Detox Your Cleaning Cabinet – Day 3

Monday we started by thinking about our own unique WHY? so that we keep our focus, Tuesday we started by choosing our favorite items in our home.  These are the safe items that won’t be downsized.  Today we tackle the cleaning closet.  Since there are so many toxins in the products we use to clean our homes, and since cleaning, downsizing, and organizing go hand in hand… I thought I’d tackle this difficult topic right up front so that we don’t spend the month of January steeping ourselves in toxic chemicals in the effort to clean and organize our environment.  Download the “Think Dirty” app for your phone or iPad and let’s get started with non-toxic alternatives for your home.  Here are a number of recipes that you might find helpful, of course there are a million more available online.  I look for recipes that are frugal, natural and non-toxic, and don’t take up a lot of space in a tiny house.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Recipes mentioned in the video include:

Simple Clean:

1 cup distilled water (use tap water when you intend to use all the solution in 2 weeks)

1 teaspoon rubbing alcohol (to make the water and oil emulsify – may omit)

15 drops of the essential oil or blend of your choice. *Blend recipes below.

Combine in a spray bottle. Shake sprayer, saturate surface, then wipe with dry clean cloth.

All Purpose Cleaner:

1 cup distilled water

2 T to ¼ cup castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s) depending on how soapy you like it.

15 drops of the essential oil or blend of your choice.  *Blend recipes below.

Combine in a spray bottle.

Shake sprayer gently and wipe with a damp cloth, otherwise the castile soap will leave a soapy residue.

Vinegar Cleaner:

1/2 cup distilled water

1/2 cup white distilled vinegar

½ juiced lemon

15 drops of the essential oil or blend of your choice. *Blend recipes below.

Combine in a spray bottle, keep in the refrigerator because of the lemon juice.

(**Vinegar cleaner and citrus oils not for use on stone counter tops.)

Thieves Household Cleaner:

1 teaspoon (1 cap full) Thieves Household Cleaner + two cups of water in a spray bottle. No additional essential oils required. More recipes using Thieves Household Cleaner to make a variety of specific household cleaners are available at  It really is the simplest and best non-toxic household cleaner and can be used for a dusting spray, carpet spot cleaner, toilet cleaner, kitchen counter spray, bathroom cleaning spray, daily shower cleaner, grout cleaner, mold remover, garden pest control, pet odor remover, floor cleaner, air freshening spray, stain spray/stain stick in the laundry, and as a bleach replacement. In short, this spray will banish the ICK from every area of your home including exercise equipment, toys, diaper pail, high chair, baseboards, pet areas, furniture, door knobs, walls, tires, luggage, car tires, and car interior.

My Favorite Essential Oil Blend Recipes:

Try a different combination each time.

Garden Fresh: 5 drops Lemon, 5 drops Peppermint, 5 drops Lavender

Woodsy: 5 drops Eucalyptus, 5 drops Idaho Balsam Fir, 5 drops Cedarwood

Bright: 5 drops Lemon, 7 drops lemongrass, 3 drops Patchouli

Minty Fresh: 5 drops Spearmint, 5 drops Peppermint, 3 drops Frankincense

Festive: 6 drops Orange, 4 drops Cinnamon, 5 drops Frankincense

Assignment: Clean out your cleaning closet, download the “Think Dirty” app and throw away any cleaners that score a 7 or higher.  If you need to order non-toxic alternatives, place your order right away and get a jump on green cleaning in the New Year.  As always, leave me a comment and let me know how you’re doing with this video series.  Thanks for watching, I really appreciate it!29c45-1a2bcarmen


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