I am the kind of girl who prefers to clean horse poop than my indoor bathroom…
I know that there are other farm girls out there who understand me. But, you gotta do what you gotta do, so Monday is usually cleaning day around here.
I used to do it all by myself. I used to turn the TV on and let the kids have at it for a couple of hours until I got the house in order. It always felt wrong…
My kids are homeschooled, and part of the reason I homeschool them is that I would love for them to be involved in housekeeping and farming (among many other things). I believe that those are the best skills you can learn.
As a child, school took most of my time. Then I continued on to serve in the Israeli Navy for a couple of years. I reached the age of 20 and all I knew how to cook was a scrambled egg. I never once washed my clothes. I never once cleaned a bathroom.
I am not blaming anyone… As I said before, I prefer cleaning horse poop, so every day after school I would run to the barn and spend the rest of my day there. My mother, the loving, caring being she is, took care of the rest.
When I started having kids, I decided that I wanted them to have both. I wanted them to be able to enjoy their passion alongside learning to be responsible and learning to care for their basic needs like cooking and cleaning a house.
Homeschooling allows this for us because there is just more time during the day. Academic learning takes only an hour or so around here, then off we go to learn in the garden, the barnyard, or around the house.
I love it and they love it but I kept struggling with the cleaning part for a while. I thought that this might be something they would start to learn when they are old enough to understand how to handle chemicals like Clorox and such.
But I knew that this was not right. It just didn’t feel right because I know how important it is to develop a habit from a young age. And besides, they always wanted to help and it felt wrong to be constantly pushing them away.
Essential oils changed this for me. When I first started using doTERRA it was for health purposes, not for cleaning purposes. But as I learned more and more about those oils I discovered that they have amazing cleaning abilities because many of them are antibacterial.
It was a win-win really. I now had a tool that allowed me to keep my country septic system in good bacterial balance (you don’t want to send too many chemicals into your septic system because they will kill the good bacteria that break down whatever you send down the toilet and you’ll have many septic issues…), and my kids could help me clean without me worrying about them dealing with harsh chemicals.
They don’t even need to mess with gloves or any kind of protection. Not only that, essential oils have so many health benefits so they actually benefit from bringing them into contact with their skin. This is all natural cleaning at its best, you let your kid clean the toilet while at the same time he gets an immune system boost!
I just love those oils.
Ok, so let me give you a few simple recipes you can use… Just make sure you remember to not mix them in plastic containers because doTERRA essential oils are so pure and strong that they will break down the plastic. Glass or stainless steel containers are the best.
2 cups water
1 1/2 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon natural dish soap
10 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops melaleuca essential oil
10 drops doTERRA on guard essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a stainless steel or glass spray bottle and use anywhere you desire.
1 cup baking soda
25 drops lemon essential oil
Mix both ingredients in a jar. Cover the jar and let it sit for 8 hours. Spread mixture on the carpet and let it sit overnight. Vacuum in the morning.
* You can use a jar with a mesh lid or just use a tablespoon to spread it.
1/4 cup natural dish soap
1 cup baking soda
15 drops citrus bliss oil blend
Combine in a small jar and let sit for an hour. Scrub on the stove with a sponge and let sit for a while. Then wipe clean with a wet cloth.
Mirror and Window Cleaner
2 cups water
1/3 cup vinegar
1/3 cup rubbing alcohol
10 drops spearmint essential oil
Spray on mirror or window or other glass. Wipe with a paper towel.
Tub and Shower Cleaning Gel
1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup natural dish soap
10 drops lemon essential oils
Combine in a glass jar, mix well. Place a some of the gel on your sponge, spread on desired area and scrub. Let sit for two hours before washing away.
1/2 cup water
1/2 baking soda
1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup natural dish soap
15 drops eucalyptuses essential oil
Combine in spray bottle and shake well, spray on the toilet and let sit for 2 hours, scrub and flush/wipe.
Between those six you can pretty much clean the whole house. I love that those are common oils that I always have on hand anyway and I have most of the other ingredients like baking soda, for example, on hand for other things too.
It really is not hard to eliminate a lot of toxins from your life. You just have to get used to use other things and purchase a few containers so you can mix stuff yourself.
I didn’t think that I would like messing with mixing cleaners but I actually enjoy it. I let my kids help and they learn a lot from it (counting drops of oil is a great math lesson for the littles!). It is both empowering and fun.
I also always have the OnGuard cleaner concentrate on hand if I don’t have time to mix my own cleaner. It is a 100% natural, very gentle on the hands, and is there and ready to go at all times. You just mix it with a little bit of water (directions for mixing are on the bottle).
So there you have it! If you would like to learn more about doTERRA oils and how you can join this amazing and powerful movement, please visit my oil page or send me an email to lee (at) ladyleeshome.com.
Lady Lee is a single mother of four, she was born in Israel and raised in an agricultural commune called a Kibbutz. From a very young age, she was very interested in agriculture and farming.
She is a former IDF fitness trainer and is passionate about simple, natural living. She now lives in NC with her four kids, dog, cat, goats, ducks, and chickens.