Dangers of Household Cleaning and Easy Ways to Go Green with Thieves

We strive to provide the best products with the least environmental impact. As innovations in natural plant- and mineral-based household solutions are made, we reassess ingredients to ensure that we’re using the most current natural products for optimal efficacy and environmental sustainability.


The Thieves Cleaner formula boasts the most effective, 100 percent plant- and mineral-based ingredients available, including:

  • Vegetable-based surfactants like alkyl polyglucoside that are compliant with Green Seal and EPA Design for Environment (DfE) standards.
  • Biodegradable cutting agents like sodium methyl 2-sulfolurate and disodium 2-sulfolaurate from renewable sources.
  • Active ingredients like tetrasodium glutamate diacetate that are readily biodegradable and derived from food-approved amino acids.
  • The all-natural cleansing and disinfecting power of therapeutic-grade Thieves and lemon essential oils.

All of the ingredients that make up this formulation are ecologically friendly, come from sustainable sources, have biodegradable properties, and none of them are petroleum-based. Not only that, every one of these ingredients received a “green” rating from the Environmental Working Group website—www.ewg.org—meaning that they are “good for me, good for the planet, and good for the community.”


The Thieves Cleaner packaging is recyclable, but with the option to purchase the larger 64-ounce economy size, you can do your part to cut down on packaging waste and production emissions.


Tracy Gibbs, PhD Pharmacognosy—the study of medicines derived from natural sources—consulted with Young Living on the development of the new Thieves cleaner. The term “plant-based” can cause some confusion, so we talked with Tracy about what it means to have a 100% plant- and mineral-based formula:

“Basically, if you trace any chemical back to its origin, it all comes from nature at some point; the key is in the extraction process,” Tracy says. “Plant-based ingredients are those extracted from the source without the use of synthetic chemicals—typically by using water or ethanol. When you use plant-based, biodegradable products you have zero impact on the environment. It’s important to use a natural household cleaner because it’s what you do every day that matters. That’s what determines your health, and where being environmentally friendly counts the most.”

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