Why cleaning up your laundry routine is a must - especially if you have babies and young children.

Why cleaning up your laundry routine is a must - especially if you have babies and young children.

Did you know that babies and small kids as are especially sensitive to toxic chemicals? This is because relative to their body size, and given their more permeable skin, they absorb much more of their environment than adults.

Our skin is our largest organ and we are almost always being exposed to the ingredients in our laundry soap; we wear clothes, we use towels, we sleep on sheets…

Most traditional laundry detergents are full of endocrine disruptors (think: ‘messing with your hormones’), as well as carcinogens, skin and respiratory irritants. Also, researchers have also found that dryer vents can emit more than 7 hazardous air pollutants!! 😟

If there were to be one place to look at starting to make changes – the laundry room would be a good one!!

As you probably all know – I love to have things that fit in to a tight budget. The national average cost per load of laundry detergent (in the USA) is $0.21...

Want to know how much we spend?!

$0.6 a load!! Seriously! When I sat down and did the calculations, this result was even better than I expected!

AND...what I use is not only significantly cheaper, it is 100% plant-based, free of toxic chemicals and great for the environment! 💚

With an initial investment of around $60 worth of product you can make enough detergent to wash over 890 loads of laundry!! Now THAT is amazing value!! ESPECIALLY considering you are also keeping your family safe!? Amazing, right?! 

I can help you do this!! You’ve nothing to lose and so much to gain. A fatter wallet and a healthier home; with more balanced emotions to boot!! You've got to try this!!

If you want the recipe just click here and I will send it to you for free - along with some other useful laundry room hacks! 

If you are worried about not being a DIY person – let me assure you… this takes just minutes and it is SUPER simple!! I promise!

How my kids made me some toilet cleaner... all by themselves!

How my kids made me some toilet cleaner... all by themselves!
Having the kiddos home, and still needing to do all the things that used to get done in their absence, means that at times we need to get creative with our time.
One of the things that you may have gathered is that I am now a firm believer in removing as many toxins as we can from our homes.   There are so many frightening chemicals in the majority of household cleaners and the effects they have on our bodies (and our mental health) are even more terrifying! 
So, seeing as I don’t use the stinky blue stuff in my toilets anymore, I have started making my own toilet bombs.  They are like bath bombs, but for cleaning the loo – they even fizz and bubble! It is so satisfying to watch.  
This time I decided that I would get the children to help me – it counted for family time, outside time, and it ticked a chore off my massive ‘to do’ list. Win, win, win!
They are so simple and fun to make as well.  The boys, though reluctant at first, had a great time and they even let me take pictures of them! Oh, and they completed the whole activity without bickering too!! 

Here is the recipe we used (one that came directly from Young Living):
Toilet Bowl Cleaner 
YIELD: approximately 20 tablets
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 4 teaspoons water
  • 2 teaspoons Thieves, Lemon, Citrus Fresh or Tea Tree (about 40 drops)
  • 3 teaspoons of V-6 vegetable oil complex
  • Ice cube tray or candy mold
In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix evenly.
In a separate small bowl, combine water, essential oils and V-6 vegetable oil complex.
Pour liquids into the large bowl and whisk together until combined.
Use mixture to fill ice cube tray or candy mold about three fourths full.  If mixture expands, gently repack into the mold.
Let sit overnight to dry.  When dry, pop tablets out and store in a glass jar.
When needed, put a tablet in the toilet bowl to help clean and deodorize. Let tablet sit in bowl for 20-30 minutes to fizz and dissolve.  Once dissolved, flush.
NOTE: This recipe is not recommended for toilet tanks.



This past year has been very challenging for my family.  Thirteen months ago the bottom fell out of our world when my husband was diagnosed with stage IV cancer.  It has been a whirlwind of Dr appointments, chemo, check-ups and above all adjusting to living with our new reality.

There were many months when the world just seemed completely bleak, the future seemed terrifying and it was a huge effort to just get up in the mornings.  The first thing I thought of when I opened my eyes in the morning, or the middle of the night (because sleep is hard when anxiety is high), was about the diagnosis and the fear and sadness it cast upon our family.  Sometimes I wonder how we did it – how we survived a year of getting up, getting dressed, getting kids to school…. just putting one foot in front of the other, day after day.  Strangely, it gets easier, although stopping and thinking too much is not good.  It helps having 2 little kids that continue to delight and irritate and take the focus away from cancer.

It is a brutally scary event when cancer comes so close to home.  There are things you want to read voraciously about (like healthy eating; diet, nutrition and exercise, about chemicals and their toxicity and how to remove them from a home environment) and there are things you absolutely do NOT want to read – like WebMD ar anything to do with the cancer.  Knowing too much is scarier than not knowing much; besides – everyone is different, so reading about the prognosis is something I have chosen not to do.

My life got a little brighter in February when a friend of mine got in touch and invited me to a class (felt more like a party!) to learn about essential oils.  I was thrilled – I LOVE essential oils and had first started using them almost 20 years ago.  She was such an amazing teacher and I learnt so, so much! She’s one of the most generous people I have ever met – she sent me home with a Young Living Premium Starter Kit, a grateful heart and a tonne of hope!

That invitation changed so much for me.  I felt like I had a purpose – I began to read about the oils and how they can help support both emotional and physical health.  I read about the company she was representing and I found out about all the toxin-free products that they produced; from oils and blends, to cleaning products, personal care products, supplements, make-up and even products for pets.

I met up with Martha for a follow up class that was supposed to be about how to use my new oils, but I ended up being the only guest.  I took the opportunity to ask about the business side of Young Living.  This is what has given me purpose and hope over the past several months.  I have even been to Salt Lake City, Utah to learn about the company, the oils, the farming and the distillation processes.  I’m so excited and thrilled to have decided to share Young Living products with my family, my friends, my neighbours and my peers. And, I’m so hopeful that I can share this amazing lifestyle change with friends, and friends of friends and even beyond.  I have benefited so much from the oils that all I want to do is share!!

 First published May 24, 2018