Tips to Safely Navigating the Holiday Season

Tips to Safely Navigating the Holiday Season

The holiday season in 2020 is proving to be much different than the ones you’re probably used to. Many people are modifying their plans because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but that’s not the only reason why people are switching things up.

Weather has been known to ruin holiday travel plans. Traveling is also expensive, so it’s not always possible to get together for a family gathering.

Whether you’re engaging in a socially distanced holiday season or you’re still trying to make a gathering happen, it’s important to have a plan in place to celebrate safely. Here are some great tips for making the most of both situations this year!

Tips for Socially Distanced Holiday Plans

For many people, gathering with family and friends is the biggest reason for engaging in holiday traditions like baking or decorating the house. If you’re no longer gathering like you normally would, it’s easy to feel like the magic has been sucked out of this typically joyous season.

But don’t fret! If you’re practicing social distancing this year, there are still some great ways to enjoy the holidays:

  1. Decorate (Even if it’s a Party of One)

It’s easy to think that there’s no point in decorating if you don’t plan on having any visitors, but that isn’t the case. Whether you live alone or with a partner or family, decorating for the holidays can be a real mood booster.

If you celebrate Christmas, for example, putting up a tree and other decorations can be quite the experience. Perhaps you remember what’s special about each ornament on your tree, or you find the wreath a relative gave you years ago.

Even if you don’t have visitors to enjoy the decorations with you, there’s something festive and nostalgic about the act of decorating for the holidays. Just because others aren’t around doesn’t mean you can’t get into the holiday spirit.

Plus, decorating the exterior of your house is always worth it. Your neighbors and passersby will appreciate your efforts, and you’ll appreciate seeing others do the same.

  1. Start a Holiday Group Chat

Just because you’re social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t stay in touch. If you don’t already have one, start a group chat with everyone you usually see for the holidays. This is a great way to stay connected despite being separated.

You can talk about your favorite memories, discuss holiday movies, and share the holiday meals you cook up, order, or even reheat. If all goes well, you’ll be creating new holiday memories to savor and cherish for years to come.

  1. Do a Secret Santa Over Zoom

If you’ve never done a Secret Santa, it’s a fun and anonymous gift exchange. Everyone in your family or friend group are randomly assigned a person to get a present for. The identity of the gift givers should remain a secret, though everyone can play by their own rules.

After everyone buys and sends their gifts to each other, you can have a video call to open the presents together. Zoom has become a popular option this year, but there are other options for group video calls.

This is a great way to continue the gift-giving holiday tradition while also social distancing. It might not be the same as gathering in person, but this is sure to still be a great time.

  1. Synchronize Your Events

Another way to still feel together during the holidays is to synchronize events. Everyone can eat together, open presents together, watch movies together, and more. Instead of everything happening separately, these are great ways to make the holidays feel just like they normally do.

For these synchronized events, the group chats and video calls can help bring your family and friends together even more.

Tips for A Safe Holiday Gathering

If you’re still getting together with family over the holidays, you’re probably doing what you can to stay safe while traveling and visiting with others. Here are a few tips to make stating safe much easier:

  1. Fly the Redeye or Make the Drive

These days, traveling is a concern. If you’re heading to visit some family this holiday season, make sure to take the proper precautions while you’re on the move. Wear masks, use hand sanitizer, and keep wet wipes handy.

It’s probably best to avoid crowded areas like airports. If you have to travel by plane, it might be in your best interest to fly the redeye. These flights often leave late at night and arrive at their destination early in the morning, ensuring that you’re less likely to experience crowds. Additionally, the flights themselves are a lot less crowded, so you can practice some level of social distancing on the plane.

Otherwise, try to make the drive as it cuts down on the number of people you could be exposed to.

Regardless of how you travel, make use of wet wipes to wipe down plane seats, door handles, or any other surface you come into contact with while traveling. This is one added precaution that can keep you safe.

  1. Stock Up Ahead of Time

If you’re hosting a family gathering for the holidays, make sure to do any necessary shopping ahead of time. Stores are often very busy the day or two before a holiday. Not only does this put you at a greater risk of sickness, but it also means you’ll be waiting in line much longer – which is never fun.

Instead, plan ahead and make sure you have everything you’ll need. That way, you or your relatives won’t have to make any last minute trips.

  1. Have Extra Wipes and Hand Sanitizer Available

Even though you’ll be around your family for the duration of their stay, it’s good practice to stock up on hand sanitizer and extra wet wipes. Hand sanitizer is a convenient and easy way to ensure everyone is keeping their hands clean, even if a last-minute shopping trip is necessary.

Wet wipes are also great for stopping the spread of germs, but they are also more versatile. Keeping some on hand is always a good idea when having family over. Baby wipes are great to have in the event of an unexpected diaper change and they’re also great for dealing with any other messes children might make.

Plus, in a crowded house, it can be frustrating to wait your turn for the shower. A wet wipe can be a quick waterless shower that will keep you feeling clean and fresh.

It’s always good to have wet wipes you can trust. That’s why Simpleaf makes wet wipes and baby wipes that are made with high-quality materials, are designed for the softest and most sensitive skin, and are also 100% plant-based and eco-friendly.

  1. Take Advantage of Curbside Offerings

You can also stay safe by taking advantage of curbside offerings from your local grocery stores and restaurants. If you have a grocery list but are wary of going to the store, give your local store a call or order online and you can pick up your groceries without having to enter the store.

This holiday season, we at Simpleaf hope that you find ways prioritize health, happiness, and find ways to meaningfully connect.      b

Should I Switch to Flushable Wipes?

Should I Switch to Flushable Wipes?

For millions of people around the globe, toilet paper is the default choice when it comes to cleaning up after a visit to the toilet. You take care of business, grab some toilet paper for assistance, and flush. Yet flushable wipes and bidets have made enough noise that you’re probably at least aware of them, especially since flushable wipes are eco-friendly.

Bidets might not be your thing, and that’s completely fine. However, wet wipes are similar enough to toilet paper that they deserve some consideration. These flushable wipes aren’t just for babies (though they are great for babies) – wet wipes are made for everyone.

Believe it or not, your wipe of choice impacts more than your experience in the bathroom. What you choose also impacts our planet. Here’s an in-depth review of toilet paper and flushable wipes so you can make the choice that works best for you.

The Case for Toilet Paper

Toilet paper has been around for almost two hundred years and is still so popular today because it’s convenient and reliable. Is it still the best choice in 2020? Let’s take a look:

Pros

  • Toilet paper can be relatively inexpensive, is easy to find, and comes in a variety of textures and thicknesses so you can find what works for you.
  • Since it’s made from paper, it bio-degrades quickly and efficiently so you never have to worry about it ruining your pipes or sewage system.

Cons

  • The texture of toilet paper can be rough on those with sensitive skin.
  • On some occasions, it can take quite a lot of toilet paper to ensure you’re feeling fresh and clean. The dry texture of toilet paper can make the cleaning process more difficult.
  • Some toilet papers are chlorine bleached to give them that pristine white color. This bleaching process produces dioxin, which is a harmful chemical byproduct and is bad for the environment.

The Case for Flushable Wipes

Flushable wipes have become more popular because they offer a different experience than typical toilet paper. Here’s how they stack up:

Pros

  • Flushable wipes are often stronger than toilet paper, making them more effective when it comes to cleaning.
  • The moisture in wet wipes also helps with the cleaning process, so you can feel fresh and clean without using many wipes.
  • Flushable wipes are great for cleaning up messes outside of the bathroom too, proving to be much more versatile than toilet paper.

Cons

  • Some flushable wipes contain plastic, which never decomposes and is bad for the environment.
  • Some wet wipes are marketed as if they are flushable even though they do not break down in water.

Simpleaf Helps You Bridge that Gap

Toilet paper and flushable wipes both have benefits and drawbacks, leaving you to wonder which is the better option. However, what if there was a product that offered all the benefits without any of the drawbacks?

Simpleaf wet wipes are maximize your benefits and minimize the negatives! These wet wipes are stronger, thicker, and moister then other options on the market so they can efficiently tackle any mess. Plus, Simpleaf wet wipes are made without harmful or harsh ingredients, so they are perfect for those with sensitive skin.

Simpleaf wet wipes are also eco-friendly. These wet wipes are made with 100% plant-based viscose and no plastic-based materials are used in their creation. This means these flushable wipes are perfect for your household, your body, and for environmental sustainability.

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for your baby, Simpleaf has exactly what you need. Shop now!

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World Toilet Day 2020

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5 Surprising Items You Should Never Camp Without 

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5 Hobbies to Pick Up while Staying In

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While we might be staying in more than we expected, it’s not too late to start picking up a new hobby, especially now that summer is finally in full swing! So the Simpleaf team put our brains together to pass on five ideas to make staying safe fun for everyone! BECOME...

Travel Wipes For Just About Everything!

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Hygienic wipes can be a Traveler's best friend! our wipes have numerous uses that go beyond cleaning that cute baby’s bottom. Keep reading to learn the top uses for travel wipes to see the uses you’ve been missing out on. Quick Cleanups Life happens while on the go...

5 Hobbies to Pick Up while Staying In

5 Hobbies to Pick Up while Staying In

While we might be staying in more than we expected, it’s not too late to start picking up a new hobby, especially now that summer is finally in full swing! So the Simpleaf team put our brains together to pass on five ideas to make staying safe fun for everyone!

BECOME A PET TRAINER

Have a new puppy? Or want to finally teach your dog all the tricks so you can wow your friends when quarantine ends? With all the time in the world these days, your dog can be flipping and rolling and shaking all day long so on top of treats, your pet is going to need some help cooling off! I know what you’re thinking, are wet wipes safe for pets? Have no fear, we answered that question in the video below. So after your daily training session, make sure to have plenty of wipes to clean and treats to reward your four legged friend!

BECOME A GARDENER

The sun is out and there’s no better time to start building your herb garden or adding in some perennials to decorate your front yard. While there are plenty of online resources to learn about how to properly tend to your garden, one thing that every gardener needs to be successful is a little elbow grease. Gardening in the summer is no easy task physically or mentally. We encourage you to keep some of our XL body wipes handy and stay patient as you begin your new journey as a plant parent!

BECOME A MAKEUP ARTIST

Have you ever wanted that perfect smoky eye? Or that Kim Kardashian contour? Now is the time that you can play with your makeup ALL. DAY. LONG! Through Youtube, Instagram and TikTok you can find hundreds of make up gurus who can help you take your skills to the next level but good make up relies on good skincare. That means consistently and thoroughly removing all of your make up, a drag I know, but that’s where we come in! You can use Simpleaf’s lavender wipes to thoroughly remove makeup and trust that our all natural, paraben free products made for sensitive skin put your skin’s health first.

BECOME A FITNESS GURU

Some of us have taken the opposite approach here…going from working out daily to puzzling daily instead..oops! While it was fun at first, we were reminded that working out isn’t just for a summer body, it’s for our mental and physical health. Now, our answer to the stay at home, work from home, socialize from home cabin fever: a little socially-distanced sweat! From taking bike rides in your local park, taking online High Intensity Interval Training, or youtubing some Bikram Yoga, there are more ways than ever to break a sweat from home. If you find that you’re having to fit your workouts between work and don’t have time for a shower, that’s where Simpleaf’s XL Body Shower Wipes come in. With their intense 12 inch by 12 inch cleaning power and fresh eucalyptus scent, you can wipe the physical and mental stress right off!

BECOME AN OUTDOORS ENTHUSIAST

From talking a walk, going on a run, or hiking, fresh air is so important right now for our mental health. Spending time outdoors used to look like large gatherings of friends and family on a patio on the weekends but now, we can do that in a different way, which is kind of cool! We can picnic in a park or head to nice and hidden scenic area with housemates to get away from the city. Staying in made us realize how many nature-centered options there are, and as long as you remember your pocket sized Simpleaf wipes, to clean off dirt or sweat, this is a great way to safely enjoy all nature has to offer!

Wet wipes are great products with a variety of uses, from the bathroom to the great outdoors. Comment which hobbies you plan on mastering. Is it different from what we suggested? Let us know below!”

Spring Breakers: Don’t Travel Without These Essential Products

Spring Breakers: Don’t Travel Without These Essential Products

Spring break is just around the corner, and with it, warm weather and sunshine. Are you an avid traveler that needs a packing list? It can be tricky to find a good balance between packing enough and packing way too much for a trip, but there are some essential products that can help make your trips both convenient and lightweight. A great spring break packing list is key to making any vacation a success, so let’s look at some of the products you should consider!

Wet Wipes

One of the first essential travel products to keep in mind are wet wipes. They’re compact and diverse, too, which means that you can use them in a number of different situations. They’re also light enough to carry with you on hikes as well as to hotel rooms, so you’ll have some on-hand at all times. One great option to consider are SIMPLEAF Flushable Wipes. These flushable wet wipes are convenient for your travel needs while also being perfect for everyday use. Each pack has 20 wipes and you can buy anywhere from one to five packs at a time, so they’re a great travel wipe for a variety of different vacation lengths.

Common Medication

Next on your spring break packing list should be medicine. You don’t want to end up stranded abroad without access to medication to help soothe your stomach or headache, after all, and there might not be a local equivalent depending upon your travel destination. Even if there is an equivalent, do you really want to search for it when you’re feeling awful? Most OTC medications are available in travel sizes that are smaller and easier to pack than their full-size counterparts, too, so fitting them into your luggage should be easy enough.

Good Shoes

Unless you’re traveling specifically to lounge about and have no plans of exploring, a pair of good shoes should be next on your spring break packing list just behind travel wipes and medication. You might be surprised at how much of a difference a pair of good shoes can make on your trip. In fact, they could be the difference between a day spent comfortably walking around and one spent in agony thanks to multitudes of blisters. You’ve waited too long to enjoy your vacation to end up down for the count thanks to subpar clothing, so do yourself a favor and pack some solid shoes.

Plan ahead to make this spring break a great one! Take your destination into consideration when pinpointing additional essentials, but keep your own needs in mind, too. If you have prescription medication you’ll be taking, for example, do some research to make sure you can safely and legally bring it to your vacation location. Whether you’re packing travel wipes, medication, quality shoes, or anything in between, a solid travel list is important to the success and enjoyability of your trip. Give yourself the best possible chance to enjoy your spring break!

Most Popular Questions – Baby Wipes

Most Popular Questions – Baby Wipes

Frequently Asked Questions – Baby Wipes

Customers love Simpleaf baby wipes because they are made with the high quality standards in an environmentally conscious way, perfect for the sensitive skin of babies. Here are a few questions that get asked about baby wipes. If you have any questions that aren’t addressed here, please feel free to contact us.

Can you use baby wipes on your face?
Absolutely! Simpleaf baby wipes are made with soothing Aloe Vera, and they never contain any alcohol or parabens, which makes them perfect for sensitive areas such as baby’s skin or a face. Perfect for freshening up during the day or cleaning up at the end of the day, these baby wipes work great on your face. Baby wipes provide a gentle clean that you may not be able to get from other types of wipes.

Can you use baby wipes to remove makeup?
While baby wipes are not specifically designed to remove makeup, they can definitely help you clean up at the end of the day. Cleansing wipes that are often used for makeup removal contain specific chemicals that help to break down the makeup, but many women prefer the more natural treatment of a baby wipe when washing off their face. While you may need to wipe a little more with a baby wipe, they are a safe and effective way to remove makeup at the end of the night.

Can you use baby wipes on pets?
Pet owners love our Simpleaf baby wipes, as they provide an easy way to clean pets and keep them fresh! One of the reasons they are so good for pets is that they are made of premium quality materials, making them durable whether they are used to wipe down a human or a pet. They are also larger than our competitors wipes, so you need to use fewer with each use. Whether they’ve been rolling around in dirt or simply need a cleanup, our baby wipes help keep pets cleaner, and remove any odors or dust they might have picked up throughout their busy day.

Are baby wipes biodegradable?
Most baby wipes are not biodegradable, which can cause major problems for sewage systems and for the environment. In addition to filling up landfills, many wipes can clog sewers when they are flushed down the toilet, as they are made with plastic fibers that do not easily break down. However, Simpleaf wipes are made to be flushed and to be biodegradable, meaning they will naturally break down. This is great for you, because you can throw them away or flush them down the toilet without any worry about what they will do in the future.

Do flushable wipes breakdown?
This is something that can vary by brand, but you can flush Simpleaf wipes with confidence knowing that they will breakdown and dissolve in water. Unfortunately, many wipes that say they are flushable do not easily break down, causing environmental harm in the future. It’s important to find a company that makes environmental stewardship an important and integral part of their business, so that you can have complete trust in the product you are using.

Do baby wipes expire?
Many wipes contain notes on the back of the packaging which indicates their shelf-life. However, if your wipes do not say, the general rule is that many wipes can last for around two years if they are not opened, and about 3 months if they are open. It’s important keep the pack closed to keep them as moist as possible, which helps extend their life cycle.

When were baby wipes invented?
Baby wipes were most likely invented some time during the 1950s, as travel became more common and with it, the need to clean up on the go. One of the first companies to have a hand in baby wipes was called Nice-Pak, which made a type of wipe with a scented skin cleanser. By the 1990s, most large retail super stores had their own brand of wipes, along with baby industry companies such as Huggies and Procter & Gamble.

How many wipes does a baby use in a year?
The answer is – it depends. Many factors can influence how many baby wipes your baby might use in a year, ranging from how liberal you are when using them to clean up messes, to the baby’s age, to what type of messes you are cleaning up with wipes, to how messy your baby tends to get. In general, the higher quality the wipe, the fewer you will need to use.

Our Simpleaf wipes are thicker and larger than other leading wipes, meaning you will need less to clean up even big messes. This can help you cut down and waste and experience money savings

How do I keep baby wipes moist?
If baby wipes are not kept moist, they will become unusable, costing you money and forcing you to go through more wipes. Every time you finish using wipes, be sure to seal the packaging back up. This will not only extend their lifespan, but also keep them more effective when you do use them.

These are just a few of the most frequent questions that we get asked. If you are wondering about anything that you can’t find on our website, please drop us a note or give us a call to let us know how we can help.

Baby Wipes: Yay or Nay?

Baby Wipes: Yay or Nay?

Babies have been well-protected inside the womb for so long, as a result their skin is extremely sensitive. This means it’ll take some time for their skin to get used to the constant exposure to harsh elements of our environment. Getting the right wipes for your baby is a delicate issue as some babies can develop rashes or allergic reactions to certain ingredients in the wipes which may not agree with your baby’s soft skin and may cause them more discomfort. One of the most common problems faced by all newborn babies is a diaper rash. Wearing diapers is a necessity and because of this these rashes get more and more aggravated by constant rubbing or sometimes even the ingredients present in some baby wipes.

We are focused on ensuring all Simpleaf products meet the highest quality standard. Natural substances like aloe, lotus extracts, vitamin E, glycerin, olive oil, chamomile, and other essential oils are all perfectly safe and will not strip the natural oils produced by the baby’s skin and allow it to breathe freely.

Essentially, wipes need to be wet, soft, contain a disinfectant and are moisturizing. Using a solution of warm water and essential oils, or water, baby oil, and baby wash will give you all the essentials of a functional wipe. This way you know what you’re using and you’re not adding more elements for your baby’s system to fight off.

Our wet wipes are bio-degradable/eco-friendly wipes with great premium quality during use. Simpleaf for babies wipes are designed to take everywhere, the package size is perfect for traveling and also for home use. Our wipes are thicker than the leading brands and also bigger in size.

The technology Simpleaf for Babies wet wipes makes them the most eco-friendly choice you can make! After you’re done using the wipes flush them down the toilet and not worry about finding a trash can or having them fill your bin! The wipes are biodegradable and will dissolve in water to avoid toilet clogging.