I want to talk with you today about something very serious. Something that is near and dear to my heart. It’s important to me because I have dealt with this personally for many years. I even thought, maybe, I was alone. Nothing I tried helped me. Nothing I changed with our diet or activities helped. I was at a loss. You see, I used to suffer from Stain Fear! With five kids and two dogs, our clothes go through a beating in this house. My children have decided that their shirts are dual purpose: 1.) to cover the upper half of their bodies, 2.) a convenient “carry along with you” napkin/hand towel. There are many manifestations of Stain Fear, too. Carpets, furniture, car interiors can all trigger a fear episode.
But I have a confession to make…I am now 100% FREE of Stain Fear! As a matter of fact, I have even swung the other direction and now I even WELCOME stains! Yes…you read that right! I am completely and totally saved from the fear of stains! Would you like to know what finally turned my life around??
It’s pretty simple.
SO simple in fact that you may not believe me at first.
Are you ready to know what my secret weapon against stains is?
THIEVES! That’s right folks! The very same blend of amazing essential oils you love for supporting your body’s natural immune defenses is also a key ingredient in my favorite plant-based stain fighting tool – Thieves Cleaner! I am pretty sure this stuff is made from pure magic.
Things like blood or grass or ketchup or paint used to terrify me if they would come anywhere near my kids. But a squirt of Thieves Cleaner almost always does the trick! I don’t have to try and keep my kids in a bubble anymore! Though this does not excuse me from having to continue to try to teach them some manners (use your actual napkin, please!) it does give us a little more freedom to be us. My kids clothes are no longer relegated to the “play clothes” only piles! Even clothes that have been given to us as hand-me-downs that may have had a few blemishes are being saved from the stain! So, what’s MY stain fighting ritual you ask?
1.) I start with a dilution of Thieves Cleaner of about 3 capfuls to about 1 cup of purified water. I spray the stain with that dilution until it is pretty well soaked. I will usually put a towel in between the layers of the clothing and let that sit if I need to (some stains just come right out when I spray it!).
2.) After letting it sit, if the stain did not come out on it’s own, then I will take straight Thieves Cleaner and add it the stain a little at a time. A pipette is a great way to do that, but to be honest, I just use the cap from the Thieves Cleaner bottle and just eyeball it. 🙂 Again, I let that sit for a little bit if it does not come right out like that. I will also dab at it with a paper towel or soft white cloth after it has been sitting for a few minutes.
3.) If it is a particularly stubborn stain, this is the time I will drop a couple of drops of Lemon essential oil on to the stain to help break it up. Usually I will let that sit for a few minutes as well and dab, dab, dab!
4.) Stains that are still holding on at this point get the triple threat! I will add in a drop or two of Thieves dishsoap to the stain and then I have found it is most effective to sort of fold the material in on itself and scrub it together. What you are trying to do here is release the stain particles from the fibers of the material. I will usually rinse the spot with clean water after that to see where I stand.
I have had a few incredibly stubborn stains stick around after all four levels of stain treatment. If that is the case I will just start over with step 1 until the stain is gone. This has also been highly effective for me for set in stains as well! Once I am satisfied with the way the stain has come out, I will throw it in with my next load of clothes and Thieves Laundry Soap. Good to go!
You may be thinking about now: “Kellie, that sounds like a lot of work. Why not just try some of the other things on the market that will work in just one go?” My answer is this: “Most of the time, this DOES work in just one go! But the times that it doesn’t, it is worth it to me to work 10 minutes on a stain (it may take longer start to finish because of “sitting” time, but what I am actually doing is no more than 10 minutes) rather than risk exposure for myself or my kids to the chemicals that are typically used in those other options.” Did you know that even after washing your clothes, some detergents and stain removal agents and softeners – oh don’t get my started on softeners! That’s another post! – are still on your clothes? Where do you think those things go when they are on your skin, mixing with your sweat or after they have been sitting on your body for at least 10-12 hours every day? Yup…right on up in that pretty skin of yours! Our bodies do the best they can to protect us from these toxins, but between diet and overexposure from our environment, our bodies are tired! They are exhausted from fighting the good fight 24/7! If there is anything I can do to reduce that – even by a small amount – I will! So 10 minutes now, or a lifetime later…I definitely choose the 10 minutes!
So now that I have given you the tools to be successful in conquering your Stain Fear, go my brothers and sisters, and conquer this world with your mighty ninja stain fighting skills!
But WAIT! There’s more! Thieves Cleaner is not just for stains on clothes (or other fiber surfaces)! It’s a great all purpose cleaner as well. You can make your own non-toxic tile scrub or window cleaner or floor cleaner all with the same bottle you use to battle those stains! It’s really pretty awesome! Keep a look out for future posts all about my love of the Thieves Household products!
If you don’t have Thieves Cleaner (or Thieves Dishsoap or Lemon essential oil or Thieves Laundry Detergent) yet, you can always order them by logging in to your Virtual Office and making a “Quick Order” or adding these items to your “Essential Rewards” order. If you don’t have an account with Young Living yet, you should! Thieves Cleaner is available (TWO bottles!) in our Thieves Premium Starter Kit. Or you could always get one of our other starter kits and add the Thieves Cleaner on to your order. Here is some more information about the Premium Starter Kits and Becoming a Member. Right now, I have TWO $20 off voucher codes for new members who enroll with me. Each code can only be used for new members on the Premium Starter Kit and is only valid when you enroll with me as your sponsor. If you are interested, please use the “Contact me” page to get in touch with me and I will get you the information. The codes expire after 8/31/2016! Educators also get an additional $20 rebate from me through 8/31!
What was the worst stain you have ever had to get out of something before??? Comment below and I will choose a random winner to receive a free sample of Thieves Cleaner!