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Ashley’s Tue. Scents

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Happy Tuesday to you!

I recently read an article that I just felt the need to share with you.  In this article http://www.freedomyou.com/cleaning_products_and_my_health_freedomyou.aspx the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) reported that a 5 year study concluded that America’s worst air pollution is found inside our homes.

Many homes showed chemical levels 70 times higher than that of outside air!

Wow that is just crazy to me but the more I read, the more I become aware of all the toxins we use daily in our home; many of them before we head out the door in the morning!

So you have these essential oils. You’ve heard so many great things about them. You bought them. You look at them often. You use them occasionally. But really you have no idea the power of these little bottles of oil that you possess!

Well I’m going to give you some great ideas on how to put them to use. Let’s discuss some simple changes that done consistently over time will make a huge impact on you and the ones you love!

If you read the article then you know some of the common items we use daily that are giving off some major toxins in our homes.

A big part of my journey with essential oils is learning to use them to reduce the amount of toxins in our home. This is a process no doubt. It can feel overwhelming at times.  Several of my friends encouraged me to just pick one thing a month to swap out with a more natural, DIY product that I already have all the supplies to make.

Pretty amazing to look at the big changes we have made and without feeling overwhelmed at all.

Bonus: they have turned out to be more cost effective too!

Here are some ideas for reducing toxins in your home by using alternatives to the cleaning products mentioned in the article:

Dishwashing Detergent:

I use wellnessmama.com often for many recipes I try and have come to love from cooking recipes to making personal care products. Check it out her alternative DIY dishwashing detergent recipe here http://wellnessmama.com/12217/homemade-dishwasher-detergent/

Or if you aren’t up for DIY, she gives her review and choices for natural dishwasher detergent options here http://wellnessmama.com/2592/dishwasher-detergent-options/

Air Fresheners:

My first choice for an air freshener is using my diffuser with my favorite choice of oils. Some of my favorites are Purification and Orange, Lemon & Thieves or just plain Lemongrass.  Try some of your own recipes or you can also search Google images for young living diffuser recipes for inspiration!

If you are a DIYer, grab a 4 oz spray bottle and add 1 oz Vodka, 7-10 drops of choice essential oils. Combine & shake then fill rest of bottle with distilled water! Try Lemon & Lime or Peppermint & Lemon or your own creation! Use to freshen up linens, bedding or to scent the air.

Tub and Tile Cleaners:

First I’ll give a shout out to my friend Crystal Wehr that swears by using simply baking soda and a capful of Thieves Household Cleaner! How easy is that? Use about a tablespoon of baking soda or enough so that the mixture is thick and gritty. Apply and let sit about 5-10 minutes and then use a scrubber.  I recently tried and think it works great!

Haven’t tried Young Livings Thieves Household Cleaner yet?! What are you waiting for? Check it out here https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/home/natural-cleaning/thieves-household-cleaner

Here’s another idea for cleaning tub and tile I found! http://moneysavingmom.com/2013/04/homemade-tub-tile-cleaner.html

Laundry Soap:

This year at the Young Living International Convention they introduced Thieves Laundry Soap and I actually love it! It can be used in all types of washers including HE. Each bottle washes 64 loads. I really like smell of it and feel great about using it. Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

But if you are into DIY here’s a simple recipe to try!

http://www.diynatural.com/homemade-laundry-detergent-soap/

Fabric Softeners/ Dryer Sheets:

I personally don’t really use fabric softeners. For some reason I just never felt the need. I was more of a dryer sheet girl. But if you are interested in fabric softeners here is a great website to check out! http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2013/03/13/green-thrifty-cleaning-products/ She even includes a printable cheat sheet to have on hand to make several natural products, including fabric softener.

Several months back I decided to quit using dryer sheets and start using wool dryer balls instead. I like adding essential oils to mine to make our clothes smell so fresh and so clean! I will say I miss dryer sheets, well mainly my clothes being completely static free but I do feel better about putting clothes on my kids now and I noticed if I can get the clothes out of the dryer before they are over dried then I have better luck with static. I just got this recipe from a friend for DIY dryer sheets and I cannot wait to try so I thought I’d share! http://viewfromthefridge.com/homemade-dryer-sheets/

Well I sure do hope this has helped you get some ideas on how to get some toxins out of your homes or at least opened your eyes to all the toxins in our lives. Clearly I am not an expert in this area but there are so many people out there sharing their recipes, ideas and experiences with us so we might as well take advantage of all the work they’ve already saved us!

Join me next month to get some fun DIY Christmas gift ideas!

Stay oily and be blessed,

Ashley

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