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Thieves Cleaner

Oooooh. I’m really excited about this one. I first heard about the Thieves Cleaner in the Facebook Lounges where we discuss the ways we’re using our oils (Interested in getting added to these lounges? Use the contact form above!). Mom got the whole Thieves kit a few weeks ago and let me have some of the cleaner.

Oh. My. Word. This stuff is awesome. Not only does it CLEAN, but it smells amazing and it’s totally non-toxic. Seriously. I has like eight ingredients… Water, a few cleaning agents, and oils. That’s it. LOVE!

Here’s some information about the Thieves cleaner and some testimonies of its uses. I’ve even included a pdf at the bottom with even MORE uses plus a handy dilution chart.

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Thieves Cleaner’s new 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 new formulation are ecologically friendly, come from sustainable sources, have biodegradable properties, and none of them are petroleum-based. Not only that, every once of these ingredients received a “green” rating from the Environmental Working Group website——meaning that they are “good for me, good for the planet, and good for the community.”


Quality was not compromised to make the new Thieves cleaner more ecologically responsible. With more Thieves and lemon essential oils than the original formula, the new Thieves cleaner disinfects and cleanses better than ever!


Thieves cleaner’s packaging remains recyclable, but with the option to purchase the standard 14-ounce bottle, or a 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 and 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.”

Fortifying your home against germs, bacteria, and viruses has never been more important. With more and more germs becoming antibiotic-resistant, and with emerging viruses, your recourse should not be to chemical-laden cleaners and sprays, but to all-natural Thieves Household Cleaner.

“I spray the shower with Thieves Household Cleaner every day after use and the mold and dirt just disappears without scrubbing! Thieves is my own natural ‘cleaning bubbles.'”
– Donald Toomi, Young Living e-News Aug 31, 2012

“I have a front-loading washing machine with a dispenser for soap, bleach, and fabric softener, and in a humid climate the dispenser often grows mold. I found that adding 1 ounce of Thieves Household Cleaner to my detergent (1.7 gallons) and 1/2 ounce to my fabric softener (2.8 quarts) prevents any mold from forming, and my clothes are really clean as well!”
– Leslie Kinney, Young Living e-News Jun 6, 2012

“I dilute 1 tablespoon of Thieves Household Cleanser in an 8-ounce spray bottle and use it to clean my shower after every use. I simply spray the mixture on all surfaces, and when it comes time to clean, any grime easily wipes away. The more I use it, the less grime that builds up, and my shower smells purified too!”
– Rachel Newman, Young Living e-News Nov 2, 2011

“I make my own liquid laundry detergent in order to live toxin free. I add a half cup of Thieves Household Cleaner to about 2 gallons of detergent—it makes all the difference in the world! My clothes don’t smell of musty mildew anymore; they have a nice, fresh, clean, aroma. The washing machine also smells fresh again.”
– Mark Berberich, Young Living e-News Sep 7, 2011

“I never use dish detergent in my dishwasher. I simply add white vinegar and about a capful of Thieves Household Cleaner. It saves a lot of money by not using a dishwasher detergent and gets the dishes quite clean and germ free.”
– Veronica Frierdich, Young Living e-News Mar 23, 2011

“I love fresh fruit and vegetables, but I find they don’t last very long in the refrigerator before they wilt. My solution? I fill a pot with a splash of Thieves Household Cleaner, add water, and soak them for cleaning. After I shake the water out of the fruit or veggies, I bag them, put in a paper towel sprayed with my Thieves cleaner dilution, and close the bag. My fruits and veggies brighten up in color and stay fresh much longer. They seem much happier too.”
– Mary Clowers-Davis, Young Living e-News Oct 26, 2010

“I tried in vain to get my narrow-necked glass water bottles clean. No brush was long enough to reach the bottom and even running them through the dishwasher did not clean them completely. So I put a drop of Thieves Household Cleaner in one with a little hot water and a teaspoon of clean sand (dry rice also works), shook it up like crazy for a minute, and the bottle sparkled like new. I love Thieves products!”
– Zettelyss Amora, Young Living e-News Jul 13, 2010

“I have found that even my house plants can benefit from the natural benefits of Thieves Household Cleaner. Every time I water my plants, I add a cap or two of Thieves cleaner to the plant water. They seem to be healthier and actually bloom better when I do this. I have also been able to nurse a plant back from almost dying by treating it with Thieves cleaner. Within less than two weeks my dying plant had four new blooms on it. Thank you, Thieves cleaner!”
– Jilline Dodge, Young Living e-News Jun 29, 2010

“A family emergency took us five hours away for four days. A load of laundry was washing when we left, and forgotten about. On the way home I imagined the mildew and smell that would be coming from the washer when I opened it. But thanks to Thieves, there was no smell and no mildew! Here’s my formula per load: Two capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner and about the same amount of 35% food-grade hydrogen peroxide. If your water is harder, add a bit of baking soda.”
– Lois Y. Loyek, Young Living e-News Jun 15, 2010

“My daughter’s stuffed animal was quite dirty, but I knew I couldn’t put it in the washer. I sprayed it with diluted Thieves Household Cleaner and rubbed gently with a clean towel. The lamb’s fur became white again!”
– Heidi Mischke, Young Living e-News Mar 16, 2010

“I use Thieves Household Cleaner, less than a capful, to clean my makeup brushes. It loosened the imbedded makeup beautifully and cleansed them at the same time.”
– Paula Nelson, Young Living e-News Jan 12, 2010

“Keep your jewelry sparkling! I use Thieves Household cleaner, diluted, in a small jar. I put my diamond wedding ring into the solution for just a few minutes and it comes out sparkling clean! Use it on any gemstones or gold, but be careful with pearls or opals. The dilution ratio is about a fourth teaspoon cleaner to a half cup of water.”
– Terry Croad, Young Living e-News Jun 15, 2009

“I put two tablespoons of Thieves Household Cleaner in a spray bottle with one cup of water and keep it by the side door where we keep our running shoes. A spray into the shoes once a week keeps them smelling fresh. It is truly amazing now when I walk by that door I cannot smell feet.”
– Fran Pacella, Young Living e-News May 18, 2009

“Our grandchild was over to visit while I was gone. My husband let him play with crayons and our two Yorkie puppies got the crayons and chewed them up. My husband tried to get the tiny bits up with the steam mop and when I arrived home I saw black and red streaks in the carpet—the steam had melted the crayons into the carpet. I used the steam mop again, but used Thieves Household Cleaner full strength on the carpet first. I just rubbed it in and then used the steam mop. To our amazement, all of it came out!”
– Diane Behrens, Essential Lifestyle mag Vol 4 No 1

“I have found a strange, yet very useful way to take advantage of Thieves Household Cleaner. I keep a bottle of the very mild mixture (mixed for glass cleaning) around the house at all times for any surface cleanup. Then I tried this: I have a large dog who has a sloppy beard and chin. His face smells terrible after he eats or drinks. I simply spray some of the cleaner on a rag and give his chin a scrub and the odor is gone! Works like nothing I’ve ever found! He doesn’t mind it either!”
– Samantha Whitener, Young Living e-News Mar 9, 2009

“I dislike the chemicals in the shower sprays available in most stores. But it’s Thieves Houshold Cleaner to the rescue! I now dilute Thieves cleaner (according to the glass cleaner recommendation) in a spray bottle and confidently saturate my wet shower with the solution without holding my breath and racing out of the bathroom after spraying. It really works!”
– Sally DiCesare, Essential Lifestyle mag Vol 3 No 4

“This weekend we used Thieves Household Cleaner to wash all the wood trim on the outside of our home. We put water in a large sprayer bottle with 4–5 capfuls of the cleaner. Not only did the wood trim clean up beautifully, but it also looked like we had repainted all the trim. The best part was there were no dangerous fumes, the rags were clean and fragrant, and we tossed out the water knowing it would not harm the grass. Now we are not only clean, but green!”
– Sabine Barnett, Young Living e-News Sep 5, 2008

“My daughter asked me not to use the chemical shampoo soap that comes with the rug shampooer. So yesterday I used two capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner in a gallon of water in the shampooer. It cleaned my carpet and my house smells of no chemicals and smells so good.”
– Helen Mitchell, Young Living e-News Jul 3, 2008

*Please test fabrics for color safety before applying essential oils. These tips come directly from a distributor and are passed on to you. The company assumes no liability for any damage caused by use of these tips.

More Testimonies and Handy Dilution Guide

Learn about ALL the Thieves product line from Young Living in this amazing booklet.