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Spring clean the natural way

Cleaning products is something we all have, all of the time. It is something that we cannot live without. Keeping are homes clean is a necessity, but the products we use can often be the most dangerous products we have in our homes, not just for you, but your entire household, including our furry friends.

It is well known that using cleaning products incorrectly or too often can be hazardous to our health, and can even result in long-term damage to our health. We are so use to these products that we do not really realize how dangerous they can be.

Most of our cleaning products have ingredients like ammonia, ethylene glycol monogutyl acetrate, sodium hypochlrorite and/or trisodium phosphate. Depending on the ingredients used, all-purpose cleaners can irritate the skin, eyes, nose and throat. They can be highly poisonous to both our animals and us if swallowed.

Numerous studies have connected the use of cleaning agents to lower respiratory track systems and adverse effect on asthma patients regardless of the duration of severity of the exposure to the cleaning agents.

We are living in an age where we are surrounded by chemicals all the time. Knowing how to find products that are less likely to cause health issues and understanding to how to use them as they properly may reduce our changes of dangerous exposures and potentially lower the risk of developing chronic diseases.

The worst of all is that, chemical dish soap, detergent, and household cleaners can all penetrate your skin. The skin is our largest organ, which means it can quickly absorb dangerous chemicals that can affect bodily functions and your overall health. Choosing natural cleaning products protects you from exposure to dangerous chemicals.

Some studies have found that sneezing, a scratchy throat and chest pain are also common symptoms, when using even just over two cleaning products a day. And that’s just the start of some of the problems these products can cause. To keep our environment clean we need to use cleaning products, and we use a lot. Just sit a minute and think of all the products you use on a daily basis and what kind of ingredients they have. What kind of reactions have you had when using your household cleaning products?

Like I said, there are so many studies done on the subject, that it is strange that we are not all living the natural way. In the beginning I thought that by using natural products that they are not as strong as the normal ones I grew up with. Well, I started to use natural products last year and I was surprised to find that everything the chemical filled products can do, the natural products can be better and smell divine. When you use the products, you do not dread using any of them. No headaches and sneezing for me anymore. Cleaning is actually fun now, can you believe it.

So, what exactly is natural cleaning products?

Natural cleaning materials are things that you can use to clean up with virtually none of the associated risk and are easy to come by in any usual household. Some of these include white vinegar, natural salt, baking soda, lemons, and hydrogen peroxide, all simple and easy to come across or buy during a day trip to your local market. There are also companies like Young Living who created their own line of cleaning products that is chemical free.

Using all-natural cleaning supplies is a far healthier and safer choice for you and your family. For a start, you'll avoid breathing in the harsh chemicals in toxic cleaning products. And, you'll also reduce the chance of skin conditions such as eczema and respiratory infections.

Here are some advantages to switch over to natural cleaning products.

1. Natural cleaning products won’t harm the environment, in fact, using natural products benefit the earth. It also helps to prevent indoor pollution.

2. Natural cleaning products can protect your circulatory system and it is allergy-free.

3. These products leave behind a pleasant scent that does not only affect you but your whole household. Using these products always make me feel calm and welcome.

4. Natural cleaning products are also safer around children and pets.

5. These products are also cost effective. Most of your natural products are concentrated so it will last you longer. By shopping smart, you can save money for all those extras you need.

6. Using certain products, like essential oils can even help to keep certain insects at bay.

7. When you use natural products, you know exactly what in the products are and if they are dangerous or not.

8. Most of your natural products are cruelty-free & Vegan-friendly. This is one of the reasons I prefer buying most of my cleaning products at Young Living.

In short, by switching to all-natural cleaners, you can create a safer home for your family, help protect the planet, and even save money at the same time! Cool, don’t you think?

So, what do you say, are you going to start switching to natural products and ditching the nasty ones? Let us know what you have tried and what works for you.

Now, how do you get started?

There is a lot of information on the web regarding ways to do your household chores the natural way where you can search for what will fit in with your needs.

This is my list of go to natural products I always keep in hand:

Here is a little info on my favorite products:

Why Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner?

A natural alternative to cleaners with dangerous synthetics and harsh chemicals, the Thieves Household Cleaner can be safely used around your children, pets, and family. Thieves Household Cleaner is an all-purpose, concentrated cleaner formulated with 100 percent plant- and mineral-based ingredients.

One bottle of diluted thieves cleaner used to replace our store-bought multi purpose cleaner usually lasts us 2-3 months.

While Thieves is expensive, it takes only a small amount to make a cleaning solution. The versatility of the product is wonderful and the clean scent is my favourite.

And, wait for it ----- you do not need ten bottles of products to clean your house, isn’t that great!

How do I use Thieves product to clean my house?

Clean common areas: Use Thieves spray or Thieves Household Cleaner on door handles, toilet seats, and in any surface that might need it.

Clean all surfaces: Mix one capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 4 cups of water, then apply to all surfaces

Clean on the go: Use thieves spray on any surface that needs it when you are not at home. Perfect for use on light switches, public toilet seats, or even smelly shoes.

Clean your electronics: Phones, computers and remotes are high touch surfaces. Avoid using rubbing alcohol since that may damage your devices. Instead, use thieves wipes or spray to clean your electronics.

One capful of Thieves Household Cleaner is equal to approximately ½ tablespoon, so ½ cup of water mixed with one capful of cleaner yields a 15:1 dilution.

This concentrated bottle will make up to 42 bottles of cleaner.

What I also do is mix the essential oils with my Thieves household cleaner, which helps keep away ants, mosquito’s, etc. I even add it to my washing.

Why Vinegar?

Although vinegar is a poor disinfectant, it's an excellent cleaner. Its high acidity can break down stubborn buildup of soap, dirt, and scum.

You can use white vinegar in a spray bottle to sanitize kitchen and bathroom surfaces, prevent or remove hard-water scale from the coffee pot, tub and toilet, as a window cleaner, and to remove labels from products or stickers from walls. It will unplug most drains by pouring half a cup of baking soda, followed by a cup of white or cider vinegar. (Don’t use a commercial drain product first, as you could create toxic fumes.)

A couple of tablespoons of ordinary olive oil in a cup of vinegar works well to dust and polish wood furniture.

Why Baking Soda?

Baking soda acts as a cleaning agent because it is a mild alkali and can cause dirt and grease to dissolve easily in water for effective removal. Because baking soda is a pure, natural product that is also a food, it is non-toxic, unlike many other household cleaners.

Especially in combination with salt, baking soda works well for scouring sinks and tubs, brushing your teeth, wiping down and deodorizing the refrigerator, removing smells and stains from carpets and upholstery (rub in, leave for an hour, shake or vacuum out).

Here is some recipes to try that works for me:

All purpose cleaner using Thieves Household Cleaner

*Wipe countertops, doorknobs, light switches, etc.

In a spray bottle, combine the following:

1 tbsp Thieves Household Cleaner

2 cups of water

All Purpose Cleaner

Mix 1/2 cup white vinegar and 10 drops disinfecting essential oil (such as tea tree, lemon, or lavender) with a little bit of water in a 12 oz glass spray bottle. Add 2 tbsp baking soda and water to the top of the spray bottle. Shake gently but thoroughly, then use the spray for general cleaning and wipe it with a cloth. Allow cleaner to air dry.

Window Cleaner using Thieves Household Cleaner

*Clean mirrors, windows, windshields and car windows

In a spray bottle, combine the following:

1 tsp Thieves Household cleaner

1 tbsp Vinegar

5 drops of Lemon or Citrus Fresh Essential Oil

1 cup of water

The Windows and Mirrors

Combine 1/2 cup vinegar and 2 cups water in a spray bottle.

Spray window or mirror surface, and wipe with newsprint or a lint-free cloth.

If you like, you could add a few drops of essential oils to the mix. Lemon Essential Oils is a nice choice.

I always have a bottle of Thieves Spray in my handbag to use when I use the public facilities. At home I use it to clean the door handles and light switches. I just love the handy little bottle.

For all our readers who would love to start using the Thieves Cleaning Products, when you purchase any of the Thieves Cleaning Products, we will give you some extra recipe's to try out.

So, what are you waiting for - ready steady go - Out with the old and and in with the new.

Visit our shop and check out what natural cleaning products we have available. We have also made a set to help you get started.

Sources and some articles that I found interesting on the subject: