While you may expect me to launch into a huge diatribe of which chemicals are harmful and why you should avoid them, I’m not going to do that today.
Why? Because most chemicals are harmful!
And I have one piece of advice for you –
Friends don’t let friends clean with over-the-counter products.
The toxic chemicals found in most cleaning products on the market today may cause both short- and long-term health issues, especially when we consider children. Consider the chemicals that you have breathed in, touched, accidentally consumed, and that have become bio-accumulative over time, causing more harm than good in our worlds.
There are too many things to worry about, too many labels to decipher, too much vague language, and too many loopholes used by the big companies to sneak chemicals into their products. It’s exhausting. And I refuse to waste my time and amp up my cortisol levels trying to figure out which product to use.
Now add to that the synthetic hormones that masquerade as amazing cleaning agents and you have a real crisis on your hands. Who knows the damage that has already been done or that is wreaking havoc in your body right now? I can’t even tell you how easy this quick fix will be and how amazed you will be at these natural products. I mean, wait until you can see what vinegar can do by itself!
THE EASY SOLUTION
Guess what? You can easily makeover your entire cleaning routine in a few hours and with just a handful of staple green cleaning products, most of which you probably already have in your house. Not only are these ingredients highly effective, but you can SAVE MONEY! Who doesn’t like to save some dough, and I was shocked at the amount that I saved when I made the big switch.
Even better, you only need a few products to tackle the entire spectrum of yuck in your house rather than bottle after bottle of specific retail products.
BASIC PRODUCTS FOR A QUICK GREEN CLEAN MAKEOVER
Open your cabinets and check for these staples. You want to make sure that these are on-hand before you do a chemical purge.
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Castile Soap
- Salt (kosher and table)
- Washing Soda
- Citric Acid
- Coconut Oil
- High-Quality Essential Oils – Lemon, Lime, Wild Orange, Grapefruit, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Rosemary, Peppermint, dōTERRA On Guard Protective Blend, doTERRA Purify Cleansing Blend
With this laundry list, you can whip up a variety of your own DIY cleaners in an instant.
Sorry, ladies. It’s time to get that big trash bag ready. Don’t look back. Just think about how much better off your hormones will be once you rid your house of increased risk for disease, overload, free radicals, and toxins. Use that as your motivation, open that cleaning cabinet, and start to toss.
THE ESSENTIAL OIL BONUS
Citrus essential oils and their main chemical constituent, limonene, are must-haves in your cleaning arsenal. Most citrus essential oils have some form of limonene in them, which is a powerful antioxidant and cleansing agent.
The ancient Egyptians used Lemon essential oil, cold-pressed from the rind like all citrus, to remove toxins from their bodies. Limonene also can dissolve oils, making it ideal for a variety of cleaning purposes.
You can even do a simple test to see the power of citrus essential oil – have a pesky sticker that won’t come off or left an adhesive residue behind? Put a drop of lemon oil on it, rub it in, and then wipe it away. It is like magic…all-natural magic!
VINEGAR – YOUR SECRET WEAPON
When you combine that grease-fighting ability of essential oils with white vinegar, you have a match made in heaven! White vinegar contains natural antifungal and antibacterial properties. It also has an amazing ability to cut into grease and especially mineral deposits, like lime scale from hard water or that nasty tub ring.
Check out this recipe below for a simple cleaner that can be used in every room of your house:
16 oz. Glass Spray Bottle
1 c. White Vinegar
1 c. Warm Water
25-30 drops Citrus essential oil (Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Wild Orange)
Combine water and vinegar in spray bottle. Add your essential oils and shake well. Spritz on countertops, wood floors, glass, stainless steel, and porcelain, let sit for a few minutes and simply wipe clean with a microfiber cloth. It works especially well in microwaves and refrigerators. For added deep cleaning, try sprinkling baking soda first, and then spritzing on the cleaner, leaving it for a minute or two to bubble and work before wiping away. For a different scent combination, try 15 drops Lemon + 15 drops Lavender, 15 drops On Guard + 15 drops Grapefruit, or 10 drops each Melaleuca, Peppermint, and Wild Orange.
THE TOUGH GUNK
But what about the tough stuff? What if you need a little extra umph, like for your toilet bowl or the shower walls and tub ring? Let’s add some liquid Castile soap, which is great for lifting dirt, cutting grease, and eliminating stubborn stains. It comes in a variety of scents, so that is up to you, but you can also buy the unscented version. Try this easy recipe for a soft scrubbing paste:
SOFT SCRUBBING PASTE
¾ rounded c. Baking Soda
¼ c. liquid Castile Soap
1 T. Water
1 T. White Vinegar
5-10 drops Lemon essential oil (or citrus oil of choice)
In a glass jar, combine ingredients into a paste. To use, apply over area and let sit for 15 minutes. Gently scrub with a sponge or microfiber cloth. Wipe clean.
THE LINGERING STINK
How about those areas where the odor just won’t relent? The areas that the diffuser doesn’t seem to reach? Your couch, curtains, carpets, and rugs…even the bedclothes.
You won’t believe how simple it is.
Even better, you can customize the scent to your preferences. For example, if you want to promote restful sleep, try using Lavender essential oil on your mattresses when you change the sheets or directly on the bedclothes.
Check out this recipe for DIY Fabric Refresher:
DIY FABRIC REFRESHER
8 oz. Glass Spray Bottle
8 oz. Distilled Water or WitchHazel (evaporates quickly)
10-15 drops high-quality Essential Oil (esp. dōTERRA On Guard Protective Blend or dōTERRAPurify Cleansing Blend)
Combine in the glass bottle, shake, and spray. (Hint: This is also the recipe I use to spray on my wool dryer balls or sometimes right in the dryer full of clothes!)
THE USUAL PRODUCTS
Looking for simple recipes for those other daily cleaning products? I’ve got your back! Here are a few of my favorite recipes to keep my hormones in check and my body free of nasty toxins:
DIY LAUNDRY DETERGENT
1 c. Washing Soda
1 c. Borax
1 bar Castile Soap (your scent preference)
Using a hand grater, shred the bar of soap into small slivers. Add the washing soda and the Borax to the soap shreds and mix. Store in a glass jar. If the scent doesn’t come out as strong as you would like, add a few drops of essential oils. To use, simply add 1 Tbsp. to your HE washing machine. For extra cleaning power, add white vinegar to the prewash cycle or soak towels and other hard-to-clean items with vinegar & water first before washing.
DIY DISHWASHER DETERGENT
½ c. Washing Soda
½ c. Borax
¼ c. Citric Acid
¼ c. Kosher salt
Simply mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight glass jar. To use, add 1-2 Tbsp. to your dishwasher and wash as normal. Add vinegar in the second compartment as a booster, or add in place of a chemical-laden rinse aid.
CUSTOMIZING YOUR PRODUCTS
Customizing the scent and style of cleaner for your family couldn’t be simpler. Most people just don’t believe in the power of all-natural products or think that they need to use hardcore toxic chemicals to kill the germs.
It just isn’t true.
Let’s give your body and hormones a break by making the switch. Give yourself a chance to detox from the onslaught of chemicals.
COCONUT OIL SECRETS
Psssssst….looking for a way to keep dust off of your baseboards? Polish them with a tiny bit of coconut oil.
How about a way to restore or polish wood, even in antiques? Use coconut oil. Polish it in, let sit, and then buff away.
What about scratches on your hardwood floor? Coconut oil to the rescue. Rub it in, let it sit, and buff away.
There is no end to the amount of magic that you can do with some coconut oil and elbow grease!
JUST LET ME BUY IT…
What’s that? You just don’t have the time?
dōTERRA to the rescue!
There is an entire line of products in the On Guard Collection that is specifically crafted by scientists to be used for cleaning. dōTERRAOn Guard Cleaner Concentrate is the first of these, and a little goes a loooooong way! You add it by the tablespoon to water and can clean everything from countertops to toilet bowls to wood floors with it.
There is also dōTERRAOn Guard Foaming Hand Cleaner that is premixed and ready to be dumped into a foaming dispenser. This is crucial during those winter months when handwashing is necessary.
Finally, there is even dōTERRAOn Guard Laundry Detergent. All you need is a tablespoon per load to get those clothes clean and smelling amazing. You can also replace any of the citrus oils in the recipes above withdōTERRA On Guard Protective Blend, as it contains a proprietary blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary.
And it smells AHHHH-mazing!
It’s time to make the switch! Let me be your guide!
Need help getting the oils to make your own arsenal? Let’s talk!