10 Natural & Chemical Free Cleaning Products

10 Natural & Chemical Free Cleaning Products

I want my home to be a place of refuge, a place where I feel comfortable, safe and happy. Not only that I want my home environment to offer peace knowing it is filled with people and products that I trust.

So many household cleaning products are under-regulated or often have misleading advertisement (known as ” Greenwashing”) which make it overwhelming trying to find what products were safe for my home. Additionally, with a 9 month-old learning to crawl, a 2 year-old rambunctious boy and a 4 year-old just entering preschool, I need my home to be sparkling clean. The good news is that I don’t have to choose harsh chemicals to help create a safe and happy place for my family to reside.

It took me a few months, but I finally found cleaning products that I trust and LOVE. What I love the most is that all of these products come from the same product line making it easy and simple to replace the toxic chemicals with healthier and safer alternatives.

This naturally derived household cleaning product line takes recipes, measuring and guesswork out of non-toxic cleaning. I feel great using them because not only is it keeping my home happy and healthy, these product is known to support and boost our immunity making its benefit two-fold. Below are my favorite 10 Natural & Chemical Free Products that promote happiness and harmony in my home.

If you would like more information on theses household cleaning products, download this guide for suggested uses, tips and tricks.

#1 Household Cleaner

Made With | Clove Bud Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Radiata Leaf Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Cinnamon Bark Oil + more natural ingredients
Free Of
| Chlorine, Phthalates, Triclosan, Quats
Price | $22.00

Kick chemicals to the curb with this fresh and inviting scent. Formulated with cloves, lemon and more, this sweet and spicy scent makes cleaning less of a chore. Use on any surface in your home from woods, plastics, fabrics, granite, walls, glass and more. This highly concentrated formula is the same as using approximately 30 of the store bought household cleaners.

Brenda Chemical Free Product Review

Cleans Well!

The main reason why I like this household cleaner is that it does a good job. I use it to wash windows, clean the kitchen and bathrooms and even my kitchen cabinets. I cannot use products with chemicals because I start coughing and wheezing and find it incredibly hard to breath. But when I inhale this cleaner it is actually helping my body.

Brenda

 

#2 Dishwasher Detergent

Made with | Clove Bud Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Radiata Leaf Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Cinnamon Bark Oil + more natural ingredients
Free Of
| Dyes, Phosphates, Synthetic Fragrances, Non-GMO Ingredients
Price | $24.75

Harness the power of naturally-derived, plant-based products that tackles even the dirtiest dishes with ease. Use 1 scoop for every day loads and 2 scoops for those heavy of difficult loads.

#3 Dish Soap

Made with | Clove Bud Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Radiata Leaf Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Cinnamon Bark Oil + more natural ingredients
Free Of
| Dyes, SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), SLES, Phosphates, Phthalates (Synthetic Fragrances)
Price | $13.75

Infused with the power of Clove, Rosemary, Lemon and other plant-based ingredients, this dish soap effectively cleans your dishes without using any chemicals, dyes, sls, sles, phosphates or synthetic fragrances.

#4 Laundry Detergent

Made With | Clove Bud Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Radiata Leaf Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Cinnamon Bark Oil + more natural ingredients
Free Of
| SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), Dyes, Petrochemicals, Formaldehyde, Phosphates, Synthetic Perfume, Optical Brighteners
Price | $28.75

This eco-friendly detergent gently washing laundry with the power of plant based materials and natural cleansing enzymes. It’s highly concentrated formula (6X) will provide around 64 loads with just 32 fl oz. Use 1/2 cap for conventional washers, 1/4 cap for high-efficiency washers and more for large or heavily soiled loads.

Lisa Sackman Chemical Free Cleaning Product Review

I’m in LOVE with this detergent

I LOVE the Thieves Laundry Soap. Working in the beauty industry, I have a lot of things that require deep cleaning. The Thieves Laundry soap does a great job getting everything out, even tough self tanner stains.

Lisa

 

#5 Fruit and Veggie Wash

Made With | Tarragon Oil, Ginger Root Oil, Peppermint Oil, Juniper Oil, Fennel Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Lemon Peel Oil,  + more natural ingredients
Free Of
| Phosphates, SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)
Price | $19.25

Soak your fruit and veggies with this all natural wash to help promote digestion and cleanliness with the blend of ginger root, fennel, lemon and more. Add 2 Tbsp. to every gallon of water for the most effective use.

#6 Hand Soap

Made With | Peppermint Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Radiata Leaf Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil + more natural ingredients
Free Of
| Dyes, Synthetic Fragrances, Triclosan
Price | $13.00

Lather, rise and get on your way with this plant-based formula leaving your skin feeling clean and refreshed.

Theresa Chemical Free Product Review

Gentle and Safe

Thieves Foaming Hand Soap is one of those products that I would not be without. My family uses it daily and we have a bottle in each bathroom and the kitchen. We love the rich, spicy aroma and protection it gives us from germs without the harsh chemicals and Triclosan often found in hand soap. It is gentle and safe so much so even one of my doctor's and his family use it. I guess the reason why I love this product so much is because of the harmless, high-quality ingredients and each bottle seems to last forever!

Theresa

 

#7 Hand Sanitizer

Made With | Peppermint Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Radiata Leaf Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Cinnamon Bark Oil + more natural ingredients
Free Of
| Synthetic Fragrance
Price | $26.75

Using Peppermint oil to cleanse and purify, this long-lasting hand purifier is the perfect addition to your home

#8 Household Cleaning Wipes

Made With | Peppermint Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Radiata Leaf Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Cinnamon Bark Oil + more natural ingredients
Free Of
| Hexoxyethanol, Ammonium Chloride, Synthetic Fragrance
Price | $13.25

Cleanse any surface with these household cleaning wipes from the kitchen to the bathroom.

#9 Toothpaste

Made With | Peppermint Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Radiata Leaf Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Cinnamon Bark Oil + more natural ingredients
Free Of
| Fluoride, Dyes, Triclosan, SLS
Price | $28.00 for 5

Help fight and combat the daily buildup and staining using the plan-based formula that’s gentle on teeth.

#10 Mouthwash

Made With | Peppermint Oil, Spearmint Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Cinnamon Bark Oil + more natural ingredients
Free Of
| Dyes, Artificial Flavors
Price | $11.00

Carefully crafted using the purest ingredients, this mouthwash freshens using spearmint, peppermint and other plant-based products.

Nathanael Chemical Free Product Review

Real Ingredients

I like the flavor and that it is not an artificial color like Listerine. I like the way it makes my mouth feel after using it.

Nathanael

 

Non-Toxic College Supply Checklist (with FREE Printable)

Non-Toxic College Supply Checklist (with FREE Printable)

 

The excitement is gathering as you (or your loved one) prepare to head off to college. With that excitement may come a sense of anxiety as you realize you will be furnishing a brand new living space. Fortunately, I’ve complied a list of all the college essentials that will help you thrive this school year. Below are eco-friendly, all natural, non-toxic items that you can buy directly from Amazon or print off my Non-Toxic College Supply Checklist to ensure you don’t forget a thing .

For the Classroom

Backpack option1 option 2 option 3
Non Toxic 3 Ring Binder
or Eco-Friendly Binder
Eco-Friendly Folders
Eco-Friendly Wide Lined Paper
Eco-Friendly Spiral Notebook
Eco-Friendly Graph Paper
Composition Notebook
Eco Friendly Mechanical Pencils & Eco-Friendly Pencils
Eco-Friendly Pens
Eco-Friendly Pencil Case – Boy & Girl
Non Toxic Ruler

Non Toxic Highlighter
Eco-Friendly Index Cards
Eco-Friendly Red Pens
Eco-Friendly Scissors
Hole Punch
Calculator
Eco Friendly Stapler
Post-Its
Laptop
Eco-Friendly Laptop Case
Printer
Printing Paper
Ink Cartridges Black & Color

Keeping it Clean

Eco-Friendly Mini Broom with dustpan
Eco-Friendly Large Broom
Trash Can
Eco-Friendly Trash bags
Non-Toxic Air Freshener
Eco-Friendly Disinfecting Wipes
Eco-Friendly Laundry Basket
Non-Toxic Laundry detergent
Non-Toxic Fabric Softener
Non-Toxic Stain Remover

Decorating the Dorm

Non-Toxic Mattress cover
Eco-Friendly Pillow
Eco-Friendly Sheets
Organic Quilt
Full-length mirror
Eco-Friendly Storage bins
Eco-Friendly Closet organizer/shoe rack
Desk and floor lamp
Fan

Dorm Supplies

All Natural Towels
Shower caddy
Flip-flips or shower shoes
All Natural Toiletries
Eco-Friendly Hangers
Adhesive hooks
Eco-Friendly Batteries
Eco-Friendly Alarm clock
Extension cords
Mini Fridge
Microwave
Personal Coffee Maker
Non-Toxic Plates and Bowls
Utensils – here, here and here
Non-Toxic Water Bottle
Resalable plastic bags
Ear plugs
Eye Mask

Toxin Free Snacks

Trail Mix Snack Packs
Popcorn Variety Pack
Granola Variety Pack
Squeezable Applesauce
Healthy Potato Chips
Organic Full Fat String Cheese
Full Fat Greek Yogurt
Sliced Meats

Don’t forget to print off my Non-Toxic College Supply Checklist

Immunity Booster

Late night cramming, living in the dorms, freshman fifteen are all common mantras of college life. These can all hinder our ability to stay healthy. I LOVE the Thieves product line because it is an all natural, chemical free way to boost your immunity. PLUS, you can earn money back for every purchase.

Inspired by the legend of 15th century French “thieves”, this special blend of Essential Oils protected them death as they robbed those dying of the Black Plague. French authorities recognized the value and in turn for a lesser sentence, the robbers provided their secret ingredients. Use my sponsor and enroller # (12007002) when buying these products to receive product guides, helpful hints and tips.

Thieves Hand Sanitizer
Thieves Wipes
Thieves Cough Drops
Thieves Essential Oil – I diffuse this in my kids room’s every night to help kill off any germs that might be lingering
Thieves Spray
Multi-Vitamin

For more details, download the Thieves Product List with suggested uses, tips and tricks.

You can receive 24% OFF, money back for every purchase and FREE products while purchasing these items for your Family. Learn more here:

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7 Secrets the Beauty Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know

7 Secrets the Beauty Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know

 

Think your foundation won’t give you cancer. Or that your lotion is protecting your skin? Guess again. The beauty industry is not protecting you and me. Find out the 7 secrets the beauty industry doesn’t want you to know. 7 secrets the beauty industry doesn’t want you to know 7 secrets the beauty industry doesn’t want you to know 7 secrets the beauty industry doesn’t want you to know

Growing up in a conservative home, I wasn’t allowed to wear make-up until I became a teenager. Even at 12, I was limited to eye-shadow and mascara. Because of the limits my mother put on me, I enjoyed experimenting with eye-shadows from blues, brown, purples, pinks and more. Beauty products are one of my favorite items to experiment with because of the vast amount of color options and thousands of looks you can achieve with different combinations.

To achieve these looks, I use to be a very loyal member of Sephora and their “Beauty Insider” rewards program, loving the freebies I would get after spending hundreds of dollars. As I got older, Sephora was my go to for mascara, lip gloss, blush, eye liners, perfumes and so much more. But I didn’t realize that those products I become so familiar with were effecting my body in negative ways.

The beauty industry does not do a good job protecting the public from harmful chemicals and toxins. It actually is a trade secret to hide chemicals in the labels with familiar words like “fragrance”. After realizing the harm it was causing my body, I became an advocate for chemical free products. Here is a list of 7 secrets the beauty industry hides from unsuspecting shoppers like you and me.

 

#1 Hypoallergenic doesn’t mean anything

Often used to describe products that are “safe for sensitive skin”, this claim can be misleading. Currently, there are no federal regulations around the term “hypoallergenic” or governed definitions. Hypoallergenic can mean different things to different companies.

 

#2 Organic – a false claim

Like the term “hypoallergenic”, the cosmetic industry’s term “organic” is not regulated. This could include irrelevant statements like “CFC-free” when CFC’s are actually banned by law. Even worse, companies are culprits of “Greenwashing” which include hidden trade-offs, no proof, vagueness, false labels, irrelevance, lesser of two evils, lying and selective greenwashing. Read more about it here.

 

#3 Majority of products are not safe

Approximately 1,400 harmful chemicals have been banned in the European Union known to cause cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive harm and birth defects. How many does the U.S. ban? 30.

#4 Your lipstick is contaminated

A 2012 FDA study found 400 shades of lipstick contained traces of lead. While traces might sound promising; imagine the hidden ingredients in all your other products mounting up to be an overwhelming number of chemicals.

#5 May contain carcinogens

With the recent Johnson & Johnson law suit payout of $110 million dollars, many are wondering how long their bodies have endured dangerous ingredients.

which includes the top 12 dangerous chemicals found in your cosmetics

 

#6 If it smells good it probably is a chemical s*** storm

Companies are not legally bound to disclose the chemical make-up of “fragrance” which could contain 100’s of chemicals. Fragrance is considered a “trade-secret”.

 

#7 Unscented could be MORE harmful than you think

Unscented products usually have very little smell because fragrant agents have been added to reduce or even mask the potency of the toxic chemicals. Look for fragrance free products which means no artificial or synthetic fragrances have been added.

 

For chemical and toxin free make-up, look to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database to find healthier alternatives. My favorite brand is the Savvy Mineral Cosmetic line because of the money I get back for every purchase and FREE products I get for being a loyal shopper (just like Sephora). Interested in learning more? Click here.

PRODUCT REVIEW: Young Living Savvy Minerals Lip Gloss (ABUNDANT)

PRODUCT REVIEW: Young Living Savvy Minerals Lip Gloss (ABUNDANT)

 

Young Living just joined force with Savvy Minerals an all natural, chemical free make-up company. Savvy Minerals thinks women do not have to compromise when it comes to beauty and I have to agree. Creating products with the highest quality ingredients and products people love, they are out to empower women. I was slightly skeptical about their no compromising claim because I spent 5 years looking for the perfect lip gloss . Watch to see my product review of Young Living Savvy Minerals Lip Gloss (Abundant).

Provides sheer to medium coverage

I love this application because it is a natural sheer look with light to medium coverage. Some of the other lip glosses I’ve tried feel as though I am caking my lips with sticky frosting. This goes on smooth for a natural look.

Moisturizes the lips

Living in Denver, I am always on the look-out for something that will help my chapped dry lips. Applying multiple times a day helps to soften my cracked lips.

No Chemicals – only all natural ingredients

This Savvy Minerals lip gloss is made without parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, bismuth, talc, synthetic fragrances and synthetic colors. These chemicals are know to cause hormone imbalances, reproductive issues and lead to cancer. Don’t get stuck with the junk!

Great Color

Before switching to a chemical free lip gloss, I wanted to make sure that I found a similar color that also added shine. Abundant is a great all natural sheer color that adds a soft shine to my lips. My lips can go from a fresh, natural day look to a nice shine for the evening.

Affordable Price

Retail price is $36.18 and Members pay $27.50. This lip gloss should last me about 5 to 6 months which means I should only have to buy this twice each year. Additionally, when becoming a Young Living member, you can receive money back for every purchase and free products along the way…just like Sephora except without all the chemicals. Win, win!

Additional benefits

Become a Young Living member and receive:

  • 24% off future orders
  • Money back on every purchase
  • FREE products
  • Discounted shipping
  • Front-door delivery service
  • 1 stop shopping for every day household items
  • Easy, convenient and customizable ordering

Sign-up ,using my member number (12007002), with a Premium Starter Kit and Essential Rewards to receive:

  • $25 in Young Living Reward Points
    • As a Thank You for your first order
    • For ER consecutive orders at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months
  • Product Guides
  • Personalized Tips and Tricks

That’s more than any other sponsor and enroller out there. Join me on living a life less toxic

 

6 Ways to Make Back To School A Breeze

6 Ways to Make Back To School A Breeze


Follow these 6 simple steps to make Back-To-School a breeze. Setting priorities, preparation and quality time are just a few secrets for success.

#1 Shop Online for Supplies

Let’s face it, shopping with kids is tough, especially with multiples. I have three kids and lugging them around from store to store takes times. They are all in car seats and it takes a good 5 minutes to get them in and out of the car at each stop. I dread going shopping but that doesn’t mean back-to-school shopping has to be that way.

Shop online to reduce your stress and make it enjoyable for everyone. My favorite store is Amazon because of its wide selection of toxin and chemical free products and free shipping for Prime Members.

Here’s my back-to-school online shopping list from preschool to highschool.

#2 Meal Prep

Prep lunches on the weekend to save time and save money. I usually spend Sunday afternoons preparing everyone’s meals for the week.

This great family activity often turns into a learning opportunity or a way to catch-up with my kids. For younger kids, I set-up an assembly line having them fill each container with the menu I’ve prepared. 5 carrots in each baggie, 1 cheese stick per lunch. You get the idea!

Meal prepping also saves me from rushing to grab unhealthy items or going through the drive thru on hectic days. While I don’t necessarily follow her menu (because we are gluten free and Keto), I do like the Happy Money Saver’s suggestions on how to prep lunches (and snacks) ahead of time.

Not only do my kids love the quality time together, it helps build their confidence in the kitchen at a young age. Skye, my eldest daughter, was cracking our morning breakfast eggs by age 3. Quite an achievement for such a young age.

Encouraging meal prep will help my children a passion for healthy meals and encourage positive food interactions.

#3 Boost their Immunity

Millions of kids are heading back to school which means millions of germs will be converging on a regular basis. Classroom are like a petri dish of the world finest bacteria.

Young children will contract anywhere from 6 to 12 cases of the cold or flu each school year potentially infecting everyone in the home. Parents aren’t immune to these diseases. An estimated 126 million days of work are taken annually caring for sick children.

Proper sleep and diet will boost their immunity and my go-to’s for additional everyday support is the Thieves product line. Inspired by the legend of 15th century French “thieves”, this special blend of essential oils protected these robbers from death as they stole from Black Plague victims. French authorities recognized the value of the essential oil blend and, in turn for a lesser sentence, the robbers provided their secret ingredients.

When using my sponsor and enroller # (12007002) to purchase these products, you will receive product guides, helpful hints and tips.

Thieves Hand Sanitizer
Thieves Wipes
Thieves Cough Drops
Thieves Essential Oil – I diffuse this in my kids room’s every night to help kill off any germs that might be lingering
Thieves Spray
Multi-Vitamin

Receive 24% OFF, money back for every purchase and FREE products while boosting your kids immunity. Learn more here:

12 Ways to Live Chemical Free & Get Rewarded
6 Reasons to Join Young Living’s Essential Rewards
3 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Essential Oils

make back-to-school a breeze

#4 Go on a Date

Set some time aside for your kids and your significant other. Research suggests that focused time with your kids can reduce their emotional and behavioral problems. When kids feel important and loved they don’t feel the need to act out, at school or home. Some of my favorite dates are taking them to Chick-Fil-A or to the private airport restaurant to watch the little jets land and take-off. What kid doesn’t like airplanes?

Here are 50 other date ideas for you and your kids

Additionally, when kids see the commitment to your spouse it helps build their self-esteem and confidence. Happy parents = happy kids!

#5 Set a Priority for the Fall

I use to believe that summer would bring peace and quite. That was a false pretense I was living under for quite some time. Summer is the time we travel, taking advantage of the kid’s schedule and our family’s schedule (we have 5 teachers in the family). Life doesn’t die down. The craziness only continues.

During our date night, Nathanael and I often will write down 3 things that we want to accomplish or fun things to do over the next few months. It’s an exercise to see where your priorities lie and how they align with your spouse. One time Nathanael and I wrote down a total of 100 ideas. Some were the same and some were different but it was fun to see each desire we had for ourselves and our family.

Some of our top priorities are:

  1. Go on family walks 1x a week – some people might say that’s not enough but my husband is a pilot and travels a lot. Once a week is sometimes challenging.
  2. Insist on quiet time every day – even though our oldest doesn’t take naps she has to spend 2 hours in her room every day where she is “quiet”. She can read, do art or let her mind run wild and helps her body to slow down.
  3. Mommy time – I get a few hours each month to do whatever I want, no questions asked. I love it.
  4. Fix-up our outdoor space – we recently moved and the old homeowners didn’t take care of the outdoors. It is our sanctuary and we want a place to enjoy the beautiful creation.

Aligning your priorities (take some from your list and some from your spouse’s list) helps set a positive tone for the fall and when Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around you might have completed a few projects to make the holidays less stressful.

stressless summer bbq

#6 Live It Up

Summer is almost over. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what is has left to offer. Drink lemonade, go for a swim or host a BBQ. There’s nothing quite like the summer days spent in the blistering heat. Relish them because the cold will soon be upon us.

 

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