Hello! I’m so excited to share this guest post from my good friend Devin who blogs at Repeat Five Times. Devin shares how she uses essential oils to deep clean her home without the harmful effects of chemical cleaners. There are so many ways you can go green and clean with Young Living essential oils. Go here to get your Young Living Essential Oils starter kit and start using these amazing oils!
Sometime after the birth of my 3rd child, I decided I needed to take better care of my family and myself. I became mindful of the foods we ate, the medicines we took, and the products used throughout our home – including personal hygiene and cleaning products.
After my first child was born, I saw him crawling around on the floor then putting his hands and toys in his mouth. I thought about how he is touching the bleach remnants from the toys I just cleaned and the Pine Sol from the floor that I had just mopped. It made me cringe! So I got rid of the Pine Sol and purchased a steam mop to clean our floors. I still bleached the toys and I cringed every time he put the toys in his mouth.
When my second child was born, I started soaking all the toys in a hot vinegar bath instead of bleaching them. It wasn’t until I had my third child and in May of 2015 I was introduced to my new love – Young Living Essential Oils!
I heard about oils numerous times but thought they were a fad or a gimmick until a trusted friend of mine sat me down and discussed the many benefits of essential oils. I realized that essential oils were the solution I was searching for to keep our home clean without all the harsh chemicals (and without the constant smell of vinegar)!
Here are my favorite Young Living Essential Oils that I use to clean our home:
Thieves oil is one of my favorite oils that Young Living produces. I use it for EVERYTHING! Thieves is a blend of several oils and these make up this awesomeness that has antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, and anti-infectious properties. Thieves oil is inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals used while robbing the dead and dying, Thieves is one of Young Living’s most popular products.
Here are few uses for Thieves that I use in our home:
- Cleaning toys
- Cleaning floors – I don’t cringe when my 15 month old crawls around on the floor, or picks up a piece of food off the floor and eats it now (gasp!)
- Use in laundry – gives clothes an extra boost of freshness
- Feed your lawn/plants – See below for more details
- Wash Dishes – Young Living also makes a Thieves Cleaner that you can buy by the jug and just mix with some water
- Anti-bacterial hand wash replacement – clean your hands, shopping carts, door knobs, etc with the Thieves spray
I live in Sunny Southern California and currently we are in a drought with major water restrictions in place. Thus, our yard is pretty brown. My husband and I decided to turn our laundry water into gray water so that we can water our front slope with it. I make my own laundry soap using Dr. Bonners Pure Castile Soap, washing soda, baking soda, citric acid, coarse salt and of course my Essential Oils. The water is completely non-toxic and safe to use in our yard and does not kill our plants, or bother our dog.
Thieves isn’t the only great cleaning essential oil, though it is a must have…
Lemon oil is awesome for cleaning and the smell of the Theives and Lemon oils together produces a wonderful aromatic clean and fresh scent.
Lemon is also great for:
- Polishing wood furniture, cabinets, etc – mix Lemon essential oil with olive oil and you have the best furniture polish ever!
- Add any citrus essential oil to your non-toxic cleaning regimen to give an extra boost of cleanliness and a great scent
There are many different oils you can add just to change scents but I can’t end without mentioning Purification Oil. It’s exactly what the name is: it cleans and disinfects.
A few other uses for Purification oil:
- Use in a Young Living oil diffuser to disinfect the air and neutralize odors
- Promote the healing of wounds
Where to Buy Young Living Essential Oils
You can snag your oils here. I suggest getting the Premium Starter Kit because it comes with the diffuser, 11 different oils, including Thieves, Lemon, and Purification! Make sure to sign up as “Member” so that you can take advantage of the 24% discount (it’s free to sign up!). Young Living runs monthly promos and what awesome timing because Thieves cleaner is in this month’s promotion! Grab your kit here, and take the first step to green cleaning and better health!
There are so many ways you can clean with essential oils. It’s such a great way to eliminate harsh chemicals from your home. Who wouldn’t want to walk into a home freshly cleaned with essential oils instead of harsh chemicals? The smell is a great reason, your health and the health of your family is an even better reason!
Devin is a stay-at-home-mom with 5 kids in Southern California. She has learned how to incorporate the use of Young Living Essential Oils in her daily life to help keep her family healthy and happy. She loves sharing her love of oils and guiding new members through the many uses of essential oils. To connect with Devin, please email Devin.S.Spies@gmail.com.
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