As the cooler weather descends and we retreat indoors, you might be thinking about a seasonal deep clean, but before you reach for the big-name household cleaners to tackle the build-up of dirt and grime, consider a more natural approach.
Your home should be a safe and healthy haven where you and your family can thrive, but your living spaces could be filled with potentially harmful ingredients lurking in your household cleaners.
The dirty truth
Household cleaners account for a large amount of the harmful chemicals swirling around our modern homes. Many include volatile chemicals known to cause asthma, headaches and even cancer and organ damage. The Environmental Working Group, a US-based non-profit advocacy organisation, reviewed more than 2000 cleaning products, finding more than half contained ingredients that irritate the lungs. Scientists think many of these widely used chemicals may harm pregnant women and their developing babies by meddling with gene regulators and hormones. Without delving too far into the science, it’s fair to say you shouldn’t need a Ph.D. in biochemistry to decipher product labels. Thankfully, Young Living is making easy work of replacing potentially harmful cleaners with its Thieves range of naturally derived cleaners.
Kick the ick naturally
Ridding your home of potentially harmful chemicals can feel overwhelming, but making the switch to plant-based alternatives can be really simple. You don’t need to buy lots of different bottles and formulas to get the job done. In fact, switching to naturally derived cleaners often means streamlining that jumble of bottles under the sink! Thieves Household Cleaner is an all-purpose plant- and mineral-based cleaner that can tackle every room in your home. It’s formulated without any of the nasty chemicals typically found in traditional cleaners and you can use it on dirt, dust, grease and grime. It’s an all-rounder, cost-effective product you can rely on without worrying about your wellbeing, and because it’s in concentrate form, you can make about 29 spray bottles using one bottle of Thieves, which means less plastic waste, too.
Understandably, there’s a worry that plant-based products won’t be as effective as conventional cleaners, but the beauty of the Thieves Household Cleaner is that it can be diluted depending on the job. For carpets, stains, heavily greased spots or any hard-to-clean areas, you can dilute the cleaner using the “heavy” degreasing ratio.
19 uses for Thieves
- Pots and pans
- Exercise equipment