think we should have called him Marvin. The first time we gave him spaghetti was the worst - the sauce ended all over him - including hair and floor and his bowl and high chair.

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  84. ...we would love to try Dapple on kids dishes, trays, bowls, etc. caked with dried-on vegetable puree that pile up in our sink; I am tired of scrubbing off the gunk !!!

    senorpiero at yahoo dot com

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  85. i've never heard of this brand

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  86. food like carrots and squash are so hard to get out all white clothes look like leopords with orange spots :(

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  87. I've never used it before so I have no experience to share..

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  88. I would love to use this product

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  89. I like that Dapple is a nature based product. My biggest problem is with the highchair tray table which gets dried on food and is hard to clean.

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  90. We just started solids so every dayu brings a new mess! I like that the Dapple products are chlorine/phosphate-free but apparently work (anther natural cleaner I tried was disappointing)

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  91. This sounds like a good product and totally safe. Thanks for the contest.
    kathleenyohanna@hotmail.com

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  92. Spaghetti is always the worst...stains everything from plates to child. I would love to try this product!

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  93. I just have two words to describe my arch nemesis: pine pitch.

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  94. the worst mess ever was when my older son pooped all over (on my face, down my bra...) me as i was changing his diaper. i like that dapple cleans effectively yet is safe for baby.

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  95. My first is due in November and I'm anticipating daily messes. I love that Dapple is non-toxic. It's great to see so many alternatives to chemicals these days.

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  96. Dapple to the rescue; please take note; eco environment friendly and user/receiver friendly. Many thanks Sw

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  97. These Dapple products sound wonderful!

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  98. I would like to try Dapple. My 10 year old can still get dirt everywhere.

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  99. I'd love to try this! I love that Dapple is non-toxic.

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  100. I would love to try these products.....anything that will make my life easier.

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  101. I don't have any stories of icky baby clean-ups. What I like best about Dapple products is that they're biodegradable.

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