Top 7 Thieves Cleaner Uses in the Bathroom
What is Thieves Household Cleaner? It's an all-natural cleaner concentrate from Young Living. It's used in a diluted form with water to clean and sanitise. Based on the Young Living Thieves essential oil blend of clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, lemon and rosemary essential oils, the Thieves cleaner features all-natural plant based ingredients without any harmful chemicals. Find out more about Thieves Cleaner and the Thieves Cleaner all-natural ingredients here.
Watch the videos below to see the Uses for the Thieves Household Cleaner and the Thieves Cleaner Ingredients
1. Replacing Bleach to Clean Showers & Bathtubs
For showers and bathtubs we all face built-up soap scum, hard-water buildup, germs and grime.
"Showers and bathroom countertops should be cleaned at least twice a week with a disinfectant that contains bleach to help reduce the spread of viruses, fungi, and bacteria" according to doctor Paul Horowitz MD, the medical director of Paediatric Clinics at Legacy Health System in Portland bathtubs.
According to Horowitz, here's what can happen if you don't clean twice a week "Germs can line the walls (of the tub) and you can easily touch the surface and then touch your mouth. The dead skin cells that sit on inside of the tub can be contaminated. If someone with a cut or open wound goes in the tub, those organisms can infect that wound and increase the overall load of bacteria."
Bleach however poses a series of health hazards and concerns.
"Exposure to bleach can irritate the nose, eyes, skin, and lungs. Serious side effects of using bleach can include respiratory problems, skin burns, damage to the nervous system, asthma flares, extreme headaches, migraines, and vomiting. The most serious hazard of bleach to our bodies is that when mixed with ammonia, vinegar, or any other acid type cleaning material, it can cause dangerous, toxic fumes to be emitted into the air. These toxins can cause serious, sometimes deadly, side effects when inhaled. Bleach is toxic to people, animals and our environment. Bleach is particularly harmful to infants, young children and pets because their immune systems cannot fight off the harsh chemicals."
Given the health concerns of bleach, many people are looking to an all-natural bleach alternative. That's where Thieves Household Cleaner comes to the forefront. Thieves Cleaner can be used instead of bleach.
Use Thieves household cleaner to remove hard-water buildup, soap scum, to remove stubborn bathtub ring and to sanitise.
Simply dilute Thieves Household Cleaner in a water spray bottle, then spray surfaces and wipe clean. See the Thieves Household Cleaner page for dilution ratios.
2. Bathroom Mirrors
To clean mirrors, simply dilute Thieves Household Cleaner with water in a spray bottle. Spray on the bathroom mirrors and wipe clean.
3. Cleaning Toilets
Everybody knows there's germs lurking in the toilet. Though don't forget the toilet brush too - it's often neglected when it comes to sanitising.
To clean inside toilets, mix 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/2 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner to a toilet brush. Clean inside of toilet bowl and let sit for a few minutes before flushing.
To clean outside of toilets, mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray outside of toilet, flusher knob, on top and underneath toilet seat.
4. Cleaning & Sanitising Bathroom Surfaces
Everybody knows we need to keep our bathroom basins and surfaces clean and sanitised. Bathrooms are a breading ground for germs. Here's some of the germs lurking in bathrooms...
Gastrointestinal viruses that cause stomach ailments in humans. These include the norovirus, which you may have heard of in connection with cruise ship outbreaks. These viruses aren't just on cruise ships, they can be on your toilet seat as well. Gastrointestinal viruses "are easily transmitted and can remain on a solid surface for as much as a week," according to Philip Tierno, Jr., PhD, director of clinical microbiology and diagnostic immunology at Tisch Hospital, New York University Medical Center.
Enteric pathogens, which are organisms spread by contaminated foods and be carried in feces. These include things like E. coli, salmonella, shigella, and campylobacter. E. coli O157:H7 is particularly nasty, causing severe diarrhoea with bloody stools."
Skin and respiratory organisms, such as staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria, including the antibiotic resistant MRSA strain, and Group A Strep, known as the "flesh-eating" bacteria.
Dermatophitic fungi, like athlete's foot, transmitted by walking barefoot in the bathroom.
"Half of all bathroom taps have cold and flu viruses when someone has a cold or flu" according to Chuck Gerba, PhD, microbiology professor at the University of Arizona. The rhinoviruses that cause colds can survive up to three hours, so cleaning surfaces with disinfectant may help stop infections, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Other residual fungi like mould and mildew. "They [mould and mildew] don't cause infection, but they can exacerbate asthma and allergies" according to Tierno.
Scary stuff! Though there's no need to evacuate the bathroom. It simply means you need to clean! If you clean regularly there's little risk from the bathroom germs. "Only about 1%-2% of all germs are pathogenic, meaning they can make us sick," says Tierno. "There's a possibility you can catch something, but if you practice good personal, household, and food hygiene, you're at pretty low risk."
Make it a regular part of your routine to clean bathroom surfaces. Clean taps, cupboard handles, shower door handles, doorknobs and any other area that you touch with your hands.
Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water in a spray bottle.
To clean and sanitise bathroom surfaces, spray the bathroom basin and surfaces and wipe clean with a cloth or sponge.
Thieves Cleaner not only wipes through bathroom grime with ease, it smells great and doesn't contain any harmful chemicals, making the bathroom safe for you and your family.
5. Mould and Mildew
Bathrooms are a breading ground for mould and mildew.
Mould isn't just unsightly, it's linked to a host of health problems. Allergic reactions are the most common health effects of mould. Mould allergy symptoms include wheezing, sneezing, respiratory problems, runny nose, itching eyes and coughing.
According to the CDC Center for Disease Control and Prevention "Excessive exposure to mould-contaminated materials can cause adverse health effects in susceptible persons regardless of the type of mould or the extent of contamination."
In the past, most people have looked to use bleach to combat mould and mildew. Though you've just read about the health problems posed by bleach. Instead of using bleach, use the Thieves Household Cleaner to clean mould and mildew.
Use Thieves Household Cleaner undiluted on surfaces affected by mould and mildew. It's recommend to wear safety protection when dealing with mould to minimise your exposure to the mould spores. Use gloves and a respiratory mask.
When mould is cleaned, the mould spores are released into the air and can be breathed in. To help with combating the air-borne mould spores, diffuse the Thieves essential oil.
6. Cleaning Shower Glass
Thieves Household Cleaner is great for cleaning glass, whether it's in the shower or windows.
Use Thieves Cleaner diluted with water in a spray bottle to spray down shower glass to clean and to remove hard-water build-up.
7. Cleaning Tiles & Grout
Use Thieves Cleaner as your floor cleaner for tiles, wood and any hard-surfaced flooring.
Add Thieves Household Cleaner to your mop water. See the Thieves Cleaner page for dilution ratios.
For other tiled surfaces, add 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1/2 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray tile and grout. Let sit for a couple of minutes. Use a small brush to scrub stains. You can use less water for stronger concentration as needed.
Want to learn even more uses for Thieves Household Cleaner for uses beyond the bathroom? See how to use the Thieves Cleaner in the Kitchen here. See the Top 7 uses for Thieves Cleaner in the Living Room here. See more ways to use Thieves Household Cleaner here.
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