Switching Toxic Cleaners to Healthier Alternatives

Do you get sick to your stomach from the cleaners you use? Did you know that many of them are respiratory hazards? We switched out cleaners to healthier alternatives, and I am AMAZED at the difference it has made in our home. We don’t get sick as often, the house smells amazing, and my children actually fight over who gets to clean the stove!

The company that I use? Young Living. Why? Because Young Living’s desire is to protect us. Owner Gary Young bases all of the cleaning products around thieves essential oil, which contains clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary. The blend is based off the legend of four 15th century thieves who covered themselves with an aromatic blend before robbing those who died from the plague. But why did they not die from the plague as well? It was because of the blend they used. Thieves essential oil promotes a healthy immune system.

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Thieves cleaner can be used for everything from counter top spray to laundry detergent to cleaning toilets – and more! Seriously, I use it in place of all other cleaning chemicals I have used in the past. It even works as a stain remover for clothes!  The best part is that it doesn’t have all the crazy hazards of the other cleaning chemicals that can cause so many illnesses. It not only reduces the toxins in your home, but it also purifies the air.

What else do I use to clean my home?

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*Homemade Laundry Detergent: 1 bar of Fels Naptha heated then chopped in a food processor, 1 1/2 cups borax, 1 1/2 cups washing soda, 1/2 cup baking soda, and 10 drops essential oil (I make a double batch, and it lasts about 6 months for 6 people)
*Homemade Bleach: Equal parts peroxide and water with a few drops of lemon essential oil
*A drop of purification or other essential oil inside the tube of a roll of toilet paper to help with bathroom smells
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*Homemade Carpet Powder: 1 cup baking soda with 8 drops of purification (or whatever combination of oils you would like to use. I like to switch it up). This is fantastic for pet owners to use weekly.
*Room Spray: Equal parts distilled water and witch hazel in a spray bottle – add a pinch of salt as an emulsifier, then add a few drops of desired essential oil and swirl to mix.
*Whatever homemade dish soap I feel like making when we are almost out.
*Thieves or Lavender Foaming Hand Soap
*Homemade Hand Sanitizer: Equal parts distilled water and aloe vera gel (with not additives). Add 4 drops vitamin E and 6 drops thieves.
*Diffuser: instead of air freshener, Febreeze, or candles (the toxins in those are a whole nother story!)
That’s it! Those are ALL the cleaners I use in my house.
But WHY did I make the switch? There are so, so, so many hazards in cleaning chemicals.
*232 toxic chemicals can be found in a newborn’s cord blood (babies born in the United States).
*Chlorine can cause asthma, allergies, and respiratory irritation. Prolonged exposure has been linked to an increased chance of coronary heart disease. It is also believed to be linked to Bladder and Rectal Cancers.
*Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (Quats) is one of the leading causes of dermatitis. It can also cause asthma, even in healthy people. It helps breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
*Phthalates are believed to be endocrine disruptors. Exposure could lead to issues with the reproductive system. Short term exposure in drinking water can lead to gastrointestinal issues and vertigo, while long term exposure in drinking water can lead to damage to the liver and testes, reproductive issues, and even cancer.
*Formaldehyde can cause headaches, dizziness, itching, coughing, and even trouble breathing. It is also a possible link to ALS.
*2-Butoxyethanol at high levels can cause pulmonary edema, narcosis, and severe damage of the liver and kidneys.
*Triclosan causes hormone disruption, which can lead to infertility, altered behavior, and learning disabilities.
*SO many more. If I listed them all, I would bore you to death, and you would be reading all afternoon. These are just the tip of the iceberg.
I STRONGLY encourage you to look at the list of ingredients on your current cleaners then think about this list as you read through them.  If you would like more information on switching cleaners, you can email me at sunbeamsandheartstrings@gmail.com.
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