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How I Clean My Sinks, Tubs, and Toilets

How I Clean My Sinks, Tubs, and Toilets

This is my secret weapon, and the star of the cleaning show.

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I adore this cleaner. I add water, and use it for de-griming everything. With the cleaning power of Thieves essential oil (a blend of Clove, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, and Lemon) the concentrate has plenty of gunk-busting power.


Plus - it smells amazing. No more toxic fumes, no more funky odors. This cleaner has a cinnamon-spice-piney smell that reminds me of the holidays. Imagine it - instead of double-vision and headaches, you too can have visions of sugarplums dancing in your head whenever you scrub the tub. (Your kids can too! It’s safe enough to hand over the cleaning chores to your three-year-old.)

How to Get Thieves Cleaner

Scroll to the bottom to find out how to get your own 14 oz bottle of Thieves household cleaner concentrate.

As I said in my Countertop-Cleaning post, I do a heavy-ish medium dilution of 2 capfuls for 16 oz (or 4 capfuls for a quart-sized spray bottle) and use it all over the house…on countertops, sinks, tubs, and more. Just one bottle for all those things and more.

And the best part is…it’s just plants.

All you need is your Thieves spray, some baking soda for scrubbing power, and a sponge. No protective gloves necessary!

And no more of that green, noxious powdered tub and sink cleaner.

My Comet Years are Over

Did you know the residue from that green powder stays in the tub for days? Being absorbed through your feet, and getting vaporized into the steam you inhale?

I used to use Comet (with bare, ungloved hands) to scrub my tub…and would lose my sense of smell and get itchy bumps on the palms of my hands for the rest of the day. Yet - I did what we all do when we don’t have other solutions…I just kept on using it.

A barcode scan with the Environmental Working Group app will show that it receives a D for a safety rating. (I’m scared to know what other havoc it wreaked on my system besides the bumps.) Yikes.



Baking soda won’t scratch stainless steel, so this is a safe replacement for SoftScrub too.

It’s as easy as:

  1. Wet the sink.

  2. Sprinkle baking soda over sink.

  3. Spray with a medium dilution of Thieves cleaning spray (1 capful per 2 cups water)

  4. Scrub with a sponge and rinse.

For disinfecting, or after preparing raw meat: I always spray every surface down with hydrogen peroxide, even if I don’t do a thorough scrubbing sink-cleaning. Just spray down with hydrogen peroxide and wipe with paper towel for germ-free, bleach-level sanitizing! (Scroll down to the toilet section to see the proof!)

Shower/Tub Cleaning

  1. Wet the surfaces.

  2. Spray with a medium dilution of Thieves cleaning spray.

  3. Sprinkle 1 cup of baking soda over surfaces.

  4. Scrub with a sponge and rinse.

If you want a thorough disinfecting: Finish by spraying down with hydrogen peroxide and wipe with paper towel.

Toilet Cleaning


That’s right…I no longer use Comet on my toilet bowls. Took me awhile to let go of that one. But I now clean with these 3 simple and safe ingredients.

Again - Hydrogen Peroxide comes to the rescue. This biochemist says she wipes down her toilet daily with it and a little toilet paper. Click here to see the petri dish experiments on its effectiveness. She shows that not even LYSOL cleans toilets very well, you guys, but this stuff does. So I feel no shame in ditching the chemicals!

(Full disclosure: With Thieves + Hydrogen Peroxide, our toilet bowl actually seems to stay cleaner for longer than it used to! I mean, though I try to clean weekly, we’re talking it can last 3-4 weeks before it looks like it needs a cleaning, versus the 2 weeks max that it used to with Comet. Maybe because the oils cling to the surfaces and stick around doing their job?)

Toilet Bowl:

  1. Pour a capful of undiluted Thieves cleaner concentrate into the bowl and let sit 15 minutes.

  2. Spray under rim with Thieves cleaner spray.

  3. Spray toilet brush with Thieves.

  4. While flushing, dump baking soda (1/2 c) in the bowl and scrub.

  5. Spray under the rim with hydrogen peroxide.

Toilet Surfaces:

  1. Spray down every surface with medium Thieves cleaner spray.

  2. Wipe with a paper towel, top to bottom.

  3. Repeat spraying/wiping with hydrogen peroxide.

Cheapest Way to Spray

In case you’re wondering - no, you can’t combine the hydrogen peroxide and Thieves into one bottle. The hydrogen peroxide will break down and lose its effectiveness, so keep them separate. Here’s what I do:

Hydrogen Peroxide: I keep one in my kitchen and one in my bathroom for easy disinfecting. I buy a 2 pack of quart-sized bottles at Costco for $2.99, and put industrial cleaner spray tops from Home Depot on the top. I transfer the sprayer when I finish a bottle.

Thieves Cleaner: I do the same spray top from Home Depot and use it on a repurposed quart-sized apple cider vinegar bottle. Perrier sparkling water bottles work too. Pretty much any glass bottle with a standard neck size will work.

I hope this post inspires you to tackle that spring cleaning in a fresh and toxin-free way!

Click here for more toxin-free, but effective recipes for cleaning your house.

How to Get Thieves Household Cleaner Concentrate

There are several ways you can go about it!

  • Starter Kit: If you have the Young Living essential oils starter kit, you already have a sample packet that will make up about 3 bottles! It’s in the bottom of your kit. (This is the best way to get started for sure!)

  • Get it Wholesale: If you used up your sample, and want more, you can order it through your account since you’re a wholesale member.

  • Get it at Retail: If you’re not a member, text or email me at essentially.lemmon.made@gmail.com if you want just a bottle of the cleaner for the retail cost+tax. I’ll get it to you with free shipping if you’re local!

  • Get the Thieves Kit: Whether you’re already a member or not, you can get the Thieves Starter Kit …with everything you need to ditch toxins in your house, and replace them with the cleaning power of Thieves. Thieves handsoap, 2 bottles of cleaner, toothpaste, Thieves oil, and lots more for a lower price than buying them individually. Brilliant way to ditch all those toxins in one fell swoop!

How I Clean my Counters

How I Clean my Counters

How I Clean my Floors

How I Clean my Floors