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Today I’d like to share with you something we’ve been discussing quite a bit of lately. Recently, I wrote about my experience with a Creosote log and the many chemicals that are used in that product. The research led to excellent conversations between me and the kiddos regarding chemicals that are in our everyday products. One of our latest experiences has been learning more about chemicals and why it’s important that we clean our home without them, too.
For as long as I can remember, the idea of cleaning was very present in my life. As a young child, I remember going to my Gram’s house. It seemed as though she was always cleaning! At the time, I thought it was fun to dust her many figurines she treasured. Many of my memories take me back to times of helping her clean. I’m quite certain she’s the one who taught me how to vacuum and wash dishes, the laundry, the windows, etc. These are just some things I’ve learned from my brilliantly genuine Gram.
Chemicals. My Gram’s house was clean, but it always smelled of chemicals. She and my Gramps owned a grocery store that was attached to their home. It seemed the cleaning was a never ending chore. Bless her heart. My Gram was always working. I can’t remember her sitting down to rest. Anyway, the chemicals. I remember one day asking her why she was wearing rubber gloves (she even wore them to wash the dishes). She gave me a little lesson on how cleaning agents dried out her hands, so to protect them from the harshness of the cleaners she used, she wore the gloves. Good trade-off, I suppose. But it was all I knew.
When I went away to college, I knew I needed a job to supplement the nonexistent income of a poor college student. I worked at a hotel. As a housekeeper, you learn things that really go on behind the cleaning scenes in such an establishment. (Another story for another day.) The products used were full of chemicals, and my body did not appreciate my using them. Not long after cleaning, and sometimes in the middle of it, a whole host of issues would pop up. My nose would start to run, my throat would become scratchy and dry, and many times, I’d go home with a headache. I never put two and two together until it was too late. Shame on me! Those blasted chemicals!
Admittedly, I carry my Gram’s love of cleaning into my own home. It was conveniently passed to my father, who also likes things to be neat and tidy. I guess I’m the lucky one who carries it among my siblings. It’s a great trait to have, but don’t ask my husband what he thinks of always having to clean up after himself! When you get married, purchase a home, and have children, the whole game changes. All of a sudden, you think less of yourself and all your energy goes to your family, where it belongs.
For me, my life changed when my dental hygienist had an open conversation with me about essential oils during one of my teeth cleaning appointments. We had a great discussion about the benefits of the essential oils from a company called Young Living. At that time, their products were mainly bottled oils, from seeds planted, grown, and distilled at Young Living farms throughout the world. From that moment on, I was sold and immediately began a journey to a home of fewer chemicals. One of my favorite ways to use essential oils is by diffusing them into our air. Check out this post about which essential oil diffuser I recommend.
Over the years, Young Living has evolved into selling more than just essential oils. Don’t get me wrong, I still love them and we use them every single day. However, they have expanded to having a chemical-free makeup line, toothpaste, cleaning products, hair care products, soaps, lip balms, laundry detergent, CBD products, supplements, foods, and so much more! When Young Living began marketing all these newer products, we made the decision to start getting rid of things we already owned and replace them with products that were safe for our family. This has proven to be one of the best decisions we have made. Of all the products Young Living sells, one of my favorite items is their all-purpose cleaner, Thieves Household Cleaner.
If you are interested in learning more about Young Living, please refer to this post. In it, you will also find detailed information on how to get started using Young Living products in your home! I would love to help you begin your journey to ditching the chemicals and switching to products that are 100% safe for you and your loved ones.
The other day, I was cleaning our floors. As curiosity struck the 4-year-old, he asked what I was cleaning with. Was I using chemicals to clean our floor? I was able to share with him that I thought his question was a brilliant one. I told him that I was cleaning our floor with a steamer that used only water – no chemicals! He was delighted to hear that and even took over the fun steaming duties!
In case you’re wondering, I’ve been steaming our floors for years. I love the products made by Shark. The steamers clean the floor by heating water and using steam and the cloth on the mop head. You can check out this video and see it in action!
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The kids and I have had several successful discussions and learning opportunities regarding chemicals. I can only hope that I have instilled in them the many positives that come with zero to little chemical use. I know that sometimes it is unavoidable, but we deal with each situation differently. If you have any questions or comments on either Young Living, the Shark steamer, or cleaner living, please reach out in the comments! I would love to help you!
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