Having just come off a month focusing on foundational health, detoxing and re-setting metabolism, it is a natural transition to further your detox by greening your cleaning.

Did you know that once-weekly use of cleaning products for 20 years may be equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes a day for 10 to 20 years? Cleaning agents and personal care products are also the second and third most frequent cause for calls to poison control in the U.S. In addition, long-term exposure to household cleaners and disinfectants has been linked to increases in asthmatic symptoms, nervous system damage, low sperm count, irregularities in menstruation and miscarriage.

Are you ready to ditch the rubber gloves and gas mask when doing your weekly cleaning? How about using products and essential oils that will build up your immune system while you work?

First you have to be able to abandon the idea that something is clean when it smells bleached, and you can actually get a better, healthier, cheaper and wider ranging clean than with all the products you are currently using.

Keep your cupboards stocked with these items: baking soda, white vinegar, castile soap, hydrogen peroxide, and several different essential oils.

Lemon essential oil has broad cleansing and disinfecting properties which, when combined with vinegar, a bit of cornstarch and water, can be used to clean windows; as a furniture polish (mixed with olive oil and white vinegar), and when used with water in a spray bottle makes an effective stainless steel appliance cleaner (no streaks!). Use the castile soap and water in a foamer bottle, with your favorite essential oil, for hand wash and dishwashing liquid.

A paste of baking soda and water with melaleuca (tea tree oil) will kill the fungus and mold in your tile and grout. The company whose oils I use makes a blend of oils that have been proven to kill viruses, fungus, MRSA, H1N1, and flu. I keep a 4 ounce spray bottle with ½ white vinegar and ½ distilled water, and 10 drops of this blend of wild orange, clove bud, eucalyptus, rosemary and cinnamon. I use this to clean my stove, microwave and refrigerator interior. To clean my kitchen and bathroom sink and toilet, I sprinkle baking soda and then spray with this mixture, let sit a few minutes and wipe clean.

You can keep your home clean and your body healthy with these simple and inexpensive items. Be sure to catch my next class on “Greening your cleaning”, ask me for the link.

Paula is a Wellness Advocate with

doTERRA essential oils, contact her at (530) 863-0190,

pauladavid@outlook.com, or find her oil-products at Z’s Boardwalk Boutique

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