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I admit it, a few years ago I looked at the mom’s who talked about starting to detox their homes and going all-natural with a chemical-free home like they were crazy.
No way was I turning into some hippy, overprotective, weirdo mom. The idea to Detox your home was crazy talk to me.
I mean seriously, how much extra work does having a chemical-free home take?
I was thinking serious overtime on the amount of work it would cause me.
And I will be honest, there already aren’t enough hours in the day for me to get it “all done”. I’m not lazy I’m just practical and didn’t want one more step of work to add to my already busy mom's life.
Plus you know, doesn’t taking the steps to detox your home cost a ton? And isn’t it all just a marketing ploy??
I had seen all those “Green” alternative products in the store and thought no way can I afford this chemical-free Natural Cleaner stuff.
Besides, I know being clean is important. It doesn’t matter how you get there, just that you arrive to a clean house, Right?
Wow, was I about to get a real honest to goodness life education!
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See, I had my girls and I started to worry about how things in the environment might affect them.
Then my own health started to be an issue.
One day I realized that my personal health was out of control all the time. Not just when the winter or spring illnesses came, but just normal everyday stuff was triggering things to make me sick.
The biggest problem was I couldn’t clean the house without getting a headache or setting an asthma attack off.
That is when the light bulb went off in my head.
I’ve always had a sensitivity to fragrances and all these cleaning chemicals I was using in my house was full of them. And don’t get me started on all the air fresheners I was using in my house multiple times a day.
Seriously, I’d do anything thing to get rid of that diaper smell, yuck!
Sure my house smelled like mountain rain and my laundry had that fresh linen scent. But at what cost? Then I came across this quote from the EWG site.
Mystery fragrance chemicals are a major allergy problem
Some respiratory allergies may be set off by fragrances, which are complex chemical mixtures commonly used to scent air fresheners and cleaners, personal care products and other consumer goods.
There are thousands of chemicals on the US market today and many of those are unregulated.
In the US, a company can use the term “Fragrance” as part of their labeling without showing the consumer what is truly in their product. It’s those “fragrances” that I felt were possibly the root cause to my wellness decline.
That is when I took inventory of the fragrance creators in my house and picked what I felt were three easy areas that I could begin to move towards a Chemical Free Home.
So what do I believe are the three easiest ways to detox your home of unnecessary fragrances and Chemicals?
For me it was my Laundry, Air fresheners, and household Cleaners.
In this post, I'm going to show you how I transformed these three simple areas with easy to make natural cleaning products that don't break the bank and clean your house amazingly.
Step #1 Detox your home- Let’s talk Laundry- Fragrance Free Laundry
For a few years, I tried to use the commercial brand laundry soaps and dryer sheets that were labeled Free and sensitive.
Don’t get me wrong, these are a great beginner step to detox your home and rid it of unnecessary fragrances.
But after looking on the EWG.com site at the rating of the top Free and Sensitive dryer sheets and washing soap on the market, I still found they were receiving low grades of either a D or F on how toxic they are.
That is why I began to make my homemade laundry soap and use wool balls and essential oils in my dryer.
Plus I was wanting to save money and all those people on Pinterest were saying how much cheaper it was to make your own.
What?? Save some money and detox your home at the same time?? Sign me up! So I went on the search for the best homemade laundry soap, did a little testing of my own and came up with a DIY homemade laundry soap.
Click here to check out my homemade laundry soap recipe. https://www.byoilydesign.com/diy-powder-laundry-soap/
All of it’s ingredients score A’s on the EWG site. After using it for 5 + years I’m still super happy with the results. Our clothes are clean and even my husbands dirty farm clothes come out looking great! Plus it’s cost me less per load than commercial laundry soap.
Wool Balls are now my official favorite way to scent my clothes. Just a couple of drops of essential oil and I have great smelling laundry at a fraction of the cost of dryer sheets. The average US dryer sheet cost about 5 cents. I use 1-2 drops of citrus fresh or lavender essential oil on a wool ball and I find myself saving money.
I've used these wool balls for over a year and they still look great after being used nonstop!
In the end, I learned that taking the steps to detox your home of fragrance creating Laundry products can be cheaper and just as effective as the commercial brands. This step was super easy to implement to move towards a more chemical free home.
Step #2 for a Chemical free home- Get rid of those Air Fresheners
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Oh how I love Air Fresheners
I admit I’m addicted to my house smelling amazing. I use to have those air freshener plug thingys all over the house, candles going and usually a spray bottle of something wonderful smelling in my hand, spritzing the world. Like I said, my house was smelling mountain fresh.
When going to a fragrance and Chemical free home, these were a must to go. And do you know, I had no idea how much money I was wasting on them until I stopped.
Now I make my own air fresheners with essential oils and water. I also love using my Essential Oil Diffuser recipes to create a wonderful scent in the air. Have you checked out my diffuser recipe posts?
Using the diffuser that came in my premium starter kit has to be the best tool for helping me kick my chemical-laden, plugin, spray air freshener habit.
Plus with just the oils from my starter kit I can create a dozen or more diffuser blends to scent my home. That is way more variety and cost less than buying dozens of air freshener scents. And I have the added therapeutic benefits of the essential oils.
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One of the reasons I love to include a spray bottle in the Jump Start Kit (I send each person who signs up to get a Young Living Premium Starter Kit as me as the enroller this awesome kit) is because it gives you the chance to learn how to detox your home by making your own room spray so you can ditch those nasty chemical fake fragrance sprays.
My Favorite room spray is made with two oils from the Young Living Premium starter kit plus one extra- 3 drops Citrus Fresh, 2 drops peppermint in a 2oz spray bottle and fill the rest of the way with water. Lightly shake and spray. This bottle will last forever and to make the mixture cost me around 20 cents to make! Way cheaper than what I had been buying.
Check out this room spray I made that is strong enough to neutralize diaper smell. It smells amazing. Here is a link to that post https://www.byoilydesign.com/2016/01/26/a-busy-moms-way-…the-diaper-smell/
I love using these amber bottles to make my room spray with.
Step #3 Create a chemical-free home with natural cleaners
You know, maybe our grandmothers were way smarter than us.
Give them a bottle of vinegar and a scrub brush and they could clean the world. When I imagine a Chemical Free home I always picture my grandmother’s house. It makes me smile and I figure if she can live a chemical-free life before it was “in style” then starting to detox my home shouldn’t be so hard.
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There were so many days I left the grocery store feeling like half my grocery bill went to cleaning products.
To be honest, I decided I would rather use that money on something yummy like more ice cream. And if you think about it, there is probably something else you’d rather spend that money on too.
I can list a bunch of stuff- new pair of jeans, that cute dress I saw online yesterday, a new DVD for my girls to watch on our upcoming road trip, a bottle of wine. Do you see my point?
I then began to listen more to my mother in law, and started thinking back to my grandma and began cleaning my house with mostly vinegar.
But then I had a big buzzkill, yep I felt like my house smelled like a pickle and I so missed my eucalyptus and lemon smelling cleaning products.
This right here was the reason I bought my premium starter kit in the first place. I wanted to find a way to scent my DIY cleaning products so my house smelled amazing again.
And guess what, I figured out how to do that. Now going on 5 years I haven’t bought a single nasty chemical-laden cleaning product, I’ve saved tons of money, my house is clean (when I take the time to actually do it).
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Check out one of my favorite Chemical free home cleaners, it’s a Carpet Deodorizer.
This helps kill all sorts of smells. It’s super easy to make, I can make a batch in under 2 minutes and then all you do is sprinkle on the carpet and vacuum.
It’s even safe enough that I let my girls use it and vacuum their own rooms. I love the fact if they decide to dump the whole mason jar of DIY Carpet Deodorizer over their pretty little heads it’s safe and nontoxic.
Here is the link to the recipe and a quick video of me making it. https://www.byoilydesign.com/diy-carpet-freshener/
As you can see, starting to detox your home doesn’t have to be overwhelming and scary. In just three easy steps you can begin to have a more chemical free home for less money than you are spending right now on traditional home cleaners, Laundry detergents, and air fresheners.
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