Sep 23, 2015

Replacing Common Household Cleaning Products with Essential Oils

Transitioning your home to be toxin-free is a lot of work.  From buying ketchup without high fructose corn syrup to switching to aluminum-free deodorant, it can all be exhausting.  There's a lot to learn, a lot to remember, and good heavens, a lot to balance in a non-anxiety kind of way.

This may be stating the obvious, but if you are just beginning your journey in going non-toxic, start by removing the most toxic items in your house.   Ahem.. your cleaning products.  If the labels clearly state they are harmful to pets and humans, then why should they be used in our homes?

Chemicals in cleaning products can enter our bodies through absorption into our skin from touch and ingestion from residues left on eating utensils.  We can also breath fumes or aerosol particles into our lungs.  These chemicals and fragrances can often cause allergies,  headaches, and breathing difficulties.  Over time, toxins can build up in our bodies and cause series health problems.  While it is impossible to avoid exposure to toxins, it is possible to reduce your family's exposure.  

Do your own research on cleaning products for your home.  EWG is a great website that grades products based on their toxicity.  You can search any product or any ingredient in a products.  HERE is the link to their cleaning products page.

First up, an easy DIY dusting spray.  I have used this on all my wood surfaces in my house.  I even used it on my stainless steel oven for a great shine!!  Want to read about how a popular dusting spray measured up on EWG?  Check THIS out.

½ cup olive oil
½ cup water
1 tablespoon vinegar
15 drops Orange EO*
10 drops Lemon EO*
5 drops Clove EO*

Add all ingredients to a 4 oz spray bottle and shake before each use.

Next, onto a bathroom spray.  This is a copycat Poopourri Spray.  If you have not heard about this spray before, you're in for a real treat!  This type of spray is different from others because you spray it in the bowl before you go!  The essential oils and glycerin will create a barrier over the top of the water trapping all of the waste and odor below the barrier.  So very interesting.  Check out EWG's review of a common air freshener HERE.  Eek.

½ teaspoon glycerine
15 drops Lemon EO*
10 drops Orange EO*
5 drops Bergamont EO*

Fill remainder of a 2 oz spray bottle with water.

Finally, how about a carpet deodorizer?  I've always loved to use them because they keep on giving.  Next time you vacuum, you get to smell it again!! :)

In addition, I've got some GREAT options to safely clean your house.  If you haven't heard of Thieves Household Cleaner, you are missing out.

I use this cleaner on MOST of the surfaces in my home.  From windows to floors to counter tops.  It is phenomenal  And it lasts FOREVER.  The bottle comes in a concentrated form and you will only need 1 tablespoon of cleaner to 2 cups of water.  Young Living also has other options for natural cleaning including laundry detergent, dish soap, veggie soak, ect...  Check it out HERE.  

So, there you have it.  Start with your cleaners.  Buy natural when you can or simply make your own.  It's so easy and absolutely worth it.

 *Not all essential oils are created equally.  Do your research as to which oils are safe.  I have spent hours upon hours of looking into Young Living and I fully trust their process in extracting essential oils without harsh chemicals or high temperatures.  

There are a lot of natural cleaning products as well as essential oils mentioned in this post.  Want to know where to get them?  Follow this link HERE.  I am running a great sign-up bonus this month.  Be sure to check it out!