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.

 

 

 

 

Alkaline Water For Health

Water is Good

healthy waterI am a firm believer in water consumption for health. The human body is made up of  57% to 60% water so it makes sense that we need to drink a lot of it to stay healthy, but is all water the same? I have found out that there are better types of water for better healthy living.

Your average tap water is okay if that is all you can get. The water sources for US cities are regulated and conform to standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency so it won’t make you sick but there are a few things that are questionable, like the industrial wastes hydrofluorosilicic acid, sodium fluorosilicate, and sodium fluoride that many cities add to their water. If you are exposed to too much of these they cause nasty things to happen in your body.

Lately I have noticed that the popularity of different types of water has risen as people are more interested in their health. I will explain a few of them here. Read more

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

Manifesting Your Life

manifesting-1-2-3I recently had the opportunity to meet Ken Elliott who is the author of a little book called Manifesting 1-2-3. He talked about his book and offered his personal stories to the group. Manifesting my future is one of the things that I have been interested in for a long time and this book gave me some new insight about it.

I have read many books like Wayne Dyer’s book The Power of Intention, Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don’t by Michael J. Losier listened to the audio book Notes From the Universe: New Perspectives From an Old Friend, seen the movie The Secret many times and attempt to surround myself with good intention and positive thoughts.

The main technique that I learned from this book was to build what Ken describes as a movie in your mind. Make it your personal movie of the perfect future with scenes that relate to each part of your life that you want to improve. See that future in your mind, feel the emotions and fully engage your mind in your perfect life. Read more

Happy Healthy New Year

New Year Restart

The first of each year is a good time to reset and restart the way I think. My goals are to follow the advice of this website happy healthy living with a new diet, attitude and workout routine. Read more

How To Reduce Stress Naturally

Stress in Our World

Generally we are a highly stressed society. According to the American Psychological Association, American Institute of Stress, NY, the following statistics are common in the United States. Read more

Fairness Experiment

This is an interesting video about fairness. From a TED talk by Frans de Waal, a primatologist, ethologist, and professor of primate behavior at Emory University.