Lysol, Clorox, bleach… they were the only products I trusted to clean my bathroom, kitchen and floors for a long time. And sure, they do the job! But they tend to be hard to recycle….. especially Clorox wipes.
So I decided to check out other options for cleaning and I found that most zero wasters make their own products.
I’ll be honest — I was skeptical. (As I am with most zero waste/diy stuff!)
But when I saw that a lot of the recipes contain white vinegar, I started to feel better. My mom’s been using white vinegar in her cleaning products for as long as I can remember! It’s GREAT to use for cleaning windows and countertops.
Then I stumbled upon Young Living. I’m not going to do a big sales pitch to you to buy oils — even though they’ve really been beneficial to me 🙂 But I’m just gonna say that a sample of Thieves Household Cleaner comes in the starter kit and that’s how I got hooked.
I wanted to do some research before trying it out. I came upon some videos and blog posts of people who tested it out to see if the Thieves Household Cleaner is actually as good as we hope it is.
And this video is pretty convincing. Check it out here.
(In response to the video…) Granted, I understand we didn’t watch her conduct the test and there are things that could’ve interfered with the most accurate results… yes, I understand it’s not a perfect test. But I thought it was a cool video to see and there’s gotta be some truth to her results.
I tried Thieves Household Cleaner out for myself and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to Lysol and Clorox (though I’m still slowly trying to finish off a container of Clorox wipes 😉 ).
The deal with Thieves Household Cleaner is that it’s super concentrated so you’ve gotta dilute it (NOTE: One 64-ounce bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner can make over 100 diy, all-purpose bottles, which adds up to less than a $1 per spray bottle). Everybody kind of has their own way of diluting it, but here’s what works for me.
1 TEASPOON THIEVES HOUSEHOLD CLEANER PER 8 OUNCES OF WATER
1 CAP FULL THIEVES HOUSEHOLD CLEANER PER 8 OUNCES OF WATER
Since I only have the sample size, which is 1 ounce, I went with the teaspoon method. (The sample size isn’t technically recyclable — so that’s a bummer).
Also, if I need a really good scrub for in or around my toilets or in my shower, I’ll put some baking soda down, spray my cleaner on top and let it sit for a few minutes before I start scrubbing. (I’ll post about zero waste scrub brushes soon!). It’s been working great for me!
For a window cleaner try this:
1 CAP FULL THIEVES HOUSEHOLD CLEANER, 1 TEASPOON WHITE VINEGAR, 5-10 DROPS ESSENTIAL OIL (LEMON, THIEVES, TEA TREE, CITRUS FRESH…) PER 8 OUNCES OF WATER
Again, everyone has their own way of doing this. Experiment with what you like. If you don’t want to buy Thieves Household Cleaner, you can use Castile soap instead.
Here’s a Castile soap all-purpose cleaner recipe idea:
2 TEASPOONS CASTILE SOAP, 20 DROPS OF ESSENTIAL OIL (LEMON, THIEVES, TEA TREE, CITRUS FRESH….) PER 8 OUNCES OF WATER
And for a window cleaner, skip the Castile soap and opt for water, white vinegar and essential oils.
Almost all of these items are available in glass. My Thieves Household Cleaner comes in plastic, but it is recyclable and Young Living is in the process of going zero waste!
I’m still new to making diy cleaners (and diys in general!), so if you have any suggestions, please leave me a comment!