“Going healthy” is always a good decision. No one has to be perfect at it or “militant” though. Every little bit of “healthy” you can get into your life is helpful. I found the hardest part of adding the healthy to our lives was my husband.
[Before I get into this story, you need to know Thieves Household Cleaner is an all-natural cleaner. There aren’t any chemicals or toxins in it. In fact, it is safe enough to be used around kids and pets. You can even drink it. I’ve tried it and it doesn’t taste good, so I don’t recommend it, but it is THAT safe.]
“Have You Lost Your Mind?”
My husband, Stephen, hit the roof when I told him I was going to start making “healthy choices” when it came to cleaning. “Have you lost your mind?” were the first words out of his mouth when I broke the news. Then, came “those products don’t work” and “it is going to be too expensive.” I smiled and nodded. We were going to see who was right.
Maybe I had lost my mind. I’d been using the same products for years, many of them the same things my mom and Granny used. They seemed fine to just about everyone who used them. I was curious though – I have health issues, a lot of autoimmune junk, and I had started wondering if all those products, through all those years, had anything to do with my health problems. I was giving them a 90 day trial.
So, I bought my first bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner. I won’t lie. I had my doubts. It was worth a try. I had been told one little capful, not as wide as quarter and less than an inch tall, could do all sorts of things. Just add more or less water to that capful, depending on what you were cleaning.
“This Isn’t So Bad”
I started my trial period in the kitchen. I carefully followed the “recipe” I had been given for cleaning the counters, sink and cabinets. It went a little crazy and added a few drops of the lemon essential oil to mix. I had been told it would be okay and I’d always wanted a kitchen to smell like real lemons. Not that fake lemon smell my other cleaners had emitted. I had to see if it really worked.
I have to admit, I stacked the cards against the Thieves Household Cleaner. I hadn’t cleaned in a few days and things were…let’s just say “not as tidy as they usually were” when I cleaned. Truthfully, I was giving my new cleaner a real workout, a run for its money. Okay, a run for MY money.
It worked. No scrubbing. No scouring. And, trust, my counters and cabinets needed it – I said it had been a few days since I’d cleaned last. It smelled good, too. It wasn’t that chemical-ly, lemony smell I had grown accustomed to, the one I grew up with.
Even though I had stacked the deck against the household cleaner, I did cut it one break – assuming it really worked. I timed my cleaning spree just in time for my husband to come home from work and find me using it. He caught me about halfway through cleaning our kitchen. He took a whiff of the lemony goodness, saw the clean areas and how little effort it was taking me to clean. “This isn’t so bad,” he said as he went back into the dining room. I considered that to be high praise, considering he thought I was crazy for trying it.
“Are We Saving Money?”
Budgeting is big in our house. It wouldn’t matter if we were billionaires and could light our fireplace with hundred dollar bills, I’d still make out a budget and stick with it. I do not believe in waste, especially when it comes to money. This is another reason I had fallen in love with my Thieves Household Cleaner. One bottle replaced all the other bottles and cans under my sinks.
A few weeks into my trial run, I caught my husband watching me wash dishes. He stood in the entryway to our kitchen. He didn’t say a word. I wondered what he was thinking.
“I know how much you spent on that one little bottle,” my husband complained as I stood at the sink washing dishes. “That is too much money for one bottle.”
I dried my hands and opened the doors to the cabinet under the sink. It was time for my husband to be “educated.” There was only one bottle, the household cleaner, under the sink.
I explained how the Thieves Household Cleaner had replaced everything under the sink. We weren’t buying a window cleaner, dishwashing liquid, a scrubby cleaner for the stove top, an even scrubbier cleaner for the oven and a spray for the counters. I told him I even used the household cleaner to clean the floor, the cabinets and the walls.
Yes, that one little bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner cost more than I would have spent on one bigger bottle of something else, but that one bigger bottle only cleaned one thing, maybe two. The point I made to him was I was buying one little bottle and not a lot of big bottles. Add up the cost of all the big bottles – we were spending way too much money compared to buying one little bottle.
“That’s smart,” he said. PROGRESS! I’d gone from losing my mind to “not bad” to “that’s smart.” I was sold about 10 minutes into using it the first time, but he was coming around.
Make Him Think It Is His Idea
About a month into the Thieves Household Cleaner trial run, my husband approached me with questions about it. I had been expecting this to happen much sooner. I wasn’t sure if him waiting was a good sign or not.
“You really like that new cleaning stuff you’re using,” he told me. “It seems to be working in the kitchen. Do you think it will work in the bathrooms? Is it made to clean toilets and tubs too?”
I explained it would work in the bathroom too. I let him know I would make it a bit stronger for the toilets, but it would definitely work. The tubs, sinks and floors would be just as clean.
“You should probably try it in there then,” my husband said. “Put another oil in it though. I don’t think we should have bathrooms that smell like lemons.”
Use Thieves Household Cleaner in the bathroom – what a brilliant idea! I wish I’d thought of it. Oh, wait. I did. About a week into the trial period, I had started using it in the bathroom. He was also right about the lemon essential oil. I wasn’t a fan of a lemony smell in the bathroom either. I’d been adding a couple of drops of Purification to it for the bathroom. I am so thankful I married such a smart man!
“I’m Liking This New Stuff”
It was about two months into the trial period (which had ended for me the day it worked so well in the bathroom!), Stephen almost admitted I had been right the entire time. Okay, for him, he did admit I was right. He never gives in easily (one of the things I love about him), but he will.
“I’m liking this new stuff,” he told me.
He expressed his “high praise” as he was cleaning up some oil he had tracked into the kitchen from outside. There he was, on his knees with the spray bottle I had labeled “Floors,” wiping up the mess he had made.
“I’m not scrubbing this,” my husband said, pointing to the floor. “It just comes up. I thought I’d have to let it soak and then scrub it.”
“I love how well it works,” I said, trying not to smile too much.
“I really like it is saving us money and you can make it smell differently for different parts of the house.”
There is a part of me that wants to jump up and down, waving my arms and shouting “I won! I won! That wouldn’t be entirely true. It was my battle, but it was my entire family’s victory. I am happy. My husband is happy. We are saving money. Our home is cleaner. Our home is healthier. Everybody wins with Thieves Household Cleaner!
If you want some more information about the cleaner, the ingredients or the recipes I used, just ask. You can email me here and I’ll help you out. Or, you can pop into the Oily Housewives Facebook group. You will find info there too.