Like you, I'm on a quest to consistently GOOD health without breaking the bank. On that journey, I've been little by little eliminating exposure to environmental toxins that stress the body. And these toxins are as close as the products I use everyday to clean my home and clothing! I'm about to share with you a few baby steps I took this month to detox my home:
1) Got my very own Thieves cleaning BUCKET !! [and used it
to clean the house!]
2) Made DIY laundry soap
3) Made DIY dryer sheets
This month I ordered up my own Thieves cleaning kit! WHA HOO. It's amazing. The Thieves Home Cleaning Kit is the perfect introduction to natural cleaning and provides you with a foundation of cleaning tools and supplies to utilize Young Living’s 100% pure essential oils. It includes the tools I need to clean and protect my house without using harsh, chemicals while making it smell amazing with Citrus Fresh, Lemon, Pine, Purification, and Thieves essential oils.
The kit also includes a large stainless steel bucket, 16 oz. amber glass spray bottle [because we all know essential oils react with plastics!], cleaning cloth, oil bottle carrying case, and cleaning recipe instructional booklet.
The recipes in the kit will make these products:
- All-Purpose Cleaner [how easy is this?! And smells great in the kitchen and bath]
- Deep-Cleaning Scrub
- Garbage Disposal Freshener Tablets
- Refrigerator and Enamel Appliance Cleaner
- Appliance Spot Remover
- Air Freshener Spray
- Glass Cleaner
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner [these are a lot of fun to make and use....fizzzzz]
- Toilet Bowl Spritzer
- Hard Surface Floor Cleaner
- Natural Carpet Powder
- Laundry Freshener
You too can get started today creating simple and natural cleaning solutions that are not only effective, but safe to use around every member of your family, including children and pets.
Now before we jump into do-it-yourself recipes for home cleaning, I gotta tell you, Young Living makes it so easy to do the right thing. They have created an entire line of popular cleaning products
. If DIY is not yo thing, check out the line up!
Now, let's get to it. Starting off here with laundry.
DIY Laundry Soap
This is super easy with only 4 ingredients. If you have sensitive skin, or wanting to eliminate toxins in the laundry, try this recipe!
1 cup washing soda
1 cup Borax
1 - 5 oz. bar Castille soap
20 drops lime
essential oil or oil you prefer...maybe something from the Thieves kit!
1. Grate the Castille soap with a cheese grater or food processor. I grated it.
2. In a large bowl or half gallon mason jar, mix all ingredients with a spoon.
3. I ran everything through my blender to give it a fine texture....before adding the essential oil. At the last minute I charged it up with a little Thieves essential oil blend.
4. Use 1-2 Tablespoons laundry detergent for a load of laundry.
5. Store in mason jars with lid.
This recipe makes 24 ounces of detergent.
DIY Dryer Sheets
Ready to put those clean clothes in the dryer? Wait. Homemade dryer sheets with essential oils are a great alternative to using commercial dryer sheets. They both make your clothes softer, reduce static cling and they make your laundry smell wonderful but there are a few major differences between the two.
Have you noticed then when you touch commercial dryer sheets, they’re coated with something that feels a little oily? What you’re feeling is the chemicals used to soften your clothes and stop static cling. The problem is that while your laundry is drying, these toxins are covering all of the items in the dryer. Each time you wear something or sleep on sheets that you dried with a commercial dryer sheet, the chemicals rub off onto your skin, which absorbs them into your body. Over time, they can cause a variety of health problems.
When you make your own dryer sheets with essential oils, you’re using all natural ingredients that are safe and non-toxic and they have other benefits, too.
Here are five of the most popular essential oils used for homemade dryer sheets:
You can also experiment with different oils and blends to find the ones best suited for your family.
For years, I had stopped using the commercial products because they clogged up my washer and the sheets were too smelly. I had been looking for a solution to winter static cling. Now I found it! This recipe is easy to do and I love how well it works.
How to Make Dryer Sheets Using Essential Oils
To make your own dryer sheets, you’ll need some washcloths, essential oils, an airtight container and white vinegar to soften your laundry and reduce static cling. Instead of washcloths, you can cut a towel, or an old cotton tee-shirt into small sections and use it for the dryer sheets.
Pour some vinegar in a bowl, add your essential oils and gently mix (ratio for this is 1/2 cup of vinegar and 5-10 drops of essential oil: adjust with the size of your container). Pour the mixture into the airtight container and place your washcloths inside.
To use, take one out, squeeze the liquid out, and toss it in the dryer before each load. Place it back in the container when you’re done. It’s that simple and the results are fantastic.
TIP: To reduce the vinegar smell, add equal parts of distilled water.
Making your own dryer sheets is a healthy alternative to commercial sheets that contain harmful chemicals that could have an adverse effect on your health. They’re easy to make and your laundry has never smelled better.
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Thanks for checking out toxin-free cleaning tips. If you find a great recipe, do share. I love learning with you.