One big item that was first on my list was replacing cleaners filled with bleach, harsh chemicals, and things I can’t even pronounce (some that can cause cancer)! One thing that I hated doing was cleaning, not just because it is a lot of work, but because I knew the chemical smell was not good for me an couldn’t even stand being in my bathroom for a while after I cleaned it due to the smell.
Did you know bleach can make asthma and other respiratory problems worse AND is one of the top 10 hazardous household chemicals? Yeah, I don’t want any of THAT on any surface I, or my pets or friends, touch!
After I got my starter kit in the mail, I researched like nobody’s business on cleaner alternatives. If you enter “Thieves cleaner” into the Pinterest search bar, you will come up with BILLIONS (ok, slight exaggeration) of results. After testing out different balances and ratios I finally found one that fits my needs the best!
Thieves oil is a blend of Clove, Lemon, Rosemary, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus therapeutic grade essential oils. All of these oils provide great great green and natural cleaning benefits- and can even be used topically when you’re sick, this oil is an all-purpose oil in itself!
Thieves® was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. This proprietary essential oil blend was university tested for its cleansing abilities. It is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health. (source)
Lots of hospitals are even using thieves oils as a cleaner to disinfect surfaces! Thieves oil can help inhibit the growth of bacteria and germs, as can lemon (which just smells SO yummy!)
Before I go into the recipe, you really need to know why this is called an “all purpose” cleaner. I use this cleaner to clean:
- Counter tops
- Wood surfaces
- Couch stains (dog drool, spilled food, dirt stains)
- Carpet stains (including dog piddle and throw up!)
- and everything in between!
See? I told you it really was an all purpose cleaner! I literally threw out all of my disinfectants and cleaners and just use this one bottle for everything. Not only am I saving SO much money, but I’m saving time, space, and energy by not having to figure out which spray I need for what room, and trying to store all of those cleaners!
You can even use thieves oil to clean and disinfect in the laundry cycle!
Ok, no that I’ve got you hooked, here it the recipe! Try it out and let me know what you think!
Psst… if you don’t want to constantly DIY your cleaner, and want something a bit more sudsy- then grab the premade (and even stronger) Thieves Cleaner here!
Thieves & Lemon Essential Oil All- Purpose Cleaner
- Amber Glass Spray Bottle- I got mine here (affiliate link)
- 1 part water
- 1/2 part distilled white vinegar
- Add a bit less if the vinegar is too strong smelling for you, I don’t mind it and the lemon scent covers it mostly. The vinegar is very disinfecting as well.
- 2 drops of Thieves oil per ounce of liquid
- This is for a stronger solution, you can always do 1 drop per oz, but I like it stronger so I spray less and have less to wipe up especially when it comes to cleaning windows and mirrors!
- 1 drop Lemon oil for every other ounce of liquid
- I add the lemon for the scent, and extra disinfecting quality and to help remove sticky residue with more ease.
If you haven’t tried essential oils before this is the best first step to living a better life. Head over to my Young Living page to check out more information on different oils, find some great deals, and to order!
For more recipes like this one be sure to grab my book- A House Built on Wellness now available on Amazon in e-format and paperback!
Essential oils are truly amazing alternatives to every day harsh chemicals and products. I replaced all of my cleaners with my all-purpose thieves cleaner and haven’t regretted it since. Everyday I’m finding more things in my everyday (especially beauty) routine to replace with oils. If you’re interested in living the oily life then be sure to head over to my Essential Oil page to get 24% off of everything you buy when you sign up as a distributor (with no obligation or requirement so sell anything!) and purchase the best deal in town, the Premium Starter Kit which contains the oils in this recipe!
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