Welcome to our Young Living Cleaning Class! In this class, we are going to help you revamp your cleaning aresenal! Do you know that there may be hidden poisons lurking underneath your kitchen sink? Why do you have them there? Did you know that there are non-toxic, natural alternatives to cleaning your home? Plus, you might be surprised to learn that you may already own most of the natural ingredients that you need for creating a clean, sanitized home!

The goal of this class is NOT to make you feel guilty about your life choices!

Here are the goals:

1. To teach you what is REALLY in your toxic cleaning products

2. To educate you on safe cleaning alternatives

3. To save you money (natural products are MUCH cheaper!) Did you know that the average American uses 40 pounds of toxic cleaning supplies each year! Yet, there is no need!

Join us and learn how to make the switch to natural, safe, cleaning solutions.

Bonus: These cleaners are so safe that you can hand the bottle to your child! So, in essence, this class will save you time as well!

First, let’s start with the basics. If you are going to get rid of your commercial cleaners, then what will you use to replace them? This list might surprise you! You might have some of it in your home already! Here are my “cleaning products” and how I use them….

Essential oils: The most popular oils to use for cleaning are Thieves, Purification, and the citrus oils (lemon, Citrus Fresh, tangerine, orange, grapefruit, etc.) All of these oils have many health benefits, cleansing properties, and they smell AMAZING! They are perfect for cleaning! Cleaning PLUS health benefits? Do your toxic cleaners do that?

Microfiber cloths: Have you ever used microfiber cloths? You can buy them in the cleaning section, BUT they are MUCH CHEAPER in the automotive section! I buy them in a huge package and save lots of money! These cloths are great for dusting! Just use a dry cloth and the dust will stick right to it! No cleaners needed!

Baking soda: Baking soda can be used as an abrasive powder for scrubbing. (I buy this in HUGE bags at Costco!)

Vinegar: Vinegar is 5% acetic acid. That acid is what kills bacteria and viruses! Can you guess what your great-grandmother most likely cleaned with? Vinegar and baking soda! In full disclosure, vinegar does not kill ALL bacteria and viruses. Most of the sources I reviewed said that it kills between 90-99% of creepy crawlies. So, there are some things it doesn’t kill. Gotcha. But, in my research I also learned that bleach destroys your lungs a large percentage of the time! Yeah. I think I am willing to take my chances with the vinegar! Plus, look at all of the other products that I am recommending! All of them have cleansing properties, also! When we combine them all, I am guessing that we will get closer to the 100% killing power. Note: I buy vinegar in HUGE quantities at Costco as well! The only downside to cleaning with vinegar is that your house may smell like a gigantic salad!

Thieves cleaner: Do you remember how Thieves oil got its name? There was a group of thieves in the 15th century that decided to rob dead and dying bodies. Before they did this, they coated themselves in a combination of several oils and herbs. Thieves oil and Thieves Cleaner are crafted with similar ingredients as the ones used in that legend. Thieves cleaner helps protect my family from the unwanted “friends” in my house! You can make your home a sanctuary from dust, dirt, and more! Plus, it is completely SAFE to use around every member of your family-even the furry ones! Instead of filling your home with the scent of toxic chemicals and fake fragrances, fill it with the natural scent of Christmas! I prefer Thieves cleaner over vinegar because I LOVE the way it makes my house smell! I am going to give you specifics on different ways to use Thieves cleaner throughout this entire class! Stay tuned….

All-purpose Cleaning Spray…Did you that many all-purpose cleaning sprays contain a chemical called 2-Butoxyethanol? In my research, I found that this toxin can rapidly penetrate your skin and can negatively affect your entire nervous system! Throw out those toxic all-purpose sprays! Now, let’s talk about your alternative! You can make your own all-purpose spray with Thieves cleaner and water! The photo below shows you the ratio for a regular all-purpose spray and another ratio for degreasing!

Note: When you looked at this graphic, did you notice that you typically only use 1 cap of the Thieves cleaner to 2-3 cups of water? The Thieves cleaner is heavily concentrated! It will last a very long time! This makes it extremely affordable-much cheaper than the cleaners you purchase at the store! A 32 ounce bottle of diluted all-purpose Thieves spray will cost less than a dollar!

Tip: Buy heavy-duty spray bottles in the hardware section at a big box store or at a hardware store. The ones in the cleaning section are generally very low quality and stop spraying after a short time. The heavy-duty bottles will last forever and they spray much better! (I get mine by the paint section in Walmart.)

Showers, tubs, and sinks…Did you know that typical scouring powders contain crystalline silica for its abrasive property and bleach for its whitening property? While these chemicals may be effective at scrubbing and whitening, they may irritate your airways and aggravate the skin. Also, if these substances are accidentally combined with other cleaners, then they can create hazardous fumes! Many shower cleaners contain formaldehyde which is a known carcinogen! You may get a clean shower, but the chemicals you are leaving behind are far worse than your grime. I don't want my babies to bathe in that formaldehyde residue! So what should you use instead? For your scouring powder, try this natural Scrubby Surface Cleaner! (The recipe is listed in the photo.) I use this recipe to scrub my tub and my sinks. For your shower walls, your faucets, and your countertops, simply use the all-purpose cleaning spray listed in post #3. These "recipes" are so easy that they don’t really qualify as DIY because it takes about 9.4 seconds to make each one! Dump, shake. Done. They are quick, easy, and effective!

Note: If the scouring powder or spray isn’t cutting through a tough spot, then try using the heavy degreasing ratio of the Thieves cleaner. It is 1 capful of Thieves cleaner to 1 cup of water. Some people add baking soda to it so that it will stick to the walls of the tub and shower better! A few years ago, my kids’ shower was REALLY BAD! I had to use full-strength Thieves cleaner to get it clean! It took a bit of elbow grease, but it worked wonderfully!

Funny for the day……my husband and I were just talking about this class and he was telling me that the comedian, Gallagher, has a comedy skit on this! He talks about cleaning mildew out of his shower and he reads the bottle of his chosen cleaner. It says “only use this cleaner in a well-ventilated area.” Then he says to his audience, “If it was a well-ventilated area, then I wouldn’t have mold!” How many of you have nearly passed out while trying to clean your shower? Thankfully, we have another choice now.

Tip: There are two options for storing the scrubby cleaner. Some people go to the dollar store and purchase a glass cheese shaker. It is a glass jar with a lid that has holes in the top. This works great! Another option is to put it in a mason jar. If you go to the canning section of Walmart, they sell “herb” lids for canning jars. They are flip-top lids with holes in the top. I prefer the second option because you can close the herb lib while the cheese lid remains open to the air.

Toilets. Yuck. Toilets are gross. But, the chemicals used to clean them are even worse. Most toilet bowl cleaners contain hydrochloric acid that creates vapors that can cause coughing and breathing difficulties. These products usually contain sodium dichloroisocyanurate dehydrate which can be extremely irritating to the skin, eyes, and lungs. There is a better way. To clean your toilets, you will simply need baking soda, vinegar, and Thieves oil! (See the recipe below.) You will put that in the toilet bowl and let it sit for awhile. Then you swish it with a toilet brush. I do this as soon as I enter the bathroom to clean it. While this concoction is sitting, I clean the rest of the bathroom. Then, when I am done, I swish the inside of the toilet. Next, I clean the rim, seat, and base of the toilet with the all-purpose Thieves spray. Fun tip: When you are done cleaning, place a drop of Thieves (or another oil that you enjoy) on the inside of the cardboard roll of toilet paper-not on the paper itself. Your bathroom will hold the scent of Thieves for as long as that toilet paper roll lasts.

Glass and Mirrors….Most glass cleaners are created with ammonia which is a strong respiratory irritant! This is another commercial product that can create toxic fumes if you accidentally mix it with a chlorine based cleaning product. Instead, try making your own glass cleaner. First of all, I will tell you that I am lazy. I just use the all-purpose spray for my glass cleaner! I am too lazy to make up another bottle and the all-purpose ratio works pretty good! (Please note that I live in a house with all men. I am the ONLY one who cares about the cleanliness of my mirrors!) So, if you are lazy like me, then just use the same all-purpose spray on your glass and mirrors! But, if you want it to be extra-squeaky clean, then I have given you the “better” recipe as well! Another option for your mirrors is your microfiber cloths. You need one dry microfiber and one wet one. First, wipe a small section with the wet one. Then, use the dry one to remove the streaks. Continue this method until the entire mirror is clean. Remember, with this method, you do not use any cleaner-just water.

Oven Cleaner… Now that our bathrooms are clean, let’s move into the kitchen. Every person on this planet knows that oven cleaner is terrible. Awful. Toxic. What was your first clue? Maybe it was the fact that you couldn’t quit coughing if you were within a 20 foot radius of the stuff! That is because it is typically made with sodium hydroxide. It creates toxic fumes that are easily inhaled into the lung tissue! Here is a less painful way to clean your oven. First of all, just spray it with the all-purpose spray and wipe. Do that several times and you will get a lot of it. When you get down to the hard spots, use undiluted Thieves cleaner. (Some people dilute it just a bit and add baking soda for its abrasive property.) Scrub it with a hard bristle brush. With a little elbow grease, you will have a clean oven without the toxic fumes!

Dishes! They never end, right? Again, I tell you. I have all boys. Two of them are teenagers. Dishes? Yeah, I know about dishes! Most dishwashing soaps contain methylisothiazolinone. This is a synthetic preservative that is common in many “green” household products. Green? I think not! It causes allergic skin reactions, eye corrosion, and more! Thieves dish soap and Thieves dishwasher detergent do not contain any synthetic ingredients; they are 100% plant-based. Thieves dish soap contains Thieves, Jade lemon, and Bergamot. It doesn’t have any perfumes and it is made completely of plant-based ingredients. Plus, it will leave your dishes sparkling clean! For your dishwasher, you have two options. Some people simply use Thieves cleaner. They place one capful in the area where you would put the detergent. This is a great choice. Another option is the Thieves dishwasher detergent. This automatic dishwasher powder contains Thieves, lemongrass, and orange oil. It doesn’t have any dyes or synthetic fragrances. It removes tough grease and baked-on foods. For regular loads, you will use 1 tablespoon of detergent and for extra dirty loads, you will use 2 tablespoons of detergent. A rinse aid is not needed with Thieves detergent because it contains sodium silicate which naturally helps eliminate spots on glasses. Also, it contains sodium citrate which will help prevent cloudiness.

Clean air……Don’t you want your air to smell as clean as your house looks?   I do!  But, I don’t use air fresheners!    Did you know that most of them use propane as their propellant?  Not only is that toxic, but it is flammable as well!    Also, I learned that air fresheners simply coat the nasal passage with a chemical film that helps mask the odor in the room. It isn’t removing the smell at all.  It is simply numbing your ability to smell it! Another hazard of air fresheners is that little kids have been known to try to eat them because they smell like fruit or candy.   In the year 2000, 9,887 of the 11,935 reports of hazardous exposures to air fresheners received by U.S. Poison Control Centers involved children under six.

Instead of air fresheners, just use your diffuser and your oils!   Every person will prefer a different scent in their home.    You will have a lot of fun trying to find your preference!  Here are a few to get you started……

Laundry...It is a toss up as to whether I have more dishes or more laundry in my house? Hmmmm…. both are a bit frightening! Typical laundry detergents contain bleach (sodium hypochlorite), many chemical fragrances, and lye (sodium hydroxide.) Many people I know suffer allergic reactions or respiratory problems from the toxins in commercial laundry detergents! These chemicals, which are known to irritate skin, eyes, and lungs, are coating our clothing! Does anyone else see a problem with that? It is irritating to my skin so I will use it to clean the clothing which will sit beside my skin all day? No thanks. There are two options for laundry soap. Some people prefer to make it homemade while others choose to purchase theirs from Young Living. To DIY or not to DIY…that is the question. The recipe for one DIY version is listed in the graphic below. If you are feeling crafty, then go for it! Now, for those of you who hate DIY projects, let me tell you about the pre-made detergent from Young Living. Their version combines oil and enzymes to keep your clothes fresh and clean. It is a plant-based formula without any synthetic fragrances or dyes. One 32 oz. bottle will wash 64 loads of laundry! It can be used in all washing machines, including high-efficiency ones. For conventional washers, you will use ½ cap of detergent and for HE washers, you will use ¼ cap of detergent.

Fabric softeners and dryer sheets…. These are a few more chemically–laden products that are typically inside of people’s homes. Fabric softeners may contain quarternary ammonium compounds (quats), which release formaldehyde. “Quats” can cause asthma-like symptoms and the formaldehyde can cause headaches, fatigue, and joint pain. Fabric softeners work by coating the fabric with these chemicals so that it stays soft. These same chemicals are known to cause allergic reactions through skin contact! Instead, simply add ½ cup of white vinegar or baking soda to your rinse cycle to soften your clothes and reduce static cling. Wool dryer balls are helpful at reducing static cling as well. Some people make their own balls-just look on Pinterest for instructions- while others buy theirs. For the scent, just drop a few drops of your favorite smelling oil on the dryer balls before you throw them in the dryer. If you don’t have dryer balls, then you can just drop a few drops of oil on a wet washcloth and throw it into the dryer with your clothes.

Stain Removal for laundry…My kids think that their shirt is a napkin. Anybody else have that problem? Also, my boys wear light khaki uniform pants to school every day. When they go out to recess, they spend their entire time playing football and basketball….in those same lightly colored dress pants! So, I am sure that you can imagine what their clothes look like when they get home! Stain removers are a mama’s best friend! Did you know that typical stain removers contain benzene, toluene, and xylene? All of these are neurotoxins which means that they are toxins that are poisonous or destructive to the nervous system. Instead, try one of these stain removers! Spot Remover #1 is a DIY version. Look at #2! This version uses Thieves dish soap as a stain remover for your laundry. Have you ever thought of that? Also, I know that some people use undiluted Thieves cleaner (or slightly diluted) as a stain remover as well.

Wood…Are you ready to learn about cleaning and refreshing the wood in your home? First of all, let me tell you why you DON’T want to buy these commercial products. Most furniture polishes and wood cleaners contain propane and butane gas! Yuck! I don’t want my family to be breathing in gas! That is the opposite of what my goal is when I am cleaning my home! Here is a non-toxic method: First of all, dust your wood furniture with a microfiber cloth. Reminder: you don’t use any cleaner with microfiber cloths! For dusting, you just use the dry cloth-nothing else! Next, use this non-toxic wood cleaner made with Thieves cleaner, olive oil, and Citrus Fresh. You will have all of the benefits of clean, restored wood without ANY of the propane or butane!

Tip: Use the wood cleaner in a small, inconspicuous area first! Different woods may react differently.

Carpet…Our carpets may be one of the dirtiest places in our homes! Think of how much dirt and grime gets tracked in by our shoes! But, if you go grab a conventional carpet cleaner, then you may also be getting 2-Butoxyethanol and methylisothiazoline. We have already discussed these dangerous chemicals in other posts. But, in case you need a reminder, 2-Butoxyethanol messes with your nervous system and methylisothiazoline may be harmful to the skin and eyes. Also, many carpet cleaners are LOADED with artificial fragrances that can contribute to respiratory concerns. Below, we have shared two recipes for your carpet. One is a non-toxic stain remover for carpets and the other one is a carpet freshener. Both recipes are all-natural. When your kids are rolling around on the carpet, you can feel confident that their lungs and skin will be safe!