August 11, 2012

A Naturally Clean Home

When I tell people we don't use any chemical cleaners in our house, most say, "I would do that, but I can't stand the smell of vinegar". Me either! I don't use vinegar. I use Thieves Household Cleaner by Young Living. Thieves is comprised of clove oil, lemon oil, cinnamon bark oil, eucalyptus oil and rosemary oil. A recipe from a professional house cleaner is as follows:

In a large, clean spray bottle (like you find a home improvement stores) mix the following.
 Fill almost to the top with water.
 Add 3 capfuls of Theives Household Cleaner
 Add 6 drops of Lemon
 Add 4 drops of Theives
 Close with sprayer lid and shake to mix. 
 This dilution will clean your kitchen (countertops, inside and outside of appliances, stove top and sink. It will clean your toilets (inside and out), bathtub, shower and even those toothpaste splattered mirrors. It works on tile floors - including grout) and linoleum. Check with your manufacturer for cleaning on wood floors. I use this with my steam mop. I spray the mixture on the floor, then go over it with the steam mop. Its so easy and it smells amazing!

 The improved Thieves® Household Cleaner has increased cleansing power and an even safer, more sustainable formulation. The new formula contains ingredients from renewable plant and mineral sources, vegetable-based surfactants compliant with the Green Seal and EPA Design for Environment (DfE) standards, and even more Thieves and lemon essential oils for extra cleaning power. Bottle is 100% recyclable. Dilution ratios: light degreasing 60:1; medium degreasing 30:1; heavy degreasing 15:1; floors 100:1; walls 30:1; upholstery, fabrics, carpet spotting 40:1; carpet 100:1; glass 320:1; pots and pans; 100:1 hand cleaner 1:1. Notice: Before cleaning upholstery, fabric, or carpet, perform a spot test in an inconspicuous location. Discontinue use in the unlikely event of staining or skin irritation.

Other ways to use Thieves Household Cleaner:
1/2 Tsp in Dishwasher in place of detergent
        -This costs about 12 cents a load vs Cascade at about 27 cents a load.
1 cap full in  washing machine in place of laundry detergent
Use it in the garden at 100:1 dilution to keep away unwanted pests like aphids

I found a testimonial of a lady who uses it as hand cleaner to replace her soap. She filled her dispenser 3/4 full of olive oil and added about a cap full of Thieves Household Cleaner, put the pump in and she had a nice hand cleaner. I haven't tried this one yet, but if you're adventureous you could go for it. I'm sure your skin would be nice and soft.

If you're still not convinced, look up the study done at Weber State University on Thieves Essential Oil. In their tests, it was proven to kill 99.96% of airborne bacteria and viruses.

Still love your bleach? Here are some more interesting tidbits for you:

Household bleach, used to whiten fabrics or remove mold from surfaces, is a 5% solution of a stabilized form of chlorine. Chlorine is a poisonous, greenish-yellow gas described as having a choking odor. It is a very corrosive, hazardous chemical. Usually combined with other chemicals, it is used to disinfect water, purify metals, bleach wood pulp and make other chemicals.

· When inhaled during application, chlorine particles may cause lung and bronchial irritation, as well as headaches. Now think about your animals that are closer to the ground and have a keener sense of smell and are walking on it with their paws (skin).

· Common household bleach could be a cause of asthma and chronic bronchitis, researchers believe. A study involving domestic cleaners found a high incidence of both conditions, and the participants were all exposed to bleaching products as part of their work (Occup Environ Med, 2005; 62: 598-606).

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found dioxin (a toxic byproduct of chlorine) to be 300,000 times more potent as a carcinogen than DDT.

· Cancer-causing chemicals like chlorine found in many household products such as coffee filters, disposable diapers, paper towels, and bathroom tissue are readily absorbed through the skin

· Chlorine particles, according to some reports, may bio-accumulate in the Thyroid leading to reduced thyroid function and possibly thyroid cancer

· Chlorine bleach, a common disinfectant frequently found in scouring powders and cleaning solutions, is highly caustic, meaning it can burn skin and eyes — plus it can be fatal if swallowed and in high concentrations can aggravate asthma symptoms. When it travels from your drain into the natural world, it can create organochlorines (furans & dioxins), which are suspected
carcinogens as well as reproductive, neurological, and immune-system toxins

Breast cancer, which now affects one in every eight women in North America, has recently been linked to the accumulation of chlorine compounds in the breast tissue. A study carried out in Hartford Connecticut, the first of it’s kind in North America, found that; “women with breast cancer have 50% to 60% higher levels of organochlorines (chlorination byproducts) in their breast tissue than women without breast cancer.”

· The first agent of chemical warfare was chlorine. WWII ended with an abundance of this cheap chemical. In the name of huge profits, it was added to our water supply and many other products. Scientists won't handle chlorine without protective gloves, facemasks, and ventilation, yet it is in most store-brand cleaners, including dishwasher detergents. The harmful effects are intensified when the fumes are heated, as in the shower. It ís in our drinking water, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and more.

 Its settled for me. My family uses only Thieves Household Cleaner. It smells good, it works well and its affordable. One 14.5 ounce bottle lasts us almost 6 months!

Until next time,


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  2. Julie, thank you for being so thorough with this post. I was looking for something just like this. Hope you have a good day.