Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils

Natural Chemical Free Cleaning With Thieves Essential Oil Products

Every year about this time people start feeling like doing a little spring cleaning. Do you find yourself feeling motivated to freshen things up a bit after a long winter with the house closed up and the furnace or a wood burner running? There is something motivating about the spring. It makes you feel like getting out and doing things. I find myself wanting to give the house a good cleaning.

Most of the cleaning products on the market these days are full of toxic chemicals that are not at all good for your health. I’m sure you are like me, you do NOT want to be poisoning your family every day with the products you are using to clean your home. Health and safety data only exists for 15 percent of all the chemicals out there, even though so many are known to cause asthma or endocrine disruptions.

Essential oils are a better way. They are totally free of harsh chemicals, steam distilled or cold pressed from pure plants. Young Living’s Thieves Product Line is plant based and free of dangerous harsh chemicals.

Here are a few DIY recipes using Thieves Products for natural cleaning in your home.

Glass and Mirror Cleaner

1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
5 drops Citrus Fresh essential oil (or any citrus oils)
1 teaspoon white vinegar
3 cups water

Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and shake well to combine. To use, spray windows and glass surfaces liberally and wipe clean with a lint-free cloth.

Deep Cleaning Scrub

1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
2–3 tablespoons baking soda
3 drops Young Living Lemon Essential oil
Combine Thieves Household Cleaner and enough baking soda to form a thick paste. Apply mixture with a clean cloth, sponge, or scrubbing brush and scour the surface thoroughly.

Deep Cleaning Scrub – Larger batch

Ingredients:
3 cups Baking Soda
3/4 cup Thieves Household Cleaner
1 Tbsp Distilled Vinegar
30 drops Young Living Lemon Essential oil

Directions:
1. In a large glass bowl, add your Thieves Household cleaner, vinegar and Lemon essential oil.
2. Then slowly add your baking soda, stirring to combine.
3. Once completely mixed through, transfer to your desired container. I recycled my old honey jar. It fit perfectly. You could even use an old soap dish bottle. (However you may need to add a bit of water to thin it enough to squirt through the top)
4. Use wherever a little more scrubbing action is needed.
Once completely mixed through, transfer to your desired container. You may need to add a bit of water to thin it if you are using a squirt bottle like an old dish soap bottle.

DIY Thieves Cleaning Wipes

Ingredients
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 Tablespoon Thieves Household Cleaner
10 drops Lemon essential oil
20 high quality paper napkins (Coffee filters also make good cleaning wipes.)
Glass container with lid

Directions
Combine all ingredients, except the napkins, in glass container. Stir to combine.
Add the paper napkins. Make sure all the napkins are damp. Cover with lid.
Store in a cool, dark place.
Makes 20 wipes.

Note: For reusable cleaning wipes, cut several cotton fabric squares into 5-inch squares. Put the fabric squares in a sealable glass container. Old t-shirts make nice cleaning wipes. Pour liquid over the cloths. Make sure the cloths are well dampened.

Carpet Spot Cleaner

1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
6 cups water

Mix water and Thieves Household Cleaner in a spray bottle, shaking to combine. To use, lightly spray the spot and blot with a clean white cloth. Repeat as needed.

Wood Floor Cleaner
5 drops Citrus Fresh
2 capfuls Thieves Household Cleaner
1 cup olive oil
Mix in 1 gallon warm water in a bucket. Use to mop floors.

Wood Cabinets
Combine 5 drops Citrus Fresh, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 capful Thieves Household Cleaner in a small bowl. Apply evenly to wood cabinets with a damp cloth.

Kitchen Sink and Countertops
Combine 3 cups water and 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner in a spray bottle. Spray surfaces with solution and wipe clean.

Toilet Cleaner
Combine 1 cup water and 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner in a spray bottle. Spray toilet liberally, let sit 15 minutes, then scrub with a brush. Flush to rinse. Spray seat and outer surface, then wipe clean.

Trash Can
Pour 1-2 capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner into trash can. Fill with water and let sit for an hour or more. Pour out water and wipe dry.

DIY Stain Remover with Thieves Laundry Soap

1 bar solid castile soap, unscented, shaved into small pieces
1/3 cup washing soda
2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
½ cup water
2 tablespoons Thieves Laundry Soap
4 drops Lemon essential oil
Empty deodorant container
Empty lip balm container

1 Add all ingredients except for the essential oil and laundry soap into a saucepan.
2 Heat on low until the soap and all the particles are mostly melted.
3 Remove from the heat.
4 Add Thieves laundry soap and essential oil and evenly mix.
5 Let cool slightly and empty the mixture into a ziplock bag.
6 Cut the corner off and squeeze the liquid into your containers.
7 Put on the lids, let completely cool.
8 Lightly dampen stick with a wet washcloth before use to adequately spread around the stained area.
9 Wash as you normally would.

5 reasons you should use a plant based cleaner

1. Safety: Have you read the label on the back of a commercial cleaner? Warning! Flammable! Do not ingest! Keep out of reach of children! Many chemicals used in household cleaners have not been tested for safety. Household cleaning supplies are one of the top five substance classes accounting for calls to the National Poison Control Center.

Many commercial cleaners contain ingredients that are endocrine disrupting chemicals, carcinogens, or neurotoxins. Kids, babies, and pets are even more vulnerable to chemical exposure because they are smaller and cannot get rid of toxins as easily as adults. It is definitely worth ditching harsh chemicals for a cleaner with plant- and mineral-based ingredients.

2. Air quality: Did you know that indoor air is 5–7 times more polluted than outdoor air? Most cleaning products contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which have been associated with many health problems, including damage to the liver, kidneys, and the central nervous system. They have also been shown to harm our lungs and cause throat irritations and headaches. VOCs are released when products are used and can linger in the air long after we clean. When we breathe, we inhale the air—as well as whatever is in the air.

3. Environmental impact: Harsh chemicals found in cleaners are not only harmful to our bodies, but they also have a major impact on the environment and are huge contributors to environmental pollution. Some conventional cleaning products contain ingredients that are toxic, non-biodegradable, and from non-renewable resources like petroleum, so they harm the Earth’s ecosystems. Harsh chemicals may contaminate the water through rivers, streams, and lakes, which affects wildlife, plants, trees, and us! Plus, there are thousands of chemicals that are in cleaning products that have never been tested for safety.

4. Convenience: It’s much easier to clean with a few products that take care of all your cleaning needs, rather than a having whole arsenal of toxic products under your sink and in your bathrooms. With Thieves® Household Cleaner, you can tackle multiple cleaning jobs in your home without switching products as you clean! It cleans countertops,

windows, mirrors, floors, toilets, showers, and pretty much everything else. Plus, you don’t have to worry about getting bleach stains on your clothes or accidentally mixing dangerous chemicals together. It’s worth a try for the convenience alone.

5. Cost: The cost of buying cleaners is expensive, especially if you have to buy multiple different cleaners. Thieves Household Cleaner is very cost effective, and it comes in a concentrated form. There are approximately 60 capfuls of the cleaner in a 14.4-ounce bottle. Using the medium degreasing ratio, you can get about 29 16-ounce cleaners. That’s less than $1 a bottle!

Why worry about all the what if’s? Be empowered and take charge of your chores by using a cleaner with plant-based ingredients.

Chemical Free Living

The average person applies 300 chemicals to their body every day and 80 of those chemicals before breakfast. Most of those are from soap, makeup, shampoo hair care and other personal care products.

Essential oils are a better way. They are totally chemical free, steam distilled or cold pressed from pure plants. There’s nothing in them but that one oil, whether it is lemon, tangerine, lavender, peppermint, or others.
There are over a million uses for essential oils — cleaning supplies, personal care products like toothpaste and deodorant, in the diffuser, oil-infused nutritional supplements.

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