Cleaning with Essential Oils

Household cleaning products are very toxic.  Just read the label and poison warnings and you quickly decide you have to get them out of your house.  Manufacturers of cleaning products are not required to list all ingredients because they are trade secrets so you really don’t know what’s in them.  Unfortunately many green products are expensive, sometimes still contain fragrances which can trigger allergies and sensitivities, and often don’t work as well as their toxin laden counterparts.

IMG_1681Fortunately, there is a completely natural and economical way to make your own cleaning products.  There are no toxic ingredients or fragrances and these simple, healthful solutions really work.  I recently found a wonderful cleaning woman in Chicago and she was VERY skeptical about using these recipes and after using them one time was completely convinced.  She said they worked way better than she expected and it was the first time she has cleaned without her nose running the whole time.  Her hands were rough and reddened after exposure to commercial products and that isn’t a problem with these all natural recipes.

A friend in WI with her own cleaning business was the one who introduced me to Thieves Cleaner and provided the recipes.  She had several issues that she learned were caused by irritants in the cleaning products she was using.  Young Living Essential Oils that have no irritants and she has been thrilled with how well they clean.

Here are the recipes as well as how to use them.  I think you’ll be very pleasantly surprised with the results and can feel great about both saving money and keeping toxins away from your family and pets.  You can order Young Living Essential Oil products here.

Here’s what you need:

  • Almond oil (available at any health store)
  • Young Living Essential Oils Lemon Oil
  • Young Living Essential Oils Thieves Cleaner
  • White vinegar
  • Citric Acid
  • Baking soda
  • 5 – 32 oz spray bottles
  • microfiber cloths
  • microfiber duster (with extension long enough to reach the ceiling)
  • flour sack cloths (for lint free cleaning)
  • a few 18″ square microfiber cloths cut in half
  • Bona hardwood floor mop (stick on a couple of strips of velcro and use the cut 18″ microfiber cloths so you can use a clean cloth for each room)

IMG_1686Mark each spray bottle as appropriate.  Combine the ingredients and shake.


  • 1 tablespoon Almond oil
  • 10 drops Lemon oil
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • water to fill bottle

Glass Cleaner

  • 10 drops Lemon oil
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • water to fill bottle

All Purpose Cleaner

  • 1 capful Thieves Cleaner
  • water to fill bottle

Bathroom cleaner

  • 10 drops Lemon oil
  • 2 cups Vinegar
  • water to fill


  • 1 capful Thieves Cleaner
  • 1 cup water

Deep Cleaning Scrub

  • 2 capfuls Thieves Cleaner
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • Combine, apply with clean cloth or sponge and scrub thoroughly, let set for 15 min then rinse.

Toilet Fizz (for hard to remove toilet bowl stains)

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons citric acid
  • add some coarse salt to the mixture if you have rusty rings
  • combine and shake a few tablespoons into each toilet bowl, let set 15 minutes, then swish with toilet brush

Some cleaning tips from the professionals:

IMG_1679Bathroom.  Spray the toilet (inside and out) with Bathroom Cleaner and add Toilet Fizz if needed.  Start at the top of the room and work your way around to the bottom.  Spray Dusting solution on your microfiber duster and dust the ceiling corners, light fixtures and all horizontal surfaces.  Start in one corner and use All Purpose Cleaner on counter tops, cabinet fronts and faucets.  Clean sinks with Bathroom Cleaner.  Use flour sack cloths to give sinks and faucets a final sparkle.  Use Bathroom Cleaner on tubs and shower stalls (use Deep Cleaning Scrub if needed).  Use Glass Cleaner with flour sack cloths on mirrors and shower doors.  Use disposable gloves and paper towels when cleaning toilets.  Vacuum then clean floors by spraying All Purpose Cleaner and mopping with microfiber cloth.  Switch to new floor cleaning cloths for each room.

Kitchen.  Start at the top of the room and work your way around to the bottom.  Dust the ceiling corners and cabinets (spray Dusting solution on your microfiber duster).  Start in one corner and clean room in sections top to bottom.  Use All Purpose Cleaner on cabinets, counter tops, sinks, faucets, stainless steel.  Use Degreaser when you need more cleaning power.  Use Bathroom Cleaner on sinks.  Vacuum then clean tile or hardwood floors with All Purpose Cleaner.

Other rooms.  Dust ceiling/wall corners.  Start in one corner and work your way around the room, top to bottom.  Spray Dusting solution on microfiber duster to clean light fixtures.  Use Dusting solution and microfiber cloths to dust all non-fabric furniture.  Vacuum then clean hardwood floors with All Purpose Cleaner.

Other helpful uses for Thieves Cleaner include:

  • a cap full of Thieves Cleaner in our SpotBot carpet cleaner instead of carpet cleaning solution works beautifully without any chemicals
  • cleaning our dogs when they got too close to a skunk
  • cleaning patio furniture
  • sanitizing baby toys and high chairs (especially away from home)
  • cleaning up after pet accidents

Use these recipes when you clean yourself and if you use a cleaning service, don’t hesitate to require them to use it when cleaning your home.  It’s healthier for you and healthier for them as well!

I am grateful each day for wellness, happiness and the opportunity to share with you.