I don’t know about you but I try not to use a bunch of toxic chemicals in my house, especially when I clean. I’m all about some baking soda and white vinegar! Sometimes though, I want to sanitize or disinfect. I read about Thieves Oil a little over a year ago and was intrigued. Okay, what’s Thieves Oil? It was used by 15th-century thieves, who rubbed oils on themselves to avoid contracting the plague while they robbed the bodies of the dead and dying (gross). When apprehended, these thieves disclosed the formula of herbs, spices, and oils they used to protect themselves in exchange for more lenient punishment. (yeah, sure, right – like I’ll believe that)
But apparently it’s been tested for its potent antimicrobial properties. It was found to have a 99.96 percent kill rate against airborne bacteria. (okay, I’m listening) The oils are highly antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-infectious and protect the body against such foreign agents as viruses, flu, colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throats, cuts, and more. (huh!? – so where do I get this stuff?) We’ll I went looking for it online. Ummm – $40+ for 5 mL. No. Way. I really couldn’t allow myself to spend that much money on some oil. So I kept looking and found a ‘recipe’ for the oil online.
200 drops Clove Oil
175 drops Lemon Oil
100 drops Cinnamon Bark Oil/Extract
75 drops Eucalyptus Oil
50 drops Rosemary Oil
I mixed 5 drops of my homemade Thieves blend for every ounce of water in my sprayer. It separates a little after it sits, so just shake it before spraying. Now we’re ready for spring cleaning/disinfecting.
I found all of the ingredients I needed at Vitacost.com for less than I could get them at Whole Foods. Check it out at this link (I will tell you if you go through my link and sign up they’ll give you $10 for signing up and they’ll do the same for me.) I used my $10 sign up credit to puchase these oils. I spent $20 out of pocket for 5 – 5mL bottle (a savings compared to the prepared stuff) It was easy to make and I can say that it does smell good. Now we’ll just have to see how well it works.
You can find all sorts of other uses for this blend online. For now it’s helping out with the smells from the diaper pail, dog beds and used to clean our counters and other surfaces. Try it out, you might like it.