I know I talk a lot about the toxins and chemicals in our cleaning products, but it’s important to understand why they are so detrimental to our health. Imagine yourself in your bathroom on cleaning day. You’ve just filled the toilet bowl with bleach, you’ve sprayed your mirrors with Windex, you’ve saturated your tub and shower with Scrubbing Bubbles and you’re about to mop your floors with Pine Sol. As you work about in the bathroom I want you to imagine the hundreds of chemicals you are breathing into your lungs and absorbing through your hands and feet. If those cleaners are so safe then why use the rubber gloves to protect yourself? You might realize that these products are not the best for you, but why?
Our bodies know what to do with naturally occurring substances that come into contact with it. When we eat whole nutritious foods our body is able to break it down through digestion. When we breath oxygen our body is able to utilize it to serve the many processes going on that allow us to survive. What happens when a foreign, unnatural substance comes into contact with our body? We do not have biochemical enzymes that will help break it down.
These substances have no where else to go so they remain within our tissues. YUCK! Over time and with exposure these toxins, chemicals and pharmaceuticals accumulate and wreak havoc on the body. At some point you will reach your toxic threshold and an illness attributed to the toxin’s presence manifests itself (Baird and Cann 584-586).
We can’t live in a bubble (nor would we want to) and we can’t completely escape from the toxic chemicals that are all around us. However, we can mitigate the risks by controlling what we buy and bring into our home. We can do our best to protect ourselves and our family from the dangers associated with toxic cleaning products. All natural cleaning ingredients and essential oils are perfect substitutes. Not only do they do a tremendous job of cleaning, deodorizing and disinfecting but they also add health benefits. When cleaning with a DIY recipe that contains essential oils you are inhaling them and absorbing them through your skin. Essential oils compliment the body and help support all our healthy systems. When breathing in lemon or lavender essential oil you don’t have to worry about them irritating the respiratory system. They will not pose a threat to your endocrine system. A bonus of using natural ingredients is you can recruit your kiddos to help clean and you don’t have worry about them coming into contact with harmful store-bought cleaners.
Have I talked you into getting rid of your cleaning products yet? I know it’s a big adjustment for some of you. Just trust me when I say you won’t be sorry for doing so. It can be fun and satisfying knowing you are making a healthy change.
All-Purpose Cleaning Wipes
3/4 cup distilledd water
1/2 cup white vinegar
12 drops Thieves essential oil
6 drops Lemon essential oil
1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
Bounty Quilted Napkins
Combine ingredients in a glass bowl. Dip 3-4 napkins at a time into the bowl saturating the napkins, gently squeeze excess and place in a glass container with a lid. Use to wipe down counter tops, toilet seats, desks, computer keyboards, remote controls, doorknobs, and any surface that needs to be cleaned. Take some with you in a baggie when you’re out running errands. You never know when you’ll need a wipe!
All-in-One Bathroom Cleaner
2 cups distilled water
1 Tbsp baking soda
3 Tbsp castile soap
30 drops Tea Tree essential oil
30 drops Orange essential oil
1 Spray bottle
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle.
My Favorite Whole House Cleaner
1 32 oz. spray bottle
2 capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner
3 drops Rosemary essential oil
3 drops Lemon essential oil
3 drops Thieves essential oil
Pour ingredients into spray bottle and then fill the bottle with water.
This has been my main cleaning product for the last 5 years. I use this on EVERYTHING: mirrors, glass, granite, stainless steel, wood, sinks, toilets, tile, carpets….you name it! It’s my favorite!!!!!
3 capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner
1 Tbsp castile soap
20 drops essential oil (Lemon, Tea Tree, Thieves, Purification, Melrose)
32 oz. spray bottle
Combine ingredients in spray bottle. Spray shower after each use to keep your shower fresh and clean.