Two-step detox? Yeah, that got your attention, didn’t it? Well, that may not include your ENTIRE home, as it is still filled with personal care products. But, for cleaning your actual house, you only need a two things. The third is just a bonus.
Step One: General Cleaning
Enter Thieves Household Cleaner. Now before you dash away, I will warn you: yes, I use a lot of Young Living products. They truly have some of the best products I have used. HOWEVER, I still use some products that are not from Young Living. And while Young Living has allowed me to build a wonderful business by sharing about their products, I am still budget conscious. And quite frankly, not all of their products fit everyone’s budget. I’m trying to help you to avoid breaking the bank here.
So back to Thieves Household Cleaner. This stuff really gives you the bang for your buck. It comes in a concentrate liquid, that simply mixes with water to dilute. I like to pour two caps-full in a 30 oz. spray bottle, and done. That alone replaces my glass cleaner, degreaser, and general cleaner for everything from toilets to hardwood floors. You won’t believe how many of those 30 oz. bottles you’ll be able to make from that one, little bottle of concentrate. Try nearly 15 bottles of cleaner! Most people only do one cap-full, which would give you 29 bottles of healthy, non-toxic cleaner, that works BETTER than the dangerous chemicals, for about $1.32/bottle. Let me says that again…IT. WORKS. BETTER. A better product for less money. That’s a no-brainer.
Step Two: Laundry
Ohmygosh! This is perhaps my favorite switch, as far as products go. I don’t know about you, but laundry is the bane of my existence. It is Never. Ever. Done. So anything that will make it simpler? Bring it.
I used to make my own laundry detergent. No. I’m done with that. And then there is the fabulous Thieves Laundry Soap, which I will talk about later. I love, love, LOVE it! But with a family of five, it is currently above my budget. So what did I find instead? Soap Nuts. I don’t know if you’ve heard of these little nuggets of organic goodness, but they are so green and so simple. We’re talking actual nuts off an actual tree that clean your clothes – and clean them well!
All you do is throw about six nuts in a little, muslin bag, which is included, and throw them in the wash. You get about six washes out of that set of nuts. I make up about 10 bags at once. That’s 60 loads ready to go – no measuring or mess. You can get a bag for 972 loads, for less than $45. WHAT?!?! I mean, why would you not?
For those tough stains, I pour a little Thieves Household Cleaner* directly on the stain. Healthy cleaning goodness.
I will tell you though, if you don’t mind spending a little more, you can’t beat Thieves Laundry Soap*. This plant-based formula is infused with essential oils and contains natural enzymes. The cleaning power is phenomenal, and you simply can’t find a safer detergent on the market. So depending on your budget and your desire of ease, you now have a few healthy, simple options.
But what about fabric softener? If you have ever read the label of dryer sheets, you will be disgusted. Or at least you should. Dryer sheets and liquid fabric softener contain some of the worst toxins you will find in your home. We’re talking ingredients that lead to leukemia and other blood cancers (benzene), nasal and throat cancers (acetaldehyde) and central nervous system disorders (ethanol), some that are known carcinogens (limonene) and neurotoxins (chloroform), and the list goes on. That stuff is sitting on your skin – you know, your largest organ – all day! Guys, I can’t stress enough how important it is to get the crap out of your laundry.
So what’s a girl to do? For fabric softener, you can really score, as both options are inexpensive AND simple. Option Number One is to put a ½ cup of white vinegar in your wash. It does not interfere with the cleaning power of the Soap Nuts or Thieves Laundry Soap, but it does freshen the smell of especially stinky clothes, as well as soften them. Vinegar is cheap, but then you have a big jug to store. Currently, we’re living in an apartment while we build. I have a small laundry closet, not suitable for storing big jugs of vinegar. That brings me to our next option.
Option Number Two is even easier – wool dryer balls. Throw them in your dryer, leave them in, done. Never take them out. Done. Seriously, that’s it. If you want your clothes to be scented, add a few essential oil drops (a plethora of choices on scent) to each ball. Use about six balls per load to help your clothes dry quickly, and to make them soft and static-free. You can make your own, but it’s actually less expensive to buy them here.
If you simply change to one cleaning product, and some very simple laundry items, you have created a healthier home environment. I bet you didn’t think it could be that easily, did you? Of course, there are more changes to come (dishes, personal care products, etc.), but this is a really good start. Just think of all that space you will have under your kitchen sink now, not to mention all the moola you’ve saved! I don’t know about you, but I feel better already.
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