Step-by-Step Toxin-Free Living: Week 4

Toxin-Free Floor Cleaner

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When it comes to our flooring, it was tough to find a product on the market that had no warnings.

The floor is where our babies play, our animals relax, and they have a role in our whole-home toxicity.

The convenience of grabbing carpet or hard surface cleaner at the store is nice, but it’s not worth it if you’re choosing organ, reproductive, and respiratory- destroying products in the process.

Hard Surface Flooring

Option 1:

The one we use in our home (because we use it in place of TEN toxic cleaners) is Thieves Household Cleaner.

We simply fill this refillable mop with hot water, add one capful of Thieves Household Cleaner, and mop away with amazing results!

The best part about this cleaner is the wonderful smell!

It’s like Christmas and coziness all wrapped up into one. We always get compliments after mopping!

Option 2:

I have used Babyganics products in the past, so I chose them as the in-store buy, but please know that this company does have some products that rate an “F,” and therefore cannot be fully trusted.

Babyganics Floor Cleaner

I am choosing from EWG but have never actually used this cleaner. I wouldn’t personally waste my time only because I know Thieves Household Cleaner is so effective and I always have it on hand.

However, if you’re looking for a quick buy and are willing to try it out, Babyganics rates as an “A,” even if it does have a vision concern.

Carpet Cleaners

Unfortunately there were no carpet cleaners that scored an “A” without any concerns, but feel free to see what did make the “A” list here.

Option 1:

When it comes to carpets, Thieves still comes in handy! I add one capful of Thieves Household Cleaner to 1 C baking soda, sprinkle on the carpet and scrub in with a bristled brush in those extra stubborn spots.

Let sit for an hour, and vacuum.

Option 2:

Add 1C baking soda to a glass bowl.

Drop 5 or 6 drops of Young Living’s Purification essential oil blend or Citrus Fresh blend in and stir.

Sprinkle on carpet. Scrub stubborn spots. Let sit for an hour, and vacuum.

Final Thoughts

For our family, buying doesn’t make sense in the store. Why waste our money on something that might work, when I already have Thieves Household Cleaner and purifying oils in my cabinet?

It’s also super easy to make, works so well, and leaves our home smelling so fresh!

How to Get the Products Above

You have three options.

Option 1: The Premium Starter Kit (best value)

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Benefits

  • 24% discount for life on all products
  • No obligation to buy-ever
  • The leading essential oils available
  • You can visit the farms and watch the entire process seed-to-seal.
  • You can choose a monthly wellness box like me and receive up to $200 in free products each month
  • Tons of guidance and support
  • Free Welcome Kit and personalized help

Option 2: Basic Starter Kit

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Pros + Cons

PROS:

  • 24% discount for life on all products
  • No obligation to buy-ever
  • The leading essential oils available
  • You can visit the farms and watch the entire process seed-to-seal
  • You can choose a monthly wellness box like me and receive up to $200 in free products each month
  • Tons of guidance and support
  • Free Welcome Kit and personalized help

CONS:

  • Much slower start toward a toxin-free life than Premium Starter Kit
  • Doesn’t come with a diffuser

YL + Toxin-Free Living

I chose Young Living after spending a long time researching.

Young Living made sense for our family because it was a source I could trust when I kept running into different companies off the shelf that I couldn’t.

However you choose to live toxin-free, make sure you research using free resources like ewg.org to learn the truth about your products and keep your family as safe as possible for generations to come.

DIY Staples + Pricing

One of the biggest issues I hear when it comes to living this toxin-free lifestyle are the upfront costs.

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We’ve already nailed down how much each of our toxic products cost (minus doctor visits for what it does to our bodies), and we’ve added that into our budget, so how do we make the switch without breaking the bank?

What’s even harder to figure out is how we’re going to front this cost while still buying the toxic products as we wait to gather the non-toxic.

I’ve created this list of what is used the very most in common recipes and some average pricing that comes along with it, so you can budget out how to get started on this cleaner, healthier life.

DIY Staples + Pricing

1.) Coconut oil: $15 for 32 oz.

I get the big tub because this is such a necessity for so many recipes. I also use it for cooking or popping popcorn, so it makes sense. Also, every time I pull it out, I only need a couple tablespoons, so it lasts a good, long while.

2.) Beeswax: $15

First, let me give you some advice.

You may see an opportunity to save some money by getting the beeswax bars. Save yourself! Don’t do it!

My friend, Laurie and I got a good laugh out of our frustration from trying to slowly chip away at and shave a block of beeswax once, and while it was surely funny, in the end it was something that wouldn’t have been quite so hilarious if I was in my own kitchen trying to make it just another part of my day.  Trust me. Get the pellets.

I also find this to be such a great money saver because again, I can get so many uses out of this beeswax bag, and the recipes make so much that I save a ton in comparison to buying any in-store organic or toxin-free options! For example, 3 tbs. of beeswax will make 30 tubes of chapstick. Talk about savings!

3.) Baking Soda: $5

Oh my goodness, do I ever use the heck out of baking soda!

However, it’s only a small amount at a time, so this 4 lb. bag really lasts a good, long time!

4.) Shea Butter: $12

Shea butter, how I love you. I only use such a small amount in recipes that stretch for so long that I maybe only buy shea once or twice a year!

5.) Castile Soap: $16

Again, I use such a small amount each time, but the products I make with it last so long that I come out ahead every time!

TOTAL: $63

Recipes Using the Staples

Sun Lotion
Three Ingredient Lotion
Self Tanner/Bronzer
Non-Toxic Handsoap
Deodorant
Dishwasher Detergent
Powerful Grease-Cutting Dish Soap
Laundry Detergent
Fabric Softener
Baby Wipes
Makeup Remover
Best Chapstick Ever!
Face Wash
Shaving Gel

Real Life Uses

As I shared in my Step-By-Step Toxin-Free Living guide, I choose to mix my DIY with in-store and Young Living purchases.

I do this for both convenience as well as current needs.

For example, having all the ingredients I need for sun lotion (screen) is super important to me with two little boys and skin myself that burns easily. I hate running out and getting to the store just to find the toxin-free options are sold out or way over priced.

On the flip side, I cannot find a conditioner in the store or in DIY form yet that can match Young Living’s Lavender Mint conditioner. Seven months into this 10 oz. bottle with my horse’s tail-like head of hair, I’m shocked at how well it’s stretched, so why not earn 25% back with a 24% discount on a product that I love?

Finally, I choose to buy something like shampoo because I’ve yet to find one that fits my crazy hair like this one. However I do make sure I use my ewg.org app. each time I pick up a new bottle just to make sure it hasn’t undergone any changes in formula that will make it toxic.

Final Note

These are simply the staples. The ingredients that we use time and again.

Of course there will be others that come up often like washing soda for cleaning or vitamin E for skincare, but my advice no matter what is this: go at your own pace.

Not sure where to start?

Try my Step-by-Step Toxin-Free Living guide!