Switch to Natural Cleaners: Avoiding Harmful Chemicals at Home

how we clean our entire home: nontoxic thieves cleaner

One of my biggest passions is creating a safe & intentional home and safeguarding my family from products & food full of toxins. We’ve been using Thieves Cleaner to clean our entire home (yes, literally every surface from counters to floors to windows and toilets) for nearly 5 years now. You need ONE bottle of Thieves concentrate to make nearly 20 spray bottles of all purpose cleaner, making it a simple & affordable swap that works!

why switch to a natural cleaner?

As I became more aware of the ingredients (and toxins) in a lot of the cleaning products we were using in our home, I made the switch to (what I thought was) a cleaner brand on the Target shelf with pretty packaging in colorful bottles. Unfortunately, after diving further into the specific ingredients in their products, I found out that their products weren’t natural or nontoxic at all. “Greenwashing” is when companies throw catch phrases or pretty packaging to trick consumers into thinking they’re purchasing a natural product, when in reality, the product is full of harmful chemicals.

A little sobering reminder that just because we assume it’s safe, tested, and on our shelves for purchase, doesn’t make it so. The TSCA of 1976 (The Toxic Substances Control Act) grandfathered in approx. 65-100k chemicals currently on the market today (i.e. they haven’t had any safety testing & we know little about them). Of the chemicals tested, toxic labeling is required only if 50% or more of the animals tested with the chemical die.


Under the TSCA, manufacturers are protected by trade secret laws that allow them to keep their ingredient list a secret. Sometimes that’s just to keep their competitors from knowing their formulas and isn’t hiding anything, but you’ll never know unless you can trust the way a company operates. To date of this writing, the EU (European Union) has banned 1,300 chemicals in cosmetics; the FDA in America has banned only eleven.

Another big issue with conventional cleaners is fragrance. Fragrance is a loosely defined term when it comes to personal care & household products. Thousands of synthetic chemicals are used to create modern day fragrances for our products, and some of these chemicals have been linked to health impacts ranging from eye and skin irritation to hormone imbalance and increased risk of breast cancer. Furthermore, these ingredients are kept secret—the vast majority of manufacturers currently are not disclosing fragrance ingredients on websites or on the product label.

The good news is: Young Living uses only plant-based and naturally derived ingredients in their products! You never have to wonder if one of their products is truly clean or spend time endlessly researching each ingredient. YL takes the overwhelm out of the process! And the best part? They actually work! Thieves home products contain no phthalates, parabens, bleach, formaldehyde, or toxic chemicals in these products – just the power of plants!

what is thieves?

Thieves essential oil is one of Young Living’s most popular products, and for good reason! The Thieves blend was formulated based off of research recorded in the archives of the British Museum library about a group of 14th century European perfumers and spice traders who rubbed oils on themselves as protection against the plague while they robbed the bodies of the dead. This powerful blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary is known for immune support and cleansing properties, and have been studied successfully for their ability to inhibit even the growth of multi-drug resistant bacteria! It has a cozy, uplifting, and energizing scent.

thieves products & why we love thieves:

Young Living offers a complete line of home and personal care products infused with the Thieves blend! Thieves Household Cleaner is part of this line-up and is the perfect, versatile go-to for all your cleaning needs for a happy, healthy home. It is plant-based and has all naturally derived ingredients to effectively clean your home without taking synthetic shortcuts or using potentially harsh ingredients. Plus, the concentrated formula means that one 14.4 oz bottle makes 20+ spray bottles of standard cleaner!

Why we love it:

the best way to purchase

You can absolutely purchase Thieves Cleaner on it’s own (along with anything else from the Young Living website), but if you’re looking for an easy button for ditching all your toxic cleaning products, this bundle is for you!

The Thieves Make a Shift Bundle comes comes with all natural, plant-based cleaning and is your one stop shop for your entire home! All these favorites are all infused with the beloved Thieves essential oil blend, so they not only kick the ick, they smell amazing, are safe around kids and pets, and clean your home without toxic chemicals or endocrine disruptors.

Grabbing the Thieves Home Loyalty Bundle also saves you money! Purchased separately these products would cost over $165! You get all the following for just $112 – plus 10% off with code: SHAREYL!

Here’s what comes in the bundle:

all purpose cleaner recipe

Use this recipe as your all purpose cleaner for counters, walls, highchairs, furniture, floors, bathrooms, & more:

+ 1 capful thieves cleaner concentrate

+ 16 oz glass spray bottle filled with water

You can also add 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil to your spray bottle to make seasonal smelling cleaners or curated scents just for your home! Below are some additional recipes you can make make using Thieves:

thieves soft scrub recipe

I love using this DIY soft scrub to clean my sink, toilets, stove, & really anything that I might have previously used a toxic soft scrub to clean. Add these ingredients to a glass, airtight container (or cut down recipe to make a smaller single-use batch): 

+ 1 cup baking soda

+ 3 TBSP thieves cleaner concentrate

+ 10-15 drops lemon essential oil

Stir together until a paste forms and apply to surfaces & wipe clean with water! If you’re not a DIY fan, you can just snag the Thieves Kitchen & Bath Scrub instead!

the best way to order: loyalty rewards

If you like making life simpler, saving money, getting free products and a good discount, then you’ll want to order your YL favorites via the Loyalty Rewards program so you can earn reward points, gain access to exclusive oils, save money and have it all show up at your doorstep. Plus, after you place just two consecutive loyalty orders, you’ll earn your first free gift, a Desert Mist Diffuser!


Loyalty Rewards is Young Living’s monthly auto-ship program that unlocks a 24% discount as long as there is an active loyalty order. Being enrolled in Loyalty Rewards makes you eligible to earn reward points and loyalty gifts as well as extra freebies with the monthly Gifts with Purchase at 100, 200, and 300 PV. There is no minimum order amount for Loyalty Rewards, but if you want to earn points (and who doesn’t?!) make sure your order is at least 50 PV (about $50 dollars). And yes, you can cancel anytime with a click of a button in your account.