Well folks, spring has officially arrived. This is great news! This means that very soon my feet can finally be reunited with their beloved flip flops and my toes can once again see the light of day. But, with the long-awaited arrival of spring comes the not-so-awaited arrival of spring cleaning season.
If you’re anything like me, you don’t want to use all of those yucky, noxious chemicals to keep your home clean. And maybe, like me, you’ve tried lots of those DIY, homemade cleaners you can find on Pinterest and elsewhere online.
These recipes may be cheap and easy, but they are not always very effective. Stay tuned though, because next week I will be participating in the Detox Your Home Spring Blog Series. There will be tons of awesome and effective recipes. But in the meantime…
Dilemma: Cleaning my home effectively, non-toxically, economically, and smell-goodingly (that’s a word, right?)
Solution: Young Living’s Thieves Household Cleaner!
Thieves Household cleaner features the Thieves essential oil blend. Thieves essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves, who formulated a special aromatic blend to use while robbing the dead and dying. (I know, heartwarming story.) Young Living’s one-of-a-kind Thieves blend, crafted in the spirit of that legendary blend, offers a safe, natural alternative to harsh chemicals and cleaners.
Thieves Household Cleaner is an all-purpose, concentrated cleaner formulated with 100% plant and mineral based ingredients. It uses vegetable based surfactants that are compliant with Green Seal and EPA Design for Environment (DfE) standards. It also contains biodegradable cutting agents.
The wholesale price for a 14.4 fluid ounce bottle of concentrated cleaner is $22. When diluting your cleaner into a 28 ounce spray bottle, you can get 14-16 bottles of cleaner (depending on your dilution ratio). So the concentrated cleaner can last you quite a while, it just depends on how often you clean your home.
It smells like Thieves essential oil, and I love the aroma of Thieves. Thieves is a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary. What’s not to love?
How to dilute your Thieves Household Cleaner:
Note: One capful of Thieves Cleaner = 1/2 tablespoon. Always spot-test surfaces such as carpet, fabrics, finished floors, etc prior to use.
- General Cleaning: 1 tablespoon Thieves Household Cleaner to 28 ounces of water. I keep this solution in spray bottles under my kitchen sink and in each of my bathrooms. I typically use this ratio for almost everything: fruit and veggie wash, granite, toilets, showers, tubs, counters, sinks, etc.
- Glass/Mirrors: 1¾ teaspoon Thieves Household Cleaner to 28 ounces of water. I also keep this in spray bottles in my bathrooms. In addition to using it for glass and mirrors, we also use it as a daily shower spray. I love knowing that I can ask my kiddos to spray down the shower when they’re done and not worry about what they’re breathing in.
- Floors & Carpets: 1 capful Thieves cleaner to 6¼ cups water.
- Walls: 1 capful Thieves cleaner to 2 cups water.
- Hand Cleaner: ½ cup Thieves cleaner to ½ cup water.
- Light Degreasing: 1 capful Thieves cleaner to 3¾ cups water.
- Medium Degreasing: 1 capful Thieves cleaner to 2 cups water.
- Heavy Degreasing: 1 capful Thieves cleaner to 1 cup water.
- Dishwasher: 1 capful Thieves cleaner in the bottom of the dishwasher.
- Pots & Pans: ½ capful of Thieves cleaner to 3 cups water.
- Fabrics: 1 capful Thieves cleaner to 2 cups water.
- Washing Machine: Depending on size of washer, use 1–2 capfuls Thieves cleaner with each load. I love how this helped with the odor that my front-loader can get as well.
This stuff really is the bomb! Try it for yourself and you’ll see.