How To Avoid Harmful Cleaning Products: 20 Ways To Clean Naturally With Just One Cleaner

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How to avoid harmful cleaning products: 20 Ways to clean naturally with just one cleaner

Every time I go out to a restaurant with my kids I cringe when the staff start cleaning the tables next to us. 

They spray their harmful cleaning products all over the place without any consideration that the toxic chemicals in cleaning products may be going straight on to our food and directly into our lungs.  

If only they knew about the hazards of cleaning products. 

Why are commercial cleaners so harmful?

You only have to do a quick google search to find thousands of articles that spell out exactly how harmful most cleaners are – so why don’t most of us know about this? 

Profit!  Companies make a lot of money from selling us harmful cleaning products so it’s not in their best interests to share this information.  Check out this shocking statement from the Organic Consumers Association.

‘Many commercial cleaners contribute to indoor air pollution, are poisonous if ingested, and can be harmful if inhaled or touched. In fact, some cleaners are among the most toxic products found in the home. In 2000, cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers, accounting for 206,636 calls. Of these, 120,434 exposures involved children under six, who can swallow or spill cleaners stored or left open inside the home.

Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose. Some cause acute, or immediate, hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer.’  

Source: Organic Consumers Association
Check out this quick video that shares more shocking facts about the harmful effect of toxic chemicals and harmful cleaning products in our lives:

You can also check your own cleaning product to see if it features on the Hall of Shame of the most toxic cleaning products here. 

So what’s the alternative to harmful cleaning products?

When I realised exactly how toxic these cleaners were I made a point of seeking out the best natural cleaning products for my home.  

Was there such a thing as a chemical free cleaning product? 

Yes there was.

Thankfully, I found it. 

Now when I clean my home I know that it isn’t harmful at all for my kids to breathe the cleaner in the air, for them to play on the floor where the cleaner has been used and they can actually help me clean without any fear of negative reactions.  

I didn’t think I’d find a safe cleaning product that not only was good for your health, but also did the job just as well if not better than your standard cleaners.  

The best part is – it actually saves me money because I can use this cleaner for everything.  

I bought a bottle of highly concentrated natural cleaner well over a year ago – and guess what?  I still have half of it left!  Pretty amazing if you ask me! 

And yes I do use it regularly.  My house is pretty clean most of the time. 

The brand I use and trust with my family’s health is Young Living Thieves Household cleaner. 

Non Toxic Natural household cleaner

Young Living provides a cleaner that has all the goodness of powerful essential oils.  This stuff is like the equivalent of Windex in the movie My Big, Fat Greek Wedding. Got mildew stains? Use Thieves Household Cleaner. Got stains on the carpet? Use Thieves Household Cleaner. Need a tough degreaser? Use Thieves Household Cleaner. Need hand soap? Use Thieves Household Cleaner.

In fact, you can even add Thieves Household Cleaner to a mini spray bottle and use it to clean on the go – like the grime off your hands when you pump gas for your car or to clean little messy hands from eating in the car.

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What is Thieves Household Cleaner?

It’s hard to believe, but Thieves Household Cleaner is truly an all-in-one natural cleaner that’s non-toxic, yet super effective. It’s made with 100% plant- and mineral-based ingredients, including:

  • Vegetable-based surfactants like alkyl polyglucoside that are compliant with Green Seal and EPA Design for Environment (DfE) standards
  • Biodegradable cutting agents like sodium methyl 2-sulfolaurate and disodium 2-sulfolaurate from renewable sources (both ingredients rated 0 on a 10 point scale on the Environmental Working Group’s health hazard score – which is the best score possible)
  • Therapeutic-grade Thieves and Lemon essential oils (the highest quality and purity essential oils) for natural cleaning and disinfecting

Why It’s Economical

Save time and money by buying one cleaning product. You won’t have to make trips to multiple stores or order from multiple online sources. Thieves Household Cleaner is an all-in-one cleaning product that will replace most of your household cleaners.

Thieves Household Cleaner is a concentrate. For most all-purpose cleaning, dilute 30 parts of water to 1 part of Thieves Household Cleaner. That breaks down to one 64 oz bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner concentrate = about 128 all-purpose spray bottles (30 oz. each) for about 67 cents a bottle! That’s cheaper than most all-natural cleaners on the market.

Dilution Ratios

  • All-purpose cleaning – 30 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Heaving degreasing –  15 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Light degreasing –  60 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Glass and windows – 50-100 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner

Check out this video to see how to use Thieves Household cleaner. 

20 Ways to Clean with Thieves Household Cleaner

Thieves Household Cleaner REALLY does clean everything and the kitchen sink. It can literally replace every cleaner in your home. Check out our favorite 20 ways to clean with Thieves Household Cleaner.

Get your Thieves cleaner here.

1. Refrigerator

Remove all items from the refrigerator. Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 2 cups of water. Clean the outside of the fridge, including top, doors, and exterior water and ice areas. Clean the inside of the fridge, including shelves, produce drawers, doors, ice tray, etc.

2. Kitchen appliances

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1 cups of water. Clean stovetops, ovens, microwaves, toasters, toaster ovens, blenders, mixers, etc. To clean the interior of a microwave, fill a microwave safe container with 2 cups of water. Place in microwave and heat for 5-10 minutes. The steam will make it easy to clean up food and food particles.

3. Light fixtures 

First, dust light fixtures and bowls. Then, mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water. Clean fixtures, glass bowls, etc. to remove dirt and sticky residue.

4. Kitchen pantry, bathroom vanity, cupboards, inside drawers, under sinks

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 2 cups of water. Wipe down kitchen surfaces to remove dirt, sticky residue, etc. Consider placing a cotton ball with 2-3 drops of Thieves essential oil to keep areas under sinks, cupboards, etc. smelling clean.

5. Wooden cabinets, tables, furniture

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1 cup of olive oil (add 2-3 drops of Lemon essential oil for a fresh lemon scent). Wipe down wooden cabinets, tables and other wooden furniture to remove dirt and clean surfaces.

6. Sinks and countertops

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray sinks, countertops and backsplash and wipe clean to remove dirt and grime. If sinks are dirty or stained, try this DIY Soft Scrub recipe with Lemon essential oil.

7. Garbage cans

For interior garbage cans, mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray trash cans and wipe clean to remove dirt and grime. Consider placing a cotton ball with 2-3 drops of Thieves essential oil to keep trash can smelling clean.

For exterior and heavy duty garbage cans, mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 2-3 cups of water (use less water for heavier degreasing) in a bucket. Take garbage cans outside and use cleaning cloth to thoroughly clean. Use spray hose to rinse and let dry outside.

8. Toilets 

To clean inside toilets, mix 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/2 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner to a toilet brush. Clean inside of toilet bowl and let sit for a few minutes before flushing.

To clean outside of toilets, mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray outside of toilet, flusher knob, on top and underneath toilet seat to naturally clean and disinfect.

9. Mildew and grout

Add 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1/2 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray grout or surfaces with mildew. Let sit for a couple of minutes. Use a small brush to get mildew stains out. You may use less water for stronger concentration as needed.

10. Windows, window sills and mirrors

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 4-5 cups of water (add 2-3 drops of Lemon essential oil for a fresh lemon scent and/or 1 tsp of white vinegar for streak-free clean). Clean windows, sills and mirrors to remove dirt, sticky residue and grime.

11. Walls, outlets and vents

First, dust all wall and outlet surfaces. Then, mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water. Clean walls, outlets and vents to remove dirt and grime.

12. Floors

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 4 cups of water (add 2-3 drops of Lemon essential oil for a fresh lemon scent and/or 1 tsp of white vinegar for streak-free clean). Clean windows, sills and mirrors to remove dirt, sticky residue and grime.

13. Carpet and upholstery cleaner

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with about 6 cups of water and add to carpet or steam cleaner. Clean rugs, carpets and upholstery to remove dirt and grime. Be sure to spot test in an inconspicuous location first.

14. Dishwasher detergent

Add 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner to the bottom of the dishwasher to clean dishes.

15. Pots and pans

Mix 1/2 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3cups of water to clean pots and pans.

16. Laundry detergent

Add 1-2 capfuls (depending on load size) of Thieves Household Cleaner to washer to clean clothers.

17. Baby and kids toys

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray toys, play equipment, train tables, doll houses, toy organizers or shelves, etc. to remove dirt and naturally sanitize to kill germs.

18. Exercise equipment, yoga mats, weights, exercise balls, etc.

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 2-3 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray toys, play equipment, train tables, doll houses, toy organizers or shelves, etc. to remove dirt and naturally sanitize to kill germs.

19. Hand cleaner

Mix 1/2 cup of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1/2 cups of water and add to a foaming soap bottle. Use as needed to naturally sanitize hands.

20. Stain remover

Got a tough stain on your clothes? Use Thieves Household Cleaner without dilution on the stain. Scrub gently with a small brush until the stain is gone.

Where to get your Thieves Cleaner

Young Living Thieves natural household cleaner

Here’s where you can grab your own Thieves household cleaner.  I hope you learned how to use your Thieves essential oil in a whole new way today!

Click here to purchase Thieves cleaner.  

You will want to be a retail customer to purchase this cleaner – just complete the form and choose Thieves Household cleaner to add to your basket.  

If you enjoyed this article, How to avoid harmful cleaning products, please let  me know your thoughts in the comments.

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How to avoid harmful cleaning products: 20 Ways to clean naturally with just one cleaner

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Katherine lost 56 pounds and recovered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with Green Thickies.
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