How to Make 25 DIY Cleaners with One Bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner
Whether you know it, use it and love it—or this is the first time you’ve heard of it—your cleaning is about to be transformed by the strength and versatility of the all-purpose Thieves Household Cleaner.
This ultra-concentrated, plant-based powerhouse is a reliable chore champion that truly lives up to its ‘all-purpose’ claims. Wood, granite, glass, fabrics—no problem! The best part? It contains no harsh chemicals, so you don’t have to worry about touching or breathing in the harmful toxins found in conventional cleaners—it’s safe to use around your whole family!
Tips for Using Thieves Household Cleaner
Most cleaning applications use 30 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner—but more concentrated dilutions may be needed to tackle tougher messes.
Thieves Household Cleaner is safe to use at a 15:1 dilution or higher. One capful of Thieves Household Cleaner is equal to approximately ½ tablespoon, so ½ cup of water mixed with one capful of cleaner yields a 15:1 dilution.
For best results, mix only the amount of cleaner that you need to use right away!
Spot Test It
Before using Thieves Household Cleaner, do a small spot test in a discrete, less visible location on the material you plan to clean—especially if cleaning porous surfaces like wood, hard plastic, fabric or granite.
Avoid using on soft plastics or vinyl—as the highly concentrated formula can eat away at these materials. 25 DIY Cleaners with Thieves Household Cleaner
Did you know that one bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner is equivalent to 17 bottles of 765 ml all-purpose cleaner?
We discovered 25 ways to use Thieves Household Cleaner—and still used less than one bottle! With 60-65 capfuls of the cleaner in each 426 ml bottle, we still had plenty to spare after making each of these solutions.
Learn how to use Thieves Household Cleaner to clean every area of your home!
1. Garbage Cans
Clean stains and deodorize!
Empty garbage can and fill with water. Pour 1-2 capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner directly into the garbage can. Let sit for 1-2 hours. If needed, scrub stubborn stains with a brush. Drain garbage can and wipe dry. For an ongoing fresh scent, place a few drops of Eucalyptus Globulus essential oil on a cotton ball and place in the bottom of the trash can before replacing the liner.
In a glass spray bottle or bowl, combine the following:
1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner 1 drop Pine essential oil 1 cup water Spray or apply with cloth and scrub; when grease is gone, wipe clean with a clean, damp cloth.
3. Wood Cabinets
Polish wood surfaces and eliminate buildup!
In a glass bowl, combine the following: 5-10 drops Pine essential oil ½ cup olive oil ½ capful Thieves Household Cleaner Apply evenly to cabinets with a damp cloth. If cabinets have heavy buildup, extra scrubbing may be required.
Clear buildup from the inside of the dishwasher!
In the bottom of the dishwasher, add the following:½ capful of Thieves Household Cleaner 3 drops Jade Lemon essential oil 1 cup white vinegar Run empty dishwasher through a full cycle. Do not add detergent.
Scrub away baked-on food and grease!
In a glass spray bottle, mix the following:½ cup white vinegar ½ capful Thieves Household Cleaner½ tablespoon Thieves Dish Soap 2 drops Thieves essential oil blend Avoiding the heating elements, sprinkle baking soda liberally on the bottom of the oven. Spray with Thieves Household Cleaner mixture. Let sit until it stops bubbling. Scrub stubborn spots with a sponge. Wipe off the rest of the cleaner with a clean, damp cloth and rinse well. Make sure to remove all baking soda.
Make your microwave sparkle!
In a glass bowl, mix the following: 1 tablespoon Thieves Household Cleaner 2 cups water 1 drop Purification essential oil blend Microwave the solution for 2 minutes. Wipe down the microwave with a damp rag—the heat and steam from the solution should make it easy to remove grime!
7. Stainless Steel Appliances
Make stainless steel appliances shine!
In a glass spray bottle, mix the following: ½ capful Thieves Household Cleaner 2 tablespoons olive oil Buff the cleaner into the stainless steel with a damp, lint-free cloth. Wipe off excess with a clean, dry cloth.
Polish bathtubs, toilets and sinks!
In a glass bowl or spray bottle, mix the following: ½ cup baking soda 5 tablespoons liquid castile soap ½ capful Thieves Household Cleaner 3 drops Lemon essential oil Apply the mixture with a damp cloth or brush and scrub away grime and water spots.
9. Shower Heads & Faucets
Remove gunk and mineral buildup!
In a plastic bag, mix the following: 1 teaspoon Thieves Household Cleaner ¾ cup white vinegar Attach the full bag to faucets and fixtures with rubber bands. Leave for one hour – any longer will cause the plastic bag to disintegrate. Scrub with a coarse brush if needed to remove remaining hard water stains. Rinse well.
10. Shower Doors & Walls
Keep your shower residue-free!
In a glass spray bottle, mix the following:½ capful Thieves Household Cleaner ½ cup vinegar 1 tablespoon Thieves Dish Soap 1 cup water 1 drop each Lemon and Grapefruit essential oils Spray liberally and scrub with a sponge to remove remaining spots. Rinse well and squeegee off the excess.
Family Room Cleaners
11. Couches & Upholstery
Deodorize and remove stains!
In a glass bowl, combine 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1-2 cups baking soda. Mix well. Let sit for 24 hours to thoroughly combine. Add 5 drops of Lavender essential oil for an extra boost of freshness. Sprinkle lightly over furniture and wait 1 hour. Use a stiff brush and back-and-forth motions to work the cleaner into the fabric; then vacuum up the excess.
#YLTip: You can also use this technique on car upholstery, mattresses, carpets and rugs.
12. Ceiling Fans
Wipe off dust and built-up grime!
In a glass spray bottle or bowl, mix the following: 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner 2 cups water Wet cloth with water and wipe dust off fan blades, light fixture and ceiling mount. Dip the same cloth in the solution and thoroughly wipe down the blades to remove built-up dust. Dry with a clean cloth.
#YLTip: Try this on your air vents, bathroom vents—anywhere dust gathers!
Remove spills, spots and stains.
In a glass spray bottle or bowl, mix the following: 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner 6 cups water Mix well, apply to the spot and blot with a clean cloth. Repeat until stain is gone.
14. Kids’ Furniture
Keep highchairs, strollers and changing tables clean!
In a glass spray bottle, mix the following: ½ capful Thieves Household Cleaner 4 cups water Spray liberally and wipe clean with a damp cloth or rinse with water. Test a small, discrete spot before applying cleaner to fabrics.
15. Car Seats
Get car seat surfaces stain free!
Mix 2 drops of Thieves Household Cleaner with 2 cups of water in a glass spray bottle.Spray plastic and fabric lightly and wipe with a soft cloth. To clean the harness, mix a small amount of Seedlings Baby Wash with 2 cups of water. Gently wipe with a soft cloth. Avoid hard scrubbing or soaking. Let everything dry completely before using.
Remove crayon murals from the walls.
Apply a splash of Thieves Household Cleaner and 3 drops of Lemon essential oil to a damp rag. Wipe drawings off the walls. Repeat until the art is gone.
Whole Home Cleaners
Wipe countertops, doorknobs, light switches, and more.
In a glass spray bottle, mix the following: 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner 2-3 cups water Spray liberally and wipe with a damp cloth.
Clean mirrors, windows, windshields, and car windows!
In a glass spray bottle, mix the following: 3 cups water 5 drops Citrus Fresh essential oil blend 1 tablespoon vinegar 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner Spray onto glass and wipe away streaks with a soft cloth.
19. Tile & Laminate Floors
Clean tile and laminate floors!
In a bucket, mix the following: 1 tablespoon Thieves Dish Soap 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner 2 tablespoons white vinegar 1 gallon warm water Use this mixture to mop your tile and laminate floors!
20. Wood Floors
Shine and polish hardwood.
In a bucket, mix the following: 4 cups water 2 tablespoons white vinegar 2 tablespoons grape seed oil 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner 5 drops Orange essential oil
Wipe off dust, fingerprints and grime!
Mix the following in a bowl: 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner 1 cup water ½ cup white vinegar Use an old sock as a cleaning mitt. Dip the mitt into the cleaning solution; wipe over each slat until clean.
Erase marker smears and stains.
Apply a few drops of Thieves Household Cleaner to a damp washcloth. Wipe board clean.
23. Car Interiors
Get a spotless interior!
In a glass spray bottle, mix the following: 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner 2-3 cups water Spray dash, cupholders, console, interior handles, and more! Then wipe with a damp cloth.
#YLTip: Get into hard-to-reach places (e.g., air vents, cupholders) with cotton swabs.
Create a streak-free outlook on life!
In a glass spray bottle, mix the following: 1/4 cup witch hazel 2 tablespoons water 2 drops Thieves Household Cleaner (use a glass dropper to get the right amount) 2 drops Lemon essential oil
25. Reusable Water Bottles
Get the funk out of your water bottles!
Pour ½ capful of Thieves Household Cleaner into your bottle and top off with water. Let sit for 10 minutes. Scrub the inside and outside well; then rinse several times with water.
You’re probably wondering, what can’t it clean? Share your favourite way to use Thieves Household Cleaner in the comments!