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Branch Basics (I recommend the Laundry Kit – Get $10 off your first order when you use my link OR 10% off Starter Kits with code COBALT) | Thieves All-Purpose Solution | Glass Bottles | Custom Labels | Place Mats
As I’m sure you know, I’ve been on a mission to swap out all of my products to clean, non-toxic products. I started with swapping out my skincare, makeup, and body products. Now that I’ve almost completely swapped out those products for clean alternatives, I’ve moved on to ditching the toxins in our household cleaning essentials. I made the switch to non-toxic household cleaning essentials when we relocated to Houston. It was the perfect time to ditch all of the traditional household cleaners and replace them with non-toxic alternatives.
Non-Toxic Household Cleaning Essentials
Currently, I use a mix of two brands for most of my household cleaning products – Young Living Thieves and Branch Basics. You could easily choose one brand to get the job done, but I like both for different reasons.
I prefer to use Thieves to make my surface cleaner and glass cleaner (more on both below) because of the smell of the Thieves solution. The smell is strong, but I really like it! You could easily use the Branch Basics concentrate to make both of these cleaners too.
One thing I don’t like about the Thieves is that I’m not a fan of the ordering process at Young Living (sorry!). In my opinion, they make the ordering process more difficult than it needs to be. I’m not a “member” – I order one-off products at the retail price. With that said, I do like the Thieves All-Purpose Solution, so I bite the bullet and order that product along with the Thieves hand sanitizer and spray (great for travel). Tip: I batch my orders so that I only have to pay shipping on one big order as opposed to a few small orders every so often.
One thing that’s great about both the Branch Basics Concentrate and the Thieves All-Purpose Solution is that they both last forever! Both are highly concentrated cleaning solutions, so a little goes a long way! You’ll see what I mean in the “recipes” below! Keep this in mind when comparing the price of these products to traditional cleaning products.
Now let’s jump into how I use Thieves and Branch Basics to make my own non-toxic household cleaning essentials!
The surface cleaner is so easy to make! All you need is one cap full of the Thieves All-Purpose Solution and water. I use these glass bottles from Amazon (the quality is awesome and they look pretty too!), and I ordered labels from this Etsy shop. Add one cap full of Thieves to the bottle and then fill to the top with water. This cleaner is essentially a replacement for 409 or other similar cleaning solutions. I use it everywhere! Kitchen, dining table, bathroom, my office etc.
What you need: Thieves All-Purpose Solution, Water, Glass Spray Bottle
The glass cleaner is essentially the surface cleaner plus vinegar. All you need is one cap full of the Thieves All-Purpose Solution, one tablespoon of vinegar, and water. The vinegar leaves glass surfaces streak free! Add one cap full of Thieves and one tablespoon of vinegar to the glass bottle and fill to the top with water. This cleaner is a replacement for Windex or similar cleaning solutions.
What you need: Thieves All-Purpose Solution, Water, Vinegar, Glass Spray Bottle
This is one of my favorite non-toxic household cleaning essentials! I recommend purchasing the Laundry Kit from Branch Basics as it has everything you need (even the Concentrate, which you can use to make other cleaning essentials!). You can use my link to receive $10 off your first purchase! Or use code COBALT for 10% off a Starter Kit (all laundry kit items are included!).
The Laundry Kit comes with a refillable laundry detergent bottle that has line markers for how much concentrate (soap) you need to add and how much water to add to the bottle. Simply fill the laundry detergent bottle with the concentrate to the soap line and then fill with water up to the water line. That’s it! And the best part, you only need to use one cap full of the detergent for each load of laundry. The concentrate lasts a long time!
For an added boost to your laundry, you can add one scoop of the Oxygen Boost (included in the Laundry Kit) to each load. I use the Oxygen Boost on loads that need a little extra cleaning or brightening.
I shared this detergent on Stories and received a few questions about the smell of the laundry detergent – it doesn’t really have a smell. If you’re looking to freshen up the smell of your laundry, I recommend grabbing a couple of these wool dryer balls (great replacements for dryer sheets) and adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the balls (I use lavender oil).
What you need: Branch Basics laundry detergent bottle and concentrate (both included in the Laundry Kit) and water.
Other Uses for Thieves All-Purpose Solution
Check out this page for 29 DIY cleaners that can be made with the Thieves All-Purpose Solution.
Other Uses for Branch Basics Concentrate
All-Purpose: Appliances, Dishes, Granite, Grills, Highchairs, Jewelry, Marble, Natural Stone, Pacifiers, Pots & Pans, Stains, Stovetops, Sticky Spills, Yoga Mats
Bathroom: Tile, Grout, Countertops, Sinks, Showers, Tubs, Toilets, Fixtures, Shower Liners, Soap Scum
Streak-Free: Windows, Mirrors, Glass Surfaces, Computer Screens, Phones and Tablets, Fixtures, Aquariums, Shower Doors, and Picture Frames
Foaming Wash: Hands, Face, Body, Baby, Hair, Pets, Removing Make-Up, Shaving, Dishes, Fruits & Vegetables
Laundry, Stainless Steel, Wood and Vinyl Floors, Carpet
Check out Branch Basic’s User Guide for more specific applications and instructions.
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Other Uses for Branch Basics Oxygen Boost
Pre-Treating + General Stain Remover: Sprinkle directly on stain and spray all-purpose cleaner to saturate powder. Agitate and let sit. Soak if necessary. Wash.
Pre-Soaking + Hand Washing: Separate whites from colors. Pre-treat stains with all-purpose cleaner. Add ½ scoop in a sink or tub filled with enough water to cover item(s). Soak until clean. It could be a few hours or up to a few days, depending on the stain. If hand washing, rinse well before drying.
Bathroom Tile and Grout: Spray surface with all-purpose cleaner. Sprinkle Oxygen Boost on area and let sit several minutes. Scrub clean and rinse.
Carpet: Treat stain with all-purpose cleaner. If boost needed, use 1 tsp of Oxygen Boost in 1 cup water. Apply minimal solution. Agitate. Let sit 5 to 30 minutes. Agitate. Blot up excess moisture. Vacuum when dry.
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