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Cleaning Recipes

Thieves Household Cleaner

This cleaner concentrate can be diluted for use on every surface of your house. Some of its most favorite uses and dilutions are:

  • All-purpose cleaner: Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner and 2–3 cups water

  • Degreaser: Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner and 2 cups water. For heavy cleaning, use half or quarter the amount of water. If necessary, use a cloth to apply Thieves Household Cleaner undiluted. After cleaning, wipe the area with a cloth dampened with water.

  • Glass and mirror cleaner: Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner, 5 drops Citrus Fresh™ essential oil blend, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, and 3 cups water

*More Thieves Products: Dish Soap, Fruit & Veggie Wash, Laundry Soap, Wipes

Laundry

Throw out those dryer sheets!!

Dryer sheets are full of nasty chemicals and artificial fragrances that are harmful to your respiratory system and your skin! Wool dryer balls are the best alternative. If you like an additional scent, add a few drops of Essential Oils to the balls before running the dryer. Give the oils a few minutes to soak in before adding to the dryer. A few tips for use… only dry your clothes on Medium heat, the high heat settings tend to create lots of static. And try to dry for the shortest time needed. It will not only save on your energy bill, it will help lengthen the life of your clothes. These are a great option: Smart Sheep Wool Dryer Balls.

Carpet Refresher

1 cup baking soda (used in thirds)

20 drops YL Lavender essential oil, or other essential oil of choice

Add 1/3 cup baking soda to a glass jar, and top with 5 drops of Lavender.

Fill the jar with another 1/3 cup baking soda and top with 10 more drops of Lavender.

Add remaining baking soda and another 5 drops of Lavender. Shake it up and sprinkle on the carpets.

Wait 10-15 minutes (or more) before vacuuming it all up! 

Stain Remover Stick

Combine 1 capful Thieves Cleaner

6 cups of water

Freshen It Up Spray (Mock Febreeze)

1 cup water

1 tbsp. baking soda

15 drops YL Purification, or other essential oil of choice

Mix all ingredients together in an 8 oz. or larger spray bottle.

Shake it up (and again before every use).

Use as you would Febreeze. 

Dusting Spray

16 oz. glass spray bottle  

1 1/2 cups distilled water

1/2 cup white vinegar

2 tbsp olive oil 20 drops YL Lemon essential oil

Add everything to the bottle, pop the lid on and give it a shake.

Spray on rag and dust away.

Kitchen Clean-up

Fridge Deodorizer

2 ½ cups baking soda

½-1 cup water, add slowly 15 drops of Purification essential oil Combine baking soda and essential oils thoroughly then add water just a little at a time until it resembles crumbly, wet sand.

Press into molds, that hold about a quarter to half a cup in volume. Hand soap silicone molds are a great option. You can make them whatever shape or size you want, but this size I think is perfect for the job and will last a good month.

Remove from mold and let harden (about 48 hours) before popping them into the back of the fridge. Store the others in a mason jar for the future and just swap out when you want a stronger scent, about once a month.

Other yummy fridge scents: Lemon-Peppermint-Lavender, Stress Away, OrangeLavender, Tangerine-Juniper

Wood Floor Cleaner

Option A: 5 drops YL citrus essential oil (Orange, Lemon or Citrus Fresh are great choices)

2 capfuls Thieves All Purpose Cleaner

1 cup olive oil

1 gallon warm water Option

B: 20 drops YL citrus essential oil

2 cups water

1 cup white vinegar

½ cup of olive oil

For either option: combine, clean and shine! 

Hand Sanitizer

Water Witch hazel (Thayers is a good option)

1 tsp. fractionated coconut oil OR Vitamin E oil (optional, but helps moisturize dry hands)

15 drops YL Thieves essential oil

5 drops YL Lemon essential oil

1. Fill a 2-oz. glass bottle halfway with water 2. Add the fractionated coconut oil or the vitamin E oil 3. Add the essential oils 4. Top off with witch hazel 5. Spray! (Shake before each use to disperse the essential oils)

Tip: Vitamin E oil is a preservative so the sanitizer will keep longer if you do use it.

Linen Spray

Water Pinch of sea salt as emulsifier 20 drops Lavender

Put the salt and Lavender in a 2-oz. glass spray bottle and fill the rest with water.

Shake before each use. 

Indoor Pest Control (Great for spiders and ants)

20 drops YL Tea Tree essential oil

10 drops YL Peppermint essential oil

10 drops YL Clove essential oil

½ cup white vinegar

½ cup distilled water

1 tsp. unscented castile soap (Dr. Bonners)

Combine all ingredients in a 16-oz. glass spray bottle. Shake thoroughly. Spray on cracks, frames, baseboards etc. 

Candle Swap

If you must have the glow of a candle, use the battery operated kind, but for scent use essential oils in a diffuser. Not only will you be removing the toxins that come along with burning a candle, but you’ll actually be adding oils to the air that may improve your health, mood, etc.. And the scent combinations are endless!

A few easy choices: x 2-3 drops YL Peppermint and 2-3 drops citrus (such as Lemon, Orange, or Tangerine) provides a clean and refreshing scent x 2-3 drops YL Thieves smells like baking, and, as you know by now, helps kill the germs in your house.

You can also add a few drops of a citrus oil, for a twist. Orange is a nice choice to accompany Thieves. x 2-3 drops YL Stress Away smells like a beach vacation, and Lime is a great addition to Stress Away for a little something extra!

Bathroom Basics

You Can Even Make a Bug Repellent

In an 8-oz. bottle add:

10 drops of YL Peppermint essential oil

10 drops of YL Thieves essential oil

10 drops of YL Purification essential oil

4 oz. witch hazel Fill the rest with water

(Outdoor Bug Spray, continued) Combine all ingredients in an 8-oz. glass spray bottle, or, double the ingredients in a 16-oz. bottle. Shake and apply often. Additional suggestions for the bug spray are to transfer some to a 2-oz. travel glass container for purses or diaper bags. Also, in heavy mosquito populated areas a drop of purification applied to each foot along with the spray can be helpful.

Bonus Lemon Essential Oil Ideas!

Parting Thoughts:

Glass is always the best options for storage of products containing essential oils. This is particularly true when using citrus oils. Amazon, Target, and even the Dollar Store are great sources to purchase containers. You’ll be surprised that the Dollar Store sells stainless steel spray bottles, glass jars, and other containers to make non-toxic cleaning easy. Many of the ingredients listed in the recipes here are common, but if you don’t have them already usually grocery stores, Target or Amazon will carry them. Of course, when it comes to Young Living Essential Oils the person that added you to this group can help you get started. They can also help with any other questions you may have regarding the recipes contained here. Thank you again for joining us. We’re excited for you to incorporate these non-toxic cleaning options into your routines!

*How To:

A carrier oil is a vegetable oil—such as fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, fractionated shea butter, vitamin E oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil—that can be used to dilute essential oils. Young Living’s V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex is an excellent carrier oil for all applications.

Carrier oils ensure that essential oils applied topically are comfortable to the skin. Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the essential oil. In fact, it prevents waste due to excessive application. Look for dilution ratios on Young Living essential oil bottles.

Vegetable shortening, butter, margarine, or petroleum derivatives (such as mineral oil, baby oil, and petroleum jelly) should never be used as carrier oils.

Parting Thoughts:

Glass is always the best options for storage of products containing essential oils. This is particularly true when using citrus oils. Amazon, Target, and even the Dollar Store are great sources to purchase containers. You’ll be surprised that the Dollar Store sells stainless steel spray bottles, glass jars, and other containers to make non-toxic cleaning easy. Many of the ingredients listed in the recipes here are common, but if you don’t have them already usually grocery stores, Target or Amazon will carry them. Of course, when it comes to Young Living Essential Oils the person that added you to this group can help you get started. They can also help with any other questions you may have regarding the recipes contained here. Thank you again for joining us. We’re excited for you to incorporate these non-toxic cleaning options into your routines!

  • Sap Removal – Whether it’s on your carpet, clothes your even your skin pure lemon EO is fantastic at removing pine gum and tree sap.

  • Clean Hands – Got greasy hands from working on your car or bike and regular soap isn’t doing the trick? No worries, just add a couple drops of lemon EO with your soap and get your clean hands back!

  • Leather Treatment – A lemon oil-soaked cloth will work wonders to help restore and preserve all your leather products.

  • Silver Polish – A lemon oil-soaked cloth will also help spruce up your tarnished silver and jewelry!

  • Goo-Be-Gone – Un-stick the sticky goo your kids leave behind with stickers and gum with lemon oil.

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