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DIY Thieves Cleaner Recipe

Monday, February 4, 2019

Over the last two years or so I've been striving to make conscious switches to more "healthy" products. I've switched to natural deodorant, natural toothpaste, and even wool dryer balls! Think Dirty is a very helpful app to use when trying to find out if the products you are using are toxic. I was very surprised to see the ratings on a lot of the things I was using! It's alarming. 

Cleaning products are just as important to pay attention to. The fragrances in cleaners alone were enough to make me want to find an alternative! Trash bags and Swiffer pads have scents, for goodness sake! Getting a headache every time I cleaned was getting really old. 

I shared a few recipes for homemade cleaners with you in 2017, and to be honest, I've sort of eliminated all of those in favor of the one I'm sharing with you today! In fact, I started making this cleaner last summer, and have been testing it for the past few months to make sure it was something worth sharing. That also allowed me some time to make a few tweaks. 

You may have heard of Thieves essential oil. It goes by a few different names within the EO community...Thieves, Fighting Five, On Guard, or Nature's Shield  to name a few. If you want to make it yourself, it's a blend of 5 powerful essential oils: clove, cinnamon, rosemary, lemon and eucalyptus

(By the way, I am not a distributor of any brand of essential oils. I think you need to do your research and pick what looks best to you and your budget. However, there are affiliate links present within this post.

DIY Thieves Cleaner Recipe from

Here is the recipe for harnessing those oils into an all purpose cleaner!
Combine the following in a 16 oz spray bottle:
1/4 cup Castile Soap
15 drops thieves essential oil (or your own combination of clove, cinnamon, rosemary, lemon and eucalyptus essential oil.)
Optional: 10 drops lemon essential oil
Top off with distilled water.
Shake before use!
Depending on the job, wipe away with a dusting cloth or a damp sponge. Rinse if needed.

At this point I have a bottle of this cleaner in both bathrooms and my kitchen. I use it on just about everything! I use it to spray down my bathroom, dust my furniture, and I've used it to clean up spills. I've even seen it do amazing things in a moldy situation. The only thing I don't love using this cleaner on is mirrors. It does contain soap, so it streaks. For mirrors, I have been using E-cloths and water-which is pretty much amazing! 

My spray bottle and castile soap are from Grove Collaborative. But, I've also used these bottles from Amazon and they work great. And who doesn't love Dr. Bronner's Castile soap? And in case you are wondering, I'm using the NOW brand for this EO blend. I tired making my own blend, but, I put in way too much clove, which I think I might have a sensitivity to. It's going to be a little bit of an experiment if you decided to make your own blend! It was worth it to me to buy it pre-blended.

While I haven't completely eliminated every household cleaner from my repertoire, this one really does cover most jobs! Adding in that extra lemon EO will really make this cleaner smell extra good too!

Leave a comment below if you are interested in eliminating toxic products from your life! Are you slow about making swaps like me, or are you gung ho? Do you make your own cleaners or do you stick with an old faithful from the store? Let me know if you like to see what else I have in my cleaning caddy!

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Hi friends! I'm Kristen, and this is the Life and Style of an early 30's Floridian living the Best Life Ever, with her husband and three pugs. Runner | Avid Reader | Small Shop Owner

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