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Natural Cleaning 101!

Have you been looking for a cleaner, greener way to keep your house clean?

I have some tips for you using plant based, essential oil infused products that are cost effective and really work! You can replace all of those chemical cleaners in your cabinets and under your sinks with just a few ingredients and products, some of which you probably already have around your home.

Making the switch to natural products doesn’t have to be complicated or intimidating and we are here to show you how simple it really is but first you need to know why all of those cleaners and scrubs you’re currently using are just no good.

You see, the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976 grandfathered in an estimated 65,000-100,000 chemicals currently on the market today.

What does that mean to you?

Simply put: these chemicals have not had any safety testing and we know very little information about their effects. Of the chemicals tested, toxic labeling is required only if 50% or more of the animals tested with a chemical die.
Under the TSCA, manufacturers are protected by trade secrets laws that allow them to keep their ingredient lists a secret.
This is one of many reasons we want to avoid toxic chemicals in the home.

Chemical Awareness

The bottle looks cute and makes promises of a germ free environment The bottle may even warn of immediate health dangers or poisoning but what’s missing from the label is the hidden danger of long term toxicity.
Conventional cleaning products wreak havoc on the respiratory system, cellular health and even mental clarity of those who are exposed to them.

The Volatile Organic Compounds, (gases emitted from certain solids or liquids which represent a variety of chemicals) of the cleaning agents remain in the air long after the surface has been cleaned. While there is not yet a standard of safety established for non-industrial buildings, it is interesting to note that OSHA does regulate the carcinogenic VOC formaldehyde to a permissible level of .75ppm.

+The average home measures an astonishing VOC level of 50ppb.
+A common furniture polish reads 275 ppb after exposure while surfaces wipes often requested on the school shopping lists measure 1.798 ppb after use.
+Most shocking of all is the VOC measure of a common surface spray advertising to kill 99.9% of germs at 12,000+ ppm.

Notice we have no moved from parts per billion to parts per million. It is no wonder that the quality of air inside your home is now five to seven times more toxic than outdoor air quality. The consumer household cleaning products sales market was a 7.3 Billion dollar industry in 2007.
The good new is, thanks to consumer awareness, the sale of chemical household products is slowing from a previous growth rate of 10% annually.
Perhaps a new DIY ingredient savvy generation is to thank!

Chemicals to Avoid

There are so many chemicals in our everyday products that are harmful to our health and bodies without us even knowing. What we want to do is EMPOWER our people and EDUCATED everyone on what to avoid and how to avoid it.

Here are a few to be aware of:
+Fragrance:
Short term toxicity can include coughing, skin irritation, rash, wheezing, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and irritability. Long term toxicity can include cancer, lung disease, heart disease and reproductive disorders.
Found in: scented candles, perfumes, lotions, and more

+Triclosan:
Used in many formulations as an antibacterial agent to prevent or reduce bacterial contamination and registered as a pesticide by the EPA. Topical absorption of triclosan has shown disturbances to the endocrine system, and is believed to lead to birth defects and uncontrollable cell growth
Found in: soaps, deodorants, cosmetics, shave gel, first aid spray, kitchenware and children’s toys.

+Phthalates:
A low cost endocrine disrupting chemical that in lab studies has shown to interfere with hormone production in rats and mimic estrogen in human studies.
Found in: plastic food packaging, lotions, skin moisturizers, fragrance, cleaners, glues and nail polish.

+Formaldehyde:
This is a known carcinogen and recognized as such by the Cancer Institute. Exposure can cause eye irritation, asthmatic response, skin irritation, headaches and nausea. Long term effects include cancer and possibly leukemia. Although products generally contain small amounts, when this chemical is used in many common everyday household items in addition to being present in our wood, sheetrock and furniture, our exposure adds up. To make things even more alarming, this isn’t an easy ingredient to find. The ingredients is often listed as it’s fragmented name.
Found in: baby shampoo, pet shampoo, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, sunblocks, cosmetics, baby wipes, toothpaste, and more.

How Can I Check My Products?

Want to know if your cleaners and personal care products have those icky ingredients hidden inside? Download the Think Dirty app and scan them! The app will give you a toxicity rating for your product, the ingredients included, and how those ingredients can impact your health. You will be shocked to see how even some of the most “all natural” brands rate! You can also look up products on the Environmental Working Group website!

Once you’re armed with this knowledge you can start eliminating the most toxic products in your cabinets by switching them out with natural, plant based options you can easily make yourself.

What We Use Now

These days my cabinet for cleaners is looking pretty slim. I keep it stocked with only a few ingredients that i can use to clean every surface of my house on a budget!

Here are my natural cleaning must haves:

Baking Soda

Baking soda is an amazing addition to your natural cleaning arsenal. because it absorbs odors, is slightly abrasive, and reacts well with vinegar you can use it to clean countless areas of your home from stains on carpets to cutting boards and so much more.

White Vinegar

Vinegar is an acid that is an effective, non toxic alternative to bleach and other harsh chemical cleaners. it deodorizes and is often used to combat stains, mold, and rust.

Citrus Fruit

Lemons and Oranges are great for cleaning especially when combined with basic household products like vinegar and baking soda. citrus contains d-limonene, a natural solvent that cuts through grease and dirt and will leave your house smelling fresher than ever.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are one of the best smelling, naturally antibacterial options for homemade cleaning recipes. add oils to green your laundry routine, sanitize the kitchen , nix mold in the bathroom all while making your house smell “clean”- no scary fumes needed!

Thieves Household Cleaner 

Thieves Household Cleaner is a plant based, essential oil infused cleaner concentrate from Young Living made with pure essential oils that have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. This cleaner disinfects and purifies surfaces and fabrics without any harsh ingredients.

Why It’s Economical

Thieves Household Cleaner is an all-in-one cleaning product that will replace most of your household cleaners.

Thieves Household Cleaner is a concentrate. For most all-purpose cleaning, dilute 30 parts of water to 1 part of Thieves Household Cleaner. That breaks down to one 64 oz bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner concentrate = about 128 all-purpose spray bottles (30 oz. each) for about 88 cents a bottle. That’s cheaper than most all-natural cleaners on the market.

BUT there’s a way to save even more money. I can help you to get wholesale pricing to save even more. With a wholesale membership, you’ll pay just 67 cents a bottle and get wholesale pricing on all Young Living essential oils, cleaning products, vitamins, supplements, personal care products and much more.

The Best Way To Get Started

The best way to get started with Young Living’s Thieves line is to grab our Thieves Premium Starter Kit. In addition to a great bundle of Thieves Household products you’ll receive a welcome package from us here at Oils & Honey filled with natural living resources and fun goodies to help you make the switch with ease! Grabbing your kit also gives you a membership with YL for 24% off all of your future purchases for a year and access to our exclusive education group filled with recipes, diys, and ideas for you to get the most out of your products. You never have to make a monthly purchase, pay a membership fee, or sell anything. You just get to enjoy plant based products and education for a great price!

You can grab your own kit by clicking here and choosing your thieves starter kit!

Basic Cleaning Recipes

Here are a few of my favorite diy cleaners for you to try! This gives you just a taste of how versatile essential oils, baking soda, and thieves cleaner can be!

For The Surfaces

Add water and thieves cleaner to a 16 oz spray bottle for a powerful multipurpose cleaner. Use these dilution ratios based on the surface you’re tackling.

all purpose cleaning – 30 parts water to 1 part thieves household cleaner

heavy degreasing – 15 parts water to 1 part thieves household cleaner

light degreasing – 60 parts water to 1 part thieves household cleaner

For The Carpets

Thieves Carpet Cleaner – 16 oz spray bottle, 1/4 capful of thieves laundry soap, 3 drops lemon essential oil, 3 drops purification essential oil, water to fill bottle.  Mix ingredients together and spray on spot or stain. Let set for 15 minutes and then scrub with white cotton cloth or towel.

Carpet Refresher – Glass shaker container, baking soda, 10 drops thieves essential oil, 10 drops citrus fresh essential oil. Mix baking soda and essential oils in glass shaker  and apply lid. Shake over carpets and let set for 20-30 minutes, vacuum up and enjoy fresh carpets.

For The Glass & Mirrors

Add thieves household cleaner and water into a 16 oz spray bottle and dilute using the following ratio:

glass and windows – 50-100 parts water to 1 part thieves household cleaner

For The Stains

Add 1 part thieves household cleaner to 1 part thieves dish soap in a large glass roller bottle and shake to combine. Apply to stains and let set for at least 10 minutes before washing.

For The Wood

Combine 5 drops citrus fresh essential oil, 1/2 cup olive oil, and 1/2 cupful thieves household cleaner in  a small bowl and apply evenly to wood surfaces with a damp cloth.

 

Now that you have some new products and recipes to try I thought i would share my simple home cleaning routine for you! This fun printable is a great way to keep track of your weekly cleaning schedule. I like to hang it on my fridge and check off my finished tasks each day. It makes keep our home clean and organized a little more fun!

You can download your own by clicking here!