All-Natural Spring Cleaning
By now, most of us know there are many toxins in our homes- hiding in plain sight, there are toxins in our laundry detergent, fabric softeners, dish soaps, lotions, makeup, deodorants, candles, and more.
Environmental experts say the average household contains about 62 toxic chemicals. We’re exposed to them day in and day out. These toxins are invisible to us, and have long gone unnoticed- from the phthalates in synthetic fragrances to the noxious fumes in oven cleaners. Ingredients in common household products have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity. Some bio-accumulation studies show that toxins store in our body for life.
There is no evidence that there are any federal regulations on household cleaners either... WHA!?!?!?!
We also know that learning to detox your routines can be overwhelming. So today, we want to share with you some simple, inexpensive ways to incorporate green-cleaning methods into your annual spring cleaning routine.
My husband and I have been slowly making our lives and household non-toxic. We are by no means perfect or able to cut everything toxic out, but we have made quite a significant difference. I used to be the type of gal that thought a house that smelled like bleach was a clean house. My husband struggles with allergies and asthma, which was exacerbated by many household cleaners. I have slowly learned new and inexpensive ways to eliminate toxins in our home.
Let’s start with removing toxins from the kitchen!
Here are a couple DIY recipes we use in our household:
Let’s talk about the Thieves Cleaner…
I am all about convenience, so I buy a lot of Young Living's products. I use their concentrated thieves cleaner for literally everything from washing windows, countertops, toilets, and floors. Amanda and Bryana agree, the Thieves Cleaner is a game-changer! You can clean everything with it. The nice thing is you don't need a dozen different cleaners for different areas of the house. This cleaner smells so good, I want to clean everything with it!
Thieves household cleaner has plant-based ingredients, provides exceptional home cleaning power, and is safe to use around every member of your family including children and pets.I usually mix a cap full of thieves cleaner with water and a couple drops of lemon oil for the ultimate everyday cleaning needs. Young Living also sell dishwasher powder, dish soap and fruit and veggie soak for washing produce- if any of those things are of interest to you!
Next let's remove toxins from the bathroom - starting with your toilet.
Here are some additional recipes from Young Living that I like to use:
As mentioned, often I just use my handy dandy thieves cleaner spray with my Norwex cleaning cloths. I love Norwex products too, and Young Living products are safe to use with them. The recipes listed above are good safe recipes if you need to up the ante a little.
Another product I love is the Young Living's Laundry detergent. It’s safe to use in HE washers and smells great. I also add oils to up the smell if I feel necessary (i.e. after Phil is away on long hunting/fishing trips). In the dryer I use wool dryer balls and add oils to them for smell. My favorite oils to use are citrus or a blend Young Living makes called purification.
I think the bathroom is one of the biggest rooms I’ve overhauled. I switched out toothpaste with YL thieves toothpaste. I also use thieves toothpaste as deodorant, lol. I know this is weird but it works great for me! I make my own face wash and toner. I use YL moisturizer for my face. I switched to Lola brand tampons and I also switched over my makeup. I use YL savvy minerals make up and love it. It's safe for everyone no junk and it helps your skin. Plus it's very forgiving so you can't screw it up putting it on, which is great makeup for me because well... I need practice!
Another product we love: Un-Paper Towels are a great addition to any household. Amanda has used a set for more than two years and they still look nice and work great! Wool dryer balls are also a great addition to your laundry routine, drop some oil on the balls and include in the dryer and voila!
We hope these recipes can inspire you to try some new routines as you go through your spring cleaning routine! We can’t wait to open the windows and hang clothes on the line. Summer is coming!
Please reach out if you have any questions or would like any help making a purchase! I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stacy enjoys the simple life and the great outdoors. After a diagnosis of hypothyroidism, Stacy begin a mission to remove toxins from her home and improve her wellness through movement, diet, and lifestyle. Stacy has the best Minnesota accent of anyone we know and is one of our very favorite people.