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How to switch to a toxin-free household: 30 simple swaps

As you know, many commercial products are laden with toxins and nasty chemicals. Fortunately, you have safer alternatives when it comes to cleaners, personal care items, products for kids and pets, and even makeup. Wondering where to find items made from natural, plant-based ingredients? This list is a good place to start when switching to a chemical-free home.

At Young Living, they are passionate about using only the best ingredientsThey’re picky about what goes into their products because they don’t want to expose our families to nasty chemicals like formaldehyde, artificial dyes, or parabens any more than you do. To help you create a toxin-free household, we formulate our products with ingredients they can be proud of.

So what are you waiting for? Learn about natural products you can start using today!

Start with the kitchen

The first stop on your quest for a chemical-free home? The kitchen! You know a healthy diet is important, but have you considered the impact on your health from the items you use to prepare food or wash cooking utensils? The kitchen is the heart of the home, so the products you use are as important as the food you eat. When washing dishes, cooking, and cleaning fruits and vegetables, watch out for toxins everywhere! Swap out harsh, chemical-laden products with these YL solutions made with naturally derived ingredients.

  • Thieves® Dish Soap: Turn a hated chore into a pleasant experience with our plant-based Thieves Dish Soap. It’s gentle on your hands but tough on grime!
  • Thieves® Automatic Dishwasher PowderFeel good about eating off your sparkling-clean dishes when you use Thieves Automatic Dishwasher Powder. This essential oil-infused powder doesn’t leave any toxins behind and is non-GMO to boot!
  • Thieves® Fruit and Veggie Soak: What you use to wash your produce is just as important as the detergents you use to clean your dishes. For cleaner fruits and veggies, squirt a few drops of this essential oil-infused formula into a basin of water, soak your produce, and then rinse.
  • Frying Pan: Want to keep food from sticking to your pan but are concerned about the health risks of Teflon coatings? Not to worry—our titanium frying pan leaves no food debris behind, even when you cook without oil.
Thieves dish soap

Upgrade your personal care

Next up, take some time to inspect the other products in the bathroom. Many of the personal care products you use daily could also have hidden chemicals or harsh dyes and fragrances. Read the labels on everything from your toothpaste to your shower gel to see where you can make improvements.

  • Charcoal Bar Soap: Want a soap that can really do it all? Cleanse, deodorize, and moisturize with this all-in-one bar soap that smells of orange blossoms.
  • Bath and Shower Gel Base: Essential oils make baths even more luxurious. Add 5-15 drops of your favorite essential oils to this shower gel base to reap the cleansing and nourishing benefits.
  • Shutran™ Bar Soap: This soap takes care of business as well as you do. Use it for your face and body for a squeaky-clean wash that doesn’t dry out your skin.

Scour your medicine cabinet

Your medicine cabinet may keep items out of sight, but that doesn’t mean they should be out of mind. Toxic chemicals may be lurking behind closed doors. Make this small section of your home a little healthier with these simple swaps.

Cool Azul pain relief cream


  • Cool Azul® Pain Relief Cream: Want a natural solution for aches and pains? Try this soothing cream to get the cooling relief you crave for achy muscles and sore joints. Also try Cool Azul® Sports Gel‘s moisturizing gel formula after a tough workout.
  • Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 10: Did you know the chemicals in sunscreen absorb into your bloodstream even after just one day of application? Switch to our Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, which is formulated without oxybenzone, avobenzone, or parabens to protect you from both harmful rays and chemicals.
  • Insect Repellent WipesMost drugstore insect repellent contains DEET and other harsh ingredients that you don’t want on your skin. Swap out these products with our synthetic-free wipes to keep those pesky insects at bay.
  • Mineral EssenceIf you have trouble finding supplements you can trust, this full-spectrum ionic mineral complex is for you. We’ve enhanced it with antioxidants, vitamins, and other food-based nutrients to make it even more beneficial.

Boost your beauty regimen

If you’re like many people, you have an entire arsenal of beauty products that you use to primp for the day. But when was the last time you looked at the ingredients in your mascara or lip gloss? If you see talc, bismuth, petrochemicals, or other synthetic ingredients on the label, toss those products out and try these instead.


  • ART® Skin Care System: Bring out your natural beauty with this three-piece set that includes a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Everyone will be dying to know the secret behind your gorgeous complexion!
  • Sheerlumé™: Look and feel radiant with this powerful blend of alpine botanicals and essential oils designed to brighten and even your skin tone.
  • Savvy Minerals® Makeup Remover WipesJust say no to makeup removers that require endless scrubbing or leave you with irritated, dry skin. Instead, fall in love with our residue-free wipes that leave your face clean, refreshed, and smelling great!
  • Savvy Minerals® Lip Gloss in AbundantThink stickiness is a sacrifice you must make for a pretty pout? Think again! Our essential oil-infused lip gloss goes on smooth and comes in a sheer, light pink that’s perfect for any occasion.
Eyeshadow Palette - No. 1

Clean without toxins for clearer air

Why stop with your beauty regimen? Look at your cleaning products and air fresheners as well to discover where you could make changes for a toxin-free home. From choosing dye- and perfume-free soap to purifying your indoor air, you can do a lot to create a chemical-free home.

  • Thieves® Household Cleaner: Ditch the harsh chemicals and make your home sparkle with this plant-based solution. It’s so versatile, we made 29 cleaners with just one bottle. You can even use it on your wood floors!
  • Thieves® Laundry Soap: Many people use fragrance-free laundry soap to avoid skin irritation, but scentless soap is dull. Get the best of both worlds when you choose our natural laundry soap that leaves your clothes with the spicy-citrus smell of Thieves essential oil blend.
  • Lavender Foaming Hand Soap: Clean hands don’t have to be chapped hands. Show your hands some love with Lavender essential oil, vitamin E, and aloe.

Be picky with baby products

Your littles ones depend on you for everything from personal hygiene to nutrition, so the products you use for them are especially important. Give your kids the best by choosing products designed with their needs and health in mind.

  • Seedlings® Baby Wipes: These chlorine- and alcohol-free wipes clean up sticky hands and poopy bums without drying or irritating.
  • Seedlings® Diaper Rash Cream: Made of 100 percent natural ingredients and infused with Lavender essential oil, this is not your average diaper cream. You’re going to want to stock up on this must-have for every diaper bag.
  • KidScents® MightyVitesA healthy vitamin that your kids will eat willingly? Yes, please! MightyVites is packed with the vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants that support growing boys and girls.*
  • KidScents® OwieAs its name implies, you can apply this essential oil blend topically to bruises, red marks, and other owies to help improve the appearance of skin.
  • KidScents® SleepyIzeWho wants to stay up with a fussy, wide-awake toddler? Not you! Diffuse SleepyIze 15 minutes before bedtime to fill the room with a calming aroma during your child’s nighttime routine.
KidScents Owie

Go natural with pet care

When swapping out chemicals with natural products throughout your home, remember your pets too. Many pet products contain synthetic dyes, colorants, or GMO ingredients that can irritate your furry friends. With these natural products, you can pamper your pooch or kitty without worrying about any side effects.

Animal Scents - Ointment


  • Animal Scents® Ointment: Flea bites, rashes, and other skin irritations put a damper on any pet’s mood. Boost their spirits with this soothing salve on your pet’s fur.
  • Animal Scents® Shampoo: Composed of five essential oils and other plant-based ingredients, this shampoo really packs a punch! It does more than just clean fur—it conditions and strengthens it too.
  • Animal Scents® T-AwayIs your furry companion not its usual, happy-go-lucky self? Try dabbing on a drop of this essential oil blend behind each ear for an aroma to brighten your pet’s mood.

Want more ideas for getting rid of toxins in your home? Learn how to make great-smelling perfume or cologne from your favorite essential oils, or discover even more plant-based cleaning products.

What were your first steps for switching to a toxin-free household?

Tell us in the comments!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
As an active Young Living distributor (#909020), well-being consultant and coach, I use Young Living products in my home to purify the air we breathe, to clean and body care. I recommend their use in my book series One Room at a Time and recommend to clients through my design consultancy company. I invite you to join my Young Living tribe of empowering and inspiring people. Go directly to my Young Living website at https://www.myyl.com/ecoconscioushome . My Young Living distributor number is 909020. Send all questions to cm@CharisseMarei.com.
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