Is Thieves Cleaner Safe?


I was in a budgeting Facebook group the other day when a lady asked for ideas on cheap healthy cleaner.

I, being a Thieves and Young Living fan, jumped in and said that Thieves Household Cleaner by Young Living was effective and safe around kids and pets.

Well, someone disagreed with me and it made me think. Is it really safe?

She gave me a link to an article on an essential oils site and I read it. A few times. The writer of this article is not entirely wrong, but not entirely right either. She doesn’t site any scientific research. She talks about the dangers of using essential oils around children under 6 years old.

The reason she’s right is that, as far as I can tell, most essential oil companies are willing to cut corners for profit and convenience. They have no USDA regulations or any kind of oversight to hinder them in doing so. That means they can legally sell you basically anything in a bottle and call it essential oil. That is not safe and she’s right to caution people of their use.

Essential oils that are not adulterated with anything at all and have REAL quality, are safe.

I personally feel good about using this cleaner all the time on everything!

I do realize that it’s hard to prove if a company has integrity and is unwilling to compromise quality for the sake money and time.  I do realize that everybody says they are the best. That’s why I do my own research and YOU SHOULD TOO!

Here’s what I found.

Thieves Household Cleaner Ingredients List

Water, Alkyl Polyglucoside, Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate, Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate, Thieves [Eugenia Caryophyllus† (Clove) Bud Oil, Citrus Limon† (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) Bark Oil, Eucalyptus Radiata† Leaf Oil, and Rosmarinus Officinalis† (Rosemary) Leaf Oil], and Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate.
†100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil

Here I’ve listed articles about the ingredients of Thieves Household Cleaner made by Young Living. Most of the articles listed require purchase to read the full text. At this time I have not purchased all the articles because that would be super expensive! Even though the full articles are not listed, they do give summaries as to whether or not the use of the ingredient was beneficial vs. harmful.

Alkyl Polyglucosides -Alkyl polyglucosides are non-ionic surfactants which are mainly used in laundry detergents, hard surface cleaners and personal care products.
The link below is a an article titled “Investigations on the effects of alkyl polyglucosides on development and fertility” They gave dose of 1000 mg/kg bw/day to rats and saw no adverse effects on their fertility or the health of their embryos. Alkyl Polyglucoside Rat Study

This link is for an article titled “Effects of dietary supplementation with alkyl polyglycoside, a nonionic surfactant, on nutrient digestion and ruminal fermentation in goats1” . To my understanding, it says they fed alkyl polglycoside to goats to aid in the fermintation of their food in the gut. It worked. They’re probably going to use it again. Alkyl Polyglycoside Goat Study

Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate – Is derived from renewable natural resources namely, palm oil. It is Produced by the reaction of between an acidic and alkaline compounds. A cleaning agent that can also be found in a variety of laundry products. Function: Plant based cleaning agent (Surfactant)
Here’s 2 links about what the EWG has to say about Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate
EWG’s rating
EWG’s Skin Deep rating

Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate – A coconut derived surfactant. Function: Plant based cleaning agent
Here’s what EWG’s Skin Deep database rates Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate
EWG’s Skin Deep Rating

This is a very short link to The Good Guides rating Rating

Clove Essential Oil (Eugenia Caryophyllus)
This is a link to’s description of Clove oil Clove Oil description

Lemon Essential Oil (Cirtrus Limon) Peel
I did not do research on lemon peel oil because I felt that the general public is comfortable with the typical use of lemon in general.

Cinnamon Bark Essentail Oil (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum)
This is a link to PubMed’s article on the usefulness of Cinnamon
PubMed Cinnamon article
further link to FULL article
PubMed Cinnamon article FULL
This is from PubMed, it is a short article on cinnamon spice and the essential oil compound it contains cinnamal. It does talk about it as a skin irratant/allergen
PubMed Cinnamon/Cinnamal Skin Irritant

Eucalyptus Radiata Leaf Essential Oil & Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Essential Oil
This article talks about inhaling eucalyptus essential oil to help with pain and healing after knee replacement. The full article is available free. Inhaling Essential Oil
I did purchase the full article in this next link, heres the most relevent exerpts. I gave excepts since I do not yet know the rules on copy/pasting research papers. I included a link to the abstract of the article. Essential Oils used to help burn victim
Case of Interest (Case B)
…….On day 7, Maria was extubated. The grandmother started using the essential oils. The oils were placed on the soles of the child’s feet and diffused into the air via an ultrasonic water diffuser. The grandmother used a rollerball to administer the oil and swiped in a downward motion on the child’s foot once. She diluted the blend with 10 mL of fractionated coconut oil and 1 drop of the pure lavender oil. The grandmother rotated the oils. For example, in the morning the grandmother would diffuse 5 drops of lavender in 100 mL of tap water and place a diluted blend of oils (cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, rosemary and wild orange) on the bottom of the child’s feet. In the evening, she diffused 5 drops of the blend of oils in 100 mL of tap water and used the rollerball of the lavender using the same application and dilution method. After the second degree facial burns healed, she applied the diluted lavender blend, one swipe twice per day to the left side of the child’s forehead. She thoroughly cleaned the diffuser every morning and dried it before use. This treatment continued for 71 days, until discharge…….
In comparing the course of treatment and recovery of these two children both received standard care. Nursing goals included minimizing their pain, prevent infection, optimizing nutrition, facilitating mobility, maintaining skin integrity, and fostering positive self-image. Both families visited daily and became engaged in the care of their children with the exception of Maria whose grandmother administered essential oils. Maria’s grandmother verbalized that administering the essential oils reduced her own stress. It also made her feel that she was doing something helpful for her granddaughter realizing that Maria often calmed down while the oils were diffused*. While the goals were the same for both children, Kesha was diagnosed with four HACs while Maria was diagnosed with one. Although Kesha and Maria were similar in their degree of burns (40% vs. 50% respectively) and length of stay (82 vs. 78 respectively), they experienced a different hospital course. Maria experienced more complications yet was in the PICU one day less and had a four day shorter length of hospital stay than Kesha. Additionally, Kesha** developed two blood stream infections while Maria did not develop any. This finding is notable because Maria’s arterial line was never dressed occlusively and was exposed to many stooling episodes. Kesha had five separate central venous lines for a total of 50 days while Maria’s line was in for 81 days. Kesha’s arterial lines were in place for a total of 30 days and Maria’s arterial lines were in place for a total of 18 days. Kesha had a total line access of 80 days while Maria’s total was 99 days.
*It’s my opinion that Maria’s calming down could not be placibo effect. This child was in real pain due to severe burns.
**Kesha is another patient in this article with similiar injuries. She recieved the same standard of care but did not recieve essential oils

Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate – Diacetate is a multi-purpose, clear, liquid chelating agent and preservative booster. Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate is made from plant material, readily biodegradable, with high solubility over a wide pH range.
This one has been the hardest to research for me. I have contacted Young Living for more info.
Here’s a link to the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database
EWG’s Skin Deep rating

This is a link to the page for tetrasodium glutamate diacetate rating/description

Here’s the email I got from Young Living

Hello Jenn,

Thank you for your email to Product Support. We are happy to assist you with your question.

Tetrasodium glutamate diacitate is the tetrasodium salt of the non-essential amino acid of glutamate. We hope this information is helpful.

If you have additional questions or concerns, or if we can assist you in any way, please feel free to contact us via telephone at 1-800-371-3515, fax at 866-203-5666, email at, or our Live Help feature

Here’s a link I found that talks about non-essential amino acid of glutamate


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