I love the way the Thieves household cleaner smells and cleans, but is it as safe as Young Living claims?
Before we get deeper into this post, I want you to know that I’m a Young Living distributor. However, I’m also very aware of the harmful ingredients in our everyday cleaning products so I’m going to do my own research before I believe what I’m being told.
When it comes to looking up ingredients, I like to use the EWG website as a guide to help me make better decisions on the products I choose to use around myself and my family.
So Is Thieves Household Cleaner Safe?
Let’s take a look at the ingredients and how they are rated on the EWG web site. You’ll notice that some have a rating, but there is no data to actually backup the rating. I was tempted to put “N/R” for Not Rated instead of the rating shown on the EWG website, but then I’d be hiding information so I choose not to do that.
Click on the rating to visit the EWG website for more insight on why it was given the rating.
N/A = Not Applicable
|Alkyl polyglucoside||B||Skin Allergies & Irritation|
|Sodium methyl 2-sulfolaurate||C||Environment|
|Eugenia caryophyllus† (Clove) bud oil||C||No Data|
|Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil||N/A||Not Found|
|Tetrasodium glutamate diacetate||C||No Data|
|Cinnamomum zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) bark oil||N/A||Not Found|
|Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil||N/A||Not Found|
|Eucalyptus radiata† leaf oil||N/A||Not Found|
|Disodium 2-sulfolaurate||C||No Data|
† 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil
As you can see the ingredients that are rated have either a B or C rating. I can’t lie, I was a little disappointed to see this because when I’ve been told about Thieves I’ve been given the impression that it was completely toxic free when in fact, it does have an ingredient that can cause skin irritation and another one that can be harmful to the environment. For those that there is no data on, I personally am not concerned.
The good news is, that it is certainly a MUCH safer alternative to let’s say Lysol, Clorox and other common household cleaners.
Speaking of Lysol, there are some ratings on the EWG website that are very confusing because there are products which are rated a B or C. Take Lysol 4 in 1 All Purpose Cleaner, Pacific Fresh. This product is rated a B, but look at what happens when you actually take a look at why it’s rated a B:
Wait! Are you kidding me? How is this product rated a B when there are other products or ingredients that are also rated a B, but have no concerns for cancer. I think this should automatically give the product a rating of D or F.
This is why I use the EWG website ONLY as a guide. I don’t just trust the rating and go about my day. I look deeper into why it’s rated the way it is to make the best decision for me and my family and I highly recommend you do the same. 🙂
Do I Recommend Thieves Household Cleaner?
Absolutely! It’s a much better alternative than many of the products available to us and although the ingredients show a rating of B and C, if I look at the meaning of the rating it shows very little concern for skin irritation or environmental concern.
How Can I Get My Hands on Thieves Household Cleaner?
There are 2 ways:
- You can get it at retail or member price (if you are currently a member): 14.4 oz or 64 oz
- You can become a Young Living Member and get the Thieves Premium Starter Kit.
Option 2 will give you member pricing from here on out which gives you a 24% discount. If you are on Facebook, you’ll also get access to my educational group and our reference group to help guide you through your plant-based journey.
Have you used Thieves Household Cleaner?