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Let’s talk cleaner, Thieves Cleaner. I am not going to pretend I love cleaning or a domestic goddess in any way. I like things neat and put away. Meaning, if it can fit in the closet and I can close the door, it is clean. I get it, not really clean. As I mature, I appreciate clean more than I used to. As a mom with a toddler, I really love when things are clean because it is SO rare. I swear, her favorite activity is destroying things. I also started to think more about what I was cleaning with. Ok, lie, I started thinking about it for the first time. Everyone cleans with bleach, so what is wrong with that? Wait, a lock on my cleaning supplies? Why? Oh, because it could kill my angel baby! Wait, I am using this to clean the surfaces she practically licks? I am getting it, slowly. I want to protect my baby and the Earth for that matter. So the more you know, the more you can be safe for both.
So why clean with essential oils?
The link below is directed to an exciting study examining antibacterial activity of diffused essential oils on the following pathogens: H.influenzae, streptococci, S. Aureus, E. Coli. These pathogens are sometimes opportunistic in that humans may have the pathogen living on their skin or in their respiratory tract as a normal, healthy state. However once given a weakened immune system with the right conditions, they could potentially lead to pneumonia, meningitis, food poisoning, sinusitis, boils, MRSA, food poisoning, conjunctivitis, sepsis, and many others. [reference Wikipedia for researching their basic pathology]
The results of the study showed that “Among the 14 essential oils, cinnamon bark, lemongrass and thyme (wild and red) oils showed the highest activity, inhibiting six strains at <12.5 mg/L air, with the exception of lemongrass oil, which exhibited weak activity against E. coli (MID, 100 mg/L air). Perilla, thyme (geraniol), peppermint, tea tree, coriander and lavender (spike and true) oils showed moderate activity against all isolates except E. coli. However, tea tree and coriander oils showed activity against E. coli comparable to that against other strains. Eucalyptus (radiata) oil, and especially citron oil, were weakest in activity.”
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic, yet because the formulas used for these fragrances are trade secrets companies aren’t required to disclose the ingredients used.
The Problem with “Natural” Store-Bought Cleaners: Even many “all-natural” cleaners found in grocery and some health food stores have harmful chemicals and may even score worse than conventional cleaning products. Mother Nature Network researched a few common natural cleaning products and found that a leading all-purpose cleaner fared worse in the EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning Guide.
The other problem with natural store-bought cleaning products is that they often cost twice as much as conventional store-bought cleaners. In many cases, old-fashioned vinegar, baking soda, essential oils and other inexpensive ingredients found in your pantry can clean just as well or better than conventional or natural store-bought cleaning products.
You can feel good about cleaning your home. Young Living provides their Seed to Seal guarantee. Young Living owns their own farms and closely monitors the process from the time the seed is planted to the time the cleaner gets to your door. We take pride, as a company, that the process is the most safe and pure as it can get.
What does that mean and why is that unique?
Young Living carefully monitors every step of the production of their oils from beginning to end through their unique Seed to Seal® process, ensuring the purity of each essential oil and protecting nature’s living energy in every bottle.
Powerful, effective essential oils come from seeds and plants that are verified for their essential oil potential by Young Living experts, partnering with university experts.
Young Living farms, located around the globe, are dedicated to perfecting the best growing and harvesting methods. Our experts also travel the world visiting our co-op farms to verify that their growing and cultivating processes match our high standards. These operations provide an ongoing source for essential oils that meet Young Living’s demanding quality standards.
Combining ancient and modern techniques, Young Living is recognized as an innovator in essential oil distillation. They use a gentle, proprietary technique for steam extracting the most effective essential oils, as well as using cold pressing and resin tapping methods for select oils.
Young Living never accepts diluted, cut, or adulterated oils. To guarantee consistent quality, thier oils are tested in Young Living’s own internal labs, as well as in third-party facilities, to ensure that they meet stringent specifications, exceed international standards, and contain the optimal levels of natural bioactive compounds.
Young Living completes the Seed to Seal process in its 107,000-square-foot facility in Spanish Fork, Utah. Using state-of-the-art equipment, eachessential oil is carefully bottled into protective amber glass bottles—ready to be shipped to members worldwide.
Why is this important?
Most seeds are commercially grown in a nursery. If you go to these big seed companies, they’ve got huge greenhouses where they grow the plants to cultivate and gather the seeds so that they can sell them commercially.
Can you imagine what it would cost to go out and wildcraft in the United States and to try to gather seed from yarrow plants in the United States? Or fleabane in Utah? Yeah, it’s cost-prohibitive and that’s why there are commercial companies that grow it. Plants need the natural harshness of the environment to produce good seeds, which in turn produce good molecules of oil.
Chemicals Get OUT!
Like I said, I never thought about all the nasty chemicals in my house before I had my little. I didn’t even think about the harm they could cause. I had a pretty unhealthy life before my little, I was the poster child for someone who was going to party herself to death. So, to me, I thought not drinking every day was enough. Once I got a year or so of sobriety under my belt, I realized, that was not enough. Once I found Young Living a year ago, I began to learn how little I knew about health and where it actually started. A happy home is a healthy home and I now realize health starts long before you get any sort of sickness. Health starts with the food you eat and the environment that you spend your time in. When you research what is actually in the products you use, even the ones you think you are using to help your family, you get a little scared. I am SO thankful I don’t have to worry about these chemicals too much because I use mostly Young Living products now.
Toxic chemicals in conventional household cleaners vary in their severity – from acute (immediate) hazards such as skin or respiratory issues, chemical burns or watery eyes to chronic (long term) hazards such as cancer, fertility issues, ADHD, compromised immune system and more.
Most toxic chemicals found in household cleaners fall into these categories:
Carcinogens – which cause or promote cancer
Endocrine disruptors – which mimic human hormones and cause false signals within the body and lead to issues such as infertility, premature puberty, miscarriage, menstrual issues, ADHD and even cancer.
Neurotoxins – which affect brain activity and cause issues such as headaches and memory loss
The fragrances (even those marked unscented) can trigger asthma and allergies. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reviewed 2,000 household cleaning products in 2012 and found that 53% of cleaning products contain ingredients harmful to the lungs AND 22% of cleaning products contain chemicals known to cause asthma in otherwise healthy people.
The United States allows more than 84,000 chemicals to be used in household products, cosmetics, food and food packaging. Would you be shocked to find out that the majority of those chemicals have never been tested for safety?
Out of those more than 84,000 allowed chemicals, over 10,000 have questionable safety and most have never been tested in humans. Roughly 13,000 of those chemicals are used in cosmetics, of which only 10% have been evaluated for safety.
Scientific evidence strongly suggest that this exposure to chemicals is contributing to cancer, reproductive abnormalities, early puberty and a host of other endocrine, neurological and metabolic disorders
Food additives are not automatically required to get premarket approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Items that fall under the “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) designation are exempt from the approval process. Food manufacturers use this loophole to add ingredients without FDA oversight. This may be in violation of a 1958 law, which requires the FDA to determine the safety of an ingredient before it can be used in food.
What little safety testing is done, is typically done by the chemical industry themselves. The testing is done in isolation with only that one chemical at a time. The result is that we really don’t know the potential toxicity of the almost infinite number of combinations of these various chemicals. Their toxicity could increase exponentially when they are mixed into a toxic brew.
It’s thought that 1 in 5 cancers may be caused by exposure to environmental chemicals. According to a recent study published in the journal Carcinogenesis, this includes chemicals deemed “safe” on their own. The combination of chemicals also could have mutagenic properties.
- Chlorinated phenols found in toilet bowl cleaners are toxic to respiratory and circulatory systems.
- Diethylene glycol found in window cleaners depresses the nervous system.
- Phenols found in disinfectants are toxic to respiratory and circulatory systems.
- Nonylphenol ethoxylate, a common surfactant (detergent) found in laundry detergents and all-purpose cleaners, is banned in Europe; it has been shown to biodegradeslowly into even more toxic compounds.
- Formaldehyde found in spray and wick deodorizers is a respiratory irritant and suspected carcinogen.
- Petroleum solvents in floor cleaners damage mucous membranes.
- Perchloroethylene, a spot remover, causes liver and kidney damage.
- Butyl cellosolve, common in all-purpose, window and other types of cleaners, damages bone marrow, the nervous system, kidneys and the liver. The list could fill a book. And it’s a book that would include thousands of other chemicals — some so dangerous that they’re found on lists of chemicals associated with Superfund toxic waste sites and in the toxins section of the U.S. Clean Air and Water Acts.
In 1976, Congress passed the Toxic Substance Control Act which grandfather in between 63,000 – 100,000 chemicals that were on the market. These chemicals were grandfathered in, without any testing, and are simply unregulated. Today, only about 50% of the chemicals on the market have been subject to any chemical testing at all. Under this act, manufacturers are protected by trade secret laws, so that they do not even have to post what ingredients are in their products. If you go look at a bottle of household cleaner, you may be surprised to see that they only list a small percentage of the ingredients in the bottle. There are so many ingredients to be aware of due to carcinogenic properties: Alcohol, Aluminum, DEA/TEA, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, TALC, Parabens and more. These are found in so many common household products and should be avoided as much as possible for more healthful alternatives. “Fun Facts” – Quality of air inside homes is 5-7 times more toxic than outdoor air quality It takes 26 seconds for chemicals in your personal products to enter your bloodstream. – Consumer Householding Cleaning Product Sales was over $7.3 Billion in 2007 –
Thanks to consumer awareness, the sales growth is slowing down!
This could be due to the push in chemical free cleaning, and DIY, natural cleaning, like Essential Oils! Scary, huh? Don’t worry! We are going to show you how to replace household conventional cleaning products with scary ingredient lists with DIY, natural, products, using essential oils! Join me, won’t you, in replacing this toxic crap little by little, month by month, step by step – either with ready-made YL products or with things we can make ourselves with oils. Things that are not only NOT HARMFUL for our babies, but BENEFICIAL FOR THEM. We have that option! Come on, y’all. Instead of $100 at Target on things that poison our families, let’s spend that money on good things that we know is right for our tiny people!
Thieves Essential Oil
I think the history behind Thieves is pretty cool, too. Thieves blend has been produced since the 12th century in Europe. During the Plague in the 15th Century, there was a notorious group of thieves that were robbing the dead, but never died from the powerful disease that was killing people by the masses. The government made a deal with these thieves! They traded leniency for the secret to how they were not getting sick, even with such close proximity to the dead. They shared the thieves blend!
Clove Essential Oil (Syzygium aromaticum) promotes a healthy immune response, and may support overall wellness*. An important ingredient in Young Living’s Thieves blend, its principal constituent is eugenol.
Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus limon) Lemon consists of 68 percent d-limonene, a powerful antioxidant; and may be beneficial for the skin*. It has cleansing and purifying properties. Jean Valnet MD estimated that it takes 3,000 lemons to produce one kilo of oil!
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil (Cinnamomum verum) The essential oil promotes a healthy immune response, and helps maintain a healthy lifestyle regimen*.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Eucalyptus radiata) is primarily used to support the respiratory system; and to soothe muscle discomfort after exercise*.
Rosemary Essential Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis CT cineol) was one of the most broadly used plants throughout the ages. Supports a healthy lifestyle regimen and overall well-being*. This oil provides a savory addition to many meats marinades, side dishes, and dressings. Rosemary includes the naturally occurring constituents eucalyptol and alpha-pinene.
Thieves Household Cleaner
What’s in it?
- Alkyl Polyglucoside
- Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate
- Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate
- Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacitate
- Citrus Limon† (Lemon) Peel Oil
The Thieves Cleaner formula boasts the most effective, 100 percent plant- and mineral-based ingredients available, including:
- Vegetable-based surfactants like alkyl polyglucoside that are compliant with Green Seal and EPA Design for Environment (DfE) standards.
- Biodegradable cutting agents like sodium methyl 2-sulfolurate and disodium 2-sulfolaurate from renewable sources.
- Active ingredients like tetrasodium glutamate diacetate that are readily biodegradable and derived from food-approved amino acids.
- The all-natural cleansing and disinfecting power of therapeutic-grade Thieves and lemon essential oils.
- All of the ingredients that make up this formulation are ecologically friendly, come from sustainable sources, have biodegradable properties, and none of them are petroleum-based. Not only that, every one of these ingredients received a “green” rating from the Enviromental Working Group website—www.ewg.org—meaning that they are “good for me, good for the planet, and good for the community.”
ECOLOGICALLY RESPONSIBLE PACKAGING :
The Thieves Cleaner packaging is recyclable, but with the option to purchase the larger 64-ounce economy size, you can do your part to cut down on packaging waste and production emissions.
Tracy Gibbs, PhD Pharmacognosy—the study of medicines derived from natural sources—consulted with Young Living on the development of the new Thieves cleaner. The term “plant-based” can cause some confusion, so we talked with Tracy about what it means to have a 100% plant- and mineral-based formula:
“Basically, if you trace any chemical back to its origin, it all comes from nature at some point; the key is in the extraction process,” Tracy says. “Plant-based ingredients are those extracted from the source without the use of synthetic chemicals—typically by using water or ethanol. When you use plant-based, biodegradable products you have zero impact on the environment. It’s important to use a natural household cleaner because it’s what you do every day that matters. That’s what determines your health, and where being environmentally friendly counts the most.”
Why It’s Economical
You Save time and money by buying one cleaning product. You won’t have to make trips to multiple stores or order from multiple online sources. Thieves Household Cleaner is an all-in-one cleaning product that will replace most of your household cleaners.
Thieves Household Cleaner is in concentrate form. For most all-purpose cleaning, dilute 30 parts of water to 1 part of Thieves Household Cleaner. That breaks down to one 64 oz bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner concentrate = about 128 all-purpose spray bottles (30 oz. each) for about 88 cents a bottle. That’s cheaper than most all-natural cleaners on the market.
BUT there’s a way to save even more money. I can help guide you to get wholesale pricing to save even more. With a wholesale membership (not requiring any other purchase), you’ll pay just 67 cents a bottle and get wholesale pricing on all Young Living essential oils, cleaning products, vitamins, supplements, personal care products and much more. Take a look here.
- All-purpose cleaning – 30 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner
- Heaving degreasing – 15 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner
- Light degreasing – 60 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner
- Glass and windows – 50-100 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner
The other guys: Corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners and toilet bowl cleaners: These are the most acutely dangerous cleaning products on the market. The ingredients in these cleaners can cause severe burns on the skin and eyes, or if ingested to the throat and esophagus.
I HATE cleaning the bathroom! Still do. Nothing will ever change that. What I do now, take everything out and off the counters. Then, spray like a mad woman. I let it sit for about 5 -10 minutes and then go back in with a sponge and wipe it all down. It shines and sparkles! It’s wonderful! Most of the time I just spray the toilet bowl, but sometimes I get wild and make a solution with additional oils, such as lemon. I mix it in a bowl with baking soda and then rub around the toilet and sinks. It does the work for me.
We have rented several houses with mold in the bathrooms. We like old houses, so it is pretty common. I love knowing that Thieves cleaner has been shown to kill mold. Awesome. Vivi is allergic to mold and loves the bathroom! So I love knowing Thieves is helping me keep her well!
Disappearing Mold Spores
10,667 to 13 in 48 hours
75,000 to 0 in 72 hours
Tried and True Oil Recipes!
Tile and Grout: Add 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1/2 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray tile and grout. Let sit for a couple of minutes. Use a small brush to get stains out. You may use less water for stronger concentration as needed.
Toilets: Mix 1⁄4 cup of Baking Soda with 1⁄2 capful of Thieves cleaner. Apply to toilet brush. Clean.
Tub Scrub: Take 1⁄2 cup of Baking Soda, 2 capfuls of Thieves Cleaner, 1 T water, 5 drops of Thieves oil, and 5 drops of Lemons. Mix to a paste. Scrub your bathtub with it. Then wipe clean with water. Apply generic Thieves Cleaner Spray and apply!
Mirror Cleaner/Window Cleaner: Place 1 capful of Thieves cleaner in a spray bottle with 4 cups of water. Spray down windows (or any glass) as you would with your “regular” glass cleaner.
TOILET CLEANING FIZZIES: 2 cups Baking Soda 2/3 cups Citric Acid 30 drops Lemon EO or Citrus Fresh EO Misting bottle with water ~ mix all ingredients slowly by spraying with water until wet sand consistency. Add oils. Put into silicone molds and let it dry over night. Keep in an air tight glass container. When ready to use drop one of them into the water tank of your toilet.
Sanitizing Wipes! (You will also need: Half a roll of paper towel (cardboard piece removed) 1 tablespoon of Dr. Bronner’s Organic Castile Mild Baby Soap 1/2 Cup water) 1-2 capfuls of Thieves cleaner
Here is how:
1. Cut a roll of paper towels in half and take out the cardboard piece. Remove enough paper towel sheets for your roll to fit into your container of choice
2. Pour the water and Dr. Bronner’s in the bottom of your container then gently swirl to mix it. Drop in your Thieves cleaner then quickly insert your paper towel roll into the container. Let it sit for a few hours to allow the mixture to soak through the towels.
Tips: The amount of water you use depends on the brand of paper towels. If you buy thin paper towels then try a little less water so your wipes won’t be sopping wet Use an empty cleaned circular container
I have also seen testimony of women loving Thieves cleaner for their makeup brushes! Mix a ratio, 15:1 and rinse that stubborn stuff off!
To me, it is extremely important for the place you prepare your food to be clean. Nothing like a great looking/smelling kitchen, but to boot it is free of any bacteria that lurks in and around food. Thieves cleaner can clean all surfaces of your kitchen because it is all natural and safe. You can clean your sink to your glass stove to the granite countertops to the inside of your fridge. While you do that, your hands will start to look great! There is Rosemary in Thieves and it benefits nail growth!
The other guys: Bleach and ammonia: Separately these cleaners produce fumes with high acute toxicity to eyes, nose, throat and lungs and should not be used by people with asthma or lung issues. Used together, these products produce a a toxic gas that can cause serious lung damage.
Some other uses to show off how versatile this product is:
Kitchen Appliances: Mix one capful of Thieves cleaner with 2 cups of water and spray all appliances. –
Wooden Cabinets/Furniture: Mix one capful of Thieves with 1 cup of Olive Oil and wipe everything down. You can add 2-3 drops of Lemon Essential Oil to the mixture too, for extra sprucing up!
Tile and Grout: Add 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1/2 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray tile and grout. Let sit for a couple of minutes. Use a small brush to get stains out. You may use less water for stronger concentration as needed.
Floor Cleaner: Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 4 cups of water (add 2-3 drops of Lemon essential oil for a fresh lemon scent and/or 1 tsp of white vinegar for streak-free clean). Mop away!
Trash Cans: For interior garbage cans, mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray trash cans and wipe clean to remove dirt and grime. Consider placing a cotton ball with 2-3 drops of Thieves essential oil to keep trash can smelling clean.
Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 2 cups of water. Wipe down kitchen surfaces to remove dirt, sticky residue, etc.
Consider placing a cotton ball with 2-3 drops of Thieves essential oil to keep areas under sinks, cupboards, etc. smelling clean.
DISH SOAP: 2 cups unscented Castile soap; 20 drops Lime EO; 8 drops Lemon EO; 6 drops Citrus Fresh EO; mix all ingredients together into a glass jar.
DISHWASHER DETERGENT: 1 cup Baking Soda; 1 cup Borax; 1/4 cup Citric Acid; 15 drops Lemon EO; 10 drops Orange or Thieves EO; ~ mix all together and store it in a glass jar. Add a sachet of white rice to absorb the moisture.
Cleaning: Laundry Room
I am known for letting my laundry pile high, over flowing the laundry basket. I only do laundry when I have to. I have to do it weekly now, because of my tiny human. You can add a bit (less than a cap) to your detergent, make your own or get Young Living’s new Laundry soap. I have also, recently discovered wool dryer balls! AH-mazing! Just put a drop on a ball and it quickens drying time, reduces static and makes your clothes smell divine all at a fraction of the cost of store bought items!
The other guys: Products that create suds (shampoo, liquid soap, bubble bath, laundry detergent) –
Ingredients such as 1,4-dioxane, diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA), sodium laureth sulfate, PEG compounds, etc. are known carcinogens linked to organ toxicity.
In addition to acute and long-term health issues, many of these chemicals pose health hazards to the environment too. When these cleaners are used in sinks, bathtubs or showers, they go down the drain and may threaten water quality or wildlife. Sudsing agents in shampoos, liquid soaps and detergents and phosphates used to soften hard water in detergents pose a huge threat to our water supply.
Let’s start with Thieves Cleaner:
– Create a great, multi-purpose cleaning spray using a 1:30 ratio of cleaner to water in a spray bottle. We’ll use this to spray down the outside of the washer and dryer, any counter tops, sinks, shelves and those pesky marks on the walls from the constant traffic of our kids and husbands coming in and out and many, many loads of laundry being done.
– Washers can accumulate mold and mildew, especially if it’s a front-load washer. And especially if it’s in a room that is located in a smaller, confined space. When you start to notice your washer giving off a dirty smell, even after washing a load, it’s time to check the plastic linings just inside of the washer door. There’s a good chance you will find some pretty gross slime looking right back at you. Use your handy spray cleaner that you made to spray all around the inside of that plastic lining, the inside of the drum, and even the door on the inside. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. Come back to it and wipe it down. Depending on how dirty it is, you may need to do this a second time. Be prepared to be grossed out at what comes off onto the rag.
Once you’re done wiping it down, deodorize the entire washer by adding a cup of vinegar directly into the washer and a capful of Thieves cleaner where your detergent goes. Run an empty load on your hottest setting. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how fresh your washer smells once it’s done.
GOOD TIP: After each load, leave your washer door open for about an hour to help dry out the inside to prevent more mold/mildew from growing. Also, it’s wise to do a good clean and deodorizing at least once every 3 months or so. Don’t wait a couple years like I did… So gross. Haha
Young living has come out with an amazing Thieves laundry soap that is SIX TIMES concentrated, meaning you only need about 1 tablespoon of detergent per load, saving you so much time and money in the long run! Plus is smells amazing. You can also use Thieves cleaner as a detergent as well! Just add a capful to your detergent cup and wash away!
To freshen your clothes without having to use the harsh dryer sheets that we used to by in the stores, just invest in a few wool dryer balls, add a few drops of your favorite YL Essential oil and toss it in the dryer with your next load. Your clothes will thank you. So will your family. If you don’t have the wool dryer balls, you can just add a few drops of EOs to a damp rag and toss it in with the clothes. Easy Peasy!
One of my favorite floor cleaners is a combination of 1 cup vinegar, 2 drops of Purification EO, 2 drops of Lemon EO and about a teaspoon of Thieves dish soap… and a bucket full of hot water. Your floors will shine and it will deodorize your entire laundry room. You and your laundry room will feel SO MUCH BETTER after you do these easy steps… and after a good deep clean to start out with, it will be even easier to keep your appliances clean (and keep them from breaking down) and your clothes fresh every day! You’ll actually LOVE going in there to wash your mountains of laundry.
Now, let’s talk oils and laundry! Wash your clothes using Young Living Thieves Laundry Soap* *With a plant-based formula, Thieves Laundry Soap gently and naturally washes your clothes, cleaning them without any chemical or synthetic residue. Natural enzymes and powerful essential oils add to the formula’s strength to leave your clothes fresh and clean with a light citrus scent. .. Dry your clothes like normal and when your clothes are dry… • Put 6-8 drops of the oil of your choice on your wool balls and throw them in with your laundry (joy is my fave to use) • Put your dryer on fluff for about 10min… And your clothes will come out smelling heavenly!
Let’s talk stains! I use thieves cleaner on everything! Even getting stains out… I’ve successfully used thieves cleaner to remove red wine stains, chocolate, juice, and all the nastiness that ends up on toddler clothing! Just put a little thieves cleaner on the stain, gently scrub with an old toothbrush, let set for 5-10min and throw it in the washer on cold!!
Cleaning: Living Room/Family Room and Bedrooms
All I do is get a paper towel or rag(more environmentally conscious) and go to town! I just carry my spray bottle around and let loose! It won’t damage anything, so I don’t have to worry!
I like to diffuse Thieves while I clean because it kills the bacteria in the air as well. Thieves has been shown to kill 99.6% of bacteria. I also happen to love how it smells!
Cleaning: Floors & Windows
I figured out(by Google search) how to get the cap off of my Swiffer cleaner thingy! Basically, boil water, stick the cap in end and let it sit for a few minutes. Use a towel to twist the cap off. Please, be careful because it will burn you, obvi, but I did burn myself(thank goodness for Lavender EO). Then fill it with water and add a cap of Thieves cleaner. Then, get to work! It is awesome! Makes your home smell great! You can add any non-citrus essential oil you like, too!
My husband is a freak about clean floors. Not so much that he will do it himself, but that he will tell me, the floors are dirty. Ugh. We only live in houses without carpet because I have a dog that will angry pee. Yeah, I know, not fun. SO! The way I clean is sweep then Swiffer wet jet. I do not mop. So, according to my Marine hubby, I am doing it wrong, but if he felt strongly enough he could do it himself, right? I felt more compelled to clean the floors when I had my little since she was on the all the time.
And when it comes to windows, I do kinda care because I love the outside and want the best view possible. The great thing about Thieves cleaner is you can use it for both! You can add a drop of lemon or white vinegar to help with streaking, but honestly I don’t think it needs anything.
I say man stuff, but let’s be real, this is just outside stuff. You can use Thieves cleaner on any and everything because it is safe, but tough. I used Thieves on the grill, boat mailbox, garage door and my dog. Yep, my smelly stinky dog gets Thieves cleaner baths. For him, I add a drop of Lavender to help as a bug repellent. Oh! AND bug repellent!
Thieves Household Cleaner Removes Rust
The Thieves Household Cleaner is amazing stuff! I am repainting the house on the inside – ceilings, woodwork and walls. That means taking the doors off the hinges. These doors have not been taken off the hinges since the house was built 38 years ago, so the pins are dry and rusty. When I wanted to hang the doors again I put some Thieves Household Cleaner on one of those green Scotch Pads and ran it over the hinge pin. The pins cleaned up nicely.
A few days later I moved a file cabinet. Sometime I had used too much water in mopping and got the floor wet under the file cabinet. There was quite a bit of rust on the floor. I took the Thieves Household Cleaner on the Scotch Pad and the rust just dissolved immediately with hardly any scrubbing at all!
Don’t hesitate to try this cleaner on anything!
Thieves Household Cleaner Removes Grease From Cement
I also use Thieves Household Cleaner to remove the grease spots from the cement floor in my husbands shop. I spray a mixture of 2 oz thieves to 14 oz. water, if the stain is too tough I put Thieves Household Cleaner on straight….just be prepared to clean to the remainder of the floor as the clean spot will stand out, lol.
Thieves Household Cleaner For Garden Pests
I can’t tell you the dilution I used. I just drop a capful or two (sometimes I don’t even measure) into the spray bottle and add water. My husband is the perfectionist/obsessive compulsive one, and he measures everything out precisely. I believe it was considerably stronger than the recommended 100:1 solution. I have not had any caterpillars or aphids since applying it once. I did also spray my lemon tree, no problems on that as far as burning. My tomatoes were still pretty young, too, so that might have been why it was a little too strong.
Last year, I mixed cayenne pepper and peppermint in a spray bottle. It worked pretty well, but the undissolved cayenne clogged the sprayer, and I could never get it completely clean again. The year before, I tried just the peppermint and water, and that worked OK, but I was worn out after spraying my large garden from all the shaking I had to do to re-mix the peppermint and water! The Thieves Household Cleaner stays blended, doesn’t clog, and works. Just have to get the right mixture. – Julie
Yes, you can use Thieves Household Cleaner is safe to use to clean out wounds. It is especially helpful for using on puncture wounds, proud flesh and deep cuts prone to infection. Dilute the cleaner and use to wash out the wound before applying ointments and wrapping. For horses with abscesses, soaking with Epsom salt can also be effective.
I put a tiny bit in my foot soak for when I had my toenail removed. I know, gross, but effective.
Here is my Oily Fam using their Thieves Cleaner! (Want to know more about becoming part of my Oil Fam? Take a look at my site!)
25 Ways to Clean with Thieves Household Cleaner
Thieves Cleaner truly does clean everything AND the kitchen sink.
Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 4 cups of water (add 2-3 drops of Lemon essential oil for a fresh lemon scent and/or 1 tsp of white vinegar for streak-free clean). Clean windows, sills and mirrors to remove dirt, sticky residue and grime.
2. Carpet and fabric cleaner
Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with about 6 cups of water and add to carpet or steam cleaner. Clean rugs, carpets and upholstery to remove dirt and grime. Be sure to spot test in an inconspicuous location first.
Remove all items from the refrigerator. Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 2 cups of water. Clean the outside of the fridge, including top, doors, and exterior water and ice areas. Clean the inside of the fridge, including shelves, produce drawers, doors, ice tray, etc.
4. Kitchen appliances
Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1 cups of water. Clean stovetops, ovens, microwaves, toasters, toaster ovens, blenders, mixers, etc. To clean the interior of a microwave, fill a microwave safe container with 2 cups of water. Place in microwave and heat for 5-10 minutes. The steam will make it easy to clean up food and food particles.
5. Light fixtures
First, dust light fixtures and bowls. Then, mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water. Clean fixtures, glass bowls, etc. to remove dirt and sticky residue. You might want to cover your face if you haven’t cleaned then in a while!
6. Kitchen pantry, bathroom vanity, cupboards, inside drawers, under sinks
Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 2 cups of water. Wipe down kitchen surfaces to remove dirt, sticky residue, etc. Consider placing a cotton ball with 2-3 drops of Thieves essential oil to keep areas under sinks, cupboards, etc. smelling clean.
7. Wooden cabinets, tables, furniture
Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1 cup of olive oil (add 2-3 drops of Lemon essential oil for a fresh lemon scent). Wipe down wooden cabinets, tables and other wooden furniture to remove dirt and clean surfaces.
8. Sinks and countertops
Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray sinks, countertops and backsplash and wipe clean to remove dirt and grime. If sinks are dirty or stained, try this:
DIY Soft Scrub recipe: Ingredients: 2 tbsp baking soda, 1-2 tbsp water, 3-4 drops lemon essential oil Instructions: Mix baking soda with water in a small bowl to make a thick paste. You may need to add more baking soda or water to adjust the consistency to a paste. Add lemon essential oil and mix well. Apply directly to stained area, let sit and scrub until stains are gone.
9. Garbage cans
For interior garbage cans, mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray trash cans and wipe clean to remove dirt and grime. Consider placing a cotton ball with 2-3 drops of Thieves essential oil to keep trash can smelling clean.
For exterior and heavy duty garbage cans, mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 2-3 cups of water (use less water for heavier degreasing) in a bucket. Take garbage cans outside and use cleaning cloth to thoroughly clean. Use spray hose to rinse and let dry outside.
To clean inside toilets, mix 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/2 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner to a toilet brush. Clean inside of toilet bowl and let sit for a few minutes before flushing.
To clean outside of toilets, mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray outside of toilet, flusher knob, on top and underneath toilet seat to naturally clean.
10. Tile and grout
Add 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1/2 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray tile and grout. Let sit for a couple of minutes. Use a toothbrush to get stains out. You may use less water for stronger concentration as needed.
11. Windows, window sills and mirrors
You can use it just the way it is in your all-purpose spray bottle OR
Mix 1 cap of Thieves Household Cleaner with 4-5 cups of water (add 2-3 drops of Lemon essential oil for a fresh lemon scent and/or 1 tsp of white vinegar for streak-free clean). Clean windows, sills and mirrors to remove dirt, sticky residue and grime.
12. Walls, outlets and vents
First, dust all wall and outlet surfaces. Then, mix 1 cap of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water. Clean walls, outlets and vents to remove dirt and grime.
Take the cap off of a swiffer wet spray and poor water in, then top off with a cap of Theives cleaner OR (if you use a mop)
Mix 1 cap of Thieves Household Cleaner with 4 cups of water (add 2-3 drops of Lemon essential oil for a fresh lemon scent and/or 1 tsp of white vinegar for streak-free clean). Clean windows, sills and mirrors to remove dirt, sticky residue and grime.
14. Carpet and fabric cleaner
Mix 1 cap of Thieves Household Cleaner with about 6 cups of water and add to carpet or steam cleaner. Clean rugs, carpets and upholstery to remove dirt and grime. Be sure to spot test in an inconspicuous location first.
15. Dishwasher detergent
Add a 1/2 cap of Thieves Household Cleaner to the bottom of the dishwasher to clean dishes.
16. Pots and pans
Mix 1/2 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3cups of water to clean pots and pans.
17. Laundry detergent
Add 1-2 cap to all natural detergent, add a 1/4 a cap to load or buy Young Living’s laundry detergent
18. Baby and kids toys
Mix 1 cap of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray toys, play equipment, train tables, doll houses, toy organizers or shelves, etc. to remove dirt and naturally clean.
19. Exercise equipment, yoga mats, weights, exercise balls, etc.
Mix 1 cap of Thieves Household Cleaner with 2-3 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray toys, play equipment, train tables, doll houses, toy organizers or shelves, etc. to remove dirt and naturally clean
20. Hand cleaner
Mix 1/2 cup of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1/2 cup of water and add to a small spray bottle. Use as needed to naturally clean hands. You can also add Lavender to naturally heal skin.
21. Stain remover
Got a tough stain on your clothes? Use Thieves Household Cleaner without dilution on the stain. Scrub gently with a small brush until the stain is gone.
22. Dog Wash
Add a 1/2 cap to a bucket with water and a few drops of Lavender essential oil, then get to scrubbing that stinky dog after rinsing with water.
23. Car Wash
Add 1 – 2 caps Thieves cleaner to gallon bucket full of water. This will clean your car and not damage paint
24. Yard Bug Repellent
Spray around the outside entry ways or any outside area with your Theives Cleaner mix.
25. Wound Soak
Mix 1/4 cap with Epsom salt to warm water and soak wound
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