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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.

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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!

DIY Thieves Cleaner

DIY Thieves Cleaner

Yield: 16 ounces
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

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.


  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 well 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!

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

  2. 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!!

  3. I didn’t have castille soap on hand so I made it without the soap. It works well and I love that there’s the fresh Thieves sent with no residue left behind. I may try it with the castille soap when I buy some, but it’s making my kitchen and spot cleaning floors smell fresh! (Which is why I whipped up a batch, my cat ate too much grass and there was a little puddle on the floor…after getting it up with a paper towel first and cleaning it with this, I’m pleased – thank you!!)

    I keep meaning to buy the official Thieves cleaner but never want to spend the money. I wonder if it’s even better?

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