plant based Thieves cleaner is the easiest way to start ditching toxic products from your home – and have the best-smelling home on the block!

Let’s talk about my favor-“ette” non essential-oil-product from Young Living – Thieves Cleaner!

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I’ll start by saying that I had ZERO intention of doing anything other than the oils when I started with Young Living. Especially when I learned that you had to dilute Thieves cleaner prior to using it? Nope. The minute I have to start doing math in order to clean my house I will take a hard pass, thank you.

But my sweet friend Annie had been raving about Thieves, and gave me a sample to try. So – JUST to be polite, mind you – I did a little research on how to use it (MATH!!!!) and gave it a try.


Now, let me ALSO say that up until that point I gave little-to-no thought about the products I used for cleaning my house. I’m not proud of this but it is 100% the truth. A quick perusal of what I previously had on-hand for this task included:


Clorox Clean Up

Soft Scrub


Old English

So…… there may as well have been a giant skull and crossbones on my cleaning supplies shelf. This stuff is THE WORST (read here to learn more). But – as I’ve said before – any time I tried to research better alternatives I would get overwhelmed, think that if I wasn’t replacing ALLTHETHINGS then what good was I doing anyway, and give up.

Well, here’s the amazing thing about Thieves Cleaner – it replaces ALLTHETHINGS. Literally. ALL. THE. THINGS.

Here’s just a partial list of what Thieves Cleaner can be used for:

All-purpose cleaning


Windows and glass

Hand cleaning (yes, you can wash your hands with it)

Fruit and vegetable spray

Pots and pans






Did I miss anything?

So I opened up my packet. And it not only smelled FANTASTIC (A cleaner. I’m serious.), it: 1) DIDN’T make my eyes water, and 2) DIDN’T give me a headache.

I learned that in addition to being infused with essential oils like lemon, cinnamon and rosemary (cue angels singing), Thieves Cleaner is created with naturally occurring surfactants derived from coconut and sugars. There is no chemical residue left behind and it is completely toxin-free.

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I was all in. I was even ready to do the math.

And guys, it’s really quite simple. Each capful of Thieves Cleaner is equal to one tablespoon, or 1/2 ounce. To dilute, just remember the following ratio of Thieves Cleaner to water:

1 capful of Thieves Cleaner : 2 cups (16 ounces) of water

That’s it. For heavier cleaning jobs use 1 cup of water, and for light jobs use 3 cups.

Even I can remember that.

Now let’s talk about what’s probably on your mind right now, as it was certainly on mine – namely, isn’t this stuff super expensive? A bottle of Thieves costs about $30 retail before tax (less if you are an Essential Rewards member), which seems outrageous.

Till you do the math (let’s do the math!).

A 32-ounce bottle of Clorox Clean-Up costs about $3.00 (before tax), according to a quick look at the Target website. That breaks down to about $.09 per ounce.

There are about 29 capfuls of Thieves cleaner in a 14.4-ounce bottle, which, if we use the above formula will make (29) 16-ounce bottles of all-purpose cleaner (or 464 ounces). This breaks down to about $.06 per ounce.

I know – the plant-based, non-toxic, great smelling cleaner is LESS EXPENSIVE. And it’s even cheaper if you buy the larger bottle.

Need more convincing?

Only 11 chemicals are banned in the U.S..**

Canada has guidelines for just over 650 chemicals, and The European Union Health Commission has restricted over 1,300 chemicals.

Government regulations when it comes to cosmetics haven’t been updated since 1930.**

There are no legal definitions for “natural” and “organic”.**

Laws are not required to regulate the use of words like “natural” and “organic” on cosmetics and personal care products.

Fragrances are considered trade-secret.**

Manufacturers are not required to disclose specific fragrance ingredients on the product label. Instead, the generic term parfum is listed, representing a mixture of potentially dozens of chemicals – that you will never know are in that product (watch the documentary “Stink” for more on this topic).

Need MORE convincing? How about a free sample so you can try it for yourself?

Annie has become just as smitten with Three Bluebirds Swedish dishcloths as I am, and we love that they are based in Greenwich, Connecticut – which is right in between our two towns!

So we are giving three lucky readers a packet of Thieves cleaner, a 16-ounce spray bottle (with that cute label!) and one of these lovely dishcloths!

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Here’s how to enter:

Head over to Instagram and follow us both, if you’re not already following:


Leave a comment on the Instagram post (not here!), sharing the one thing you’d like to do better/smarter/healthier this year. The giveaway will run till 5:00 p.m. EST and we will announce the winner tomorrow. Good luck!

Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please do not stop.

**Facts courtesy of the Think Dirty app

1 Comment

  1. Kristy Rebele on February 11, 2020 at 9:38 am

    Create less waste. Reusable cloths, reusable bags. Purchase things I value and not just things I want.

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