Natural Cleaning Products

Everyone Must Clean

We clean and very soon we clean again. There are lots of chemicals that help us clean but what are they doing to our bodies and environment as we use them?

What did people do before chemical cleaning products, did they just live with dirty things? I don’t think so.

Today we will find some good natural alternatives to chemical cleansers.

Essential Oils

Some essential oils work as great natural cleansers. Fortunately we don’t have to discover what works and what doesn’t for ourselves as someone has done that for us.

Young Living is a company that grows, distills and formulates genuine essential oil products. They have a product line called Thieves that has a nice variety of all natural cleaning products.

 

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Thieves Household Cleanser

thieves-cleaner-ylwebsite-large-with-shadowThis is a great overall cleanser that is safe to use. There are four ingredients that I wasn’t familiar with so I had to do a little research.

Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate – This sounds scary but is really not. This is a mild, non-drying cleanser made from coconut.

Alkyl Polyglucoside is made from sugars and fatty alcohols.

Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate is another mild cleansing agent similar to sodium methyl 2-sulfolaurate

Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate is a vegetable based ingredient is commonly used as a chelating agent in personal care products. It is not a toxic chemical.

The rest of the ingredients is a proprietary blend of essential oils known as Thieves oil. This blend includes clove bud oil, lemon peel oil, cinnamon bark oil, eucalyptus leaf oil, and rosemary leaf oil and lemon peel oil.

Thieves Spray

This is a spray that is made with pure grain alcohol, deionized water, Thieves® essential oil blend, fractionated coconut oil and soy lecithin.

Eucalyptus oil is great for cleaning combs and brushes. Just mix 1½ cups water, ½ cup distilled white vinegar, and 20 drops of one of these oils together in a container and soak the combs and brushes for about 20 minutes. Rinse them with water and leave them to dry.

Tea-tree oil is great for scuffed floors. Just apply a 2 to 4 drops of oil to the spots and rub in distilled white vinegar. You can also use 2 teaspoons tea-tree oil and 2 cups water in a spray bottle to clean toilets.

Orange oil is great at removing gum encrusted items from various materials. Apply with a cotton ball.

Lemon oil is great for shower doors. Wipe glass doors with a few drops of lemon oil twice a month. It will protect them from grime buildup.

Lavender or lemongrass oil is great for cleaning windows. Use a mixture of 2 ounces water and 10 drops of either oil. These oils may repel flies.

Other Natural Cleansers

Liquid Castile Soap is a gentle plant-based soap that is great for loosening dirt and grime from surfaces. This can be used for floors, marble counter tops, sinks, showers and ceramic tile among other things.

Borax is a white mineral found in some alkaline salt deposits, used in making glass and ceramics, as a metallurgical flux, and as an antiseptic. This is one of the ingredients in the Happy Healthy Living laundry soap and can be used for a variety of cleaning projects. It also is quite alkaline and kills mold and fungus.

Vinegar is a great cleanser and is used often for cleaning tarnished items, soap scum and mineral deposits in coffee makers, drains, floors, glassware and more. Distilled white vinegar can help inhibit the growth of mold, mildew, and some bacteria.

Baking Soda is another very common natural cleanser. Use baking soda when you need an abrasive cleanser. Common applications are the cleaning of garage floors, garden tools, stove burner grates, deodorizer for refrigerator and upholstery, and scuffed walls just to name a few.

Salt can be used as a cleanser. Table salt is great for absorbing spills like wine on the carpet, oven spills and excess grease in pots and pans.

Conclusion

As you can see there are many natural alternatives to harsh chemical cleansers that are inexpensive and have a variety of uses. We would love to hear what you like to use as a natural cleaning product. Please leave your comments below and connect with us on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

Peppermint Essential Oil Applications

What is Peppermint Essential Oil Good For

essential oilsPeppermint essential oil is one of the most highly regarded oils for supporting digestion, fever relief, pain from injuries and headaches.

Here are some ways to use peppermint essential oils.

Digestion — Rub 4-6 drops in the palm and rub over stomach and around the navel to relieve indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea. Add a drop of Peppermint oil to herbal tea to aid in digestion and relieve heartburn. Fever – Place a drop of peppermint on the back of your neck and a few drops on the bottom of each foot and then breathe in the remaining oil on your hands. Injury – Massage several drops of Peppermint oil on the area of injury to reduce inflammation. Apply Peppermint oil immediately to an injured area (bruised shin, hit on the foot or hand) to relieve pain. If there is a cut, apply the Peppermint oil around (not on) the open wound. Headache – To relieve a headache rub a drop of Peppermint oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (stay away from the eyes) and on the back of the neck. Read more

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Lavender – The Natural Sleep Aid

Lavender Essential Oil

lavender essential oil usesLavender is considered the most universal of all essential oils. With its fresh, floral scent, therapeutic-grade lavender oil is highly regarded as a skin and beauty tonic. Is it helpful for facial blemishes and can also be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. Lavender helps the body relax and helps you to sleep when rubbed on the bottoms of the feet or inhaled at bedtime. It can also help relieve sore muscles and muscle spasms. Perhaps ancient peoples intuitively knew what researchers are finding out about lavender, that it calms anxiety and provides natural stress relief. Lavender has a long list of medicinal properties, making it a natural health superstar.

Lavender and Relaxation

Using pure therapeutic-grade lavender oil may help with your sleep and mood, and it also may have a wide range of additional health benefits. In fact, one recent study discovered that the scent of lavender increases the time you spend in deep (slow wave) sleep, though the effects were stronger for women than for men.

One study done at Britain’s University of Southampton where researchers tracked the sleep patterns of ten adults, showed that the participants ranked the quality of their sleep 20% better on average when in a lavender-scented room as opposed to the room with a placebo – sweet almond oil.

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Lavender and Your Health

Throughout history, people have turned to lavender for all kinds of ailments including acne treatment, skin disorders, digestive complaints, pain relief, and to prevent and treat infections. Scientists are beginning to understand the synergistic effects of lavender on the body and they have discovered lavender oil has anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Lavender has also been shown to reduce the progression of candida albicans and may be an effective treatment for other infections. In combination with other oils, lavender was found to slow the growth of breast cancer tumors in mice.

Aromatherapists feel that lavender essential oil is the most versatile because of its many healing properties and considers it one of the best essential oils to have on hand.

“My son had problems for years being able to fall asleep. He would lay there for hours it seemed. He had gotten into the habit of taking something over the counter before bedtime each night. He is 21 yrs old with a mind of his own, and I was really worried. One day, I asked him if I could put Lavender on the bottom of his feet at bedtime and he agreed. He slept like a baby and now he uses it every night. He no longer takes anything else!”

Regina Danley

Check out this essential oil guide.

Common Lavender Uses:

  • Pain relief
  • Headaches – including migraines – and muscle aches and sprains
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Relaxation and sleep
  • Burns
  • Acne
  • Insect bites, Dry skin, and as a deodorant
  • Muscle relaxant
  • Rub several drops of Lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.
  • Place a few drops of Lavender oil on a cotton ball and place in your linen closet to scent the linens and repel moths and insects.
  • Place a drop of Lavender oil in your water fountain to scent the air, kill bacteria and prolong the time between cleanings.
  • Place a few drops of Lavender oil on a wet cloth and throw into the dryer, which will deodorize and freshen your laundry.
  • Put a drop of Lavender oil on a cold sore.
  • Diffuse Lavender oil to alleviate the symptoms of allergies.
  • Spritz several drops of Lavender oil mixed with distilled water on a sunburn to decrease pain.
  • Drop Lavender oil on a cut to clean the wound and kill bacteria.
  • Apply 2-3 drops of Lavender oil to a rash to stop the itching and heal the skin.

 

Lavender Lemonade

Here is a wonderful lavender lemonade recipe:

  • 7 lemons, peeled and juiced
  • 2 limes, peeled and juiced
  • 1 drop pure, therapeutic-grade lavender oil
  • 14 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cup Blue Agave

Mix all ingredients together and chill. Add more water or Blue Agave, depending on the size and tartness of the fruit. Be careful that you don’t add more than a drop of lavender oil so that it does not overpower your lemonade. Enjoy!

As you can see lavender essential oil has a wide range of uses and should be a part of your natural medicine cabinet. Make sure you get 100% pure oil to get the best results.

 

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