Non-Toxic Cleaning

I live in a tiny house and I can have it “clean” by 10 am, “clean-clean” by noon, and “Mennonite clean” by 3:00 pm.  LOL!  That’s been the running joke around here for quite some time!  My Austrian says I need to add “guy clean” into that mix somewhere, lol!  I make and use my own cleaning products and enjoy the happy healthy fragrance of a healthy non-toxic environment and you can also – and it’s surprisingly easy.  I had a pretty good shock the other day when I downloaded an app to my cell phone and started looking up various cleaners that I’ve used over the years.

Common household cleaners:

toxin level on a scale of 1-10, ten being the most toxic

Clorox Cleaner with Bleach: 9     Clorox Formula 409: 9

Lysol All Purpose Cleaner: 9     Lysol Disinfectant Spray: 9

Febreze Air Effects: 9     Glade Air Freshener: 9

Windex Original Glass Cleaner: 9     Easy Off Oven Cleaner: 9

Download the “Think Dirty” App (YAY – it’s FREE!) and look up your favorite cleaning products to find out how toxic they are.  I apologize in advance for how upsetting and annoying this is.  I found myself really angry that companies would disregard the health of my family by putting these products out there.  The best part is – not that I know?  I can avoid them from here on out!  (And enjoy the health benefits of having them out of my life!)  Especially if you are using these cleaners around children, STOP!  No worries, no angst, just start fresh.  Ditch all that stuff!  I’ve got some much better options right here, and they are surprisingly simple to make.  And if you just don’t have the time to do much shopping or making this and that – then just go check out Thieves Household Cleaner.

Recipes for Homemade Non-Toxic Household Cleaners

Make small batches of cleaner, and rotate which oils you use to avoid contact sensitization.  PLUS – you get to enjoy a different scent each time you make a new batch.  Hint: write down these recipes and post on the inside of a kitchen cabinet door so that it’s always handy.

Here are some cleaner essential oil combinations that can be used with any of the recipes below:


Garden Fresh

Garden Fresh: 5 drops Lemon, 5 drops Peppermint, 5 drops Lavender

Woodsy: 5 drops Eucalyptus, 5 drops Idaho Balsam Fir, 5 drops Cedarwood

Bright: 5 drops Lemon, 7 drops lemongrass, 3 drops Patchouli

Minty: 5 drops Spearmint, 5 drops Peppermint, 3 drops Frankincense

Festive: 6 drops Orange, 4 drops Cinnamon Bark, 5 drops Frankincense


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Simple Clean:

1 cup distilled water (use tap water when you intend to use all the solution in 2 weeks)

1 teaspoon rubbing alcohol (to make the water and oil emulsify – may omit)

15 drops of the essential oil or blend of your choice.

Combine in a spray bottle. Shake sprayer, saturate surface, then wipe with dry clean cloth.

All Purpose Clean:

1 cup distilled water

2 T to ¼ cup castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s) depending on how soapy you like it.

15 drops of the essential oil or blend of your choice.

Combine in a spray bottle.

Shake sprayer gently and wipe with a damp cloth, otherwise the castile soap will leave a soapy residue.

Vinegar Clean:

1/2 cup distilled water

1/2 cup white distilled vinegar

½ juiced lemon

15 drops of the essential oil or blend of your choice.

Combine in a spray bottle.  You may want to keep this one in the refrigerator because of the lemon juice.

Vinegar cleaner and citrus oils not for use on stone counter tops.

Thieves Household Cleaner:

1 teaspoon (1 cap full) Thieves Household Cleaner (an essential oil based non-toxic cleaning product) + two cups of water in a spray bottle. No additional essential oils required. More recipes using Thieves Household Cleaner.  You might notice that this is the simplest of all these recipes and doesn’t require a vast collection of essential oils. 

It’s always a good idea to test a new cleaner in a hidden area to make sure it doesn’t damage the item in question.  I’ve never had any problems, but do it just to be safe. 

HolidayUse as a dusting spray, carpet spot cleaner, toilet cleaner, kitchen counter spray, bathroom cleaning spray, daily shower cleaner, grout cleaner, mold remover, garden pest control, pet odor remover, floor cleaner, air freshening spray, stain spray/stain stick in the laundry, and as a bleach replacement. In short, this spray will banish the ICK from every area of your home including exercise equipment, toys, diaper pail, high chair, baseboards, pet areas, furniture, door knobs, walls, tires, luggage, car tires, and car interior.

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A VERY valuable and sought after oil. Frankincense was valued more than gold during ancient times, and only those with great wealth and abundance possessed it. It is mentioned in one of the oldest known medical records called the Ebers Papyrus (dating from sixteenth century B.C.) with an ancient Egyptian list of 877 prescriptions and recipes. The distillation process takes 2 weeks and a frankincense tree cannot be tapped into unless it is at least 40 years old. Young Living has a frankincense and myrrh tree farm in Oman.

Frankincense is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East, where it has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. More recently, it has been used in European and American hospitals and is the subject of substantial research.

• Frankincense is also a valuable ingredient in skin care products for aging and dry skin. The ancient Egyptians used it in rejuvenation face masks.

• Why is Frankincense so helpful for emotions? Frankincense is high in sesquiterpenes. They act on the pineal gland, which is the gland considered the seat of emotions. Remember, research shows that when inhaling the pure constituents in these oils, can stimulate the olfactory receptors and activate regions in the brain’s limbic system associated with memory, emotion, and state of mind.

• Frankincense has a visual tightening effect on the skin and may benefit older, more mature skin.

• Slows signs of aging on the skin, such as liver spots

• When used on a regular basis topically and internally, can aid in maintaining normal cellular regeneration.

• Frankincense trees grow out of polished marble rocks, without soil.

• Frankincense is as versatile as Lavender


Thank you Young Living Dream Team!


This powerful essential oil with the funny name (pronounced “Ko-pah-ee-bah”) from South America has traditionally been used to support the body’s natural response to injury or irritation.

Copaiba contains the highest amounts of beta caryophyllene of any known essential oil. Why is that a big deal? Beta-caryophyllene has been extensively studied for its ability to modulate the the body’s response to irritation. It is an amazing natural substance.

Copaiba is known as a magnifier (driver). Any time you use Copaiba with another essential oil, it will have the effect of magnifying the properties of that oil. Isn’t that incredible? This can enable you to use less of another more expensive oil or get larger benefits from a different oil that you are using.  Diffuse for a sense of grounding and security.


Thank you Young Living Dream Team!


Is called the “Swiss Army knife” of oils. Lavender is one of history’s most celebrated and versatile essential oils. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Young Living’s Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. The French scientist René Gattefossé was among the first to discover these properties when he was severely burned in a laboratory explosion.

The many plant constituents in lavender essential oil contribute to a vast range of usage. Today, we use lavender to cleanse, support normal sleep, ease occasional depressed moods, soothe sun-exposed skin, as a tea, and to reduce stress.

• Lavender oil is one of the safest essential oils and can be applied undiluted to the skin. The benefits of lavender essential oil are limitless, and modern research will continue to yield new and exciting uses for this amazing plant.

• It takes 170-250 lbs. of lavender plant material to make just 1 lb. of Lavender oil.

• Lavender may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods.


Thank you Young Living Dream Team!

Primary Benefits:

• Balances normal body functions*

• Supports normal sleep*

• Cleanses skin irritations*

• Soothes and relaxes the mind and body*

• Eases bodily tension and stress*

• Helps seasonal irritants

• Ease occasional depressed moods

• Soothe sun exposed skin

• Cleanse common cuts, scrapes, and bug bites

Happy Essential Oil Science:

If you love research like I do, you’ll love these!

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Study suggests aromatherapy massage can be considered by clinical nurses an efficient therapy for alleviating anxiety and depression among older women suffering from acute coronary syndrome

  Study suggest essential Oil Lavender has a potential to be used as an antibacterial agent against pathogenic bacteria isolated from pet turtles.

Study suggests that lavender essential oil might be used as broad-spectrum anti-microbial agents for decontaminating an indoor environment.