DIY Thieves Cleaner Recipe

Stop using toxic chemicals to clean your house! This DIY thieves cleaner recipe is all you need. And it’s 100% natural and only takes a few minutes to make.

DIY Thieves Cleaner Recipe

I joined Young Living for the sole purpose of buying their thieves products at a discount.

I loved their thieves essential oil, thieves toothpaste, thieves cleaner, thieves hand soap – basically anything and everything thieves I had to have.

But over time, even with the discount, I had to admit I was spending an insane amount of money in the name of toxin-free living.

Fast forward a year later, I’m no longer a Young Living member and I now make my own DIY thieves products including thieves essential oil.

And they work just as well and I’m saving sooo much money!

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Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to bash Young Living. I love their oils and so many of their products.

But being a middle-class family, living in Southern California where housing, groceries, and everything else is crazy expensive, I just couldn’t justify spending $13 on hand soap (and that’s with the discount!).

This DIY thieves cleaner works so well. It’s amazing. And when you use it you don’t have to worry about exposing yourself or your family to toxic chemicals.

Related: DIY All Natural Glass Cleaner

You’re actually doing the opposite when you use this DIY cleaner. You’re exposing them to immune boosting essential oils that will actually keep them healthy rather than make them sick.

Homemade Thieves Cleaner Ingredients & Supplies

To make this cleaner you’re are going to need the following ingredients and supplies.

If you don’t have many of these ingredients on hand, purchasing these items for the first time might seem kind of expensive.

But remember you are using very little of each ingredient with the exception of water which should hardly cost you anything.

That means you should be able to make this cleaner over and over again without having to purchase more ingredients for a very, very long time. And in my opinion, it’s really the only cleaner you need.


Homemade Thieves Cleaner Recipe & Instructions

Add the following ingredients to the 16 oz spray bottle

  • 2 tbsp Castile soap
  • 1 tbsp Witch hazel
  • 15-20 drops thieves essential oil
  • fill bottle the rest of the way with filtered or distilled water

Attach nozzle, shake well and you’re all set!

Yield: 16 ounces

DIY Thieves Cleaner

DIY Thieves Cleaner

Stop using toxic chemicals to clean your house! This diy thieves cleaner recipe is all you need. And it’s 100% natural and only takes a few minutes to make.

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  1. Use funnel to add 2 tbsp of castile soap to spray bottle
  2. Use funnel to add 1 tbsp of witch hazel to spray bottle
  3. Use dropper to add 15-20 drops of thieves essential oil to spray bottle
  4. Fill bottle the rest of the way with distilled or filtered water
  5. Attach nozzle
  6. Shake well

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Frequently asked questions about DIY thieves cleaner

Can I just use tap water?

I don’t trust the tap water where I live at all. Using distilled or filtered water ensures my homemade cleaners are chemical-free.

With that being said, if you’re not worried about the safety of your tap water, by all means use that instead.

Related: Homemade All Purpose Cleaner

Do I have to use witch hazel?

Witch hazel acts as an emulsifier, ensuring even distribution between all ingredients. Castile soap also acts as an emulsifier so if you don’t have witch hazel on hand you may find the cleaner works just as well without it.

Do I have to use Young Living Thieves essential oil?

Absolutely not. I actually make my own thieves essential oil. You can get the recipe here. It works just as good and costs way less!!

How To Use Thieves Cleaner

This DIY cleaner is a jack of all trades. You can use it for soooo many things. My favorite things to clean with it are below.

  • countertops
  • sinks
  • mirrors
  • windows
  • bathtub
  • toilets
  • stovetop
  • floors
  • and sooo much more!!!

If the cleaner is too strong you can reduce the number of essential oil drops or if it isn’t strong enough add more essential oil drops.

Let me know in the comments below how well this cleaner works for you and if you love it as much as I do!

Author: Candice Sinner

Hi! I’m Candice & I’m an essential oil junkie. I want to help you break free from toxic chemicals & toxic living so you can live the life God created you to live. Click here to learn more about me and my health journey.

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  • Reply
    March 3, 2020 at 8:51 am

    Thank you so much for taking time out to post your recipes. I truly enjoy them.

    • Reply
      March 9, 2020 at 7:54 pm

      You’re welcome. I’m glad you enjoy them 🙂

  • Reply
    Manon Roberge
    March 8, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Quick question : Because of the Castile Soap, do you need to rinse the surface after ?

    • Reply
      March 9, 2020 at 7:57 pm

      Hi Manon. I never rinse the surface. Because the castile soap is diluted, it doesn’t leave any residue behind.

  • Reply
    March 29, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I have asthma and am always looking for healthier options that don’t aggravate my asthma.

  • Reply
    Sheila Graber
    April 20, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Do you dilute the cleaner before use?

    • Reply
      April 24, 2020 at 7:20 am

      Hi Sheila. No, you do not need to dilute before use.

  • Reply
    April 21, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    I LOVE this cleaner SO MUCH!
    Thank you!

  • Reply
    August 31, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    Thank you for Sharing this recipe!! I am so glad I found a cleaner to clean my baby’s high chair and everything in the kitchen and not being concerned about the residue it leaves. I just go ahead and clean her high chair table with it. Thank you!!

    • Reply
      September 6, 2020 at 2:41 pm

      You’re welcome. Happy to help 🙂

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