when I first started ordering from Young Living in September 1998, we just had essential oils and maybe a handful of oil-infused products. We didn’t have any NingXia Red, or Thieves, and our range of essential oils was extensive….but not as huge as it is today.
But as Young Living released more and more oil-infused products, my passion for the oils extended into these products. I’ve always sourced low-tox household products….but there’s something extra special about the ones that Young Living makes available to us, and that’s the high vibration oils that go into them.
I know you’ll agree with me that there’s a huge difference between spraying your benches with a regular low-tox product, versus a Thieves Household Cleaner spray with extra essential oils thrown in. It just lifts our own frequency and the frequency of our home with every breath we take.
So with Spring upon us in the southern hemisphere and Autumn in the north, let’s turn our attention to that annual “spring clean”.
Today’s bulletin includes some fabulous tips and tricks from our Young Living community, to help you embrace your inner neat freak and purify your home with effective, natural solutions.
So while you purge the clutter in your life, you can also kick those harsh chemicals to the curb!
So now it’s time to throw the windows open and try these natural spring-cleaning tips to freshen your home and breathe new life into your spaces:
DIY Pet Stain & Odour Remover
Ali S. writes:
The other day I saw an advert for a pet freshener. It said it was natural and safe for pets! Out of interest I did some research, only to find it had petrochemicals, fragrances and other skin irritating ingredients in it.
Then I looked at a common well-know laundry liquid that people use to wash pet beds and blankets. Yep, petrochemicals, sulphates, perfume (synthetic fragrances), and the list goes on! The chemicals in these things are crazy.
Our fur babies are so sensitive & many of these known harmful ingredients make them sick over time. The next time you need to purchase a cleaner, freshener, laundry liquid… do yourself a favour & swap it out for some of our amazing Young Living products – all safe & healthy for you and your fur babies!
Here’s a great Pet Stain and Odor Remover…and the best thing is that it’s all NATURAL!!!
- 2 cups of apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tsp of salt
- 15 drops of Lemon oil
- 5 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata oil
- 5 drops of Purification oil
- 2 cups of baking soda (aka Bicarb of Soda). This is optional, for tough or already dried stains.
- Add the essential oils to the salt and mix well.
- In a spray bottle, combine the salt mixture, apple cider vinegar and water. Mix thoroughly until salt has dissolved.
- Blot the area to remove excess moisture.
- Shake the bottle well, then spray area until wet.
- Let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Using an old towel or cloth, soak up the mixture by blotting it until moisture has gone. Don’t apply heat as this causes unwanted odours!
I’ve also added these oils into a jar of baking soda & mixed well… sprinkle on stains, leave for an hour then vacuum up. Enjoy!
DIY Dishwasing Tablets
Wendy J. writes:
These fabulous D.I.Y. Dishwashing Tablets also make great ‘toilet-bombs’. Toss one in the bowl and watch it fizz and bubble! Swish with a cleaning brush and flush!
- 1 cup of baking soda (Bicarb of Soda)
- ½ cup of fine sea salt
- ¼ cup of citric acid
- 5 drops of Lemon or Jade Lemon oil
- ½ – 1 tbsp Thieves Household Cleaner (in ½ tsp increments)
Note: Keep adding Thieves concentrate in ½ tsp increments, until you’ve added approximately 1 tablespoon OR until the mixture holds together loosely when squeezed in your hand. Too much liquid makes them fluff up too much!!!
- In a glass or stainless steel mixing bowl, measure and mix all ingredients just until moistened.
- Press into a silicon ice cube tray.
- Let sit to dry overnight.
- Carefully pop your dish tabs out of the ice cube tray and store in a container.
- Use as you would commercial dishwasher tabs – add to your dishwasher for any cycle.
Natural Fabric Softener
Trish B. writes:
I love soft towels and this DIY Fabric Softener works SO well! I usually have 3 loads of towels a day due to my Wellness Clinic, so this affordable and natural alternative is amazing for me!
- 2 cups of white vinegar
- 2 cups of water
- 1/8 cup of vegetable glycerin
- 10 – 20 drops of your favourite essential oils (I use Young Living’s Lavender and Eucalyptus oils)
1. Combine white vinegar, water and glycerin in a glass jar.
2. Add essential oils and stir or shake to combine. My favourite homemade laundry scent combinations are:
- 10 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata + 5 drops of Lavender
- 8 drops of Ylang Ylang + 8 drops of Jasmine
How to use:
Add 1/3 of a cup to the final rinse cycle or use fabric softener dispenser. Enjoy!
Thieves Hand Wipes
Franczesca M. writes:
I always wanted to have something non-toxic to clean my hands after filling my car with diesel. The box has to be portable and fit in the console, so it’s there when needed. This will also allow me to wipe down the steering wheel, gear stick, hand brake and dashboard – removing all the dust and still smelling gorgeous! These can also be used around the home.
To make these Thieves Hand Wipes, you’ll need one whole roll of paper towel. Separate the paper towel into double segments (ie. 2 portions of paper towel), folded into quarters.
- Approximately 1½ cups of distilled water
- 1 cap of Thieves Household Cleaner
- 4 drops of Lemongrass oil
Mix all liquids together and pour over your folded paper towel!
Oven Rack Bombs
Sam D. writes:
As usual I’m playing in the kitchen (my happy place). I DETEST cleaning oven racks, so I thought I might have a little play. These are amazing!
- 3 cups of citric acid
- 2 cups of baking soda (Bicarb of Soda)
- 5 drops of Lemon oil
- 7 drops of Orange oil
- ¾ cap of Thieves Household Cleaner (426ml bottle)
- Mix Thieves Cleaner, baking soda and essential oils together. I just use my hands to do this.
- Add citric acid then mix again.
- Place into any form of mould. I just used bath bomb moulds. Let dry for approximately 24 hours before storing.
I added 4 of these bombs to my kitchen sink with warm water and let soak for about 30 minutes. Very little elbow grease required.
You can halve the recipe if you want. I like to make a full batch, because I have 3 ovens and I bake a lot!
DIY Furniture Polish
Marta L. writes:
A few weeks ago we purchased a beautiful second hand bookshelf which was delivered freshly polished with a so-called ‘Cedar polish’, which is practically petroleum and it was smelling so badly we had to leave the bookshelf outside the house. I was out of my mind!
I asked for help and got this recipe from Fazette C. for cleaning wood furniture:
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- 10 drops of essential oil (choose from Lemon, Cedarwood, Orange, Lavender or Pine)
Put in a spray bottle, spray on your furniture, then use a microfibre cloth to wipe down.
Today we have a perfect bookshelf with zero smell, and it is giving us a joyful vibe whenever we look at it!
Remedy for Stinky Shoes
Catherine W. writes:
- 8 heaped teaspoons of baking soda (Bicarb of soda)
- 5 drops of Purification essential oil
1. Mix together in a bowl and pour into a shaker (this salt shaker holds the quantity above)
2. Shake into shoes, leave overnight and either shake out or vacuum out the next day.
Kayla N. writes:
Words can’t express how happy I am to use a non-toxic bleach that actually works but is completely safe. Over time using harsh chemicals such as bleach takes the enamel off the bathtub, and things tend to stain it a lot easier.
Also, I’m not a fan of bathing in bleach and it’s a big job to rinse bleach completely off anything, so I feel really happy to use this and know that any residual left over on the bath is actually safe and not something I ever have to worry about! Never in my life would I have thought that what we clean our homes with can actually support our bodies!
- 500 ml glass spray bottle
- 400 ml hydrogen peroxide
- 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
- About 6 lemons juiced or 10 drops of Lemon oil
Chemical Free Soft Scrub
Kylie B. writes:
People are so clever when it comes to DIY. Check this out! A crossline member posted this awesome oily hack…thanks Ashley M.
She repurposed a dish soap bottle to hold her soft scrub and make it easy to apply!
Fill approximately 1/3 of the container with unscented liquid Castile soap. Add 1/3 cup of baking soda (Bicarb of Soda) and 3 caps of Thieves Household Cleaner, and fill with water.
*Optional: you can add whatever essential oils you like, such as Tea Tree, Purification, Thieves, Citrus Fresh… whatever scent you prefer in the bathroom!!
Christine M. writes:
I make my own toilet deodoriser these days! It works a treat and NO chemicals used!
To an empty deodoriser, I simply add ½ cap of Thieves Household Cleaner and a few drops of Blue Food Colouring….voila!!!
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