How To Make Thieves Spray – All-Natural Cleaner

Learn how to make Thieves spray in this easy recipe. Kill germs and bacteria and boost your immune system naturally.
My dear friend, and fellow crunchy, gave me this Thieves Spray many years ago. I loved it instantly. The smell is like Christmas and yet it is a critter killer.

Since that time, I’ve used essential oils more and more in my daily life and once I got the Young Living Premium Starter Kit, I knew I wanted to learn how to make Thieves Spray for myself. Not only is it less expensive, I can control exactly what I put into the solution.

A little background on Thieves Essential Oil

In the Late Middle Ages, Europe was devastated by the Black Death, or bubonic plague, which killed a third of the human population. Out of this period, a legend emerged of four thieves who were captured and charged with robbing the dead and dying victims. When the thieves were tried, the officials offered leniency if they would reveal how they didn’t contract the horribly contagious disease. The thieves confessed using a special concoction of aromatic herbs, including garlic, cloves and rosemary, that they rubbed on themselves before committing their crimes.

The Modern Day Version

Inspired by this, Young Living created an essential oil blend that combines these herbs, less garlic, and that’s one of their best selling oils. And for good reason. This proprietary essential oil blend was university tested for its cleansing abilities. It is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health.

How To Use Thieves Spray

While you can diffuse Thieves oil or apply topically with great results, I wanted to create Thieves spray for easy tasks around the house or when we travel.

Thieves oil is a super effective bacteria killer, and can also fight mold, candida, fungus and parasites. Here's an easy way to make your own Thieves spray.I use this Young Living Thieves Spray copycat to:

  • Clean toddler toys
  • Sanitize public restroom seats
  • Wipe down cutting boards
  • Wash fruits and vegetables
  • Freshen gym bags
  • Clean airplane armrests and serving trays
  • Spray in the room to remove musty or heavy food odors

The uses of this spray are really endless. It can even get gum out of a child’s hair! And it’s super easy to make.

How To Make Thieves Spray

In your clean spray bottle, add 10-15 drops of your Thieves oil. Next add 1 tsp. of witch hazel. Then pour distilled water into bottle until full. Put on your spray top and use as you see fit. That’s it!

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How do you use it? Do you like it? Share with us in the comments below.


About Genevieve

After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.

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  1. Hannah August 29 at 10:03 am

    Hi. I 💜 YL. I would love to join the secret fb group but it says it expired?

    • Genevieve August 31 at 9:25 am

      Thanks for the heads up! I shut down the FB group and opened a new one just for people on my YL team. If you’re on my team, just let me know and we’ll add you!

  2. Crysta June 3 at 5:17 pm

    So I’m curious if the witch hazel is necessary of just water can be used? =)

  3. Try Oils May 25 at 6:58 pm

    Have you heard of using alkaline water in the Thieves Household Clearner?

  4. Ana May 24 at 1:46 pm

    How is this different from the theives spray that is sold via YL?

  5. Brittany April 22 at 4:17 pm

    Hi!! I’m new to oils and have seen a ton of crap about what toddlers can and cannot breathe/use topically etc…..and I remember seeing thieves as one of those. So is it actually safe to use/diffuse around my 16 month old? Just tryin to get some real answers from experienced mamas. Thanks!

    • Genevieve April 22 at 7:56 pm

      I would use Melaleuca, Lemon and Frankincense instead.

  6. jamie April 11 at 1:38 pm

    Could you use a plastic spray bottle instead of glass?

    • Karla July 11 at 11:07 pm

      Essential oils degrade plastic, use only glass containers.

      • Samantha August 10 at 9:28 am

        Yes, they can degrade plastics. However, high grade plastics are safe to use with EOs. Check sites such as for safe plastic containers. :)

  7. Lizy December 29 at 1:37 pm

    Can you use alcohol instead of with hazel?

    Thanks for posting this great article!

  8. Just me November 18 at 10:17 am

    Can you use this for thrush? If so how?

    • CeCe February 14 at 5:19 pm

      Wtf???!! Thrush is Candida! This has WITCH HAZEL in it! It says its for cleaning household items…. NOT the mouth nor body!

      • alisha March 5 at 10:22 am

        yes you can use it in the mouth, tons of essential oils you can take as a dietary supplement, I am not 100% if thieves is ingestible but it is ok even to use tea tree oil in your mouth but def do not ingest tea tree oil, but my family uses it to make our toothpaste and mouthwash with.I just dk if thieves would kill thrush?? I am sure tea tree oil would though

        • Michaella April 17 at 7:51 pm

          Witch hazel not ok in mouth!

    • Crysta June 3 at 5:08 pm

      So to add to this convo… Thrush is a form of yeast overgrowth (yeast infection)…You can get this in your mouth (you typically see it in babies, although I did have it orally myself when I was pregnant.), you can get this on/in your nipples from nursing a baby who has it orally, you can get it on/in your female parts, among other places (those are the most typical). Witch Hazel actually is actually very effective at killing yeast, though I would definitely not recommend putting it in your mouth. It is great, however for the other areas =) I used Witch Hazel combined with lavender and tea tree oil to get rid of a yeast infection on my lo’s bum.

  9. Lorna September 19 at 11:29 am

    Question: Many of my YL friends use Thieves spray in their mouths for sore throats or to give their immune systems a quickie boost if they’ve been around someone with the flu. Witch Hazel is external use only, so do you have an alternative product if I plan to use my spray for internal use?

    • T November 18 at 12:46 am

      Use Vodka instead of witch hazel for internal use.

  10. AT September 14 at 7:10 pm

    What’s the witch hazel for?

  11. Rose August 26 at 8:32 am

    Love it! 2 questions. Can it be used to kill bacteria, like, say, chicken/food bacteria. Also, can I use purified water instead of distilled? Not sure if there’s a difference, or not. Thanks!!

  12. Shawn Knudeson August 25 at 9:47 pm

    I have been using Thieves Spray for years as a sore-throat soother. It’ll nip a cold/sore throat in the bud, pronto! Just spray once in the back of the throat. Yes, you might gag a little, and it burns like hell for a minute, but once the burn is gone, generally the sore throat is too. My kids even go for it! I know it’s not really made for internal use but we’ve never had a problem. We love our Thieves Spray!

  13. Kaelyn June 11 at 8:05 am

    Hello! This doesn’t really have anything to do with thieves spray but I have a question and hoping you can help! My mom just got diagnosed with a suppressed immune system.. She eats healthy takes vitamin c daily and goes on the treadmill everyday however she has a lot of problems she has a bacterial infection in her lungs and she has another bacterial illness in her body I want to help her boost her immune system so she can stop having all these problems do you have any suggestions? Such as any essential oils foods drinks supplements anything! Thanks so much!!

  14. Jennifer L Hart June 1 at 1:02 pm

    I too am a YL distributor. Love this DIY Thieves spay. I use it ALL the time as a hand cleaner instead of the alcohol based ones. Doesn’t dry my my hands out and smells divine. It works very well. I also spray a little on a paper towel and clean my desk/phone/keyboard/calculator at work.

  15. Candace May 23 at 6:06 pm

    Hi, Genevieve!
    Love your videos–and thanks for all the tips ‘n tricks! I am heading to MN for some summer fun in June and wondered if you have any helpful hints in regard to insect repellant! I have tried a couple of natural brands w/ no luck. Its been awhile since I have been back to the mid-west, but who can forget those nasty mosquitoes–ahh–and TICKS!!! HELP(please)!! :)

  16. Nicole May 20 at 11:47 pm

    Thanks for the “recipe”! Does thieves (and other essential oils that are antibacterial) kill the good bacteria just like tryclosan-containing cleaners/soaps?

  17. Anna May 20 at 3:12 pm

    would this work as a spray hand sanitizer?

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