What’s Holding You Back?

Kim CrooksBeauty, DIY, Essential Rewards, Home, Laundry, Self-Care, Wellness


One of the most common responses I get when I talk about non-toxic choices I make in my home is some form of, “It must be nice to be able to afford that, but all I can afford is the grocery store brand.”

Friends, I’m going to share with you a few of the ways that I make these healthy choices work for my family. These are quick, simple ways to make these non-toxic options affordable for everyone!

Step 1: Buy everything on Essential Rewards

I have an Amazon rewards card, and I’ve looked at lots of other rewards cards. No other loyalty program offers the rewards that ER does. As a member, you’ll already be receiving a 24% discount on your orders; as an ER member, you will also earn rewards points. 10% of every order for the first 3 months, 20% for the next 21 months, and 25% from the two year mark and on. That means that whatever you order – including all of your personal care and home care items!

Step 2: Replace, don’t duplicate

This is called Transfer Buying, but all it means is that when you start ordering your Young Living personal care and household products from yourself, you aren’t buying them from anyone else! No more grocery store runs when you realize you’re out of shampoo or dish soap, because your products are delivered right to your door, and no more paying full price!

Step 3: Dilute, dilute, dilute

Young Living’s products are extremely concentrated. The beauty of this is that there is plenty of room to stretch these products while still getting the full benefit of their use – in some cases, I and others have even found that these products work better once diluted than they did before. As a result, I dilute every personal and household product that I use. Below, you’ll find a few of my preferred dilution ratios and recipes to help you get started!

Dish Soap


When I first purchased this product, I was pleased with the results, and willing to pay the price for the quality. I struggled with the lack of suds, but for the non-toxic properties, it was a sacrifice I was willing to make. Then, I watched a YouTube video of YL hacks, and I saw someone who diluted her dish soap and made a few other additions to make it last far longer, and even brought back some of the suds we’ve come to associate with cleanliness! I’ve since combined a few hacks that I’ve seen along the way, and here’s what I do now.

I empty 4/5 of the bottle out of my Thieves dish soap bottle. (The first time around, I used a mason jar to hold the rest of the soap; now I use my empty dish soap bottle, because it’s easier.) To the remaining 1/5 of the dish soap, I add 1 Tblsp. of Baking Soda, and  1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner, then I top the rest of the bottle off with hot (but not boiling) water. I like to use my stainless steel straws to mix all of this together, as it causes significantly less mess than shaking the bottle, but allows me to get the baking soda mixed in.

Household Cleaner


This one is a little different, in that it comes with a dilution ratio right on the bottle! But I had to include it, because it’s a staple in our household! Check out the dilution table on the back of the bottle for all of your cleaning needs. But, if you want to try out a favorite recipe of mine, I’ll share it below. If you’ve read any of my cleaning posts before, you’ll have seen this before, but it’s too good not to mention!

Gather your supplies: 
3/4 Cup Thieves Household Cleaner
1 Tbsp. White Vinegar
30 Drops YL Lemon oil
3 Cups Baking Soda

Mix all of the wet ingredients together in a stainless steel bowl. Add Baking Soda 1 cup at a time, mixing well. Store in an airtight container – personally, I like to use a Mason jar.

This scrub is perfect for all cleaning applications – dishes, stovetops, bathtubs…even dirty mechanic’s hands!

Thieves Laundry Soap

This laundry soap is the real deal, and it is so concentrated! This is one of the products that people have found to work better once diluted, and I’ve found the same to be true. I found this one a YouTube video, too, and it’s been working wonders for my family – even my hubby’s stinky mechanic uniforms!

Pour half of the laundry soap into an empty container or Mason jar. To the remaining half in your laundry soap bottle, add 4 capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner, and top off with hot (but not boiling) water. I think I added a Tblsp. or two of baking soda, as well, but I can’t remember for sure.

We have a dog, and my husband is a mechanic who works daily with diesel fuel and oil, and comes home plenty smelly. I’ve used several different laundry soaps, including mainstream products and other more natural options. Thieves by far does the best job getting our laundry clean and odor-free, and I love that it’s the best quality product we’ve used yet! Not to mention that we buy it from ourselves!

Fabric Softener & Dryer Sheets


About a year ago, my husband’s company switched from cotton t-shirts to dri-fit shirts. They breathe better, and they look far more professional, but my friends…those shirts have one major flaw. Static. We had ditched traditional dryer sheets some time before, so when this uniform switch happened, the effect on all of our laundry was instantaneous. I ordered some woolen dryer balls, as I’d heard several friends had success dealing with static that way, and they definitely helped, but it wasn’t enough. So I started doing some more looking. Then I found this recipe on Pinterest!

The mixture in both jars is half-and-half water and white vinegar, and 20-30 drops of YL essential oils (I like to use Thieves, Purification and Orange), with a splash of tequila or vodka to help suspend the oils in the water. I use 1/4 cup of fabric softener in my washer for each load, poured in the softener slot of the machine. For the dryer sheets, I cut up 6″x6″ squares of flannel fabric, stitched a quick hem in them to keep from fraying in the dryer. Squeeze out a fabric square until it’s no longer dripping wet, and toss in the dryer with your clothes, and I still use my woolen dryer balls. This has completely changed the game for us in our laundry, and still without any harsh chemicals!

Personal Care

The last category I’m going to touch on today is our personal care products – specifically: shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. I tried the YL shampoo a few years ago, and was rather displeased with it. My hair was greasy, and felt dirty, even directly out of the shower, so I gave up and went back to my grocery store brands. Then, about a year and a half ago, I started learning a little bit more about what it can take to switch from “normal” shampoos, with the chemicals that strip your hair of grease and dirt, to more natural options that cleanse without stripping – and I learned it can be a process, and sometimes you need to work with your hair to find the right mix.

To begin with, I started with the YL shampoo as it arrives in the shipment. I washed with it for several weeks, and while the results steadily got better, I still wasn’t getting the results that I was hoping for. After consulting with some other oily friends, I diluted my shampoo 50:50 with water, and tried that for several weeks. I noticed improvement immediately. Within a week, my hair felt clean and light. I also diluted the conditioner significantly – personally, I find that about 1-2 Tbsp. of conditioner to 16oz of warm water works perfectly. I mix mine in a condiment bottle, because it’s easy to dispense in the shower.

After a while (several weeks), I noticed a lack of luster in my hair, so I found a hair masque that helped reset the natural PH of the hair. The masque included Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), Coconut Oil, and some YL oils. The masque worked wonders, but was more time-consuming than I was readily able to commit to. That’s when I had an idea. The last couple of times that I’ve diluted my shampoo, I’ve added a splash of ACV to my shampoo bottle. It probably amounts to about a Tbsp., but I’ve never measured. Now, I get to keep the shine and softness in my hair, without having to commit 20-30min a week to a hair masque!

My favorite shampoo is the Lavender-Mint, but the Copaiba Vanilla also worked quite nicely!

I also dilute my shower gel 50:50 with hot water – I’m fairly sure that I could dilute it further and still get wonderful results, but I haven’t done that yet, just because I’m in a routine of dividing it into halves when I dilute!

Now, you may find that only some, or none, of these tips work for you – but hopefully at least they’ll offer you somewhere to get started on using these fantastic personal care products!!

Alright, my friends! Go add something new to your ER order, or get enrolled if you aren’t yet, and try something out! I can’t wait to hear what you think!