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20 Ways to Use Thieves Cleaner

20 ways to use thieves cleaner, including recipes for how to use thieves cleaner for wood floors, DIY cleaning wipes, and more.

Truth be told, with a constantly moving five-year-old and a new puppy in the house, along with homeschooling and working from home, our house gets messy! Muddy paw prints coming in from the back door, spilled milk, dried playdough stuck to the table, and an untold amount of squabbles over said puppy wanting to play (eat) Barbie – I have a hard time keeping up!

I am constantly cleaning up one mess after another. I know a lot of mothers out there can relate. 

Before our daughter came around, I had a ton of cleaning solutions. A bottle for just about everything – the shower, stovetop, toilet, bathtub, counters, and the list goes on, tucked under every sink and crammed into the laundry room. Not only did they take up prime real estate for my essential oil candles, hair, and beauty products, it was also a pain to have to lug around cleaning bottles from room to room. 

Thankfully, I found one cleaner that tackles it all! And I have THE only things I need to clean in one little cleaning tote. So, my cabinets are full of things that make me feel pretty instead of ugly cleaning bottles that smell terrible. 

If you’re tired of buying and using countless cleaners, you’re going to love Thieves cleaner too. 

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You’ll quickly see how these Thieves hacks will replace most, if not all of your household cleaners with 20 ways to use Thieves cleaner in your home.

What is Thieves Cleaner?

Thieves household cleaner is an all-purpose concentrate. It’s made with 100% plant & mineral-based ingredients, so it’s safe to use with little ones and pets in the house. And surprisingly, it is an all-in-one non-toxic cleaning concentrate that works incredibly well! Yep, our crisp white farmhouse sinks, cast iron bathtub, and quartz countertops are living proof that you can deep clean without toxins. 

And it smells like all things cozy – pumpkin spice lattes, Christmas wreaths, and bright lemony sunshine is the best way I can describe it. 

The combination of the best essential oils for cleaning creates a spicy yet sweet scent that makes our home smell incredible! 

Related: Best Essential Oils for Cleaning

Here’s the Thing,

It’s not just an effective non-toxic cleaner that smells amazing, it also saves you time and money! 

Lugging around an umpteen amount of cleaning bottles from room to room and switching between each for every little task wastes SO MUCH time. You can replace all of those bottles with thieves concentrate. 

Making trips to the store or ordering from multiple stores online just to find what you need is a complete time suck. And as for running to the store to pick up a cleaner you’ve run out of when you’re in the middle of cleaning – it is out of the question. I’d rather spend my time doing things that fill my heart up, like making birthday cake bath bombs with my daughter or taking our puppy to the park. 

For most surfaces, you can use thieves cleaner to make an all-purpose spray by diluting one capful of Thieves Cleaner to 30 parts of water or, in other words, add one capful to 16-20 ounces of water.

When you break it down one bottle of Thieves household cleaner can make nearly 200 16-ounce bottles of cleaner for about 65 cents each! You know you can’t find a great non-toxic cleaner for that price anywhere. It’s so popular you can even get an entire Thieves bundle.

But, I think what I love most about it is all the ways to use thieves cleaner. 

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If you’re asking yourself what can I clean with Thieves cleaner the answer is literally just about everything. Here’s 20 ways I use Thieves cleaner in our home!

What can Thieves Cleaner Be Used For?

If you’re asking yourself, “What can I clean with thieves cleaner?”, the answer is literally just about everything! That’s why you’ve probably heard about several Thieves cleaning hacks. When you dilute as described above you can use it on nearly every surface. (Just spot-check a small area before you use it on a new surface.)

20 Thieves Cleaner Uses:

  1. Windows
  2. Mirrors
  3. Sinks
  4. Countertops
  5. Shower
  6. Carpet
  7. Stovetop
  8. Jewelry
  9. Bathtub
  10. Refrigerator
  11. Floors
  12. Toilet
  13. Microwave
  14. Tile
  15. Toys
  16. Rugs
  17. Light Switch Plates
  18. Dishwasher
  19. Furniture
  20. Doorknobs
Thieves Uses Printable Guide

Put these to work in your home with this printable reference guide from our Oily Chic Library

My Top Thieves Cleaner Recipes:

For those tasks like scrubbing the bathtub or grout use Thieves cleaner recipes. Each of these recipes is not only simple to make, they are some of my favorite Thieves hacks! You’ll quickly see how this all-in-one cleaning product will replace most, if not all of your household cleaners.

#1 Thieves Reusable Cleaning Wipes: 

  1. Roll or fold several bamboo cotton washcloths into a large mason jar. 
  2. Fill the mason jar nearly full with distilled water.
  3. Then add 1 capful of Thieves cleaner to the mason jar. 
  4. Place the lid on the mason jar and shake well to combine. 

Use these DIY cleaning wipes to clean surfaces from toys to the bathroom counter, to the kitchen table. They really work just like disposable cleaning wipes. But, instead of throwing each wipe away you can toss them in the laundry and reuse them again and again! Another great way to save money with Thieves. 

#2 Thieves Dishwasher Cleaner:

Before your next dishwasher cycle, add the following to the bottom of an empty dishwasher to degrease and degunk the inside:⠀

  • 3 drops lemon essential oil⠀
  • 1 cup white distilled vinegar⠀
  • ½ capful of Thieves Cleaner⠀⠀

Run the dishwasher empty through a full regular cycle. Without dishes or dishwasher detergent. If you have hard water build-up, add a tablespoon of citric acid. This Thieves cleaner recipe works well for cleaning stainless steel washing machines as well. 

#3 Tub and Tile Thieves Scrub:

In a small to medium glass bowl, combine –

  • 2 capfuls of Thieves Cleaner⠀
  • 1 cup baking soda (I buy it in bulk here)
  • 15 drops of any citrus essential oil (think lemon, tangerine, orange, or citrus fresh)

Add the first 2 ingredients and mash together until a scrub mixture forms. Then add your essential oil and scoop into an airtight glass container.  (I’ll admit many times I make this right in the bathroom sink or tub and use it there.)

Dip a soft bristle brush into the scrub and begin scrubbing the surface in circular motions. Repeat as needed, then rinse with water and wipe clean with a damp cloth. This Thieves hack can be applied to much more than the bathtub and tile. It works well to polish pots and pans too! 

What can Thieves Cleaner Be Used For? Each of these recipes is not only simple to make, they are some of my favorite Thieves hacks!

#4 Thieves Brush Cleaner:

Do you clean your cleaning brushes? If you think about it, cleaning brushes save our hands while tackling many dirty jobs. So, it’s important to keep them clean! Here’s how – 

Pour the following directly into your kitchen or bathroom skin or large glass bowl if you prefer. 

  • 1/3 capful of Thieves cleaner 
  • 1 tablespoon of distilled vinegar (I love this brand)

Then place your cleaning brush inside the solution and allow them to soak for 10 to 15 mins, Rinse and hang to dry. Oh, and don’t miss my easy DIY makeup brush cleaner

#5 Thieves Wood Floor Cleaner:

Many people go wrong by cleaning wood floors with products designed to clean tile or laminate flooring for example. In turn, this can create a host of problems for your wood floors. Turn to this simple Thieves wood floor cleaner instead! 

  • 5 drops of lemon myrtle or orange oil
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 1 gallon of warm water
  • 2 capfuls of Thieves cleaner 

Combine all of the above in your kitchen sink or in a mop bucket. Sparingly apply to your wood floors and mop clean as usual. 

#6 DIY Jewelry Cleaner Made with Thieves:

Add the following to a small glass bowl or jar:

  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 capful of Thieves cleaner 
  • 3-5 drops of lemon essential oil 

Stir to blend the ingredients together. Then place your rings in the homemade jewelry cleaner. Allow each item to soak for 5 minutes then use a small nail brush to gently scrub clean if needed for additional cleaning (like if you forget to put gloves on before planting flowers…). Rinse and lay flat to dry.

#7 Thieves Glass and Mirror Cleaner

Lord knows the mirrors over our bathroom sinks get filthy. (Did I mention our five-year-old is learning to floss?) This will do the trick!

Fill a 24-ounce glass spray bottle with:

  • 1/2 capful of Thieves cleaner 
  • 3 drops of lemon essential oil 
  • ½ teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 16 ounces of filtered or distilled water

Shake before each use. Spray glass generously and wipe clean with a lint-free cloth. You can use this essential oil homemade glass cleaner on windows, mirrors, glass tabletops, and photo frames.

Thieves Household Cleaner is quite frankly, the last cleaning product you will EVER need to buy. Not only is it made with plant-based ingredients instead of harmful chemicals, but it’s also incredibly versatile. Can you see now how to use thieves cleaner to replace all your cleaning products? 

Pin these 20 ways to use Thieves cleaner now, and don’t forget the free printable above! Did you make one of these DIY Thieves Cleaner recipes? Tag #oilychic on Instagram to share yours with us.

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