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February 28, 2019

Nontoxic Cleaning Recipes To Try Today


It’s pretty scary to learn that not all products on the market are safe for our bodies; many have harmful chemicals that become carcinogens (substances that can cause cancer) and many include “fragrance”, which could mean they have as many as 200 undisclosed chemicals in their ingredients.  It can be daunting to try to decode these labels, so that’s why I’ve turned to nontoxic cleaning thanks to inspiration from my wellness journey with essential oils.

Good news is that switching out your cleaning supplies is probably the easiest and least expensive step in detoxing your home/life plus with the concern of toxins growing our options are more readily available than ever.  From “green” laundry detergent, surface spray, and even clean candles your choices are literally endless.  As I began detoxifying my home I found myself using Thieves essential oil, the Thieves cleaning line and a lot of easy, DIY nontoxic cleaning recipes.  

Of course, when you decide to make the switch to nontoxic cleaning products, you’re faced with an initial investment that can seem daunting.  Believe me, I know.  Throwing out the tried-and-true name brand counter sprays, dishwashing detergents, window sprays and air fresheners feels like a waste of money just to turn around and spend more on all this Thieves business.  (And actually, you shouldn’t just throw these toxic products out in the trash because they’ll end up back in the environment; wait until you’re out of the product to #ditchandswitch ) But once you make the switch, you’ll find that you actually save money in the long run.  

For example, the Thieves Household Cleaner bottle is highly concentrated and equates to about 20 all-purpose 16 oz. spray bottles for roughly $1.00 per bottle! The majority of DIY recipes include inexpensive and easy to find items such as baking soda, fresh lemon, and white vinegar.  By creating these simple DIY concoctions I’m able to create cleaning solutions that are MORE effective and longer lasting than their store-bought counterparts.  Which means less trips to Target where I walk in for one thing and out with a whole cart full of items I do not need.  Another money saving tip; buy bulk when you can, and common cleaning ingredients for your recipes will include: essential oils (click HERE to learn more about all of that), baking soda, white vinegar, castille soap and of course your reusable amber spray bottles.  

Anyway, enough rambling; check out a few of my go-to ways that I’m putting DIY nontoxic cleaning to work.  It’s become an important factor of our household, especially with a toddler running around. These products are great to keep in mind especially for anyone with dogs or kids.  

Love love love this all purpose cleaner for just about everything.  It’s easy to make and cheap to refill. Perfect for the kitchen, bathroom, carpet and floors.

DIY All Purpose Cleaner
1 cap-full of Thieves household cleaner
5 drops lemon essential oil
Fill the rest of the 16 oz amber bottle with distilled water

For the heavy degreasing jobs, when the all purpose cleaner just won’t cut it, I like to pull out the big guns.  

DIY Heavy Degreaser
2 cap-fulls of Thieves household cleaner
2-3 drops lemon essential oil
2 cap-fulls of Thieves household cleaner

Mis it all up in a small glass bowl and scrub on extra dingy spots! Rinse away all the grime!

See ya later Tide stick! I use this cleaner directly on stains (with no water) and gently scrub until the stain disappears. Then I’ll toss it in with the laundry to wash in a regular laundry cycle!

DIY Laundry Stain Remover – in a 1.oz Roller Ball
1/2 TBS Thieves Laundry Soap
1/2 TBS Thieves Household Cleaner
3 drops of lemon + 3 drops of Thieves Essential Oils

Click HERE to sign up and get a major discount on the Thieves cleaning kit. 

I’ve found that using essential oils to fight odors is the trick because comparable store-bought air fresheners and spray simply mask odors, never getting rid of it completely and they are full of toxic & harmful fragrance. That’s why I love this simple, yet effective DIY carpet cleaner recipe.  By all means, you can swap out the essential oils used; though Thieves, Lavender and Purification are some of my go-to’s.

DIY Carpet Deodorizer
2 cups baking soda
10 drops Thieves essential oil
10 drops Purification essential oil 

This simply combination is a game-changer, friends. I mix it together, sprinkle in the bottom of my trash cans and I never get a whiff of something terrible! Like I mentioned above, purification works as a true odor neutralizer (rather than just masking it, making it worse). I’ll also drop purification and lemon onto a cotton ball and add to the bottom of trash cans and bedrooms for a room refresh!

DIY Trash Freshener

10 drops Purification essential oil
5 drops lemon essential oil
2 cups baking soda

And there you have it! Have you switched to any non-toxic household cleaners? Tell me in the comments below!

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