We are surrounded by chemicals every day, everywhere we go and while we can’t really do anything to stop the chemicals we are exposed to outside the home, there is a lot we can do within our home.

I didn’t realise just how bad a lot of the products are that we were using in our home and on our skin. As consumers it is really hard to know what is best. For a long time the big brands have marketed products to us as being natural, cleansing and purifying for the air, good for your baby, good for your skin or good for the environment but the reality is that they are far from it.

If you look at the ingredients listing on many common household products, quite often they are words you can’t pronounce, let alone know what they are. There have been many new stories and reports of well-known household products causing illnesses and diseases and contributing to deaths due to some of the ingredients in them.

As consumers we are becoming more aware of this and paying more attention to what we use in our homes and on our bodies which is amazing. More and more people are making their own products and getting back to where our ancestors began and using natural products to make everything we need.


According to the World Health Organisation, 3.8 million premature deaths each year are from things like strokes, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases can be attributed to exposure to household air pollution.

Our homes, our safe havens can slowly be damaging our health if we don’t do something about it.

There are many products that you can switch out in your home for really easy DIY versions that are so much better for us, easy to make and the best bit is that you know exactly what is in them.

Products to look at the ingreidents listing that you will have in your home:


-       Air fresheners

-       All purpose spray

-       Toilet cleaning spray

-       Candles

-       Personal care products

        o   Skin care

        o   Deodorants

        o   Perfumes


This is just to name a few. I encourage you to make a list of all the products you have in your home and check the ingredients listing and use some of the resources we have to check the amount of chemicals in them.

The Environmental Working Group website is an incredible resource for checking the rating of many of your products. I was shocked when I put some of the products I was using into the website and seeing the rating they had.

Think dirty is an app which empowers and educates the consumer on the cosmetics industry by allowing them to make an informed decision on what products to purchase.

It is really easy to substitute products in your home for more natural versions. You don’t need to make them all yourself if DIY is not your thing. There are a lot of places now where you can buy natural products already made. Initially I wasn’t into DIY but over time I found the best way to do it was to focus on one product at a time. This is still a journey for us as I learn and explore more. Once you have everything you need to make up your items, it becomes really easy. And switching them out one item at a time removes the overwhelm. Allows you to use up what you have and once you have begun, it becomes really enjoyable.

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My journey to removing toxins in our home has been quite a long one. I first became aware of the toxins and chemicals in cleaning products after having my son. I didn’t want to be cleaning the floors and then him crawling and rolling on them and getting exposed to them – particularly when it came to mopping our floor tiles. If you have kids, you know they seem to lick everything and they put their hands and feet in their mouths so this is what prompted me to look into something else.

I started to use enjo cleaning products but found it really hard to get my head around the fact that the house was clean because all I had used was water and the enjo products. We are so used to the fresh, clean smells that you get from the cleaning products that we grew up with.

So when I learnt that I could use essential oils for cleaning and to make my own products, I got really excited. Not only could my home be cleaned, naturally without the chemicals and toxins of products I had used previously but it could smell amazing too! WIN WIN!

I love all the practical ways that I can use essential oils to make up my own products in the home and love learning and experimenting with new DIY recipes and would love you to download the simple recipes I have put together below. Some of these call for essential oils but others don’t. I recommend using high quality pure essential oils and I partner with doTERRA in my business because their oils are the best quality (in my opinion) and they give so much back to the world through their co-impact sourcing model and healing hands foundation.

Below are some simple recipes you can try out at home - with or without essential oils. Click the image to download a PDF copy you can print or save.

If you haven’t yet started with oils and want to get your own oils, follow the instructions below:

To purchase doTERRA essential oils go to: http://mydoterra.com/sarahpoppy 


1. Select join and save

2. Choose wholesale customer (if you plan to be a customer only - you can upgrade later but we can chat about that) or wellness advocate if you want to build a business with doTERRA or refer your family and friends and earn some money back for doing so.

3. Fill in your details

4. Choose whichever starter kit you feel drawn to (my pick is the Home Essentials Kit + Fractionated Coconut oil as it has everything you need to get started, otherwise select the Introductory Enrolment Packet and add the individual oils you would like to start with)

For more info on how to purchase click here: http://bit.ly/1pnyOwc