This is a special post all about my most favourite cleaner from Young Living: Thieves Household Cleaner. An entire post dedicated to a cleaner from someone who doesn't even like to clean?! Yes. It's that good. Here are my top reasons for switching to a plant based cleaner and loads of DIYs for this bad boy cleaner.
Why am I so obsessed?
A plant based cleaner created using the powerful THIEVES essential oil that can take care of every surface, nook and cranny in my house. Thieves oil is an amazing germ killer and when tested at the Weber State University, it killed 99.96% of airborne bacteria when diffused (check out that study here).
*Real Life* it cleans everything,
➕floors (wood, tile, etc.,
➕anything else your kids or puppies can get their hands on
Why did I switch to Thieves Cleaner?
➕SAFETY: Have you read the label on the back of a commercial cleaner? Warning! Flammable! Do not ingest! Keep out of reach of children! Household cleaning supplies are one of the top five substance classes accounting for calls to the National Poison Control Center. Many commercial cleaners contain ingredients that are endocrine disrupting chemicals, carcinogens, or neurotoxins. Kids, babies, and pets are even more vulnerable to chemical exposure because they are smaller and cannot get rid of toxins as easily as adults. No Thanks. It is definitely worth ditching harsh chemicals for a cleaner with plant- and mineral-based ingredients.
➕AIR QUALITY: Did you know that indoor air is 5–7 times more polluted than outdoor air? Most cleaning products contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which have been associated with many health problems, including damage to the liver, kidneys, and the central nervous system. They have also been shown to harm our lungs and cause throat irritations and headaches. VOCs are released when products are used and can linger in the air long after we clean. When we breathe, we inhale the air—as well as whatever is in the air.
➕ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: Harsh chemicals found in cleaners are not only harmful to our bodies, but they also have a major impact on the environment and are huge contributors to environmental pollution. Some conventional cleaning products contain ingredients that are toxic, non-biodegradable, and from non-renewable resources like petroleum, so they harm the Earth's ecosystems. Harsh chemicals may contaminate the water through rivers and lakes, which affects wildlife, plants, and us! Plus, there are thousands of chemicals that are in cleaning products that have never been tested for safety.
➕CONVENIENCE: It's much easier to clean with a few products that take care of all your cleaning needs, rather than a having whole arsenal of toxic products under your sink and in your bathrooms. With Thieves® Household Cleaner, you can tackle multiple cleaning jobs in your home without switching products as you clean! It cleans countertops, windows, mirrors, floors, toilets, showers, and pretty much everything else. Plus, you don't have to worry about getting bleach stains on your clothes or accidentally mixing dangerous chemicals together.
➕COST: Let me break it down. Thieves cleaner is $31.92 for a 14.4oz bottle. one 14.4oz bottle holds approx 54 capfuls of cleaner (each capful makes one 16oz spray bottle). that works out to $0.59 a bottle. you could even double your cleaner strength and it would still only cost you a dolla. Holla.
How do I use it?
1 capful of thieves cleaner and 16oz water in a glass spray bottle.
HACK: use an old thieves cleaner bottle or perrier bottle and screw on spray lid
Most days I can use my diluted Thieves cleaner in a glass spray bottle and be on my merry way. For days that I do more adventurous cleaning, I have a few DIYs:
In a 6oz spray bottle, combine 4 oz water, 2 oz Thieves cleaner, 5 drops Lavender, 5 drops Tea Tree, 15 drops Purification. Shake well. Spray mattress and allow to dry
➕HARDWOOD FLOOR CLEANER➕
In a cleaning bucket add 1 gallon hot water, 1/2 C olive oil, 1/4 Thieves cleaner, 5 drops orange.Wash a small 4x4 section of floor with a soft cloth and immediatley wipe dry.
➕DIY THIEVES WIPES➕
You need a coffee can and paper towels cut down to size of can. mix 2 cups water and 1-2 capfuls thieves cleaner, set aside. place paper towels in coffee can and pour water mix over top. let towels absorb water and pull the centre out of the paper towels. cut a small hole in the centre of the lid and feed wipes through lid.
In an air tight container mix 2 cups baking soda, 1 capful thieves cleaner, and 10 drops each Rosemary and Eucalyptus. Sprinkle over carpet befor vacuuming Shake well before each use
➕ON THE GO STAIN REMOVER➕
Fill a 10ml roller with thieves cleaner. roll on stains as needed. throw in the washing machine when available.
➕SINK, TILE & TOILET SCRUB➕
1/2 cup aking soda, 1 capful thieves cleaner, 5 drops lemon, 3 drops thieves oil, combine and make a paste to clean surface. rinse with water and dry with microfibre cloth
➕DIY FOAMING HANDSOAP➕
in a foaming soap bottle mix 2 tbsp castile soap, 6-10 drops Thieves oil, 2-4 drops lemon oil fill with water
in a small jar with a lid add 1 tbsp thieves cleaner, 1 tsp Thieves dish soap, 1 tbsp witch hazel and fill to the top with water. drop in your bling and let it sit for an hour. brush the nooks and crannies with a soft brush and rinse with clean water.
in an 8oz spray bottle mix 8oz sweet alomd oil, 4 capfuls Thieves cleaner and 12 drops Orange EO. Spray and wipe with a soft cloth. shake well before each use
➕MIRRORS & GLASS➕
combine 3 cups water, 1 capful thieves cleaner, 5 drops citrus fesh, and 1 tsp white vinegar in a spray bottle. spray sirfaces and wipe with a lint free cloth
Pour 1-2 capfuls of thieves cleaner in your grabage can. Fill with water and let it sit for a few hours. pour out water and wipe dry. put 3 drops of citrus fresh or purification on a cotton ball and place at the bottom of your garbage can
Add a capful of thieves cleaner to your laundry for really dirty or greasy clothing
Happy cleaning friend