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Non-Toxic Spring Cleaning Using Young Living’s Essential Oils

The Oily Home Companion

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Are you feeling a need for a refresh in your life after a cold, dark winter? Spring cleaning is a great way to welcome the coming season of growth, joy, and warmth. When you start refreshing your home, you will open the door to refresh other areas of your life, whether it’s your health, relationships, or spirit. Create an environment in your home that will allow these areas of your life to flourish, like the wildflowers springing up from the ground! 

Spring cleaning may be an overwhelming task to think about, but we are here to help! These 10 steps will guide you through the cleaning process in a way that is energizing and non-toxic. Did you know you can incorporate your Young Living oils into your cleaning processes? This post is loaded with recipes and ideas to help you not only clean the spaces in your home, but also guard your family from toxic chemicals found in conventional cleaning products. It may even save you a little money and time, since you can make these at home with only a few ingredients! 

 

1. Out with the old, in with the new

Before you begin deep cleaning your home, take time to go through the spaces in your home to get rid of the things that are no longer useful, or no longer spark joy in your life (thanks, Marie Kondo!). You can sell or donate these items to create space and add a little more peace to the home. Then, you can use the money you got with the old to get something new that would add value to your space. You can grab a new outfit that helps you feel confident or new pillows for your couches that mirror the bright colors of spring. This is also the time where you want to tidy things up, so that deep cleaning can be done with ease.

You can also set the tone for tidying up by diffusing springtime scents in the home. Try one of these blends for energize your senses and prep the home for the new!

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Hello Spring!

1 drop of Geranium

2 drops Lemon or Citrus Fresh

1 drop Grapefruit

 Springtime Clean

2 drops Lavender

3 drops Lime

3 drops Lemon

2 drops Rosemary

Nap in the Sun

4 drops Orange

2 drops Bergamot

2 drops Ylang Ylang

Is that Anthro?

2 drops Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood

2 drops Lemon Myrtle

2 drops Lime

2 drops Tangerine

2 drops Rosemary


 

2. Throw a DIY party to mix your cleaners

You can throw a solo party, or get your family and friends involved, but it’s important to get your cleaners mixed and ready to go before you start cleaning. This will help you save time and keep your cleaning flow going strong once you start. What you need: Glass spray bottles and sealed jars, Thieves Household Cleaner, Castile liquid soap, white vinegar, baking soda, salt, olive oil, labels for jars/bottles (optional, but helpful), funnel to pour ingredients into the bottles, and your favorite essential oils (lemon, orange, tea tree, lavender, pine, thieves, purification, eucalyptus, etc.).

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All Purpose Cleaner

Mix 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner and 3 cups of water in a glass spray bottle.


Stainless Steel Polish

Mix ½ cup olive oil, ½ cup white vinegar, and 20 drops essential oils (lemon + orange, or grapefruit + lime are good options!) to a glass spray bottle. 


Deep Clean Scrub

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner and 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda to form a thick paste. 

Window/Glass Cleaner

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household cleaner, 4 cups of water, 1 tsp of white vinegar, and 5 drops of lemon or citrus fresh essential oil in glass bottle.  


Refrigerator Deodorizer

In a small, uncovered bowl, add baking soda and a few drops of lemon essential oil. Store in a corner of your fridge for lasting freshness. 


Carpet Cleaner

Combine 2 cups baking soda with 30 drops of essential oils of choice in a jar. Seal jar and shake to mix well. 

 

Reusable Dryer Sheets

To start, gather fabric from old towels or clothing. Cut into long strips. In a glass jar, add ½ cup white vinegar with 6-10 drops of Lavender or Purification essential oils. Add fabric strips and make sure they are soaked in the mixture. Seal and store. When ready to use, take a strip, ring it out, and throw it in the dryer.  If you want to keep it simple, buy organic wool dryer balls and drop Lemongrass or Lavender essential oils on the wool balls. You can also use Young Living’s Seedling Baby Wipes as a dryer sheet.


Oven Cleaner Recipe from OHC Member Christina Escajeda

Mix 2 parts baking soda to 1 part Thieves Cleaner and 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil to a jar. Store until ready to use. 

Garbage Disposal Fresheners

Combine 1 cup baking soda and ½ cup salt in a bowl. Add ¾ cup Castile liquid soap and 30 drops essential oils (your choice!), and mix well. Add water, 1 Tbsp at a time, until the mixture is the texture of wet sand. Pack mixture into a 1 Tbsp measuring spoon, then release by tapping gently on the counter (be careful because they can easily break apart). Let dry for 24 hours, then store in a sealed glass jar.  


 Wood Cleaner

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner, 1 cup of olive oil, and about 10 drops of either lemon, pine, or citrus fresh to give off a spring scent! Be sure to test in an inconspicuous area first before using it for the rest of the surface. 

 

 

3. Start with the carpet

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Remove everything you can from your carpet, then grab your carpet cleaner.  Use a spoon to shake liberally onto the carpet. Let sit for at least an hour, then vacuum. We start here because this needs to set, but you can also do this step last if you have an hour to spare at the end of your day. 

 

4. Move to the ceiling

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Grab your broom and duster to remove any dust from your fans and fixtures on the ceiling. Remove any cobwebs or dust hiding in the corners. After you remove the surface dust, you can use the all purpose cleaner and glass cleaner to wipe down the surfaces. 

 

 

5. Spruce up surfaces

Grab your different cleaners and clean off all surfaces in the home. Dust your bookshelves and items hanging on the walls, and wipe down tables and countertops. Clean the glass in your home with the window/glass cleaner and a paper towel or newspaper. For windows, make sure you get to the inside and outside. Give yourself plenty of time here to reach corners and surfaces you wouldn’t normally clean. Don’t forget the surfaces of your couches and chairs. If you can remove cushion covers, go ahead and run them through the washing machine. If not, use the handheld attachment on your vacuum to clean them off. For added freshness, spray a mix of water and your favorite essential oil onto the surface when you’re done! 


6. Scrub the oven and stove top, and clear out the fridge

The kitchen can be one of the dirtiest rooms in the home, and kitchen equipment rarely gets the love it needs to stay in tip-top shape. Take your oven cleaner and apply the mixture to the inside of the oven. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes, then use a scrub brush to remove the more difficult areas, and use a clean cloth for the easy parts in the oven. For the stove, you can use the deep clean scrub to remove tough spots, and your all purpose cleaner for the rest of the surface. If you have stainless steel appliances, finish them off with your stainless steel polish. You can do the same for your microwave, and any other appliances in the kitchen. For your refrigerator and freezer, clear out any expired foods and scrub tough spots first with your deep clean scrub. Clean the drawers and surfaces with your all purpose cleaner, or Thieves Wipes, and clean the glass surfaces with your glass cleaner. Pop in your refrigerator deodorizer for the final touch! 

 

 

7. Brave the bathrooms

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The bathroom may not be the most fun to clean, but it’s the place in your home where you spend most of your morning and evening routines. For your guests, the bathroom is a safe place for them to also start and end their day. Keep that in mind as you scrub to ignite gratitude for the space. Use the deep clean scrub for the toilet, bathtub, and shower to remove any mold, mildew, or funk. If there’s a decent buildup in the tub or shower, it’s a good idea to go ahead and replace your shower liner. Once the tough spots are gone, use your all purpose cleaner to wipe down the remaining surfaces and faucets. Once everything is clean, dry out the surfaces in the shower with a squeegee or dry cloth. Clean off your sinks with the all purpose cleaner, and clean all mirrors with your glass cleaner. To keep the freshness going all year long, add a diffuser to a shelf or sink to fill the room with energizing and relaxing scents each day! 

 

8. Freshen up trash cans and drawers

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These spaces are easily forgotten in our cleaning process. Take your trash can outside, if you have a waterhose, to rinse it out. Then, use an all purpose cleaner or Thieves Wipes to wipe out the inside. You can add a few drops of an essential oil, like lemon or purification, to keep things fresh. For drawers and cabinets, remove items and wipe out the insides with all purpose cleaner, all the way into the corners. Take time to put everything back in a neat, orderly way to avoid messy spaces moving forward. 

 

 

9. Clean the floors

Your carpet cleaner has been sitting for a couple of hours now, so you can finish the carpet by vacuuming everything up. For floors, grab a Libman mop and fill the container with a mix of water and Thieves Household Cleaner. For vinyl and tile, you can use the same recipe for all purpose cleaner. Have your deep clean scrub handy for any tough spots. For hardwood, use the recipe for wood cleaner. Test this out on a small piece of the floor first before cleaning the rest of the floor. Don’t forget to get to your bathrooms, bedrooms, and closets. 

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10. Finish with fresh linens

You should be washing sheets and pillowcases every week or so, so use this time to go even further by washing your pillows (check the label instructions) and comforter. Before you begin, take time to disinfect your washing machine. Run the machine on hot water, then add white vinegar, baking soda, and a few drops of lemon essential oil to the machine. Pause the wash cycle and let sit for 30-60 minutes. Restart the machine, let the water drain, and wipe dry. For your linens, use the Thieves Laundry Soap for a non-toxic, but effective clean! This is also a great time to flip your mattresses and switch out any decorative pillows you use! 

Bonus!

Don’t forget the outside of your home! Once you’re done cleaning the inside of your home, bring some of the joy to the outside of your home. Clean patio furniture, clear off porches, power wash the sides of the home, and remove weeds to prepare for planting spring flowers.  

Take the 5-Day Thieves Challenge! Now that you have the tips you need to spring clean like a pro and start a refresh for you life, we encourage you to join us for the Thieves Challenge! 

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Celebrating Father’s Day the Oily Way!

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BY: Verick Burchfield, OHC Co-Founder

Father’s Day is always a special day for me. Us dads get to feel appreciated in lots of ways—our families take us out for lunch or come over for an afternoon BBQ where we get to show off our grilling skills, our jokes get extra laughs and NO eye-rolls, we get cards and practical gifts like tools, ties, socks and underwear. For the most part, we just relish the time with our family. As a dad of four, I never really have a gift expectation for Father’s Day. Being surrounded by my wife and children, hearing them say that they are thankful for me, is the only gift I need. I believe that most men feel the same way. We don't necessarily want a big celebration, but like our wives, we want to be appreciated.

Nevertheless, Father’s Day is associated with gifting and, as I mentioned above, it can be difficult to buy interesting gifts for the men in your life because, well, he always needs socks, underwear and could use another tie. Every now and then, there is an adventurous dad who needs a new pair of running shoes or a fresh glove to up his game for the local church softball league.

This year, we’re going to help you break out of that gift-giving rut with some natural products that I personally enjoy receiving and can use everyday! Here's a rundown of Young Living products that every man can enjoy and would benefit from this Father’s Day.

 
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RC

This essential oil blend is for all things outdoors. A few drops rubbed onto the chest and inhaled deeply will have your dude powering through his cardio routine like he’s Captain America. Trust me, I’ve used this one for 6 years and it's a game changer!

 

NINGXIA NITRO

What dad doesn't need a pick me up midday or on the drive home from work so he can be at his best when he finally gets some family time in the evening? This is the perfect product to keep in a briefcase or gym bag for an extra energy boost anytime—with no sugar crash!

 
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SHUTRAN ESSENTIAL OIL

This is a multifaceted product for a multifaceted man: cologne, energy booster, calming for him and attractive to her. Is there any better combination?

 

STRESS AWAY

What dad couldn’t use a little less stress reducer? This vacation-in-a-bottle is the perfect fit for ending the work day and keeping calm in that rush hour traffic. There’s nothing like dad coming home in a good mood and ready to connect with the ones he loves most.

 
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SHUTRAN SHAVE CREAM, SHUTRAN AFTERSHAVE, SHUTRAN BEARD OIL

Now this is an unbeatable trio! If you love the smell of Shutran (and I’m confident that you will) this combo will give your husband the closest shave, smooth and healthy post-shave skin, and the softest beard around. These three products, along with the Shutran essential oil, are all he’ll need for a totally natural shaving kit!

 

I hope that everyone enjoys this upcoming Father’s Day and that you’ll consider adding these products to go along with that special pair of socks that most men, like myself, can't wait to open from our precious kiddos this June!

Creating Lasting Memories With Your Family And Friends

The Oily Home Companion

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As the years pass by, it seems as if the clock is moving at a speed that's far too fast for our minds to comprehend. Time is absolutely precious, and not a single moment should be wasted, especially with those whom you hold near to your heart.  Memorial Day is a holiday with a lot of history and importance behind it. It's a day to commend and honor those who have selflessly served our country and protected freedom for their loved ones. There's an undeniably significant lesson to be taught from this holiday—never take for granted the freedom we have and commit daily to set aside the busyness of life and show appreciation for those we love. Here are a few simple yet creative ways you can love on your family and friends while creating lasting memories:

GIVE POSITIVE TOUCH

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GIVE WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Using your words to express how you feel about your loved ones is absolutely invaluable. While touch is able to communicate many things, words challenge us to be vulnerable, intentional, and specific. Speaking words of encouragement or even taking the time to write a heart-felt letter of appreciation can go such a long way to lifting up your loved ones. When we put our affection into words it affirms those we love clearly and directly, touching their hearts and minds in deep and meaningful way. 

MAKE A MEAL OR DESSERT TOGETHER

Enjoy cooking? Try pulling out an old family recipe or try one of the recipes we have here.  Food is common ground for everyone whether you are twelve or seventy-five. It is a fun and tasty way to connect.

PLAY A GAME TOGETHER

Pull out the football, baseball, or frisbee. Whatever sport your crew enjoys, get out on the grass and play together. Team sports are a great way to build up your relationships through fitness and fun! 

GO ON AN ADVENTURE

Whether for a week at the beach or a just a couple days in the mountains, hitting the road and exploring a new place every once in a while will create a lifetime of stories and “you had to be there” moments for you and your loved ones.  Experiences are such these can be some of the most valuable treasures in our lives.

Staying Calm During Graduation Madness

The Oily Home Companion

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Graduation party season is here and it’s your turn to be the hostess with the mostest. Your child has victoriously conquered one of the biggest accomplishments of their lives and that deserves a proper commemoration.  Though parties are all fun and games, there can be a lot of pressure and stress associated with trying to be the perfect hostess. Between entertaining out of town relatives, making sure that all your ducks are in a row for the party, and simply taking in the fact that your child is starting a new chapter of their life, you might just lose a bit of your sanity. Although a little bit of stress is inevitable from time to time, we want to give you some helpful tips to help make this the most wonderful experience possible for you and your family. 


REMEMBER THIS 

  • It’s more about your child’s accomplishments and less about throwing the perfect party to impress your guests.
  • Asking for help does not mean you're incapable of throwing this party yourself, it just means it’s a big task and an opportunity to work together with your family and friends.  You’d be surprised how many people are willing to step up and give you a hand with anything you need.
  • Your guests are content to just be there celebrating your child, not to judge the amount of effort you did or didn’t put into the party.
  • Although this whole graduation season is quite overwhelming, take deep breaths and know that everything is going to be okay. 

IDEAS FOR ALL YOUR GUESTS

There will be an array of people at your party that could range from ages 1 month to 99, and, as the hostess, you want to do what you can to keep everyone entertained and content during the party. Though that seems like a big task to take on, we have some small and simple ideas to keep everybody happy.

  • Taping down a giant piece of paper to a small table with a set of watercolors or crayons for your younger guests will be a sure hit. Kids are easily entertained by this and get to use their imagination.
  • Turn up the party vibes with a Bluetooth speaker and a fun playlist so that your guests feel motivated to move and groove.  No matter what age you are, dancing is always so much fun.
  • Cornhole, Can Jam, Viking Chess, football, soccer, or any other yard games will never be a disappointment for your guests.  
  • Depending on the amount of kids you have attending, put out a basket with a variety of toys for the kids to play.
  • Having some board games or decks of cards inside will be a great option for those who would rather avoid the outdoors. 
  • If anyone is up for assuming the role of number caller, we're sure that your older guests will have a wonderful time playing some good ol' fashioned bingo.

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils are your faithful friends during stressful situations, so do yourself a favor and take advantage of the resources you have.  We want to provide you with some wonderful blends that you can try in your diffuser while you’re prepping for the party, plus a DIY roller blend to have on hand when you need a little boost during the party.

DIFFUSER BLENDS

BLEND #1
2 drops lavender
2 drops ylang ylang
2 drops bergamot

BLEND #2
2 drops grapefruit
2 drops geranium
2 drops lavender
2 drops orange

BLEND #3
2 drops stress away
2 drops lavender
2 drops bergamot

BLEND #4
2 drops of peppermint
2 drops of lemon
2 drops of rosemary

DIY ROLLER BLEND
1 Roller Bottle
Carrier Oil: Fractioned coconut oil, grapeseed oil, rosehip oil or vitamin E oil
5 drops of Stress Away
5 drops of Lavender
5 drops of Bergamot

For the roller, first remove the roller top off of the bottle. Then slowly drop the essential oils into the bottle and fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil of your choice.  Put the roller top back on the bottle and shake well to mix.  Now it’s ready to use on your wrists. This is a great way to calm your mind before the party.


Interested in learning more about Young Living Essential Oils? Send us an email! We'd love to help you start your journey.