Young Living DIY Alternatives: Thieves All Purpose Cleaner

If you like doing simple, effective DIY cleaning in your home but don’t know where to start, you can go to “My Many Uses For Vinegar” post to start learning how to use economical products like baking soda and vinegar to decrease your risk of exposure to chemicals.

But many people aren’t interested in, or don’t have the time for a lot of DIY.  Not to worry–I’ve got you covered.

Thieves Essential Oil

The backbone of the YL cleaning line is the Thieves essential oil blend.  To one degree or another, it is infused into all of the cleaning and many body products.

Thieves EO is a blend of Lemon, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oil.  These EO’s (and the plants that they come from) have strong anti-microbial action.

All-Purpose Cleaning

The Thieves all purpose cleaner takes the place of vinegar.  Really nice for those of us who have family members who gag dramatically at the smell of vinegar.

The cleaner is concentrated so the most effective and economical way to use it is with a glass spray bottle (always use glass for storing or using essential oils or EO infused products).  Use one capful in a 16-ounce glass spray bottle with enough water to fill the bottle to the top.  (I use Viviplex for most of my essential oil products). This solution is what you will use to spray all hard surfaces in the kitchen and bath (and anywhere else it’s needed).

So, rather than spraying your sinks, countertops, mirrors, windows, stainless steel appliances, tile and sealed wood floors, outside areas of the toilet, etc. with vinegar, you’ll use this diluted Thieves spray.

And it smells amazing.  Just like Christmas.

When you spray down a surface, let it sit for 10 minutes (contact time matters for anti-microbials), and wipe down with any cloth, but microfiber cloths are super absorbent and soak up water and bacteria.  I use Amazon Basics Microfiber Cloths.  There are probably more expensive and better quality ones to buy, but these have worked great for me.

On the inside of the toilet, sprinkle baking soda around the bowl at the water line (maybe ¼ cup or so), and then use a capful of the concentrated cleaner poured around on top of that.  Let is sit while you clean the rest of the bathroom.

Drop the Toilet Brush

Use these Scotch-Brite sponges (I get them at Costco in packs of 21) and cleaning gloves to scrub off the water deposits, etc.   This is so much more effective at getting rid of toilet bowl rings than using a toilet bowl brush.  Just throw the sponge away when you’re done!


With just the Thieves all purpose cleaner, you’ll be able to clean just about everything in your home.  Easy-peasy.

If you’re ready to get started with Thieves (and Young Living), you can become a YL member by buying the Thieves Starter Kit.  This kit comes with 2 bottles of all-purpose concentrate, which would last for months for most people, if you use it the way I explain in a glass spray bottle.

**Note: Young Living is a Multi-Level Marketing company with a membership type enrollment.  You become a member by buying one of the Starter Kits.  After that, you continue your membership by purchasing at least $50 of product per year. That’s it.**

If you would like more information on how to sign up with a Thieves Starter Kit, please see this post on YL sign-up Options, or contact me directly by comment or email.

Here is a list of the other product you get in the Thieves Starter Kit:

  • Thieves 15-ml
  • Thieves AromaBright™ Toothpaste
  • Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash
  • 2 Thieves All Purpose Cleaner
  • 2 Thieves Foaming Hand Soap
  • 2 Thieves Spray
  • 2 Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier
  • Stress Away™ 5-ml
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • Thieves Household Cleaner 1-oz. sample

If you’re ready to sign up and would like to be a part of my team, you can click on this link: YOUNG LIVING SIGN-UP  and it will take you to a page that auto-populates my enroller and sponsor ID numbers.



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