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Welcome to Week 2 of the 31 Days to Detoxify Your Life Challenge!

cleaning toxins

This week we are focusing on removing the toxins from our homes.

The Average American Uses about 25 Gallons of toxic, hazardous chemical products per year in their home…A major portion of these can be found in household cleaning products.

—”Prosperity Without Pollution,” by Joel S. Hirschorn and Kirsten V. Oldenburg, 1991

The toxic chemicals in household cleaners are three times more likely to cause cancer than air pollution.

– Environmental Protection Agency report in 1985

Of chemicals commonly found in homes, 150 have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer, and psychological abnormalities.

—Consumer Product Safety Commission

In the past 50 years more than 75,000 chemicals have been introduced into the environment. Today 300 synthetic chemicals are found in the bodies of humans. Even newborn babies have synthetic chemicals passed on from their mothers.

—REACH (Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals, a European Union program)

The chemicals most people are using to clean their homes are insanely toxic and have a whole host of detrimental health effects associated with them ranging anywhere from skin sensitivity, endocrine disruption (read hormone issues), to cancer and even death. These are cleaners Americans use in their homes every single day! You can look up the cleaners you are using in the EWG database and see what grades they get.

Thankfully, there are many safe and effective natural cleaners that people can use without all of the nasty health effects.

In Week 2 we discuss the health effects of “normal”cleaning products, and then we give you better, healthier, non toxic options to use instead. Most of these recipes have less than five ingredients, all which are natural and non-toxic. You can customize them to meet your needs and even add the fragrances you enjoy by using essential oils. These cleaners are sure to turn any skeptic into a believer.

We include over 20 cleaning recipes, from carpets to hard wood floors, antibiotic counter cleaner, powdered and liquid laundry soap and so much more! You will be glad to have this invaluable resource on your computer or e-reader as a quick and easy guide to natural non-toxic house cleaning.

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Some of the cleaning recipes you will find in the book are:

  • Homemade Floor Cleaner
  • Carpet Stain Remover
  • Natural Carpet and Air Freshener
  • DIY Disinfecting Counter Spray
  • Homemade Dish Soap
  • Natural Stain Remover
  • Natural Fabric Softener
  • Liquid and Powdered Laundry Detergent
  • Easy Bathtub Scrub
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Non-Toxic Glass Cleaner
  • … And so much more!


Here is an example of one of the great recipes you will find in the book:

DIY Disinfecting Counter Spray

By Amanda – Natural Living Mamma

Most natural cleaning recipes out there use white vinegar as a base for everything, but this recipe has an extra special punch that leaves the surface squeaky clean, microbe free, and does not leave a streaky finish like most vinegar cleaners. What is the secret? Alcohol. Alcohol is a great disinfectant and evaporates quickly to leave a streak free shine.


  • Spray bottle
  • ½ part white vinegar
  • ½ part lemon juice (sugar free, organic, straight from the lemon works great)
  • ½ part vodka (or rubbing alcohol, I prefer vodka)
  • 1 part water
  • 15-20 drops essential oils (optional) – I like cinnamon for its ability to kill salmonella, MRSA, and other potent strains of bacteria. A mixture of cinnamon and sweet orange is lovely and works so well.


Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle, shake, spray and wipe away! It is that easy.

Are you ready for this week? Come join us and make the commitment to detoxify your life safely, naturally, and without harmful side effects. Make a real change in your life and take this step to better health and wellness.

Are you ready to change your health for the better? Take the 31 Days to Detoxify Your Life challenge today!



On January 12th the book will be 50% off! One day only! BUY HERE. 


Would you like to win some great essential oils that can help you clean your home naturally? Enter to win one of two wonderful prizes sponsored by Sarah at My Merry Messy Life and Piping Rock Essential Oils!

We are giving away two sets of Essential Oils from Piping Rock. Each set includes a spray bottle, dropper bottle, and peppermint, cinnamon bark, nutmeg, lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary oil along with a sweet almond carrier oil! Total Retail Value of each is $51.54

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About Amanda

Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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45 Responses to Detoxify Your Life Week 2 – Detoxify Your Home and DIY Disinfecting Counter Spray Recipe

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  2. Sara M says:

    I enjoy using them in my deodorant & in cleaning products.

  3. Brittany says:

    I love to use essential oils as ingredients for household cleaners and for holistic health methods!

  4. Carol Samsel says:

    Thanks for sharing all of the recipes for the cleaning products and Super Thanks for the chance to win the EO’s

  5. nathalie says:

    I love to diffuse essential oils everyday!

  6. jo n says:

    I am still learning about the uses of essential oils. Right now I am using tea tree and peppermint in a vaporizer to try and combat anything nasty that might come into the house. Nobody can afford to get sick.

  7. Beverly says:

    Love eo and their versatility!

  8. Tammy says:

    I use them in personal care products, for deodorant, lotions, soaps, etc. I have been wanting to try using them for cleaning, so here’s my chance! 😉

  9. Lulu says:

    I like using essential oils to combat my sons eczema and for muscle pain.

  10. LaRee says:

    I love EOs for aromatherapy to purify the air, improve mood or concentration, etc.

  11. Anita Smith says:

    i use EOs in my deodorant , carpet and room deodorizers ….i want to learn more!

  12. Robyn Osborn says:

    I love to use Essential Oils in homemade beauty and cleaning products!

  13. Emily Francis says:

    Essential oils are great for so many things, what an awesome giveaway! I’d love to win these 🙂

  14. kristen says:

    I like using essential oils in my cleaning products and to diffuse!

  15. Ashley M says:

    I love using EO in my body butter that I Mae and in my cleaning supplies 🙂

  16. Jennifer R. says:

    I love using essential oils in homemade personal care items. The essential oils can be beneficial in the product itself (antibacterial or promote good skin health), plus they just smell awesome!!

  17. Tiffany says:

    I love to put a few drops in the shower each morning for a mood and energy boost. It starts the day off great!

  18. Jessica says:

    Right now I use them for heath care.

  19. Lisa Stenz says:

    I am so excited about learning how to detoxify my home! Thanks for all of the great ideas!! *Ü*

  20. Danielle F says:

    What don’t I use them for? I use them for aromatherapy, cleaning, and therapeutic ones in food, beauty care, and healing.

  21. Steph Fairchild says:

    Other than the diffuser, I have just started using essential oils. I made my own (great smelling) body butter & want to learn more!

  22. Leslie says:

    Thanks for sharing these natural cleaning products. I’m in the process of switching all mine over!

  23. Barb G says:

    Can’t wait to start using e o’s to clean with, as we allergic to MANY chemicals. Happy to learn about all the natural oils that kill germs as they clean.

  24. 25 gallons?! That is shocking.

  25. Danielle K. says:

    I use essential oils in many ways – homemade cleaners, homemade beauty products, for relaxation, natural remedies, the list goes on! Love them!

  26. Courtney Tucker says:

    I love to diffuse with essential oils and use them for homemade beauty products.

  27. neva hurlbut says:

    I would love to learn more about EOs and how to use them. I’ve never tried them.

  28. michele says:

    I like to use lavender, peppermint for headaches

  29. Erin says:

    EOs have changed my families lives! Love them:)

  30. Nicole W says:

    I have never used them before but am interested in learning about them.

  31. Jules says:

    I’d use these wonderful essential oils in everything from cleaning products to anywhere fragrance or anti-bacterial products were used!

  32. Susan P says:

    I’m a hard core essential oil user. I use them from everything to making natural toothpaste to using them in lotion and diffusing to taking them when I have a cold or ‘flu. Essential oils are the best! I don’t know anything about this brand though so I’m interested in learning more.

  33. I would like to use more the essencial oils everyday. Cleaning products is a good idea too.

  34. Tracy Spangler says:

    I love to use them for health- specifically when my husband or I have a migraine or I have an ear infection, in sprays to clean, in the laundry, and in homemade lotions, salves and chapsticks. I really enjoy using essential oils, and there’s always so much more to learn!

  35. Martine Bracke says:

    to diffuse essential oils in my home

  36. T says:

    This sounds great. I wanna try this recipe to see if it works before I buy anything. Does the lemon juice give this an “expiration” date? Also, the proportions don’t make sense: One can only have TWO half parts; 2 halves make a whole. So, does this mean: 1 part vinegar, 1 part juice, 1 part vodka, 2 parts water?
    •½ part white vinegar
    •½ part lemon juice (sugar free, organic, straight from the lemon works great)
    •½ part vodka (or rubbing alcohol, I prefer vodka)
    •1 part water

    • Amanda says:

      The lemon juice goes bad kind of like wine does, it just turns to vinegar so not really, but it does get floaties after a few months, but I use mine before that usually. A half can make two quarters, etc. This can be converted to any measuring system you want but it is easiest to describe with cups, so the recipe would be:
      ½ cup white vinegar
      ½ cup lemon juice (sugar free, organic, straight from the lemon works great)
      ½ cup vodka (or rubbing alcohol, I prefer vodka)
      1 cup water
      15-20 drops essential oils (optional) – I like cinnamon for its ability to kill salmonella, MRSA, and other potent strains of bacteria. A mixture of cinnamon and sweet orange is lovely and works so well.

  37. Heather Ruiz says:

    I love using them daily in my home–for my children, health, as a natural perfume alternative, for cleaning… Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. Erika says:

    I use them for EVERYTHING!!!

  39. valerie says:

    i use lots of tea tree oil. not sure what my favorite use is. i use it in soap. i use it to treat acne. everything.

  40. shelly says:

    I use them for cleaning, in body scrub and body washes, and for health!

  41. Trisha says:

    I am using them more and more. The other night I used coconut oil with a drop of peppermint oil and massaged it on my daughters feet to help bring down fever.

  42. judy says:

    I make soap,salve,air fresheners. I want to make more lotion.

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