12 Days of Christmas doTERRA Contest – by Kimberley Milousis
About Lesson

Ten Maids HouseKeeping

On the tenth day of Christmas, dōTERRA gave to me:
Ten maids housekeeping

Last year, dōTERRA just came out with a whole line of natural cleaning products, and I have been loving it! From natural dish soap to surface cleaners to dish washer pods, everything is completely natural and easy to use. Yes, many of you already know how to make half these things already by doing dōTERRA DIY projects, but there’s something relaxing about having cleaning be this easy.

The Prize

1x 15 mL Abode Refreshing Blend
3x Dryer Balls
2x dōTERRA Dishwasher Pods
2x dōTERRA Laundry Pods
1x 30 mL dōTERRA Multi-purpose Surface Cleaner
1x 473 mL dōTERRA Liquid Dish Soap

How To Enter

Step 01 – Read the Education content below. If you don’t read it thoroughly, you may find Step 02 challenging.
Step 02 – Complete the Tenth Day of Christmas Quiz.
Step 03 – If you have any questions about the lesson, ask in the Comments.

BONUS ENTRY
In the Comment Section below, name a toxic cleaning product that you still use and suggest a natural alternative. If you truly don’t use any toxic cleaning products, share about the most recent natural product you added to your cleaning collection!

Education

Without realizing it, most people make their homes dirtier when they clean. Sure, the stain is off the floor, but now there are toxic chemicals filling the air, chemicals that are carcinogenic and can cause asthma. Is this worth it? Are there other options? Today, we will explore the harmful effects of chemical cleaners and then discover natural alternatives to these toxic options.

The Problem with Chemical Cleaners

Did you know that indoor air is often 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air? It’s critical to our health that we stop making indoor air more polluted and stagnant than it already is. By using toxic chemicals, we increase the toxic load on our body, which stresses the body, causes disease, and deregulates our hormones.

While today is focused on natural cleaning, let’s take a minute to look at all the different substances that are in chemical cleaning products and contribute to toxic load:

  • Fragrance. Most people don’t realize that the lovely smells in perfumes, colognes, and air “fresheners” all contain neurotoxins, which disrupt the body’s endocrine system and can lead to cancer, autism, and asthma. I’ve always cringed when I’ve seen someone “clean” their home by spraying the air with toxic chemicals. If you want your body and home to smell beautiful, why not use natural options that smell good and actually heal your body rather than destroy it?
  • Parabens / Dyes. Parabens are used for preservation and dyes to change the colour of whatever they are in. These can be found in beer, sauces, desserts, soft drinks, jams, pickles, frozen dairy products, processed vegetables, and flavouring syrups. They are also found in many body-care products and chemical cleaners. Unfortunately, parabens are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, as well as other forms of cancer. That’s not what we want. We’re just trying to clean our homes!
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) / Propylene. SLS makes things foamy, and propylene is used as a starting product. Both of these are found to cause neurological issues, abdominal colic pain, and dermatitis.
  • BPA / BPS / VOC / Synthetic colours / Glycol / Formaldehyde. All of these are common compounds in chemical cleaners. Tragically, they can lead to infertility, heart disease, and weight gain, and they can even harm fetal brain development.

These are just some of the problems associated with chemical cleaners. If you want to dig deeper and do your own research, you can use EWG to research specific products and their ingredients. Keep in mind that most cleaning products are not required to list all of their ingredients, so, if something smells or feels off to you, use another product.

Safe, Healthy Cleaning

Alright, so chemical cleaners aren’t great to use. What should we use instead? Well, I can’t say for sure whether all the other cleaners out there that claim to be natural are actually safe, but what I can say is that the cleaners I use are safe and non-toxic. Here’s a list of what I use:

  • All-Purpose Cleaner: Abode Multi-Purpose Cleaner Concentrate. This powerful concentrate made from essential oils and natural ingredients will truly clean your home. All you need to do is add water and spray. This product is part of the dōTERRA Abode Line.
  • Natural Dish Soap: Abode Dish Soap and Dishwasher Pods. Ironically, the brightly coloured dish soap most people use actually makes dishes dirtier by leaving a thin, toxic coating on every plate. dōTERRA’s powerful cleaning products are stronger and safer, since they are non-toxic and use powerful natural cleaning agents.
  • Laundry Detergent & Pods: On Guard Laundry Detergent & Abode Laundry Pods. Clean laundry detergent is so important, because detergents made of chemicals that get into the skin and can cause allergies and other permanent issues. With both Detergent and Pods, dōTERRA has you covered for naturally clean clothes!
  • Natural Toothpaste: On Guard Toothpaste. Toothpastes are known to have fragrance and dyes. These are extra harmful, because toothpaste is directly ingested into your mouth (even if you don’t swallow your toothpaste). dōTERRA’s On Guard toothpaste can help regenerate your gums, all while whitening your teeth naturally! There’s also dōTERRA On Guard Mouthwash.
  • Natural Hair and Body Cleaning: I use this Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, and Soap. Your skin is absorbent. Don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t feel safe to eat. dōTERRA also has a second product line, including this ShampooDaily Conditioner, and Leave-in Conditioner (link to all three).
  • Natural Hand Wash: Foaming On Guard Hand Wash and Abode Foaming Hand Wash. These dōTERRA products are more powerful than the unnatural, off-the-shelf brands. Plus, these natural products have none of the toxic residue! You can choose either natural scent.

Before you complete the quiz, look over these two practice questions.

Tenth Day of Christmas Quiz

Quiz Question:
Which of the following statements about toxic cleaning products is NOT true?

a) The lovely smells in perfumes, colognes and air “fresheners” all contain neurotoxins that disrupt the body’s endocrine system and can lead to cancer, autism, and asthma.
b) SLS makes things foamy, and propylene is used as a starting product. Both of these are found to cause neurological issues, abdominal colic pain, and dermatitis.
c) Parabens, used for preservation and dye, are found in many body-care products and chemical cleaners. They are known carcinogens.
d) BPA and BPS are often found in shampoos and hand soaps, because they act as a strong grease remover. However, they cause arthritis and joint pain from repeated exposure.
e) VOC, synthetic colours, glycol, and formaldehyde are all common compounds in chemical cleaners that can lead to infertility, heart disease, and weight gain. They can even harm fetal brain development.

How to answer:
Email response to admin@kimberleymilousis.com.

Announcing The Winner

Andrea budd

Congratulations on winning
1x 15 mL Abode Refreshing Blend
3x Dryer Balls
2x doTERRA Dishwasher Pods
2x doTERRA Laundry Pods
1x 30 mL doTERRA Multi-purpose Surface Cleaner
1x 473 mL doTERRA Liquid Dish Soap

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57 thoughts on “doTERRA Gave To Me…”

  1. I have been using VIM off and on for some stubborn grease on stove top cleaning, but now I will be trying abōde™ Multi-Purpose Surface Cleaner Concentrate. I have never liked the potent smell of VIM but it does clean well.

  2. Louise Gaudreau

    I still have some of my regular products that I use such as Gain laundry soap, I would like to try the On Guard Laundry Detergent …I have been switching many of my products such as; mouthwash, hand soap, dish soap and shampoo/conditioner and very pleased ??

    1. Aveline - EL Admin 2

      Good on you Louise! There are so many ingredients we don’t realize we are letting into our home, on our bodies and that are absorbed into our skin!

  3. Sylvie Sylvestre

    I need to get rid of my dishwasher detergent. For my January order, I will purchase the abode dishwasher pods. For a new year’s resolution, I shall continue to become more aware of toxins in order to eliminate them from my environment.

  4. I still use dishwashing tablets.
    The dishwasher pods are not available here.
    A recipe was posted somewhere to make pods or powder. I need to track it down again and make my own

  5. I make all my cleaning solutions as well as body wash and hand soap, mouthwash, etc. I need to start using all natural toothpaste. I am still using the store bought ones. One of the ingredients I find hard to find and which is called for in some of the cleaning solutions is washing soda. I did some research and now make my own. It is simply baking soda baked in the oven at 400 degrees, stirred every 15 mins or so until it is like fine sand. The heat changes it to washing soda!

  6. The only cleaning product in my home that isn’t DōTerra is my dishwashing liquid, although I do sometimes use OnGuard cleaner concentrate. I recently added the new Abōde dishwasher and laundry pods to my DōTerra cleaning so dishwashing liquid will be my next purchase.

    1. I am slowly converting!

      I still use dish soap – in South Africa we don’t have Abode… yet!

      If I can get my hands on Castille soap I’m sure I will be able to make my own with On Guard oil, vinegar and bicarbanote of soda! S
      What a potion! ???

  7. I’ve already switched a lot of toxic products for natural ones, but not done yet. Next one to change is the laundry detergent. I’ll try the OnGuard detergent or Abode pods.

  8. Manuela Aspeling

    I have replaced everything but liquid dish soap and washingpowder so this prize would come in handy to replace them with Abode Liquid dish soap and the laundry pods. Can’t wait to be able to also get them in South Africa.

  9. I still use toxic dishwashing soap as well as foaming handwash.

    I can replace the dish washing soap with n blend or lemon essential oil and castile soap.

    It’s suggested that I can also replace the handwash with castile soap and then give the soap different scents with essential oils for example On Guard(dual purpose), lemongrass, lavender ect.

  10. I could not agree more with the above statements. My life has been full of sickness and as I got to the root cause it generally had to do with the toxins around me. Before the smoking bylaws and when people where allowed to smoke in the office and anywhere I generally got sick with colds almost monthly. As I removed myself from these smoky environments, the frequency of colds reduced. I used to get all kinds of skin rashes and once I changed the laundry detergent products and used less than instructed my skin improved. Just smelling Mr. Clean would make me feel yucky and if the product was used in my surroundings and I was exposed to it for too long, my body would ache, I would become lethargic, and sometimes would start to vomit.

    In the short time I have been using doTerra I have had no adverse reactions and so I know the product is natural and pure as my body would of indicated otherwise if it was not so. Still working on removing toxic cleaners from my home but eventually will have replaced all items over time. As each toxic item is removed my life has improved. On my order list is to check out the laundry detergent next and eventually replace all the products I have in the house.

    1. What a great testimonial! I am so happy to hear this. I am slowly making changes in my cleaning products as well. I have only recently realized that after spending hours cleaning the house I would end up with a headache. For awhile I just blamed it on “working too hard”, but I am now realizing it was likely secondary to the products!! Yuck!

    2. Aveline - EL Admin 2

      Wow what an incredible testimony! I feel like there are MANY people like yourself who don’t realize that their products may be causing some of their symptoms! Thank you so much for sharing Sophia.

  11. Roberta Adderley

    Lysol spray in the garbage cans is a difficult habit to break in this household. My hunny has always done it and change is challenging.
    I will make an On Guard spray and encourage use.

    1. This is a great idea! I have also tried putting a piece of paper towel with some lemon essential oil at the bottom. It keeps it nice and fresh!!

  12. I’m still working through my old stock and replacing with non toxic cleaners as I go. I now use On Guard Cleaner Concentrate for cleaning my loos. I’ve finished up all my toxic multi surface cleaners, and now I have a spray bottle upstairs and downstairs with white vinegar, lemon oil and water. I feel so much better now about what I’m breathing in as I clean!

    1. I totally agree! Something I found the most toxic smelling was actually my toilet bowl cleaner. I have recently tried a recipe with essential oil baking soda and vinegar….it was AMAZING!

  13. I am slowly working through getting rid of toxic cleaners. I continue to use windex, as I have a strange addiction to cleaning with it. I have tried lemon essential oil glass cleaner as an alternative, and I absolutely love the results!

  14. Jenny Aitchison

    I love the Onguard cleaner concentrate and handsoap. I have also recently purchased the abode cleaning line with all the products in today’s prize. I love that doTERRA has expanded their product line into more natural household cleaning products.

  15. While I will sometimes use bleach on stubborn mildew around my tub, I mostly use natural cleaning products including OnGuard oil and concentrated cleaner, as well as a vinegar, water, and lemon spray.

  16. My family and I have already been moving away from toxic cleaners, but reading this information has made realize I should transition much faster. I didn’t realize how toxic the shampoos and cleaners were!

    Any suggestion on healthy DIY cleaners?

    I definitely would like to try doTERRA’s cleaners and detergents.

  17. Instead of using dish soap or VIM to clean my counters a natural alternative would be to use lemon oil. All you need to do is place a few drops of lemon into a spray bottle of water. You can use this to clean your tables and counters.

    Added bonus: place a few drops of lemon on a rag, then wipe to remove stubborn, sticky residue. No need to buy Goo Gone! It will smell fantastic!

  18. I need to change my laundry and dishwasher soap
    I try to use alot of DIY cleaners with EO but i have a way to go
    I love my on guard at the sinks for hand washing and i just ordered the on guard cleaner

  19. Thank you for this very important information. I still use toxic laundry detergent but I look forward to replacing it with the On Guard laundry detergent and Abode laundry pods.

  20. Charlene Saaiman

    I still use toilet cleaner which is basically bleach – I have not found an alternative but have started using lemon, Arbovitae in a spray bottle daily and this definitely would be my go to for cleaning, and once Abode comes to SA will definitely change out the toxic load one by one in my home

  21. After my mother passed away, I inherted all of her cleaning supplies, and she had alot of cleaning solutions. I have every cleaner known to man… Some probably as older than me (lol). Now I will have to reconsider keeping them, and learn how to make my own, which will be safer, and healthier for me and everyone in my home.

    I have Vim, lysol, the industrial cleaning products, etc….

  22. Over the past few years I have worked very hard at removing many everyday chemicals from my household.

    I make a lot of my own household cleaning items, but have fallen back and used chemical products when I have run out of my home made ones. I am very excited for the many new products that doterra has come. I plan to add these to my wish list and my next couple LRPs so that I don’t reach for the chemicals when I run out of my home made items.

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Emma 11 months ago
Over the past few years I have worked very hard at removing many everyday chemicals from my household. I make a lot of my own household cleaning items, but have fallen back and used chemical products when I have run out of my home made ones. I am very excited for the many new products that doterra has come. I plan to add these to my wish list and my next couple LRPs so that I don't reach for the chemicals when I run out of my home made items.
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Jackie 11 months ago
After my mother passed away, I inherted all of her cleaning supplies, and she had alot of cleaning solutions. I have every cleaner known to man... Some probably as older than me (lol). Now I will have to reconsider keeping them, and learn how to make my own, which will be safer, and healthier for me and everyone in my home. I have Vim, lysol, the industrial cleaning products, etc....
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Melissa 11 months ago
Love love love my onguard cleaner.
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Charlene Saaiman 11 months ago
I still use toilet cleaner which is basically bleach - I have not found an alternative but have started using lemon, Arbovitae in a spray bottle daily and this definitely would be my go to for cleaning, and once Abode comes to SA will definitely change out the toxic load one by one in my home
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Wanda 11 months ago
Thank you for this very important information. I still use toxic laundry detergent but I look forward to replacing it with the On Guard laundry detergent and Abode laundry pods.
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Tammy 11 months ago
I need to change my laundry and dishwasher soap I try to use alot of DIY cleaners with EO but i have a way to go I love my on guard at the sinks for hand washing and i just ordered the on guard cleaner
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Krystle 11 months ago
I still use toilet bowl cleaner. I would love to try the Abode.
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Julia 11 months ago
I still use comet for cleaning my bathroom. I look forward to trying doTERRA Multi-purpose Surface Cleaner.
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Linda 11 months ago
Instead of using dish soap or VIM to clean my counters a natural alternative would be to use lemon oil. All you need to do is place a few drops of lemon into a spray bottle of water. You can use this to clean your tables and counters. Added bonus: place a few drops of lemon on a rag, then wipe to remove stubborn, sticky residue. No need to buy Goo Gone! It will smell fantastic!
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Roxane 11 months ago
My family and I have already been moving away from toxic cleaners, but reading this information has made realize I should transition much faster. I didn't realize how toxic the shampoos and cleaners were! Any suggestion on healthy DIY cleaners? I definitely would like to try doTERRA's cleaners and detergents.
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Joanne 11 months ago
If you Google DIY DōTerra cleaners, there are great, easy recipes!
11 months ago
There are very few doterra cleaning products in SA. Can't wait for them to arrive.
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Lesley 11 months ago
While I will sometimes use bleach on stubborn mildew around my tub, I mostly use natural cleaning products including OnGuard oil and concentrated cleaner, as well as a vinegar, water, and lemon spray.
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Jenny Aitchison 11 months ago
I love the Onguard cleaner concentrate and handsoap. I have also recently purchased the abode cleaning line with all the products in today's prize. I love that doTERRA has expanded their product line into more natural household cleaning products.
Reply
Tara 11 months ago
I am slowly working through getting rid of toxic cleaners. I continue to use windex, as I have a strange addiction to cleaning with it. I have tried lemon essential oil glass cleaner as an alternative, and I absolutely love the results!
Reply
Rosie Jones 11 months ago
I’m still working through my old stock and replacing with non toxic cleaners as I go. I now use On Guard Cleaner Concentrate for cleaning my loos. I’ve finished up all my toxic multi surface cleaners, and now I have a spray bottle upstairs and downstairs with white vinegar, lemon oil and water. I feel so much better now about what I’m breathing in as I clean!
Reply
Aveline - EL Admin 2 11 months ago
Aw that's so good to hear - that toxic smell can be the worst!
Tara 11 months ago
I totally agree! Something I found the most toxic smelling was actually my toilet bowl cleaner. I have recently tried a recipe with essential oil baking soda and vinegar....it was AMAZING!
Roberta Adderley 11 months ago
Lysol spray in the garbage cans is a difficult habit to break in this household. My hunny has always done it and change is challenging. I will make an On Guard spray and encourage use.
Reply
Tara 11 months ago
This is a great idea! I have also tried putting a piece of paper towel with some lemon essential oil at the bottom. It keeps it nice and fresh!!
Amy 11 months ago
We don't have any of these products in South Africa. I would be over the moon if I could win these products! Fingers crossed ??
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Joanne 11 months ago
I have many of these products and love them so if my name is chosen, I will gift them to you! They are fabulous!
Sophia 11 months ago
I could not agree more with the above statements. My life has been full of sickness and as I got to the root cause it generally had to do with the toxins around me. Before the smoking bylaws and when people where allowed to smoke in the office and anywhere I generally got sick with colds almost monthly. As I removed myself from these smoky environments, the frequency of colds reduced. I used to get all kinds of skin rashes and once I changed the laundry detergent products and used less than instructed my skin improved. Just smelling Mr. Clean would make me feel yucky and if the product was used in my surroundings and I was exposed to it for too long, my body would ache, I would become lethargic, and sometimes would start to vomit. In the short time I have been using doTerra I have had no adverse reactions and so I know the product is natural and pure as my body would of indicated otherwise if it was not so. Still working on removing toxic cleaners from my home but eventually will have replaced all items over time. As each toxic item is removed my life has improved. On my order list is to check out the laundry detergent next and eventually replace all the products I have in the house.
Reply
Aveline - EL Admin 2 11 months ago
Wow what an incredible testimony! I feel like there are MANY people like yourself who don't realize that their products may be causing some of their symptoms! Thank you so much for sharing Sophia.
Tara 11 months ago
What a great testimonial! I am so happy to hear this. I am slowly making changes in my cleaning products as well. I have only recently realized that after spending hours cleaning the house I would end up with a headache. For awhile I just blamed it on "working too hard", but I am now realizing it was likely secondary to the products!! Yuck!
Amy 11 months ago
I still use toxic dishwashing soap as well as foaming handwash. I can replace the dish washing soap with n blend or lemon essential oil and castile soap. It's suggested that I can also replace the handwash with castile soap and then give the soap different scents with essential oils for example On Guard(dual purpose), lemongrass, lavender ect.
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Aveline - EL Admin 2 11 months ago
I love castile soap - it's especially good if you have a foaming hand soap dispenser!
Tara 11 months ago
I recently purchased castille soap and my soap dispenser is now almost empty, so I will soon by trying a DIY soap!
Wendy 11 months ago
I have given up all toxic chemical cleaners a few years ago. My most recent addition to my home is the entire Abode system. I love them!!!
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Tara 11 months ago
I love to hear this! I have not tried any of these products yet, but I am so hopeful to win this package so I can also try them!