Chemical-Free Cleaning with Essential Oils

Chemical-Free Cleaning with Essential Oils

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I’ve been using essential oils for over 8 years. We use them in the bath, in our laundry, on our skin, in the diffuser, and especially to clean our house. In the past two years I’ve made the switch to using ONLY doTERRA essential oils. Click here to read more about this journey.

I eliminated toxic chemicals and artificial scents over 10 years ago, when our son was born. The minute I learned about the toxins in cleaning products, I knew it was time to make a switch. This had a tremendous effect on all of us. My son and husband were prone to asthma, and I was allergic to scents. Our health improved immediately, thankfully.

I was shocked recently when I learned that the air inside the typical home is 200-500 percent more polluted than the air outside our homes, mainly due to household cleaning products.

Many conventional cleaners can either trigger or exacerbate allergies. The chemicals in household cleaners have the potential to cause short-term and long-term health problems, and children are more vulnerable to chemical exposure because certain chemicals may interfere with the development of their neurological, endocrine, and immune systems.

Think about it this way – you’re cleaning a kitchen counter and then 10 minutes later your kids are making a sandwich or a snack on that very surface. Now they’re not only inhaling toxic chemicals that have been sprayed into the air, they’re also ingesting residue from these cleaners that have been sprayed on the countertop.

Time to switch things up, right?

I have a magnet on my fridge that reads Try Organic Food…Or As Your Grandparents Called It, “Food”. We’ve been so good at raising awareness about the food we eat. I believe it’s time to raise awareness about the unnecessary toxic chemicals that we’re using to clean our homes. So try natural cleaning…or as your Grandparents called it, “Cleaning”.

Below I’ve included three recipes for you – these should get you started if you’re new to chemical-free cleaning. There are many more specific recipes for big jobs that need a little more elbow grease, but I think these three are essential and a great place to start for every day natural cleaning. These recipes will not only improve your health, they’ll also save you money!

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Window Cleaner

I had my cleaning lady test this out for me and she said it works just as well as other glass cleaners.  

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle.
  2. Shake gently to combine before using.  Spray glass and wipe with a lint-free cloth.

 

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Countertop & Surface Cleaner

I got this recipe from a Naturopathic Doctor. She uses it to disinfect her office and toys between client visits. It can be used on pretty much any surface in both the bathroom and the kitchen.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle.  
  2. Shake gently to combine before using.

 

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Furniture & Polish Duster

This recipe can be used to dust and polish wood.  

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle.  
  2. Shake gently before using on wood furniture. 

 

More info:

  • Replace toxic air fresheners (perhaps the worst culprit) with diffusers. Click here to learn why you should never use air fresheners again.
  • Need more motivation to get rid of conventional household cleaners? Watch The Human Experiment http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1802529/
  • Scientific study on the effect of essential oils and cleaning food processing equiptment: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956713511005561
  • EWG’s guide to cleaning products http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners

If you would like to learn more about essential oils and get started with doTERRA’s CPTG essential oils, message me here  I’d be honoured to guide you.  Click here to learn more about doTERRA’s quality.

2 Replies to "Chemical-Free Cleaning with Essential Oils"

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    Sarah June 2, 2017 (5:07 pm)

    Thanks for the great recipes!
    I use ENJO products to clean my home. It is simple, just their cloth and water! I love cleaning windows now! Each room in the house has its own cloth. If I want to disinfect, I just use vinegar and water.
    I am going to try your recipe though, it will smell much better than vinegar! 🙂

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      Maggie June 8, 2017 (12:56 pm)

      Thanks Sarah! I’ve tried Enjo too! I still have the duster cloth 🙂 Yes, I hope you like the recipes with the added oils. Let me know what you think!

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