How I Clean my Counters
Cheaper than 409 or Lysol.
Safer than 409 or Lysol.
More effective on scum-busting than 409 or Lysol.
Way better-smelling than 409 or Lysol.
It was a no-brainer for me. Thieves cleaner has revolutionized the way I clean.
This dilution here costs you just $0.76.
Of course, if you’re a high-roller and germ freak like me, you could make it more concentrated for about $1.50.
I used to think that “chemical-free” and going “all-natural” meant more $$$. But…alas. It’s not true. A bottle of Lysol costs $3.50, and…well, it’s just not all it’s cracked up to be.
When I found this database and app by EWG (the Environmental Working Group) I couldn’t help but look up some of the chemical cleaners, and some of the “all-natural”/”green" cleaners in my cabinets.
I was shocked to find the awful effects that these cleaners have on our bodies. I was even more shocked to find out that even the “non-toxic” cleaners like Seventh Generation still had toxic ingredients in them. I wouldn’t have known that I’d been “greenwashed” by Big Business if it weren’t for the EWG.
The EWG is an awesome non-profit which has researched literally tens of thousands of products and ingredients.
Then, to serve us consumers, they give us unbiased safety ratings based on available research. Because those manufacturers and Big Business are just NOT telling us the full truth.
(Plus…did you know that Lysol doesn’t even kill germs thoroughly??? It boasts a “99.9%” kill rate, of course, which makes us accept the fact it toxifies our bodies, babies, and lungs. We think, “Oh well…it’s toxic, but I still gotta have a disinfectant.”
You guys … products like these are robbing us of our health and aren’t even doing what we expect them to. Check out the petri dish experiment results here.
Thanks, but no thanks.
A Better Way
This Thieves Cleaner Concentrate I have here is seriously lick-able. Safe for your pets, babies, and ok to spill even in concentrated form on your bare skin. I do all the time. (About 3 times during this photo shoot, actually.)
It’s plants. Cinnamon-Spicy-Fresh smelling plant oils. Plus some things like baking soda and sugar and coconut oil extracts (again, plants).
And. It. Kicks. Butt. Even on super tough grease and permanent marker!
Just take a capful, add it to a spray bottle with water. That’s it. Again, this is about $0.76. But you can always add more for more cleaning power.
I clean EVERYTHING with it. All surfaces and countertops, and even upholstery too.
It’s safe for:
So spray away!!
For a medium-light cleaning spray, use 1 capful to 2 cups of water. This is a good no-rinse countertop spray.
For a heavier medium cleaning spray, use 3-4 capfuls for a quart of water. (This is my default dilution, so I only need one bottle for all my surfaces, sinks, tubs, etc.)
For a super heavy-duty oven cleaner, or for grease spills or car grime, use 1 or 2 capfuls to 1 cup of water.
Let’s talk about the difference between cleaners and disinfectants.
The power of Thieves essential oil (read my post on it here), which contains the killer ingredients Clove, Cinnamon, Rosemary Eucalyptus and Lemon oils is in this cleaner to de-gunk and de-grime, but that killer power will be diluted heavily if you’re adding water. (It still kicks butt though.)
However - if you want some super-sanitizing power (like on toilets or after cleaning up raw meat), spray down afterwards with hydrogen peroxide and wipe dry with a paper towel. Easy!
Hydrogen Peroxide doesn’t have the sudsy/scrubbing/cleaning power of the Thieves cleaner, but it KILLS germs hardcore, just like bleach does, and WAY better than Lysol (see experiments here). BUT… with no toxic side effects! It literally breaks down into hydrogen and oxygen molecules!
I buy my hydrogen peroxide in a pack of two 1 quart bottles at Costco for $2.99, and add an industrial spray top from Home Depot. THE cheapest, and safest way to disinfect after a good cleaning…if you want to be absolutely sure there’s not a single bacterium left on that countertop (and since Lysol fails big time… #OCDsunite)
Check back later this week for more toxin-free, but effective ways to clean the rest of the house.
Happy Spring (and truly “green”) Cleaning!