I want to share with you my absolute favorite all purpose cleaner. I use it on counter tops (just not granite or marble), sinks and floors. It works great, smells great, and best of all, it is safe and non-toxic.
If you have been following my blog for very long, you know that I am passionate about what my family puts into our bodies as well as what we use on and around our bodies in our home. I first wrote about using this cleaner 2 years ago and I still love it. Just recently, though, I have discovered the power of essential oils. This has prompted me to change my formula just a little so I am posting this updated article.
Citrus works great as a de-greaser, stain remover and freshener. Vinegar is also a great cleaning agent, breaking down mold, grease, mineral deposits and bacteria. Combine the two and you have a great natural cleaner! With the addition of Thieves essential oil from Young Living, it adds to the germ fighting power.
I found these results of a homemade experiment on this blog when researching the power if Thieves.
Thieves® essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals that they used while robbing those who had died and were dying from the Black Plague during the Late Middle Ages. When they were tried, officials offered a lightened sentence if they would reveal how they did not contract the horribly contagious, deadly disease.
Thieves Oil, developed by Young Living, is inspired by this story. Thieves essential oil is a proprietary blend of cinnamon, clove, lemon, rosemary, and eucalyptus therapeutic grade essential oils. It smells insanely good.
Here’s how to make citrus vinegar with Thieves:
Save the peels from any citrus; grapefruit, oranges, lemons or limes. When I was juicing, I had lots and could fill a mason jar rather quickly. Now that I am not juicing as much, I save them in a bag in the freezer until I have enough for a jar.
Place the peels into a glass jar up to the top. Add white vinegar until it completely covers the peels. Put a lid on it and let it sit for 2 weeks. Remove the peels, strain liquid through a sieve, and store in a glass jar. Use diluted 1:1 water to citrus vinegar in a spray bottle. After diluting the citrus vinegar into my 16 oz. spray bottle, I add 6-8 drops of Thieves essential oil . The blend of citrus with the Thieves is a delicious scent and I can rest assured that I am not exposing my family to the harmful chemicals found in most commercially available household cleaners.
Ready to begin experiencing the power of essential oils?