At first, I didn’t want to use my oils for cleaning. I just wanted to use them on my body. I felt like I was wasting my money. I threw out most of our commercial cleaners a couple years ago, but with the addition of essential oils, now I really feel like our house is clean.
We live in a sterile world. All the time, I hear mothers talking about how they send their kids to school with hand sanitizer. More and more public places are equipped with hand sanitizing stations. We don’t like our kids to get their hands dirty, let alone make mud pies like I used to as a kid.
The Hygiene Hypothesis states that lack of childhood exposure to infectious agents, microorganisms, and parasites may increase allergies later in life. Not all bacteria and microorganisms are bad. When we sterilize everything all the time, we kill both the harmful and helpful bacteria. Whether helpful or harmful, we have lived alongside bacteria for thousands of years. Our natural immunity is compromised when it is not given the chance to encounter and attack bad bacteria on its own.
Even worse, your standard household cleaners contain hundreds of chemicals that are toxic. Ever notice how most of your cleaners don the phrase “Keep out of reach of children”?
We spray our counters and dining room tables with bleach. Dust our furniture with spray that’s supposed to smell like lemons. Wash our dishes with soap that fills half the sink with suds. Everything is clean and ready for us to eat off of and for our kids to play on, right?
I don’t think so. All the chemicals found in our cleaners do not wipe off with a rag. This website will give you an idea of what kind of toxins are in our seemingly harmless cleaning products.
Check out my post on Green Cleaning Products if you’re just beginning to convert your cleaning supplies. Once you see how well everyday things like vinegar, baking soda, and citrus peels can clean you might be ready to start using essential oils.
By using essential oils in your cleaning routine, you will inevitably reduce the amount of toxins in your home significantly. With the oil’s anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, you can clean your home while also uplifting your mood, boosting your immune system, and saving money. Below is the cost per drop for doTERRA’s essential oils.