Every year about this time people start feeling like doing a little spring cleaning. Do you find yourself feeling motivated to freshen things up a bit after a long winter with the house closed up and the furnace or a wood burner running? There is something motivating about the spring. It makes you feel like getting out and doing things. I find myself wanting to give the house a good cleaning.

Most of the cleaning products on the market these days are full of toxic chemicals that are not at all good for your health. I’m sure you are like me, you do NOT want to be poisoning your family every day with the products you are using to clean your home. Health and safety data only exists for 15 percent of all the chemicals out there, even though so many are known to cause asthma or endocrine disruptions.

Essential oils are a better way. They are totally free of harsh chemicals, steam distilled or cold pressed from pure plants. Young Living’s Thieves Product Line is plant based and free of dangerous harsh chemicals.


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Here are a few DIY recipes using Thieves Products for natural cleaning in your home.

Glass and Mirror Cleaner

1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
5 drops Citrus Fresh essential oil (or any citrus oils)
1 teaspoon white vinegar
3 cups water

Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and shake well to combine. To use, spray windows and glass surfaces liberally and wipe clean with a lint-free cloth.

Deep Cleaning Scrub

1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
2–3 tablespoons baking soda
3 drops Young Living Lemon Essential oil
Combine Thieves Household Cleaner and enough baking soda to form a thick paste. Apply mixture with a clean cloth, sponge, or scrubbing brush and scour the surface thoroughly.

Deep Cleaning Scrub – Larger batch

Ingredients:
3 cups Baking Soda
3/4 cup Thieves Household Cleaner
1 Tbsp Distilled Vinegar
30 drops Young Living Lemon Essential oil

Directions:
1. In a large glass bowl, add your Thieves Household cleaner, vinegar and Lemon essential oil.
2. Then slowly add your baking soda, stirring to combine.
3. Once completely mixed through, transfer to your desired container. I recycled my old honey jar. It fit perfectly. You could even use an old soap dish bottle. (However you may need to add a bit of water to thin it enough to squirt through the top)
4. Use wherever a little more scrubbing action is needed.
Once completely mixed through, transfer to your desired container. You may need to add a bit of water to thin it if you are using a squirt bottle like an old dish soap bottle.

DIY Thieves Cleaning Wipes

Ingredients
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 Tablespoon Thieves Household Cleaner
10 drops Lemon essential oil
20 high quality paper napkins (Coffee filters also make good cleaning wipes.)
Glass container with lid

Directions
Combine all ingredients, except the napkins, in glass container. Stir to combine.
Add the paper napkins. Make sure all the napkins are damp. Cover with lid.
Store in a cool, dark place.
Makes 20 wipes.

Note: For reusable cleaning wipes, cut several cotton fabric squares into 5-inch squares. Put the fabric squares in a sealable glass container. Old t-shirts make nice cleaning wipes. Pour liquid over the cloths. Make sure the cloths are well dampened.

Carpet Spot Cleaner

1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
6 cups water

Mix water and Thieves Household Cleaner in a spray bottle, shaking to combine. To use, lightly spray the spot and blot with a clean white cloth. Repeat as needed.

Wood Floor Cleaner
5 drops Citrus Fresh
2 capfuls Thieves Household Cleaner
1 cup olive oil
Mix in 1 gallon warm water in a bucket. Use to mop floors.

Wood Cabinets
Combine 5 drops Citrus Fresh, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 capful Thieves Household Cleaner in a small bowl. Apply evenly to wood cabinets with a damp cloth.

Kitchen Sink and Countertops
Combine 3 cups water and 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner in a spray bottle. Spray surfaces with solution and wipe clean.

Toilet Cleaner
Combine 1 cup water and 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner in a spray bottle. Spray toilet liberally, let sit 15 minutes, then scrub with a brush. Flush to rinse. Spray seat and outer surface, then wipe clean.

Trash Can
Pour 1-2 capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner into trash can. Fill with water and let sit for an hour or more. Pour out water and wipe dry.

DIY Stain Remover with Thieves Laundry Soap

1 bar solid castile soap, unscented, shaved into small pieces
1/3 cup washing soda
2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
½ cup water
2 tablespoons Thieves Laundry Soap
4 drops Lemon essential oil
Empty deodorant container
Empty lip balm container

1 Add all ingredients except for the essential oil and laundry soap into a saucepan.
2 Heat on low until the soap and all the particles are mostly melted.
3 Remove from the heat.
4 Add Thieves laundry soap and essential oil and evenly mix.
5 Let cool slightly and empty the mixture into a ziplock bag.
6 Cut the corner off and squeeze the liquid into your containers.
7 Put on the lids, let completely cool.
8 Lightly dampen stick with a wet washcloth before use to adequately spread around the stained area.
9 Wash as you normally would.

Once you finish your spring cleaning, why not have a cup of tea with a couple drops of Citrus Fresh in it. It’s Oh So Tasty. ; )

I can hardly believe it is March already. The seasons seem to fly by so quickly. I guess it feels that way when we are getting old.

Another Spring will be here soon. Spring is a time for renewal and freshening up around the house and even our mental state. We have been indoors and running the furnace. That may be why the Spring season makes us want to open the windows and let the fresh air flow in while we do a little spring cleaning.

It is a good idea to diffuse during any season but especially in the winter season when the air becomes stale. Some Spring Diffuser Recipes will surely help freshen the air and also help get in the frame of mind for the coming Spring season.

Spring Fresh Diffuser Blend
3 drops Purification
3 drops Eucalyptus Globulus
3 drops Pine
2 drops Ravintsara
1 drop Petitgrain

Spring Garden
5 drops Lavender
3 drops Jasmine
3 drops Ylang Ylang
3 drops Hyssop
1 drop Elemi
1 drop Geranium

Wipe away those winter blues while disinfecting and deodorizing the kitchen, bathroom, or work area:

4 drops of rosemary
8 drops of lemon
4 drops of eucalyptus
8 drops of lavender
1/2 quart distilled water
1/2 cup alcohol
Mix in a spray bottle. Shake well and continue to shake well while using to keep the oils and water from separating.

Lemon oil is an amazing essential oil for cleaning and freshening up most anything. You can add several drops to your cleaning solutions to clean and purify your kitchen and bathroom. Lemon is tough on dirt but it also smells wonderful.

Make a spray bottle of water with 15-25 drops of lemon oil to sanitize bathroom or on kitchen surfaces.
Add lemon oil to freshen and sanitize your dish sponge or cloth.
Use 1-2 drops lemon oil to remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon.
A few drops of lemon will make your wood furniture glow.

One oil I really love using in diffusing and in cleaning is Abundance oil, especially in my office and other areas in my home where I do business projects. Abundance oil is great to put you in a feeling of abundance but also is uplifting and smells awesome!

Cleaning Floors
1/8 cup Thieves Dish Soap
1/8 cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm water
Mix ingredients in a bucket. Use to mop floors.

Furniture Polish
16 ounce spray bottle
Two teaspoons olive oil ( preferably the light kind)
15 drops of essential lemon oil
1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water
Spray formula on your rag or directly onto the furniture. Wipe it dry immediately. The olive oil conditions and the vinegar cleans. You can also squirt some on your dust mop for your hardwood floors

Mirror and Glass Cleaner
3 cups water
5 drops Citrus Fresh
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
Combine in a spray bottle.
Spray mirrors with solution and wipe clean with a lint free cloth.


Tub Cleaner

Make a thick paste with Thieves Household Cleaner and baking soda. Apply to tub and scrub with sponge or a soft cloth. Let sit 15 minutes, then rinse.

Healthier Bleach
1 cup peroxide
1 cup water
20 drops lemon
Mix and use.

Essential Oils Good For Cleaning:
Thieves
Purification
Citrus Fresh
Cinnamon
Clove
Eucalyptus
Thyme
Spruce
Lemon
Lemongrass
Grapefruit
Melaleuca

One of the most overlooked natural cleaners available is vinegar. Vinegar is used by many for cleaning purposes, as it’s natural and doesn’t contain the harsh chemicals that many store-bought cleaners contain. Vinegar is effective with mold and is a natural antiseptic and fungicide. Just put it in a spray bottle and go. The smell with dissipate within a few hours. There are so many ways to use vinegar around the house. Here are just a few ways that vinegar will become a staple in your cleaning routine!

Mold and Mildew Spray
2 cups distilled white vinegar with 2 cups water
Pour vinegar into a spray bottle and spray on infected area. The smell will dissipate in a few hours (open a window to speed up the process).
Helpful Hint: For areas with persistent mold problems, use tea tree oil instead of vinegar, combining 2 drops of tea tree oil with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle.

Cleaning Moldy Windows
Add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water along with two caps full of Thieves Household Cleaner. Use a small towel to apply the liquid and a squeegee to clean it off. Floor-to-ceiling windows sparkle in minutes!

Bathroom Cleaning Tips
Vinegar works great on bathroom floors, fixtures, and faucets to remove hard water stains and buildup. Use a 50/50 blend on most hard water spots. For harder to remove stains use a 2:1 ratio of vinegar to water. For an additional cleaning boost, add 2 drops lemon or orange oil for every cup of water used.

Kitchen Cleaning Tips
Drains and garbage disposal, pour 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1/2 cup white vinegar and cover tightly with a plug or wet rag. Let mixture sit for five minutes, then flush with boiling water.

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During the summer months I always love to drink more iced tea. It’s so refreshing on a hot day. Here are a few recipe ideas to change things up a bit.


iced-tea
Peppermint Iced Tea


4 decaffeinated green tea bags
1/4 c. Young Living Blue Agave
3 drops Young Living peppermint essential oil
3 limes


In the bottom of a 64-ounce pitcher, pour agave and peppermint essential oil. Pour hot water over top and stir. Add tea bags and steep until it has a dark caramel color. Quarter limes. Fill serving glasses with ice and squeeze one lime slice in each glass. Pour tea over ice and garnish with a sprig of mint and serve.

Lemon Lime Iced Tea

Ingredients
2 black or green tea bags
32 ounces of boiling water
2 drops Lemon Vitality Essential Oil
2 drops Lime Vitality Essential Oil
2 tsp Young Living Blue Agave (Omit if you, like me, prefer unsweetened tea)

Directions
Steep tea in boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and add in Lemon and Lime essential oils. Add 2 teaspoons of Agave syrup if you desire sweetness. Stir and pour into ice filled glasses

Other Citrus Vitality Oils – Citrus Fresh, lime, grapefruit, jade lemon, orange, tangerine.


slique-tea
Slique Essence is delicious added to Slique Tea. Have you tried Slique Tea Iced? It’s really delicious on it’s own but add some oils and you’ll have a real treat.


Slique Tea contains jade oolong tea leaves, sought after for their rich aroma and powerful antioxidant content. These leaves are handpicked from the high mountain regions of Taiwan, known for producing some of the world’s finest teas. All of these ingredients are enhanced with 100% pure therapeutic-grade Arabian frankincense powder, an exclusive ingredient from Young Living’s distillery in Salalah, Oman.

Citrus Slique Tea
2 Slique Tea bags
32 ounces of boiling water
3 drops Young Living Lemon Vitality essential oil
3 drops Orange Vitality essential oil


Directions
Steep tea in boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and add in Lemon and Lime essential oils. Add 2 teaspoons of Agave syrup if you desire sweetness. Stir and pour into ice filled glasses.


Other Citrus Vitality Oils – Citrus Fresh, lime, grapefruit, jade lemon, tangerine.


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d-Limonene is a phytochemical that has been found to be a powerful immune supporting constituent. It is a widely distributed, natural, phytochemical compound found in citrus fruits, spices, herbs, and some conifer essential oils. For instance, cold-pressed orange rind contains 91% d-limonene.

Incorporating d-limonene in your diet is a healthy life-style choice that helps support a healthy immune system.

d-Limonene Content of Selected Essential Oils

d-limonene essential oils

Essential Oils – – Percent Limonene

Grapefruit – – – 95.12%
Tangerine – – – 94.62%
Orange – – – 91.40%
Mandarin – – – 72.36%
Lemon – – – 65.44%
Elemi – – – 50.50%
Lime – – – 49.01%
Bergamot – – – 40.39%
Ledum – – – 23.34%
Dill – – – 21.26%
Black Pepper – – – 17.42%
Frankincense – – – 16.40%
Fir – – – 15.80%
Neroli – – – 15.64%
Spearmint – – – 15.16%
Myrtle – – – 10.54%
Pine – – – 10.25%

Young Living Citrus Fresh combines six essential oils: Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, and Spearmint. This blend has an uplifting, refreshing aroma, and it contains the naturally occurring constituent limonene from the citrus essential oils, as well as carvone from Spearmint.

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