Why Spring Cleaning is Making Your Family Sick (and how to fix it)

Have you been putting off (perhaps inevitably) the dreaded chore of Spring cleaning?

Its understandable.

After all, most of us dont enjoy the thought of spending our warm and sunny spring weekends moving heavy furniture, washing walls, lugging around a heavy vacuum, breathing strong cleaning fumes, and pestering our kiddos to help out, all while tiring ourselves out in the process.

Just the thought of it is exhausting, isnt it?

What if I told you there was a way to make it faster, more fun, and even invigorating?

Read on to find out how.

Why Spring Cleaning Wears you Down

Besides the heavy lifting and pestering the kids, I would suggest what truly puts the wear and tear on our bodies is the long-term exposure to common toxins found in most cleaning products.

Cleaning product manufacturing companies (the traditional and the green) do not have to disclose their ingredients on labelswhich is insane considering we are ingesting them via touch and smell as we clean.

Dont get me started on how utterly ludicrous this standard of safety is for our homes and children, but I am here to educate and provide solutions, so I digress.

The point is, mainstream and even natural or green cleaners (remember, no labeling requirements so how would you know?) can be just LOADED with carcinogenic, allergenic, hormone-disrupting, banned-in-other-countries-but-not-here mystery ingredients.

The government agencies charged with enforcing safety in these household cleaning products have seriously failed usand they are making us sick.

The following is my most wanted list of chemicals that are likely lurking in your mainstream (and likely even your mainstream-green) cleaning products.

Most-Wanted Chemical Cleaner Criminals

  • Nonylphenols
    • Used in cleaners and shown to disrupt hormones.
  • Phthalates (already banned in Europe, but not here)
    • Found in common household cleaners to make fragrance last longer
    • Carcinogenic (linked to liver, kidney, and lung cancer)
    • Known to cause birth defects and lower sperm count
    • Hormone disruptors linked to early puberty
  • Fragrance AKA a secret mixture of chemicals
    • Found in soaps, cleaners, perfumes, lotions, shampoos
    • May include phthalates , neurotoxins (which can cause brain damage, headaches, and memory loss among other things), and synthetic musks
  • Propylene Glycol
    • Linked to kidney damange, liver disease, and dermatitis
  • DEA (Diethanolmine)
    • Found in over 600 home and care products. Suspected cause of cancer.

How can you Protect your Family and Keep a Clean Home? 2 solutions.

  1. Make your own DIY cleaners, which is SUPER easy with Young Living essential oils. Recipes follow.


  1. Find a natural cleaning product you can TRUST that doesnt break the bank. Im going to tell you all about my favorite all-purpose cleaner too.

So read on

Before we get into the printable DIY recipes, heres a list of the best oils for cleaning:

Best single Young Living oils for cleaning:

  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Eucalyptus
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Spruce
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Melaleuca (no cats)

Best Young Living Essential Oil Blends for Cleaning:

  • Thieves
  • Purification
  • Citrus Fresh
  • Joy

Solution #1: No fuss, super quick essential oil DIY cleaners

The best thing about these DIY cleaners is they really are NO FUSS (you can throw them together in just minutes using common items in your pantry), and you can customize them using your favorite Young Living essential oils.

Doctor-mama tip: How to Get the Kids On-Board with Household Chores

Let them play scientist by formulating their own cleaners with their favorite oils. Decorate their cleaning bottle with some stickers, slap their name on it, pop it in their own cleaning caddy, and suddenly cleaning with mom and dad aint so bad!

Home Detox Floor Cleaner
Recipe type: Non-Toxic DIY Cleaner
This 3-ingredient floor cleaner can be made as-needed. I like to buy a BIG jug of white distilled vinegar from Costco.
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 bucket of hot, distilled water
  • 5–10 drops Lemon, Melaleuca, or Purification essential oil
  1. Combine in bucket and mop away!
Home Detox Window Cleaner
Author: Dr. Jessica Payne
Recipe type: Non-Toxic DIY Cleaner
Good-bye stinky, toxic, blue cleaner! You'll love the fresh lemon scent AND the squeaky clean, streak-free shine.
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 3 cups distilled water
  • 10-15 drops Lemon essential oil
  1. Mix ingredients in a stainless steel (or glass) spray bottle and use on your mirrors, windows, and other glass surfaces.
Home Detox Carpet Deodorizer
Author: Dr. Jessica Payne
Recipe type: Non-Toxic DIY Cleaner
 I sprinkle this on the carpet before vacuuming every few months (or as-needed). A must-have for homes with pets, toddlers, or teens. Great for spot-cleaning too.
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 20-35 drops lavender, geranium, joy, or frankincense essential oil (you pick your favorite combo)
  1. Measure the baking soda into a quart size mason jar (quart-size makes mixing easier).
  2. Mix in the essential oils with a fork, then cover the jar with a lid and shake vigorously to combine.
  3. Poke a few holes in the mason jar lid using a hammer and nail to create a "shaker".
  4. Sprinkle on the carpet, let sit 15-30 minutes, and vacuum.
  5. The essential oils help clean and disinfect while the baking soda absorbs unwanted odors, oils, and other set in dirt.

Solution #2: Find a natural cleaning product you can TRUST (here is the only cleaner you will ever need)

I admit, as much as I like to make my own cleaning productssometimes I run out right when I need a faster-than-fast solution. For times like these (and for deep spring cleaning), I always keep a bottle (or two) of Thieves® Household Cleaner.


Thieves is one of Young Livings best-selling essential oils blends and as wonderful for maintaining your immunity as it is for deep cleaning your entire home.

The cleaner is made of renewable plant and mineral sources, and vegetable-based surfactants compliant with the Green Seal and EPA Design for Environment (DfE) standards. The bottle is 100% recyclable, and is smells GREAT.

But can one cleaning product really do it all? Thieves Household Cleaner comes pretty darn close.

Check out this livingyourlifenaturally exclusive quick reference card on how to use Thieves Household Cleaner on your pots and pans, laundry, walls, carpet, windowseven as a DIY hand sanitizer.

How to Use Thieves Household Cleaner--Quick Reference Card
Author: Dr. Jessica
An exclusive spring cleaning reference card from livingyourlifenaturally.com.
  • Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Distilled Water
  1. All-purpose Thieves Cleaner: capful Thieves Household Cleaner to 1 quart distilled water in spray bottle
  2. Dishwasher : capful Thieves Household Cleaner
  3. Pots and Pans: capful Thieves Household Cleaner to 3 cups distilled water
  4. Floors : capful Thieves Household Cleaner to 6 cups distilled water
  5. Walls : capful Thieves Household Cleaner to 2 cups distilled water
  6. Fabrics : capful Thieves Household Cleaner to 2 cups distilled water
  7. Laundry : 1 to 2 capfuls Thieves Household Cleaner, depending on size of washer
  8. Carpet : capful Thieves Household Cleaner to 6+ cups distilled water
  9. Light Degreasing: capful Thieves Household Cleaner to 3 cups distilled water
  10. Medium Degreasing: capful Thieves Household Cleaner to 2 cups distilled water
  11. Heavy Degreasing: capful Thieves Household Cleaner to 1 cup distilled water
  12. Window and Glass Cleaner : capful Thieves Household Cleaner to 5 quarts distilled water
  13. OR ¼ teaspoon to a quart of distilled water in spray bottle
  14. Hand Cleaner: capful Thieves Household Cleaner to ½ cup distilled water

Weve all been taught that cleanliness is pivotal to health. But who knew how unhealthy the common cleaning products we use (even the natural ones) could be making us?

Using essential oils to clean or spring clean your home not only ensures a safe, thorough, deep clean, but will also help heal and uplift youbody, mind, and soul.

For more information on the best (and worst) cleaning products for your home and how cleaning products can negatively affect your health, I highly recommend checking out the Environmental Working Groups Guide to Healthy Cleaners. You can even plug in your brand to see how it measures up.

Subscribers: watch your inbox for more cleaning with essential oils tips next week!

In my previous post, I asked for your feedback on which traditional cleaning products you want to let go of but feel you just cant do without.

The results are in, and I will review each request and recommend the best natural/essential-oil based solutions for you in a bonus post next Wednesday. So watch your inboxes and thank you for your participation!

What are your favorite essential oils and blends for cleaning? Do you have a super simple DIY cleaner recipe or tip to share?


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