How To Make Thieves Spray – All-Natural Cleaner

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, a legend emerged of four thieves who used a special concoction of aromatic herbs to support their health, including garlic, cloves and rosemary.

How to Make Thieves Spray: 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
  • Spray on 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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  1. Can you use rubbing alcohol to replace the witch hazel?

  2. Why do you add witch hazel?

  3. I’m wondering if you think this mixture would be good/safe for cleaning breast pump parts… I am looking for an alternative to the name brand wipes and am a BIG fan of thieves oil.

    • As a Mother & Baby nurse of some decades, I’d like to share my perspective.
      I love it when mommas bring Thrives Oil products into the hospital. It is good against so many really nasty germs; but that’s in the hospital. When you are not in the hospital, unless you are not able, I suggest using soap and water for cleaning your breast pump parts is preferable over chemically laden wipes. As it happens, Breast Milk is actually chock full of macrophages which are cells that eat bacteria, GREAT things. Perhaps you can get away from using the wipes.

  4. This looks like a great recipe to take on the go! Like you said, you never know when you might need to disinfect in a public restroom or airplane. Do you make a larger version of this for home cleaning? Kitchen, tub, etc?

  5. If I have to actually buy thieves oil to make the spray, that is not a savings!

    • you can make lots of cleanser with one small bottle of Thieves. Not only a huge savings, but a cleaner that is good for you and the environment.

    • I use either Healing Solutions Health Shield (Premium Health Shield Essential Oil
      Blend information: Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lemon and Rosemary) OR NOW Nature’s Shield (Aroma: Sweet, invigorating and camphoraceous Attributes: Uplifting and energizing aroma ideal for freshening and cleansing Extraction Method: Lemon Oil — Cold Pressed; Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus & Rosemary Oils — Steam Distilled NOW Solutions Nature’s Shield is a contemporary version of the famed Four Thieves Vinegar that’s been used in various forms for centuries. Made with Clove Bud, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalytpus and Rosemary oils, Nature’s Shield is blended for aromatherapeutic use but can be used for a variety of other purposes. Purity Tested/Quality Assured).

      They are both a lot less expensive, with Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary Oils.

  6. I once worked in an office with very sensitive people, so many industrial cleansers were out. When someone would catch a bug, we would use thieves spray over their keyboards and phones to disinfect their area or cubicle. Loved it.

  7. I want to make a cleaner with thieves oil what are measurement for a 16 oz glass bottle

  8. How long does this last before going bad?

  9. much gratitude for this recipe: i am taking this on the plane with me!

  10. Is this a good spray to clean shopping cart handles or is there a better recipe to use? I love thieves oil so versatile and it smells so good. I use it to clean everything.

  11. Do you have a recipe for DIY Thieves cleaning solution – that I could dilute further in water to mop floors? Thanks.

  12. Love your blog and videos. I was wondering, I use the “official” Thieves spray sometimes as a Heath freshener orally. Is it safe to consume this with Witch Hazel in the blend. I usually buy Thayer’s from Whole Foods. Thanks!

  13. Does it have to be distilled water???

  14. I’m interested in the oils for myself, not for selling. Do both of your kits contain Thieves Oil? The video for the starter kit leaves much to be desired, it is supposed to show what the kit contains however the main thing displayed is the packaging box. There is no way I could see which oils come in the kit.
    Thanks for answering. GloriaB

    • I have the starter kit and it contains thieves and a lot more. I love it and use it frequently. Did you get your answers?

    • You can order much less expensive oils and make your kits, budget friendly, on no membership needed. I got 22 oils (including 3 blends) all but 3 are 10ml the 3 blends are 5ml and for $152.50 free shipping. Found my diffuser at the health food store for $50 by NOW and everything I’ve needed to make blends at the thrift store and health food store and a couple jars from walmart. 🙂 you don’t need to buy expensive oils to know they’re “pure” edens garden, plant therapy, NOW and many more non MLM companies sell 100% pure oils as well, for half the cost. Just have to look around.

      • How do you know the oils are not contaminated with pesticides? All oils are not the same quality and it definitely does make a difference in the therapeutic properties of them. Definitely do your research.

        • Only Young Living provides the Seed to Seal so I would research that.

      • Agreed! I grew up with essential oils, but as a grown-up felt I couldn’t afford to. Enter Eden’s Garden and Plant Therapy. Affordable, high quality and aesthetically pleasing labels. I have also been quite impressed by the customer service from both of the aforementioned companies.

      • All oil companies are not the same. Many of them adultererate the oils. Also, many of them have pesticides and other chemicals in them that were used on the plants. I have tried several oils and have found that young living oils work the best and faster then other oils.

    • There is a thieves kit!

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

    • 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!

      • I signed up with YL through you, ER too but was not added to the FB group. How can I get added.

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

    • Witch hazel acts as an emulsifier, as the oil and water don’t mix

    • Witch Hazel isn’t a must if you’re willing to vigorously shake before each use. WH helps the oils mix with the water. If you don’t add it, they will float. A strong shake will fix that, but only for a few moments. I don’t like using WH with my little one, so I shake shake shake before spraying.

  17. 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.

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

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

  20. 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!

    • I would use Melaleuca, Lemon and Frankincense instead.

  21. Could you use a plastic spray bottle instead of glass?

    • Essential oils degrade plastic, use only glass containers.

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

        • I buy YL oils also and with this cleaner you can use plastic Bottles because believe me you won’t have it long enough in there to degrade the bottle.

      • As Samantha said, high grade plastics are fine. When you buy the Thieves spray from Young Living, it comes in a plastic bottle.

    • If plastic. Make sure to read the bottom of the bottle, should say #1 Pet, #2 Pete, hdpe, and pp (#5) is okay for storing BLENDED oils. Unless plastic is nessacary though, glass is much better and holds up alot longer

    • Ummm no ma’am you can’t.. if the oils are pure, they will break down the plastic and cause the toxins in the plastic bottle to start to release!

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

    • 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

      • Witch hazel not ok in mouth!

      • You can ingest Thieves and I have many times. I call ingesting the ‘big guns’ as It can make you well faster when really sick. I have also used it in place of anti-biotics twice! 3 drops in a veg. cap 3x/day. It kills viruses and bacteria and has had many studies done that proves this, besides my personal testimonial of its effectiveness.

      • No bacteria, fungus or virus can grow in the presence of theives oil!

  23. Can you use alcohol instead of with hazel?

    Thanks for posting this great article!

  24. Use Vodka instead of witch hazel for internal use.

  25. What’s the witch hazel for?

  26. 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.

  27. 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)!! 🙂

    • Citronella oil is great for insects and such.. I always use YL purification which has citronella in it.

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