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Spring cleaning is quite different this year, due to a global pandemic where the new norm is face masks and social distancing. Faster than you can say spring break, we could be back to snow and winter temps in central Pennsylvania. And so, we were–it has snowed twice in the past few days!
Yet, as I was listening to the delightful airy melody of happy birds chirping away (unaware of what’s going on in the human realm), my rêverie was interrupted by the nagging thought that spring cleaning has taken on new meaning this year as cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper have become rare commodities during self-quarantine.
Now is a good time to declutter and get the sparkle & shine back in your home.
But, here’s the thing.
A few years ago, I realized just how toxic commercial cleaners are when the carpet in my office (at my 9-5 gig) was shampooed with nasty chemicals. When I returned the next morning, I was so lightheaded from the stench of chemical filth that I had to turn around and go home–that’s how sick it made me, no joke!
Oh, what to do?
Well, for starter’s, I am not doing my housecleaning this spring with chemical-laden carcinogenic concoctions. Nope, I am frequently scrubbing solid surfaces with nontoxic, natural plant-based products using Young Living’s Thieves Household Cleaner as a base. How would you like to up your game as well with a non-toxic spring cleaning routine?
To get you started, here are five DIY cleaning recipes that use Young Living’s Thieves Household Cleaner.
Oh, and because I’m happy that spring is here despite our collective enjoyment being somewhat restricted this year, I’m including a bonus recipe with the uplifting essential oils trio of lavender, lemon, and peppermint.
Here you go!
P.S. I refilled the bird feeder today–we have a lot of cardinals in our back yard depending on us.
5 Nontoxic DIY Spring Cleaning Recipes
- Multipurpose cleaner: One capful of Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner (YL THC) with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.
- Window cleaner: 1/8 teaspoon of YL THC mixed with two cups of water.
- Floor wash: One capful of YL THC with 4 cups of water. Optional: Mix in 1 tablespoon white vinegar.
- Heavy degreasing: One capful of YL THC mixed with one cup of water.
- Stain remover: Put one or two drops of YL THC directly on the stain. Rub with a brush. For stubborn stains on white fabric, add one drop of YL Lemon essential oil.
Not only are these spring cleaning potions nontoxic, but they also smell great!
Bonus: DIY Toilet Cleaning Bombs Recipe
Here’s one last spring cleaning secret for those of you who hate cleaning the toilet. Try this DIY toilet cleaning bomb recipe to blast away the germs.
1/2 cup of Citric Acid
1 1/2 cups of Baking Soda
30 drops of YL Lavender Essential Oil
30 drops of YL Lemon Essential Oils
30 drops of YL Peppermint Essential Oil
Add the citric acid and baking soda to a large bowl, then add your essential oils, whisk while adding.
Using a water spray bottle, add water slowly. Spray a little, stir a little. If you put your ear close to the bowl, you will be able to hear the mixture fizzing.
Continue adding water slowly until you can squeeze it a bit and it can be formed…kind of like playdough, but not as dense.
Press the mixture down into an ice cube tray. These will start to rise, and you will be able to hear them fizzing up.
Wait an hour, then use a gift card or something similar to scrape the excess off the top and fill another ice cube tray with the excess. This mixture is actually enough to fill 3-4 ice cube trays depending on their size.
Let these sit overnight. In the morning, pop out of the tray and store them in an airtight container.
Simply drop a toilet bomb into the toilet and watch the gunk dissolve. Close the toilet lid and let it sit for about 20-30 minutes. If you like, you can use a scrub brush and scrub the mixture around the toilet, or just flush and move on!
Your bathroom and toilet will smell fresh!
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P.P.S. I’m looking forward to a time when Contagion isn’t so popular on movie streaming services and definitely looking forward to when my sons are back in school!!