Non-Toxic Green Cleaning
Choose a toxin-free lifestyle with Young Living Products
One of the major health stressors- that you have complete control over- is your toxic load from the chemicals in the products you use… An average adult is exposed to more than 700,000 different toxic chemicals on a daily basis. Toxic chemicals are found in our water, the air we breathe, the clothing we wear, the carpet we walk on and the plastics that surround us. By eliminating products that contain unsafe cleaners and fragrances, and replacing it with safer, natural products, we can decrease a major toxin load on our body. As a wellness coach specializing in chronic pain, chronic stress, and chronic health conditions, this has been key to significant health improvement in my client’s and my family’s life….
Why clean naturally: It’s worth it to make your home as safe as possible- and those chemicals don’t clean any better than the safer products…
Using more natural products means you cut down on indoor pollution – especially important if anyone in your family suffers from allergies, asthma or other chronic illness… And using essential oils makes the house smell great!
To know if your products are considered safe, please go to the Environmental Working group and type in the product or ingredient list. (Note: some ingredients get a low grade due to lack of data… not proven safety record.) The Think Dirty App is another free app that rates your products…
When using essential oils in cleaning products- many people like to consider the cost per drop-especially if they will be washed off or flushed away. The price per drop is sheet is HERE…
Pressing the “Easy Button” with Thieves Products
Young Living has a product line called Thieves that has natural cleaning products ready made…. They are the easiest way to cut out the negative chemicals and clean your house…
DIY Household Cleaners
Using Baking Soda, White Vinegar, Castille Soap and Salt….
and Young Living Essential Oils
Natural Fragrance and Deodorization
Most people consider the number one issue with listed ingredients to be the word “fragrance”. Many unsafe ingredients can be listed under the “fragrance” category and do not need to be individually listed. Companies are starting to listen to consumers and become more transparent with what they list as fragrance…. Using essential oils in diffusers (or the other ways listed) is a much safer alternative to both deodorizing the air and cleaning it…
Thieves: helps to combat germs and has warm, wintery smells
Purification: the best way to eliminate odors
My favorite blends: (And already blended oils make diffusing easy!)
Bergamot and Lime
Orange and Lavender (especially for sleep)
Purification: to combat smells
If you don’t have a diffuser, or want continual deodorizing such as in a bathroom or fridge, baking soda is a great alternative… Simply mix 20 drops of the oils you would like into a cup of baking soda (in an open glass or ceramic container). This also can be sprinkled into a rug before vacuuming to deodorize and make all vacuuming after lovely! I use purification for most deodorizing…
Cleaning hands: Soap, hot water and vigorous scrubbing for 20 seconds will always be the best solution. Layering essential oils use (in a sanitizer or lotion) on top of best practices hand washing can’t hurt…
Hand sanitizer- must be 65% alcohol. The thieves hand sanitizer (65% alcohol) is a healthier product (the alcohol is made from peppermint essential oil.) But its out of stock!
Hand sanitizer recipe: to be 65% alcohol, you could do 2/3 90% isopropyl alcohol, 1/3 aloe, 5-15 drops essential oils. (Thieves, lemon, or any other preferred oil.)
Or a 70% alcohol in a spray bottle with Thieves oil.(or preferred oil)
*note: hand sanitizer should never replace hand washing, but is the best thing in cases where hand washing isn’t available or its layered on top of hand washing. Also- use lotion to help the integrity of skin from cracks from frequent washings. Lavender is calming.
Cleaners: should always be used and used first. Soap and water can work but I like to use Thieves Household Cleaner for added benefits of aroma and binding dirt particles and impurities.
Disinfectants- refer to the CDC and use safe cautions. Clean first then use a disinfectant. They are not always safe to mix, to breathe, to use on some surfaces. They use chemicals to kill germs. Wear gloves and spray surfaces with disinfectants. The disinfectant needs to have contact time of at least 1 minute (bleach) or longer to be effective.
Hydrogen Peroxide: 3% is probably the safest disinfectant with the least toxic side effect. Can add thieves, lemon, oil to it.
Alcohol- 70-90% . You could add essential oils. (Isopropyl alcohol %, Vodka is only 40% so not effective. Everclear is 60-95% so it would be)
Bleach w/water: Very effective. Wear gloves. Have ventilation do not mix with anything but the water, in the safe percentages. 1/3 cup bleach to 1 gallon water or 4 tsp bleach to 1 quart (4 cups water). Do NOT mix vinegar with bleach. Or anything.
Disposable Kitchen wipes :
These simple to make kitchen wipes are chemical free! They clean, not disinfect.
I purchase 4x4 esthetic wipes, soak them in thieves cleaner, and place in a covered container. Super easy.
You could take an old t-shirt and cut into “rag-sized” cloths to make these recycled.
Disinfecting Wipes: Instead of soaking in cleaner, you could soak them in 70% alcohol or hydrogen peroxide 3% to make disinfecting wipes. (Alcohol is flammable) Disinfecting should be done on an already cleaned surface, and the solution needs to sit to allow the chemicals to work. (About 10min)
Lemon and Citrus in the Kitchen: Aromahead video link
- Use a drop of lemon oil on a newly cleaned sponge- next time you use it it totally freshens up!
- Clean cutting boards with two drops lemon oil, rub with paper towel
- Take grapefruit rinds, sprinkle with salt and a drop of essential oil. Use it to scrub the entire bathtub….
- Grind down disposal any extra citrus rinds you have for a wonderful smell
Yoga Mat Spray: Aromahead video link
- 1 oz (30 ml) water
- 10 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 10 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
- Mix in a spray bottle…. wipe after spraying….
You could substitute other oils and use this over surfaces or in the air…
I often put a few drops of essential oils into a cotton ball and place in the bottom of my TRASH BIN for natural deodorization…
Laundry Dryer Balls: Using dryer sheets is one of the most toxic (with fragrance.) Using these balls instead (and you can drop essential oils on the ball if you want) is both better for your health and the environment…
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