Now that springtime has finally arrived, it’s time for spring cleaning once again! Everything else in nature is starting fresh, so it’s time to do the same with your own household!

Even if your home looks tidy at first glance, you might be surprised (or horrified) to learn what’s lurking beneath the surface. For instance, according to a cleaners’ site called, 70 to 80 percent of dust particles in the home are comprised of dead skin cells! Eww! The other 20 or 30 percent comes from outdoor particles that enter the home, such as soil that’s blown indoors or carried inside on shoes and pets.

Here at Joy in the, we want you to have a fresh start for your summer. There’s just something about spring cleaning that helps you to ward off the winter blues and spring into summer. We offer more than 50 great cleaning recipes to help you get started.

Many people wonder why it’s important to use Essential Oils and other natural ingredients to clean their homes. The most significant reason is to preserve the health of your family. It’s sad and ironic for an earnest homeowner to diligently scrub his or her home, in hopes of protecting the family from germs and infection, while simultaneously poisoning them in the process with dangerous chemical cleaners.

Make no mistake about it: Chemical cleaners have toxic effects on the human body, due to their active and inactive ingredients. On her blog, the Aspienaut herself reports that most of the hazardous ingredients found in unnatural cleaning products fall into three categories: carcinogens, endocrine disruptors and neurotoxins.

Carcinogens are known to cause cancer and promote its growth. Endocrine disruptors imitate human hormones, which send the body false signals, causing reproductive, developmental, growth and behavioral problems. And neurotoxins alter the neurons and detrimentally affect brain activity. So, when you embark on your spring cleaning adventure this weekend, reach for some all-natural, non-toxic cleaners, for your sake and your family’s.

Spring cleaning is a time for deep cleaning. And though deep cleaning isn’t easy, it’s healthy and ultimately satisfying. When you plan to deep clean, look for areas in your home that rarely get your attention. These are jobs like washing out the interior of your kitchen cabinets and drawers, cleaning — not just vacuuming — the carpets, tackling the tops of your dusty ceiling fans, mopping, etc. You get the point. Basically, if you don’t have to roll up your sleeves, or if you’re not sneezing from all the dust, then you’re probably not deep cleaning.

Using Essential Oils to Assist in Your Spring Cleaning
Naturally, essential oils can help you with spring cleaning, as well. There are specific essential oils — such as Lemon, Grapefruit and Thyme — that contain powerful cleansing and purifying properties that make them safe and effective cleaning agents.

Try the Essential Soft Scrub Recipe

3 / 4 rounded cup of baking soda
1 / 4 cup of liquid Castile soap
1 tablespoon of distilled water
8 drops of  Lemon Essential Oil
5 drops of Lime Essential Oil

1. In a bowl, combine baking soda and Castile soap with a wire whisk.
2. Stir in water.
3. Add Essential Oils and whisk until smooth. Consistency should be a soft
4. Store in an air-tight container. Keep out of the sun.

So, roll up your sleeves, and get your cleaning gloves on. Assemble your family this Saturday morning and give everyone a specific spring-cleaning job, so he or she feels the importance of contributing to a freshly clean and comfortable home!  Order essential oils HERE.