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Clean Green

Cleaning Greener

People have asked me in the past how I clean, what do I use…especially when my kids were crawling and moms would say something like, ‘ugh got to watch if they put their hands in their mouths because of the cleaners I use’. I’d just smile and say, ‘nope not in my house…I can eat or drink just about everything if not everything I use to clean with!’

I am always learning new things to clean with and make my house smell fresher and such.

Why Green Clean?

• Safe for you and your family

• Easy on the pocket

• Highly effective

• Environmentally friendly

Facts

• Many household cleaners contain toxic chemicals. These chemicals may cause short-term and long-term health problems when you use them.1

• Children are often more vulnerable to chemical exposure during developmental stages, and certain chemicals may interfere with the development of their neurological, endocrine, and immune systems.2  Main routes of exposure: eating, drinking, breathing, and touching.

• Younger children have higher respiratory rates than adults, therefore they absorb more air contaminants per unit of weight, meaning they experience a higher inhaled dose.2

• According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside a typical home is 200–500 percent more polluted than the air outside mainly due to toxic household cleaning products.

Must-Have Basics

BAKING SODA

Absorbs and eliminates odor. Use to clean countertops, sinks, and tubs. Sprinkle some baking soda on your carpet and vacuum after 15 minutes for a fresher look and feel.

WHITE VINEGAR

Contains natural antifungal and antibacterial properties. Cuts grease and dissolves mineral deposits.

CASTILE SOAP

Lifts dirt, cuts grease, and eliminates tough stains. Pour a small amount over baking sheets and pans then scrub for a few minutes, and you’ll have clean, shiny results.

SALT

Salt is an effective scouring agent. Pour salt mixed with hot water down the kitchen sink regularly to deodorize and keep grease from building up. Mix salt with Lemon essential oil and use to remove stubborn coffee and tea cup stains.

doTERRA FRACTIONATED COCONUT OIL or OLIVE OIL

Great natural cleaner and polisher. Rub it into leather or polish wood surfaces. Flip to page 24 for more details.

BEST ESSENTIAL OILS FOR CLEANING

Lemon

Lime

Wild Orange

Douglas Fir

Eucalyptus

Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

• Purify Cleansing Blend

Thyme

Peppermint

• doTERRA On Guard® Protective Blend

• doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate

• Tip: Replace toxic air fresheners with a diffuser.

Base Ingredients + Essential Oils

Make your own non-toxic cleaning products using these simple ingredients and doTERRA essential oils.

PINE FLOOR CLEANER

Ingredients

• 1 gallon warm water

• 2 tablespoon liquid castile

• 5 drops Douglas Fir essential oil

• 5 drops White Fir essential oil

• 5 drops Cypress essential oil

• 10 drops Lemon essential oil

Instructions

1 Add soap and essential oils to bucket of warm water.

2 Use mop or rag to clean floors.

3 Pour into a spray bottle for cleaning countertops.

Note: This solution does not need to be rinsed off.

ALL-PURPOSE CLEANING SPRAY

Ingredients

• 1 cup warm water

• 1 cup white vinegar

• 25 drops Wild Orange essential oil or other essential oil of choice

Instructions

1 In a spray bottle, combine water and vinegar.

2 Add essential oil(s) of choice. Shake well.

3 Use on counters, wood, glass, stainless steel, and porcelain.

4 Wipe with a microfiber cloth or paper towel.

“LIME” SCALE REMOVER

Ingredients

• ½ cup Baking Soda

• 3 tablespoons water

• 10 drops Lemon essential oil

• 10 drops Lime essential oil

Instructions

1 And water and essential oils to baking soda.

2 Mix into a paste.

3 Rub a small amount onto surface.

4 Let sit for 20 minutes.

5 Wipe off with wet cloth.

References

1. Household Cleaning Products: What Every Woman Should Know. womensvoices.org/safe-cleaning-products/basic/

2. ATSDR Case Studies in Environmental Medicine Principles of Pediatric Environmental Health. The Child as Susceptible Host: A Developmental Approach to Pediatric Environmental Medicine. atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/ped_env_health/docs/ped_env_health.pdf

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Spring Cleaning with Lemon Essential Oils

If you’ve been feeling the itch to get some spring cleaning done, you may notice some areas of your home have been neglected for far too long. Luckily, doTERRA Lemon oil can help make cleaning those long-forgotten nooks and crannies easier. Here are 10 ways you can use Lemon to clean your home.

I personally love lemon essential oil, I use it every time I wash my clothes, because it not only freshens the clothes but the washer too. I love to diffuse it and add it to my water, takes the blah out of it and it makes it better for you!

1. Microwave—Microwaves are notorious for being tough to clean, especially after mishaps involving spaghetti sauce or tomato soup. To ease the pain of cleaning, simply microwave a cup filled with water and a few drops of Lemon, then wipe clean!

2. Dishwasher—Pour distilled vinegar into a dish and add 5–10 drops of Lemon oil. Place this dish in your empty dishwasher and run on high.

3. Stove Top—Lemon oil makes cleaning one of the dirtiest areas of the kitchen easy. Add vinegar and Lemon to a spray bottle, and watch the grime disappear!

4. Appliances—From dust to greasy food spills, appliances collect more dirt than you might think. A simple solution of Lemon oil, water, and vinegar will help you clean toasters, refrigerators, mixers, and more.

5. Garbage disposal—If you’ve been smelling something funky coming from your sink, it might be time to clean the garbage disposal. This DIY for Lemon disposal refreshers should help!

6. Ceiling Fan—Fan blades collect dust at turbo speeds and cling to them for as long as you let them. To avoid choking on dust bunnies while cleaning your ceiling fans, spray the inside of an old pillow case with a Lemon/water mixture and loop the fabric around each blade.

7. Washing Machine—Run a mixture of Lemon oil, baking soda, vinegar, and water through your empty machine on the hottest setting to break up dirt build-up and mildew. Scrub any excess with a sponge, then run the machine again with fresh water.

8. Trash Cans—Regularly cleaning out trash cans can eliminate odor. For indoor trash cans, spray the inside and outside of each can with a mixture of water, Lemon oil, and vinegar, then scrub with a sponge.

9. Windows and Windowsills—The same mixture of Lemon oil, water, and vinegar in a spray bottle that you’ve been using all around the house will do wonders for your windows and windowsills. Simply spray glass and wipe with a clean cloth or paper towel, then move onto ledges and sills with a toothbrush or damp sponge.

10. Air Vents—One of the most overlooked areas to keep clean in your home is the air you breathe! Clean vents with a sponge dipped in warm water, vinegar and Lemon oil to help eliminate allergens and dust from filling the air around you.

Lemon oil acts as a powerful cleaning agent and the possibilities are truly endless! Share this post and let us know how you like to clean with Lemon oil.

Lemon Spring Cleaning

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Essential Oil All-Purpose Spray

An inexpensive, non-toxic alternative to commercial cleaners, this essential oil All-Purpose Spray will soon become your go-to cleaning agent. When you want to keep your family safe from chemicals and leave your home smelling fresh and clean, this all-purpose spray can help you get the job done.

You can use any essential oils of your choice, however, we recommend using some of the best essential oils for cleaning, including Lavender, Lemon, Wild Orange, Eucalyptus, doTERRA On Guard®, Peppermint, and Grapefruit. When you use this all-purpose spray to wipe down surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen, and other common areas, you’ll be doing the environment a favor, while keeping your family safe and adding an extra element of freshness to the home.

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Essential Oil Glass Cleanser

It can be difficult to find an effective glass cleaner that isn’t full of toxins and chemicals that are damaging to the body as well as the environment. If you are looking for a natural alternative to hazardous glass cleaners, try making your own! This essential oil Glass Cleanser will allow you to use some of the best essential oils for cleaning—Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Wild Orange—to wipe away fingerprints, water stains, and more.

Using three simple ingredients, you’ll be on your way to cleaner windows and mirrors in no time. And when you use this natural glass cleanser, you’ll smell the inviting, fresh scent of essential oils, rather than breathing in harsh toxins all day.

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Essential Oil Wood Polish

Add a little shine to any of your lackluster wood furniture with this essential oil Wood Polish. doTERRA essential oils like Wild Orange, Arborvitae, and Lemon oil can help restore shine to wood tables, floors, chairs, and more. Although wood furniture should only be polished every few months, neglecting to maintain and clean wood regularly will leave it looking dull, worn-down, and old.

Using simple ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard at home, this wood polish DIY will infuse life back into your wood pieces—helping them to look new again. If it has been a while since you gave your wood furniture a little TLC, try this essential oil wood polish today!

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Essential Oil Stove Top Cleaner

The stovetop is often home to some of the biggest and toughest stains in the kitchen. Splatter from spaghetti sauce, leftover grease, and caked-on residue can quickly cover the stovetop, leaving you to scrub away the grime.

For a clean stove in less than 20 minutes, try this essential oil Stove Top Cleaner DIY that uses the doTERRA Purify Cleansing Blend, baking soda, and other ingredients to leave you with a sparkling clean stove. Not only will the stove top look great once it is free from stains and grime, but this mixture leaves behind the uplifting, clean scent of Purify essential oil.

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Essential Oil Refrigerator and Microwave Cleaner

Cleaning out a grimy microwave caked with stains or a refrigerator full of mysterious sticky residue is not a fun job. However, stains, spills, and other residue will soon be replaced with the lovely scent of Lemon essential oil with this simple Refrigerator and Microwave Cleaner DIY.

What once was a dreaded chore will soon be a simple task with a little help from vinegar, hot water, and doTERRA Lemon oil. Not only will this DIY save you time, but you’ll also smell the refreshing scent of Lemon each time you open the fridge or microwave.

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Essential Oils for Cleaning

You may have already experienced the health benefits of essential oils, used them in the kitchen when whipping up your favorite meals, or enjoyed their uplifting, relaxing, and soothing scents on a daily basis, but have you tried using essential oils for cleaning?

With natural cleansing and purifying properties, certain essential oils can be a helpful part of your regular cleaning routine. Not only can essential oils be used to cleanse surfaces and purify the air, but they leave behind a pleasant aroma that will instantly make your home feel clean and refreshed.

For ideas on how to work essential oils into your cleaning regimen, take a look at some of doTERRA’s best essential oil cleaning DIYs.

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Fridge Fresheners

With all the different food items, it’s only natural to have a smelly fridge, right? Well, not anymore! These easy to make fridge refreshers are a simple, natural way to deodorize your refrigerator. Just place one refresher in your fridge each month for a fresh and clean scent every time you open up your fridge.

Ingredients

2 ½ cups baking soda

½–1 cup water

15 drops Purify

Instructions

1 Combine baking soda, ½ cup water, and essential oils into bowl.

2 Stir together.

3 Note: If needed, add more water until thick paste forms. The mixture should resemble damp sand.

4 Divide mixture equally into silicone mold.

5 Allow it to rest 2–3 days or until mixture hardens.

6 Once hard, place in refrigerator to help eliminate unpleasant odors. Store additional fridge refreshers in an airtight container until ready to use. One disk will last up to a month in your fridge.

Tip: Place under sink, in the shoe closet, or behind the toilet for additional freshness.

Fridge Freshness

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DIY bathroom scrub recipe

Cleaning the bathroom is not an experience people look forward to very often. Being stuck in a small closed space with harsh chemicals not only makes it hard to breathe, but can also be hazardous to your health.

The next time you clean your bathroom, why not try mixing up an effective cleaner with many ingredients you already have at home. It still might not be your favorite household chore, but you will at least have a clean bathroom cleaning products to make the job a little easier to handle.

Soft Scrub for Bath, Tile, and Toilet

Make in small batches and store in an airtight container. This is enough for two to four applications. This soft scrub is excellent for getting rid of soap scum, removing stains, and brightening your tile and toilet. To use, just apply and let it sit for 5–10 minutes and then scrub. Once done scrubbing, take a wet cloth and wipe clean.

Ingredients

¾ rounded cup baking soda

¼ cup unscented liquid castile soap

1 tablespoon water

1 tablespoon vinegar

5–10 drops lemon 🍋 essential oil

Note: This scrub is also great to use to help clean your kitchen sink, refrigerator, or tile floors.

Instructions

1 In bowl, combine baking soda and castile soap.

2 Add water and stir.

3 Add vinegar and essential oil. The consistency should be a soft paste.

4 Store in airtight container.

5 Add ingredients directly to partially drained bowl. As it reacts, scrub toilet.

Note: This combination is intended for one use at a time.

DIY Bathroom Scrub Recipe