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 “fragrance”. Once listed- a ton of unsafe ingredients fall under this category and don’t have to made know. Companies are starting to listen to consumers and become more transparent with these…. 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…
Soft Abrasive Scrub: Aromahead video Link
- 1 cup baking soda
- 3 TBS castille soap
- 1/4 TBS corn starch or 1 TBS vinegar (as needed)
- Essential oils 15 drops lemon, 15 drops tea tree, 10 drops peppermint
Mix all ingredients in a container with lid. If needed, add more castille soap for desired consistency….
Bathroom Mold Recipe:
- use the same recipe but use 30 drops of tea tree oil…
Toilet Bowl Cleaner:
- Place 1/2 cup baking soda into toilet- scrub then FLUSH!
- Place 1/2 cup white vinegar into toilet with a few drops of your favorite essential oils (oils not necessary. They will make bathroom smell nice but an extra) Scrub- and wait 15 min to flush again….
Reusable Kitchen wipes :
These simple to make kitchen wipes are reusable, recycled, and chemical free!
Take an old t-shirt and cut into “rag-sized” cloths.
Pour 1 cup warm water, 1/8 cup (or 1 oz) liquid castile soap, and 5-10 drop essential oils into a jar with a tight lid. Place the rag into the jar with the lid. Put the top back on the jar, flipping it a bit to make sure the liquid gets into the rags. After being used, the cloths can be washed and returned to the jar to Re-use over and over…
Essential oils ideas: thieves, peppermint, lemon, orange, citrus fresh (note: the citrus and good anti-greasers) or Peppermint, lavender and lemon….
Reusable Kitchen Rags:
- 3 cups hot water
- 2 Tbls castile soap
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1 Tbls borax
- 20 drops essential oils (thieves, citrus fresh or peppermint, lemon and lavender)
Layer rags in a jar. Pour mixture over the rags. Put the lid on the jar and shake it to disperse the liquid. The rags can be re-washed and re-used…
In a mason jar, mix:
- 1 cup super washing soda
- 1 cup borax
- ¾ cup lemi shine booster
- ½ cup kosher salt
- 10 drops lemongrass Essential Oils
- 10 drops grapefruit Essential oils
Use 1-2 Tbs per load…
Castile soap can even help you wash your dishes! Fill your sink with 10 parts warm water and 1 part castile soap. Wash and rinse your dishes as usual. You can also use this ratio to make a soapy solution that’s perfect for those refillable dish scrubbing brushes.
Add 1/2 cup of castile soap to 3 gallons of hot water to make a simple mopping solution. Dip your mop into your bucket, and mop your way to clean, shiny floors!
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…
- 15 oz water
- 1 oz vingear
- Essential Oils
• 20 drops Peppermint
• 30 drops Mandarin
• 30 drops Black Spruce
- mix and put in spray bottle. You can spray at the bottom of the can every time you change out the bags….
You can adjust the amount (make much less) and change out the oils for any type of spray you would like on non-skin surfaces….
Liquid Laundry soap: Adapted by www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com
- ½ cup borax
- ½ cup washing soda
- ½ cup liquid dawn dish soap
- 4 cups hot water
Add the borax, washing soda and dawn to a clean gallon jug. Mix well, adding in the hot water. Mix again. Fill the rest of the container with COLD water and shake. (Ingredients tend to settle at the bottom- give a shake before using. If you use a container smaller than a gallon- this will be more concentrated so use less per load) Use ¼ cup for a regular load, and 1/3 cup for a large load. Should be ok for HE washers….
Note: for the dry laundry detergent, I recommend no fragrance and use essential oils in the dryer over the fragrance crystals… And you will want a REALLY good blender to grate the soap…
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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Feel free to contact Rachel Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-364-2380 with questions….