Spring Cleaning Without Toxic Chemicals On A Budget

Back before I knew any better, I used to buy my household cleaners from Costco or the grocery store.  I had no idea that my cleaners were negatively and significantly impacting our indoor air quality.  It’s no wonder my toddler son had so many respiratory issues and was on breathing treatments before we gave toxic food and toxic cleaners the boot.  This is a lot of peoples’ problem, but sadly most people aren’t aware that it’s an issue.

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health studied nearly 3,000 ingredients in common household products and found that 884 for them are toxic and 314 cause biological mutations.  218 cause reproductive harm. 778 are toxic to the human body specifically, and 146 cause cancer tumors and are BANNED in most other countries but perfectly legal in the United States.  THIS is why it is so SO important to do your own research and not just assume something is safe because it’s on a store shelf.  These carcinogenic chemicals are very likely lurking in your cabinets, and their residues are entering your kids’ bodies when they walk barefoot across your floor or touch your windows or sit on your toilet.  And they don’t need to be.  There IS another way, and it’s super easy and affordable.

My family uses Young Living’s Thieves Household Cleaner.  The smaller bottle of it is only $22 for wholesale members and it is highly concentrated, so it lasts a very long time.  We typically get about 20 bottles of all-purpose cleaner out of it, which comes out to about $1 per bottle.  I challenge you to find an organic cleaner that inexpensive at the health food store!  You won’t!

Thieves Cleaner is plant-based and does not contain any of the synthetic, endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in your typical household cleaner.  There is no bleach, not harsh detergents, no sodium lauryl sulphate, no dyes, no synthetic fragrances, just pure plant-based goodness and the yummiest smelling essential oil blend ever.  It harnesses the power of cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon and other citrus oils.  It smells like Christmas and it is so wonderful.  My kids literally beg to help me clean the house and they take turns spraying it on to different surfaces and wiping away….and I am totally confident that they are not being poisoned in the process.

We use it in the following ways:

  • All-purpose cleaner: 1 cap of cleaner to 1 quart of distilled water in a spray bottle
  • Floors: 1 cap of cleaner to 6 cups distilled water
  • Carpet: 1 cap cleaner to 6+ cups distilled water
  • Fabrics: 1 cap cleaner to 2 cups distilled water. (Just be sure to spot test first!)
  • Window & Glass cleaner: 1/4 tsp cleaner to 1 qt distilled water in a spray bottle
  • Tub & tile: 1 cap cleaner to 1 cup baking soda, mixed well.
  • Pots & pans: 1 cap cleaner to 3 cups distilled water
  • Hand cleaner: equal parts cleaner and distilled water
  • Fruit & veggie spray: 1 cap cleaner to 3 c. distilled water in a spray bottle
  • Laundry: add 1-2 caps cleaner to each load. (We do this if we run out of Thieves Laundry Soap)
  • Walls: 1 cap cleaner to 2 cups distilled water
  • Dishwasher: 1 cap in dishwasher detergent compartment

Can you see how this stuff is such a great value?  It literally replaces every cleaner I used to buy, and it’s safe to use around little kids and pets AND it smells amazing.  It’s a win win win win!  Are you already using Thieves cleaner?  What are some of your favorite uses for it?  If you aren’t already a member, click here to become one and then grab a bottle of Thieves cleaner at the wholesale price of $22.  Questions?  Shoot me an email at crystal@thejoyfuloilers.com or connect with me on Facebook.  Bye for now!

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