Simple Substitutions and DIY Solutions for Hidden Toxins in Your Home

The older I’ve gotten, the more concerned I’ve become with all of the terrible ingredients that are in the household and personal care products that I have been using the majority of my life. I think it’s because I’ve finally come to realize just how precious life is. I want to be healthy, happy, and around for the long haul! :)  The graphics below summarize the need to know info when it comes to the hidden toxins in your home and some simple steps (featuring Young Living essential oils and oil infused products) for what you can do about it! :)

Oil Infused Household and Personal Care Products # 1

Below is some info on the hidden toxins in antibacterial soap and toothpastes!

Hidden Toxins Soaps and Toothpaste

Check out a natural option for toothpaste and antibacterial soap – TRY THIEVES AROMABRIGHT TOOTHPASTE AND THIEVES FOAMING HAND SOAP!

Theieves Toothpaste & Hand Soap

Below is some info on the hidden toxins in laundry detergents and fabric softeners!

Hidden Toxin in Detergents and Softeners

Check out a natural option for laundry detergent – TRY THIEVES LAUNDRY SOAP!

Thieves Laundry Soap

Check out a natural option for fabric softener and static reducer – TRY WOOL DRYER BALLS WITH ESSENTIAL OILS!

DIY Fabric Softener

Below is some info on the hidden toxins in herbicide covered produce!

Dangers of Herbicides

Check out a natural option for effectively cleaning produce – TRY THIEVES FRUIT & VEGGIE SPRAY OR FRUIT & VEGGIE SOAK!

Thieves Fruit & Veggie Wash

Below is some info on the hidden toxins in household cleaning products!

Hidden Toxins in Cleaning Products

Check out a natural option for household cleaners – TRY THIEVES HOUSEHOLD CLEANER!

Thieves Household Cleaner

Check out a few DIY safe household cleaners – FEATURING THIEVES HOUSEHOLD CLEANER, VINEGAR, BAKING SODA, LEMON JUICE, OLIVE OIL, AND ESSENTIAL OILS!

DIY Cleaners

Below is some info on the hidden toxins in toiletries and beauty products!

Hidden Toxins in Toiletries and Personal Care Products

Check out a natural option for toiletries, beauty, and skincare – TRY YOUNG LIVING’S LOTIONS, SHOWER GELS, DEODORANTS, SHAVE OILS, SHAMPOO & CONDITIONERS, SKINCARE, LIPGLOSS, AND MORE!

Young Living Persoal Care Products

Below is some info on the hidden toxins in air fresheners and scented candles!

Dangers of Air Fresheners

Check out a natural option for a wonderfully scented home – TRY DIFFUSING YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS!

Diffusing Essential Oils

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DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living essential oils. The statements made and the products mentioned on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please read the full disclaimer here.

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DIY Hand Cleanser

My Fridays are dedicated to learning new essential oil facts, trying new essential oil recipes, and blogging about my Young Living essential oils. Today, I decided to whip up a batch of my DIY on-the-go hand cleanser and share the recipe with you. This stuff is perfect for keeping your hands clean when you are unable to wash them with good ol’ soap and water. There are a lot of variations out there so feel free to tweak this essential oil recipe to your liking. :)

DIY ON THE GO HAND CLEANSER

Ingredients and Directions:

  • 2 Tablespoons pure aloe vera. Aloe vera conditions and hydrates the skin.
  • 1 Tablespoon witch hazel. Witch hazel makes a great skin soother and cleanser. You can buy witch hazel that does not contain alcohol.
  • 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil. Vitamin E oil acts as a preservative. It also has skin moisturizing properties. 
  • 10 drops of your favorite Young Living essential oil (adjust the amount per your preference). I chose to use Young Living’s Purification essential oil blend. The bonus is that it comes in the Premium Starter Kit! :)

I combined everything a 2 ounce glass pump bottle I found at my favorite health store – these look like an exact match. Shake and use as needed for an on-the-go hand cleanser.

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Thieves Household Cleaner: More Affordable and Safer Than Other Popular Cleaners

SAFE AND NON TOXIC CLEANER

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love a good deal! I was coupon crazed (some might say obsessed) for quite some time. Yes, I carried coupons with me at all times. Yes, I knew most store coupon policies better than the store clerks. Yes, I would wake up early to be sure I got certain items on double coupon day. Yes, I would do multiple transactions just to save an extra dollar. And, yes, I had a stock pile lol!

I’ve swapped out my coupon days for blogging (because there is only so much time in the day). I still recognize a good deal when I see one though and holy mackerel, do I have a good deal to share with you! Pssst…Young Living’s Thieves household cleaner (an essential oil based cleaner) is more affordable (and safer) than common store-bought cleaners!

Let’s compare the prices of 6 household cleaners:

Young Living’s Thieves household cleaner comes in two sizes: a 14.4 ounce bottle or a 64 ounce bottle. The 14.4 ounce bottle costs $22.00 (wholesale price). Don’t let the $22.00 price tag fool you though. You see, Thieves cleaner is highly concentrated. This means that a very small amount of the Thieves cleaner is diluted with water in a spray bottle and then used for cleaning. The 14.4 ounce bottle actually makes 432-720 ounces of ready to use cleaner (depending on the strength you want to make it) and costs only $0.03-$0.05 per ounce! Let’s see how Thieves cleaner stacks up to the price of some store-bought household cleaners:

  • MOST AFFORDABLE —>  Thieves household cleaner (diluted appropriately and ready to use in a spray bottle – I reused an empty spray bottle): $0.03-$0.05 per ounce (less when it is part of my Essential Rewards order)
  • Fabuloso Passion of Fruits all-purpose cleaner: $0.05 per ounce
  • Lysol Lemon Breeze all-purpose cleaner: $0.06 per ounce
  • 409 Lemon all-purpose cleaner: $0.09 per ounce
  • Mr. Clean Febreze and Citrus multi-surface cleaner: $0.11 per ounce
  • Green Works all-purpose cleaner: $0.11 per ounce

Just wait…it gets even better yet!!! When I order my Thieves household cleaner as part of my monthly Essential Rewards order, I earn 20% back that I can use to spend on other products. This means, that for every 14.4 ounce bottle of Thieves household cleaner that I purchase, I am getting $4.40 back to spend on another Young Living product. If you take this into consideration, I’m technically paying $0.02-$0.04 per ounce of ready to use Thieves cleaner! NOW THAT’S A GOOD DEAL! Quite frankly, knowing the coupon world, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better deal than this one!

Which of these 6 household cleaners is the safest?

I looked up each of the above household cleaners on the Environmental Working Group’s website. This Environmental Working Group gives an A to F health rating for cleaning products:

  • A = Few/no known or suspected hazards to health or the environment; good ingredient disclosure.
  • B = Low concern; limited potential for hazards to health or the environment; at least some ingredient disclosure.
  • C = Moderate concern; some potential for hazards to health or the environment; at least some ingredient disclosure.
  • D = High concern; llikely hazards to health or the environment; may also have poor ingredient disclosure.
  • F= Potentially significant hazards to health or the environment; or poor ingredient disclosure.

Here’s how the cleaners rank:

  • SAFEST CLEANER —> Thieves household cleaner is not ranked by the Environmental Working Group. However, I did look up each ingredient on their website. Alkyl Polyglucoside has a B rating. Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate (or Lauric Acid) has an A rating. The Environmental Working Group listed Disodium 2-Sulffolaurate in their cosmetic database and it was given a rating of O (low hazard). Pure, therapeutic grade essential oils (Thieves cleaner contains Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, and Rosemary essential oil) are generally agreed upon to be a safe alternatives to harsh cleaning chemicals. If you ask me, Thieves household cleaner seems to be the safest choice! :)
  • Fabuloso Passion of Fruits all-purpose cleaner: F rating
  • Lysol Lemon Breeze all-purpose cleaner: C rating
  • 409 Lemon all-purpose cleaner: F rating
  • Mr. Clean Febreze and Citrus multi surface cleaner: D rating
  • Green Works all-purpose cleaner: F rating

DING, DING, DING! Thieves household cleaner is the WINNER!

If you ask me, Young Living’s Thieves household cleaner is the winner! We use Thieves cleaner all the time. It is affordable, safe, and works amazingly well. Plus, it smells awesome and is biodegradable. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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Benefits of Diffusing Essential Oils

WHY SHOULD YOU DIFFUSE ESSENTIAL OILS

What do you think of when you hear the word aromatherapy? Lighting a nice scented candle? Adding essential oils to a wax warmer? Using an air freshener? Either way, I bet you think of filling a room with a nice fragrance, right? Well, this isn’t actually true aromatherapy…it’s more like fragrancing. If you are using air fresheners (blagh!), perfume grade essential oils (blagh!), or candles (blagh!) it can actually be toxic fragrancing. True aromatherapy is so much more than just a nice scent. True aromatherapy can have profound effects on our health and well-being, body, mind, and emotions. To experience the many benefits of true aromatherapy, you need to use high-quality essential oils (like Young Living essential oils). You also need to disperse the essential oils into the air using an ultrasonic or cold air diffuser (as heating essential oils destroys the oils’ therapeutic properties).

*To clarify: You can use essentials oils in a wax warmer. However, please use a good quality essential oil versus a perfume grade essential oil. FYI… Heating essential oils will only make your home smell nice. Because heat destroys the therapeutic properties of essential oils, you won’t get any health benefits from putting essential oils into a wax warmer. However, diffusing essential oils will fill your home with an amazing scent and allow you to experience the true health benefits of aromatherapy. :)

Benefits of diffusing essential oils:

As stated above, diffusing essential oils can offer an abundance of health benefits. The benefits seem endless, but I summarized some of them below.

  • promotes a restful nights sleep
  • improves concentration and focus
  • stimulates secretion of endorphins
  • improves concentration, alertness, mental clarity, and focus
  • invigorates and energizes
  • freshens the air and neutralizes odors
  • deepens your spiritual connection
  • creates a spa like atmosphere
  • balances emotions and uplifts mood
  • supports the immune system
  • supports the respiratory system
  • soothes nerves and relieves occasional tension
  • and so much more!

My favorite essential oil diffuser:

Young Living offers many high quality essential oil diffusers. I diffuse my essential oils using the Young Living Home Diffuser (because this diffuser rocks and also because it came in the Premium Starter Kit). The Home Diffuser is a cold air diffuser. It combines a humidifier, air purifier, atomizer, and aromatherapy diffuser into one product that safely releases essential oils into the air. The Home Diffuser breaks the essential oils and water into millions of micro-particles, disperses them into the air, and activates the powerful plant constituents found in Young Living essential oils. The fine mist that comes out of the diffuser will actually sit in the air for hours, providing therapeutic benefits long after your diffuser has finished running!

How to use the Young Living Home Diffuser:

The Home Diffuser contains a water reservoir, which holds about 1/2 cup of water. Open the water reservoir by lifting the lid. Fill the reservoir to the fill line with room temperature distilled or purified water (distilled is preferred). Then add about 5-8 drops (adjust per your preference) of your favorite Young Living essential oil to the water (we usually use 5-6 drops). Replace the lid. Turn the diffuser on by pressing the button on the front of the diffuser (green light). Press the button again to put diffuser on the alternating 30 second on/off setting (red light). To turn the diffuser off, press the button a third time. To turn the ambient light off while running, simply press and hold the button for about 2 seconds until the LED light turns off. The diffuser will shut off automatically when out of water.

How often and how long should you diffuse essential oils?

I personally find it helpful to diffuse essential oils on a daily basis. My hubby and I usually run our diffuser until it runs out of water and it shuts off on its own. However, diffusing essential oils for even just 10 minutes, 3 times per day will support your health.

How do you know which essential oil you should diffuse for specific support?

Each essential oil offers its own set of benefits. You’ll definitely want to obtain a reference guide when you start using essential oils. A reference guide will tell you which oil to use for relaxing, energizing, etc. Here are a couple of places where you can buy reference guides.

Are you ready to start diffusing essential oils? Get your Home Diffuser, essential oils, just over $20.00 worth of oiling gifts, and access to Oil Moxie for support here!

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DIY Hand Soap with Young Living Essential Oils

DIY FOAMING HAND SOAP WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

Remember the Tips for Chemical Free Living blog post that I wrote last month? Well, I am proud to say that Scott and I have continued our bottle swapping journey. Most recently, I swapped our store bought hand soap for a DIY hand soap (made with my Young Living essential oils, of course). All of the ingredients in my homemade foaming hand soap get an “A” rating from the Environmental Working Group. An “A” rating means that the ingredient (or product) possess few/no known or suspected hazards to health or the environment. You gotta love that!

You Will Need:

  • 1 foaming hand soap dispenser (reuse an empty dispenser or you can buy one from Abundant Health)
  • 2 Tablespoons of castile soap (from Abundant Health)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin (from Abundant Health)
  • 10 drops of  your favorite Young Living essential oils (I like Purification essential oil because it comes in the Premium Starter Kit)

DIY Foaming Hand Soap Recipe:

  • Add 2 Tablespoons of castile soap, 2 teaspoons of vegetable glycerin, and 10 drops of your favorite Young Living  essential oil to your foaming hand soap dispenser. Fill the remainder of the bottle up with water, put the cap on, and ta-da!

Total Cost of Your DIY Foaming Hand Soap:

  • 1 foaming hand soap dispenser: $1.49. You can cut this cost if you have an empty bottle that you can reuse. If you do need to purchase a foaming soap dispenser, keep in mind that this is a one time purchase as you can refill it each time.
  • 2 Tablespoons of castile soap: $0.53
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin: $0.36
  • 10 drops of Young Living Purification essential oil: $0.75 (wholesale member cost).

—> First batch of foaming hand soap (if you need to purchase the dispenser) = $3.13

—> Refill batches of foaming hand soap (since you can reuse the dispenser) = $1.64

—> Did you know that you can make your own foaming hand soap for even less? Here’s how:

  • As a Young Living wholesale member, you can enroll in the Essential Rewards Program. The Essential Rewards program allows you to earn up to 20%  back, which you can cash in for free oils!

 Questions? Just ask! Want to get your own oils? Click here!

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