Spring Cleaning Series // Part 1: The Kitchen
Oh, the kitchen! The place we spend most of our time when we're at home. It's a continual cycle of getting it messy and then cleaning it up. Oils can be used as an alternative to traditional cleaning chemicals in the home. You can literally start swapping out every single chemical cleaning toxin in your home to live a purer lifestyle, and you can do it without breaking the bank!
I use the Thieves Household Cleaner on everything in our kitchen. A little bit goes such a long way and it's amazing for the daily cleanups and the deep cleans, plus everything in between! It’s refreshing to know that I can spray the counter and appliances and not have to worry about toxins floating in the air and coming into contact with our food.
My favorite use is as an all-purpose cleaner. In a 16 oz. glass spray bottle, put two capfuls of Thieves cleaner and fill the rest up with distilled water. It's my absolute favorite for countertops - smells fresh, safe for little hands and for their food, and cuts through grease easily.
Who really gets the chance to deep clean?? Let's be honest here - still, I love that I can spray everything down and feel confident I'm walking away from a germ-free kitchen. Also, great to use for minor spills on floors, for the trash can lid, and for wiping down the stove. Since there is Thieves essential oil in the thieves cleaner, it aids in boosting our immune systems as well!
Let's continue with our theme, and take the kitchen swap dare! Here are some ideas for your kitchen:
- Toxic foaming hand soaps // swap // Thieves & Lavender hand soap
- Toxic surface cleaners (all) // swap // Thieves Household Cleaner (this one bottle cleans everything and will last you the entire year!)
- Toxic dish soap // swap // Thieves dish soap
- Fruit & Veggie Sprays // swap // Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak &/or Spray
- Sanitizing Wipes // swap // Thieves Wipes
- Waterless Hand Purifier // swap // Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier (goodbye triclosan!)
- Non-stickPots & Pans // swap // Titanium Pot, Pand & Glass Lids
- Plastic steamers // swap // Glass Steamer
The lovely ladies leading our team, The Essential Collective, have a great page about all the reasons you should swap out these kitchen items.
Some other uses to show off how versatile this product is:
-Kitchen Appliances: Mix one capful of Thieves cleaner with 2 cups of water and spray all appliances.
-Wooden Cabinets/Furniture: Mix one capful of Thieves with 1 cup of Olive Oil and wipe everything down. You can add 2-3 drops of Lemon Essential Oil to the mixture too, for extra sprucing up!
-Tile and Grout: Add 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1/2 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray tile and grout. Let sit for a couple of minutes. Use a small brush to get stains out. You may use less water for stronger concentration as needed.
-Floor Cleaner: Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 4 cups of water (add 2-3 drops of Lemon essential oil for a fresh lemon scent and/or 1 tsp of white vinegar for streak-free clean). Mop away!
-Trash Cans: For interior garbage cans, mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray trash cans and wipe clean to remove dirt and grime. Consider placing a cotton ball with 2-3 drops of Thieves essential oil to keep trash can smelling clean.
-Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 2 cups of water. Wipe down kitchen surfaces to remove dirt, sticky residue, etc.
-Consider placing a cotton ball with 2-3 drops of Thieves essential oil to keep areas under sinks, cupboards, etc. smelling clean.
-Dish Soap; 2 cups unscented Castile soap; 20 drops Lime EO; 8 drops Lemon EO; 6 drops Citrus Fresh EO; mix all ingredients together into a glass jar.
-Dishwasher Detergent: 1 cup Baking Soda; 1 cup Borax; 1/4 cup Citric Acid; 15 drops Lemon EO; 10 drops Orange or Thieves EO; ~ mix all together and store it in a glass jar. Add a sachet of white rice to absorb the moisture.
Some other things you can do to keep your kitchen healthy:
- Eat organic, fresh foods
- Avoid drinking from bottled water and try and limit the use of juice boxes
- No more kiddie plastic plates and bowls. Use re-usable stainless steel plates until littles are ready for the family plates.
- Swap all drinking cups and bottles with glass and/or stainless steel ones
- Slowly switch out your food storage containers to ones made of glass
- No longer buy canned food
- Filter your tap water