As someone who’s suffered from chronic illnesses all my life, finding ways to live a non-toxic lifestyle is extremely important to me. And I’ll bet I’m not alone. Many people want to live what is called a green lifestyle but think it’s too hard and too expensive. So, here I’ll show you 14 ways to live green that are surprisingly easy, fun, and inexpensive.
Just the Facts
I want to share a few statistics and facts with you about chemicals in the home that affect your health. Did you know that Americans now spend between 80-90% of their time inside and that the average American home contains over 63 hazardous products?
In addition to the seven million accidental poisonings each year in America from chemicals in the home, chemically-manufactured household cleaners are the number one contributor to air pollution indoors, where air quality is seven times more polluted than the outdoors, even when considering pollution caused by vehicles and factories!
Liquid dish soap is the leading cause of poisonings in the home for children under the age of 6 (over 2.1 million accidental poisonings per year) (contains formaldehyde and ammonia in most brands).
A 15-year study revealed that women who work at home have a 54% higher risk of developing certain health problems than women who work away from the home. The only thing linked to this increased risk was increased exposure to household cleaners!
Get this! The average newborn baby has 287 chemicals found in their umbilical cord blood, 180 of which cause cancer in humans or animals. 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system. Scary!
And it gets worse when you consider the toxic chemicals in our personal care products! From antiperspirants to perfumes, from toothpaste to skin care products, Americans have been unknowingly poisoning themselves and their families with hundreds of chemical compounds that the body is unequipped to deal with.
Experts agree that anyone serious about experiencing improved health today and in the long-run must begin to replace products made with toxic chemicals with personal care and household products that are safe for the body. And what if there were some products that were simpler, less expensive, and more effective than the toxic products? Wouldn’t you at least want to give them a try?
Problems with Standard Household Cleaners
One common name-brand All-Purpose Spray with Bleach warns to “avoid prolonged or repeated skin contact” and “prolonged breathing of vapor.” But this product is designed to be used in areas that can often have poor ventilation, and who wants to break out a gas mask and industrial-strength rubber gloves every time you wipe down your counters or sink? The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for Clorox Clean-Up with Bleach is 10 pages long! It says on the first page, “This chemical is considered hazardous by the 2012 OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.”
Let’s look at one common name-brand bathtub cleaner, Comet Powder Cleanser. It has been used in millions of American households for decades, yet it gives off chlorine fumes for up to 2 weeks after use and leaves a gritty residue behind. This product can cause “coughing or irritation of nose and throat” and contact with the skin may cause “superficial temporary irritation.” In individuals with lung issues (like me!) this product may lead to “reduced lung function.” Even worse, one of the ingredients in this product is a known carcinogen in animals.
Last, but definitely not least, let’s look at the warnings on common brands of toilet bowl cleaners. You can’t have any skin contact with this product or even inhale it without it causing some sort of problem. For any contact with your skin, the label says to “IMMEDIATELY flush with plenty of water for at least 15-20 minutes.” Of course, if accidentally ingested, you have to call the Poison Control Center and face “mucosal damage.” If this product has any accidental contact with the eyes, you have to flush your eyes for 15-20 minutes with water and then call the Poison Control Center. If this product is accidentally mixed with any other cleaning product, “hazardous gases may be released.”
Does this sound like a product you want in your home?
We’ve all been sold that there’s no alternative — the only way to have a clean toilet bowl is to work with a poisonous substance that gives off toxic fumes well after you’re done using it. This is complete nonsense.
There is one simple solution that once you try it, you’ll realize it kicks ALL of these toxic cleaners to the curb in both its effectiveness and in the fact that it is completely safe! And per use, you’re spending less than a penny!
This is the Thieves Household Cleaner. For general use, get a 32 oz. spray bottle, add 1 oz. of Thieves Household Cleaner, fill the bottle with water and you are ready to go! There is over 14 oz. of concentrated cleaner in this bottle, and when diluted it will make 14 bottles of cleaner, each one lasting for months depending on how big your house is and how often you clean!!
14 Easy, Fun and Inexpensive Solutions
1. To use in the bathtub where grime can accumulate, first sprinkle about ½ c. of baking soda in the tub then spray with the Thieves Household Cleaner and get scrubbing! This not only works better than the toxic bathtub cleaner I just told you about, but it leaves even the dirtiest tub completely sparkling, fresh and grit-free!
2. To clean the toilet bowl, dump about ¼ c. of baking soda in the toilet bowl along with a couple of drops of Thieves Essential Oil. Scrub the toilet bowl, then let it sit for a minute or two before flushing to allow the Thieves Essential Oil to do its work of sanitizing. You can also pour a small amount of Thieves Household Cleaner right into the toilet bowl, then scrub.
Here are a few more ideas for using the 100% non-toxic and effective Thieves Household Cleaner around your house:
3. For a natural glass cleaner, you can just use the Thieves Household Cleaner in the spray bottle or you can add 1/10 oz. Thieves Household Cleaner to 32 oz. of water and add a splash of white vinegar if you choose.
4. For a mold & mildew remover, you can use a couple of drops of Thieves Essential Oil directly on site if the area is small. For larger areas, such as driveways or sidewalks, fill a bucket with a tsp. of Thieves Household Cleaner in warm water, apply to area and clean.
5. For a natural and non-toxic dishwashing liquid, add 1/3 oz. of Thieves Household Cleaner and 4 drops of Thieves Essential Oil or 5-6 drops of Lemon Essential Oil to 32 oz. of water. You can also get the new Thieves Dish Soap!
6. One cap full of Thieves Household Cleaner will clean one load of laundry or you can get the Thieves Laundry Soap! When you use the Thieves Household Cleaner or Laundry Soap in your laundry, clothes are soft and clean. To get out stubborn spots, pretreat with the Laundry Soap.
7. For a natural and non-toxic fabric softener, add 1-2 drops of Thieves Essential Oil to a woolen dryer ball and place in the dryer with the laundry to be dried. OR take a jar and add 3 c White Vinegar, 1/4 c Rubbing Alcohol (or vodka), and 20 drops of Thieves Essential Oil (you can also use other essential oils such as Purification or Lavender). Shake before use, and add ½-¾ cup to your fabric softener dispenser in your washing machine the next time you do a load. (Did you know that of the 3-10 gallons of toxic household cleaning products in a home, the chemicals in dryer sheets and fabric softeners are considered to be among the most toxic? They contain the known carcinogens Benzyl Acetate, Chloroform and Dichlorobenzene, as well as several chemicals on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste List.)
8. To freshen air, diffuse your favorite essential oils, including Thieves, in one of Young Living’s diffusers. Thieves Essential Oil will cleanse, purify and help clear the air of bad smells.
9. For a non-toxic carpet freshener, Thieves Essential Oil can be sprinkled on straight for heavy duty deodorizing. For medium to light freshening, mix a few drops of Thieves Essential Oil with baking soda. Sprinkle on carpet, let sit several hours, then vacuum up.
10. For a fruit & vegetable wash, fill your sink with cool water and add 2 drops of Thieves Essential Oil along with a small amount (1 Tbsp.) of apple cider vinegar. Wash your produce in this solution, then rinse with pure water. Insects, parasites, and some pesticide residues will wash right away. You can also use the new Thieves Fruit and Veggie Wash!
11. For a spot or stain remover on carpets or clothing, use Thieves Essential Oil straight on the stain after testing the fabric or carpet in an inconspicuous location to make sure it retains its proper color. You may also try the All-purpose Thieves Household Cleaner described above or the Thieves Spray.
12. For a non-toxic paint remover, sprinkle Thieves Essential Oil straight on affected area to help the paint come off more easily.
13. For a toxin-free dishwasher detergent, put 4 to 6 drops of Thieves Dish Soap in the detergent compartment. You can add vinegar and/or Lemon Essential Oil or Thieves Household Cleaner to the rinse aid area.
14. What about stinky smells in the bathroom? Do you use air fresheners, candles or plug-ins? Do you know what kind of toxic chemicals they contain? Some reports say they are more toxic than cigarettes. They contain high levels of phthalates, which are known to be especially harmful to children. These chemicals were even present in sprays which were claimed to be “All-Natural” and “unscented.” Instead, use Purification Essential Oil blend. Keep a bottle by the toilet and add a drop to the toilet water after you flush.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these 15 ways to go green easily and inexpensively. Next time, we’ll talk about replacing your toxic personal care products, like shampoo, soap and more.
Learn more in my new book, Be in Health: Bible-Based Health Restoration: Living in Harmony with God’s Ways Regarding Health. Available now.