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Thieves Cleaner as a Laundry Degreaser

As I was wThieves Cleaner 14.4 ozashing my husband’s work clothes last night, I thought “I really should share about this on my blog.”  What is that, you might ask?  Well, Thieves Household Cleaner is pretty great stuff.  You see, my husband works with machinery all day long and his work clothes are FILTHY at the end of the day.  I am talking oil, chemicals, grease, you name it, if it is dirty and greasy, it has probably been on his work clothes at least once.

I could give you a list of probably twenty reasons why I want his clothes to come out of the wash cleaner, but I think you probably can imagine at least some of them.  But the problem that I have always had is, no matter what I do or what product I have used to wash the clothes, they never came out completely clean.  There is always a residual smell or a feel of greasiness or stiffness to the clothes, even when washed with special products or multiple times.

Enter Thieves Household Cleaner.  When I first got the cleaner I did some reading on its uses, and would you believe that it is a pretty potent degreaser?  So I put the work clothes in the washer, added my regular detergent and then added 2 capfuls of the Thieves Cleaner to the wash and crossed my fingers while it did its work.

After I ran the clothes through the dry cycle I was able to tell that the clothes were MUCH cleaner.  Much of the grease and smells that usually would hang around after washing were gone.  In fact after a few weeks of washing them consistently with the cleaner added the clothes became much cleaner and better smelling.  I’ll take that success, and especially since it was a natural product that did it.

And it helps that this isn’t a one trick pony.  Because it is a natural product I can mix a capful or two into a spray bottle of water and clean all around my house.  From bathrooms to kitchen grime, I’ve had great luck with using the cleaner.  Because the cleaner is so concentrated, one bottle lasts a LONG time.  Oh, and it smells wonderful, and anything that smells that good and is non-toxic makes me all that much more likely to clean…then everybody wins!

If you are interested in purchasing Thieves Cleaner or in getting it at a discount, please check out this post.


Replace Expensive Baby Wipes with Cloth and Essential Oils

Since we cloth diaper, it seemed to be a natural thing to also try to use cloth wipes.  I didn’t do cloth wipes with our first child, but this time around I decided to give it a try and it was SO much easier than I thought it would be.   Plus it saves us a TON of money.  We just throw them in with the diaper wash and it is no extra work whatsoever, and we save at least $10-15 a month by just using cloth.

Here is what I do:

  1. I get a small spritzer spray bottle from the travel section of the store and fill it with some filtered water (distilled would be ideal, but any filtered water will do).
  2. Then I add a few drops of Young Living Lavender Oil to it.  Other good oils to add would be a combination of Lavender and Chamomile, or Gentle Baby.
  3. Screw the cap on and then give the bottle a little shake each time you need to use it.
  4. When you are changing the baby’s diaper, you can either spray the water/essential oil mixture directly on the baby’s bottom or you can spray it onto the cloth wipe and then wipe the baby’s bottom.
  5. You can make your own wipes (or buy them from someone who sells them if you like) from flannel, or you can just use a pack or two of soft washcloths.  Either way, the cloth and essential oil spritz method will be much more gentle on baby’s bottom, AND on your wallet!

Just a word of advice, I personally use Young Living essential oils and write these posts with them specifically in mind.  Obviously, I trust their quality and purity, which is VERY important to me as I try to remove toxic chemicals from our home environment. (Read more HERE)  So before you buy, make sure you trust who you are buying from.  Especially if you will be using the oils on your children.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the oils or in getting them at a discount, please check out this post.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Please consult with the apropriate healthcare providers before making any health decision.*