Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Spring Cleaning and Mold In Vehicles

Spring Cleaning and Addressing Mold in Vehicles
Copyright 2013 Jacquelyn A Close

Spring is in the air and just a few days away on the calendar.

Mold as well as pollutants in common household cleaners can contribute to seasonal discomfort, so arm yourself with knowledge and the power of essential oils. That way you can avoid many of the respiratory complaints that are associated with Spring. And don't forget to give your car or truck a good Spring Cleaning too.

Mold In Your Vehicle May Cause Fungal Infections

”The rash started on his ankles, and it took us months to realize that he had a fungal infection. Then we found mold growing in the carpet of his SUV and thanks to your information, we used the essential oils products the way you suggested, and got rid of the mold. Now, his fungal infection is gone too.”

Les and Sharon told us their story during a trip we took together, and we have heard similar stories from many other people. Water-damaged vehicles, flooded vehicles, and even vehicles that have been cleaned but the carpets have not been dried properly can all be infested with mold, sometimes toxic mold. Our cars, trucks, SUVs, in fact any vehicle provides an opportunity for high levels of exposure to mold in short periods of time, and over long periods of time when we travel frequently or take long trips.

There are numerous areas of the United States, and around the world, that are flooded every year. Research shows that many water-damaged vehicles end up being sold in the used car market. So how can you protect yourself from buying a vehicle that may have been flooded or water-damaged? The following article by the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) highlights the problem with flooded vehicles making their way to the used car market, and also offers tips on how to avoid buying a flood-damaged car.

Tips to Avoid Buying a “Flooded Car”

NEW YORK, April 23, 2007 — The deluge from last week’s Nor’easter not only means extensive flooding to homes but to cars as well. Unfortunately, many of these vehicles could be purchased by dishonest auto dealers, cleaned up and then sold, with their flood damage history illegally hidden, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).

Unscrupulous salvage operators and dealers often try to conceal the fact that the vehicles they are selling have been damaged by a natural disaster, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

To prevent this type of fraudulent resale of cars to unsuspecting consumers around the country, the NICB has been helping law enforcement groups and insurance companies identify and catalogue vehicles damaged by these types of disasters.

“By creating a registry of damaged vehicles that consumers can access when purchasing a used car, the potential for this type of fraud can be greatly reduced,” said Robert M. Bryant, president and CEO of the NICB.

The NICB compiles a database of vehicles affected by such storms, which offers a free search of any car’s vehicle identification number (VIN), so used-car buyers can learn more about the history of the car and whether it has been involved in a claim related to flood damage. It usually takes several months before the flooded cars get into the market. Consumers who suspect a car has been flooded can access this service from the NICB home page ( www.nicb.org ).

“To avoid inadvertently purchasing a flood-damaged car, it is important that you only buy a used car from a reputable dealer, have a certified mechanic look for flood damage and check the car’s VIN number,” noted Jeanne M. Salvatore, senior vice president and consumer spokesperson for the I.I.I.

The I.I.I. suggests you be on the lookout for the following indicators that a car may have been flooded:

  • Mildew, debris and silt in places where it wouldn’t normally be found, such as under the carpeting in the trunk, or around the engine compartment
  • Rust on screws and other metal parts
  • Waterstains or faded upholstery; discoloration of seat belts and door panels
  • Dampness in the floor and carpeting; moisture on the inside of the instrument panel
  • A moldy odor or an intense smell of Lysol or deodorizer being used to cover up an odor problem

If you suspect that your local car dealer is committing fraud by knowingly selling “flooded cars” as regular used cars, contact their insurance company, local law enforcement agency or the NICB at 800-TEL-NICB  (800-835-6422).

Cars damaged by flooding, fire or wind are covered under the comprehensive portion of an auto insurance policy.


You can eliminate mold inside your vehicle by diffusing the Thieves essential oil blend (used in the tests conducted by Dr. Close) continuously for 24 hours inside a vehicle with all the windows closed.

When cleaning carpets and upholstery, be sure to use the Thieves Household Cleaner that contains that same essential oil blend mentioned earlier. Vacuum up all excess moisture, leave windows and doors open, and do not close the vehicle until carpets have dried completely. After materials have dried, diffuse the essential oil blend for 24 hours continuously to protect your vehicle and your health.

When you choose Young Living you know you are getting the best possible oils that are not only safe to inhale, but are one of only three companies in the world whose oils are safe enough to take orally. 

Enjoy Spring &
Happy Oiling,
Jacqui Close

Monday, March 4, 2013

12 Reasons to Clean Green! With Thieves Household Cleaner

12 Reasons to Use Young Living’s
     Thieves Household Cleaner and
     --  CLEAN GREEN!

Copyright 2013, 2014, 2015 and continuing 
Jacquleyn A Close

 1. To reduce toxic chemicals in your home
 2. Reduce and eliminate potential poisoning
      by keeping toxic chemicals away from
      the most vulnerable - pets and children
 3. Reduce indoor air pollution
 4. To reduce exposure to chemicals that cause
      respiratory distress and disease
 5. Reduce exposure to endocrine disruptors
 6. Reduce exposure to carcinogens
 7. To reduce exposure to neurotoxins
 8. To safely and effectively kill germs (other
      chemicals often lead to bacterial resistance
      and the formation of SuperBugs)
 9. Reduce and eliminate viruses
10. To reduce, eliminate and prevent bacteria
11. Prevent, eliminate, remove or contain mold
       and fungal infestation that lead to illness, pain
       and disease
12. To Save Money!

Use the full Thieves line of products to help you clean
with confidence and great results.

Thieves All Purpose Cleaner - floors, walls, countertops,
windows, cars, furniture, laundry, dishes, shoes, stains,
kills 99.96% germs, versatile, and very economical. See
the bottle for dilution ratios.

Window Cleaner - two drops THC in one quart water in
a spray bottle, wipe with a lint free cloth or newspaper

Basic Scouring Powder –
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup borax
20 drops YL Lemon oil
Sift together and store in a cheese container with holes
Sprinkle on wet surface and clean

Grout cleaner - YL toothpaste or scouring powder recipe

Carpet Freshener
Option 1:
add ten drops of your favorite oil to a cotton ball and
insert into the vacuum bag

Option 2:
1 cup baking soda
20 drops Purification
Sprinkle, let sit 15 minutes or longer

Homemade Thieves Laundry Detergent
1 quart boiling water
1 bar Fels Naptha (grated)
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda
6 quarts tap or distilled water
1/2 cup Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner
1 teaspoon Young Living Essential Oil
    (Use an oil that has the aroma you prefer.
      Suggestions:  Thieves, Grapefruit, Orange,
      Lavender, or Purification.)

Stir grated bar soap into the boiling water until the
soap has melted. 
Add Borax and Washing Soda. 
Stir until dissolved.
Add 6 quarts water, stirring until well mixed. 

When cool, add Thieves Household Cleaner and
the Essential Oil of your choice.  Stir again. 

Pour into empty laundry bottles, plastic bowls with lids,
or ice cream buckets. 
Before each use, stir again or gently shake.

Makes over 6 quarts of liquid laundry detergent. 
Use approximately 1/4 cup per load.

You can also remove…
gum, lipstick, oil, grease, and paint by applying
a few drops of Lemon and Thieves oils to the
affected spot.

Wood Furniture Cleaner
2 Tablespoons almond oil
10 drops lemon
Spray onto cloth and polish furniture

Floor cleaner – For No-Wax floors –
1 capful THC
1 cup vinegar
2 gallons hot water
20 drops Essential oil(s) of choice
Several squirts Young Living Bath Gel to help disperse

Air Freshener- diffuse any oil. Favorites include:
Thieves, Purification, Citrus Fresh, Abundance, Lemon, Christmas Spirit

Thieves Hand Sanitizer - great alternative to commercial
brands of hand sanatizers that use Triclosan, a dangerous chemical

Mold Prevention-
Clean regularly with Thieves Household Cleaner and
diffuse for at least 30 minutes 3 times a day-3 days each week
or diffuse for 8 hours once a week
Uses approximately 1 bottle of Thieves oil per month

Mold Remediation
Diffuse Thieves Oil, full strength, for 24-48 hours using
  Young Living’s TheraPro Premium Diffuser. Remove
  all mold damaged materials. Clean studs, floors, and
  walls with Thieves Household Cleaner full strength
  (use THC undiluted when cleaning indoor walls or
  porous materials for mold remediation purposes).
  After replacing damaged materials with new ones,
  then diffuse again for at least 24 hours.

May You Enjoy Vibrant Health and
Abundant Blessings!
Jacquelyn Close