How Cleaning Your House Can Hurt Your Family (And What You Can Do About It)

Have you ever taken a good look at what is under your cabinets? Pulled out your cleaners and turned them over to read the ingredients?

 
 

If not, I really encourage you to do so! Then do your homework and learn more about these chemicals using this guide: http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/5527-FabulosoMultiPurposeCleanerSprayLavender
 
None of these chemicals are necessary when basic ingredients such as water, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), and vinegar are mostly just as effective at performing the same jobs without the toxicity. Even for more serious jobs that involve scrubbing and degreasing, there are safer alternatives than the majority of products found on your grocery store shelf.
 
Making a multipurpose cleaner can be as easy as mixing a concentrate with water inside of a spray bottle (like with Thieves cleaner) or by making your cleaner from citrus peels and vinegar. It is a personal preference which method you use.
 
You can re-use old apple cider vinegar bottles and top them with a plastic spray nozzle from the bottle of toxic cleaner that you are throwing away (just make sure to rinse it well!)

Thieves Cleaner Concentrate

Thieves Household Cleaner: Formulated with the power of Young Living’s Thieves oil blend, you can get a deep clean without dangerous or synthetic ingredients. Thieves cleaner also includes the scent of Lemon essential oil for an even more uplifting aroma. Chores will feel like less of a chore with the sweet-and-spicy scent and effective cleaning power of Thieves Household Cleaner.
 
This all-purpose cleaner can be used on any surface in your home for dusting, spot cleaning, scrubbing, or any other cleaning need. Wherever you use it, you’ll feel good knowing it’s safe to use around everyone in your family, including pets. Spot test in an inconspicuous area before applying this product to woods, plastics, fabrics, and granite. If staining or damage occurs, discontinue use on the material.
 
For a more in depth look at Thieves, take a listen to this podcast from Revolution Oils that has more usage ideas and recipes!

Other DIY Multipurpose Cleaner recipes

Vinegar and Citrus Cleaner

If you want to make your own cleaner from fruit scraps and good old fashioned vinegar, just like grandma used to do, then here is a great recipe for that from my friend Kate

DIY All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

If you're looking for a vinegar-based cleaner, this recipe from Rubies & Radishes is amazing!

Bonus Floor Cleaner Recipe

This one is easy peasy! Use a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and hot water and add 15 drops of essential oil (I like lemon or pine). Mop and enjoy the bright, streak-free and fresh finish!


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