Welcome back home detox enthusiasts!
As you know, were in the middle of a 5-Part mini course on how to detoxify the forgotten health traps poisoning your home.
This weeks subscriber-driven BONUS post features your questions on the best non-toxic, DIY cleaning substitutes for your favorite traditional cleaners.
You know, those cleaners you know you should ditchbut just cant imagine living without
These are all DIY and easy recipes using Young Living essential oils.
You asked and I will answer belowlets get started.
#1: A heavy duty stain-remover for mud and dirt in kids clothes
Not to sound like a broken record, but the Thieves® Household Cleaner, undiluted, works wonders on even the toughest stains. Just apply it undiluted, let it sit 15-30 minutes, scrub, and wash.
If youre addicted to Oxyclean, the next best thing would be Seventh Generation Natural Oxy Stain remover. It contains none of the worst chemicals on my Most Wanted list, is environmentally sound, and contains no phosphates.
#2: Protective and effective wood floor cleaner
After investing all that money and time in those BEAUTIFUL wood floors, its easy to fall into the trap of believing you need chemical cleaners to protect their surface.
Fortunately, this is simply not true. You can absolutely clean your wood floors safely and effectively with 100% natural products.
For every day cleaning, vacuuming with attachments and a damp mop will work fine.
For a deeper clean, I recommend this solution:
Protective, All-Natural Wood Floor Cleaner:
In a large bowl or pot, whisk to combine:
- 1 gallon distilled water
- 2 Tablespoons liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronners)
- 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
- 5-10 drops naturally anti-bacterial Lemon, Melaleuca, Thieves, or Purification® essential oils
- Spray on and mop with a dust mop for shiny, clean wood floors.
#3. A really good shower cleaner
I use Thieves, Melaleuca and Lemon in a stainless steel bottle and clean it out with a bristle pad.
For hard water stains, just spray on straight vinegar, leave it 30 minutes, wipe and repeat.
For a soft-type-scrub cleaner try this easy recipe:
Combine the following in a bowl:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/3 cup liquid castile soap
- 10 drops Melaleuca and Lemon, Purification, or Thieves
- Add water, a teaspoon at a time, and stir until you reach your desired texture.
- Store in a glass mason jar, and use just like traditional cleaner.
#4. Laundry soap that really works (courtesy of DIY queen and former guest blogger Jodi Trotter)
Thank you, Jodi!
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl:
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1⁄2 cup castile soap such as Dr. Bronners (liquid or grated)
- 2 cup white vinegar
- 4 cups boiling water..
- Add your essential oils of choice.
- Pour into a gallon jug or mason jar and fill with cool water, leaving a little room at the top so you can shake it up.
- Shake to combine.
- You can thicken with vegetable glycerin if you need it for a thicker soap.
#5. A nice smelling fabric softener
I have to admit, I dont use fabric softener. I find when I use the above laundry soap, my clothes feel awesome without it.
But, if you have really sensitive skin or just crave super-duper-soft fabrics, here are a couple good options:
Option #1: Try Jodis DIY Fabric Softener Recipe Below
DIY Fabric Softener
- 1 cup (non-toxic) conditioner
- 6 cups white vinegar
- 1 cup baking soda
- Young Living essential oils of choice
Dissolve all ingredients in some hot water and mix (adding more or less until you get the right consistency).
Pour into a gallon jug or other gallon-size container and fill remainder of the way with water (leaving a little room at the top so you can shake it up).
Shake to combine.
Option #2: Check out this post on DIY Natural (an awesome blog by the way), on how to make your own Wool Dryer Balls.
The cool thing about these, is you can add your favorite essential oils to the dryer balls for a heavenly-fresh smelling clothes.
Imagine your clothes bursting with the calming scent of Lavender, uplifting Joy™, or fresh Peppermint straight from the dryer
okay, I may have to try this!
I also received some requests for skin care recipes which I WILL address on our skin care/body care week.
What solutions, recipes, or products have you found to replace your cleaning caddy toxic-must-haves?
Lets keep the ideas coming!