Since we’ve been using essential oils more and more in our daily lives, I knew I wanted to start making my own homemade products. A DIY Thieves Household Cleaner was the first thing I wanted to make and it’s so easy. I also love that it’s less expensive to make your own and you can have control over what goes in it. If you’ve followed my blog for long, you know I care about the food we put into our bodies at our house. So it only makes sense for us to take it to the next level and start replacing all the chemicals we are using around the house.
Most of us assume that the products we are using in our home are safe, but that is not the case. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns that cleaning supplies have hidden toxins such as ammonia, lye, and chlorine. These ingredients can cause external irritation, and are harmful if inhaled. You can cut these chemicals by making your own cleaning supplies and that is exactly what I’m starting to do.
Some really cool background info on Thieves. I love this story!
Thieves was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. In the Late Middle Ages, Europe was devastated by the Bubonic Plague, which killed a third of the human population. Out of this period, a legend emerged of four thieves who were captured and charged with robbing the dead and dying victims. When the thieves were tried, the officials offered a lighter sentence if they would reveal how they didn’t contract the horribly contagious disease.
Thieves Oil, developed by Young Living, is inspired by this story. Thieves essential oil is a proprietary blend of cinnamon, clove, lemon, rosemary, and eucalyptus therapeutic grade essential oils. It smells insanely good! Thieves essential oil blend was created to offer the same kind of defense against modern airborne bacteria. In fact, studies conducted at Weber State University showed it to have a 99.96 percent success rate against airborne bacteria.
We started with just diffusing Thieves essential oil or applying it topically to help support a healthy immune system. I am now also using the amazing Thieves to make this non-toxic spray for all my cleaning tasks around the house. I love it, feel great using it and my house smells incredible! I’m using it to clean counters, clean toddler toys, anything that needs cleaning – Thieves has it covered. Such a versatile essential oil – I’m in love!
The basic Thieves all-purpose spray solution for cleaning and disinfecting around the home is this:
1 drop of thieves essential oil for each ounce of water, or for a stronger solution, 1 drop for every 1/2 ounce of water.
Add the thieves oil first, then add water. It mixes better that way. Shake vigorously before each use. You can use this basic recipe or change it up by adding vinegar or castile soap.
I have a 16 oz bottle I use in the home – like this one:
AND it’s great to have the cleaner in smaller bottles to carry with you. I clean shopping carts, high chairs, toilet seats, basically anything that needs cleaning out there 😉 with these bottles – like this one:
DIY Thieves Household Cleaner
Author: Jennifer Strohmeyer
Recipe type: Non-Toxic All-purpose Cleaner
- 1 drop of thieves essential oil for each ounce of water
- 1 drop for every ½ ounce of water (for a stronger solution)
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons castile soap
- 8-16 drops thieves essential oil
- Pour thieves essential oil into a dark glass spray bottle.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Shake well before use.
- Store in a cool, dark place.
I love these oils and use them everyday and I’m excited to share them with you. Find out more information on my essential oils page.
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