Hey guys! Today I’m sharing a few tips on how I spring clean. I used to be a clean freak, like clean windows and floors once a week kind of clean freak, before kids. Now I just stick to the basics and keep things tidy as much as possible. I recently cleaned out my entire cleaning cabinet and made my own cleaning products with, get ready, ONE product. Thieves is a cleaner made by Young Living that is intended to replace all of your products that are probably full of toxins and chemicals you don’t need in your life. So first things first, if you don’t have Thieves click here and order your Thieves starter kit. One bottle of concentrate has lasted us almost a year so the amount of concentrate that comes in your kit (2 bottles) will last 1-2 years. I HIGHLY recommend you look up all of the products that you use for cleaning (some of them you probably use daily, like kitchen countertop cleaner) on the Think Dirty app to see what your workin with. I use Thieves cleaner for all my spring cleaning, here’s how I do it in 5 days.
How To Spring Clean in 5 Days | Without Chemicals
Tips for Success
- Make a list of everything you want to get done over the course of 1-2 weeks. Things like decluttering, cleaning rooms, dusting, grout, baseboards, windows, etc. I’ll share my list below.
- Plan out what you’ll need for each task (glass cleaner, sponges, paper towel, trash bags, etc.)
- Do one thing/room a day so you don’t get overwhelmed. This one is hard for me because I like to get everything done in a day like I used to before kids, but not it’s just not possible to do that so I go in sections.
- Do your cleaning in the morning if you can. If you work in the morning then plan to do it on your day off. The earlier the better and the more motivated you’ll be.
- Just start. Once you have everything planned out just start, it’s like working out or anything you procrastinate with, the hardest part is just getting there/starting. Turn up the music and get going.
Plan It Out
Here is my list of things I need to get done for “spring cleaning”. These are things I do not do regularly, like every week or every month. I can make a list and tips on those types of chores too if you’d like! Let me know in the comments if you like cleaning posts. I can also do a video if you prefer.
grout + floors
- clean grout in the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms
- clean out cracks in the main floor (we have hardwood that has spaces in between some boards)
- vacuum under beds and areas that don’t get regularly cleaned
- defunk carpet by sprinkling carpet powder (recipe below) all over, let sit for an hour, then vacuum up
- products needed: grout cleaner and sponge, rags, vacuum
windows + blinds
- clean all windows + dust all blinds
- I dust everything with a duster or with my vacuum attachment then spray down and wipe
- products needed: glass cleaner, paper towel, duster
baseboards + dust
- vacuum all baseboards, then spray down and wipe
- dust walls and ceilings with duster or vacuum attachment
- products needed: all-purpose cleaner, paper towel, Swiffer with microfiber towels
- kids toys // we go through all toys once a month and donate a few otherwise we’d be overwhelmed with stuff
- my closet // same with my closet, I go through once a year and donate things I haven’t used in a year
- girls closets // I store all outgrown items of Emery for Zara and donate all of Zara’s old stuff
- storage room // this gets done probably once a year, we go through and donate all things that we haven’t used in a year.
- products needed: glass cleaner, paper towel
clean cabinets + appliances
- use your Thieves all-purpose cleaner to wash all cabinets inside and out
- use the same cleaner to wipe down all appliances like the fridge (inside and out), inside the dishwasher, inside the microwave, and oven. For the oven, I also use a DIY soft scrub.
- products needed: all-purpose cleaner, scrub brush, paper towel
- by doing so you become a Young Living member and get 24% off products, it’s sort of like a Costco membership
- there is no monthly fee or minimum purchase
- You have the option to join Essential Rewards to get a monthly wellness box *curated by you* delivered each month, this is totally optional but the best thing I’ve ever done
- You also join my Young Living team if you use my link, which means I get to share my knowledge and resources with you!
- I welcome new members with open arms and love loving on you!
What is Thieves?
First, what is thieves? Thieves is an essential oil blend of:
- Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove) bud oil
- Citrus limon (Lemon) peel oil
- Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon) bark oil
- Eucalyptus radiata leaf oil
- Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf oil
Thieves household cleaner is a highly concentrated cleaner made with thieves oil and other ingredients that can be used to replace all household cleaners by diluting/mixing. My favorite part is knowing that I can clean anything in the house, top to bottom, and know it’s safe for the whole family. It smells like Christmas instead of a chemical bomb went off after you spend a day of cleaning which is also AMAZING. It’s EXTREMELY cost-effective. One bottle of Thieves cleaner ($22) makes around 20 bottles of cleaner making each bottle about $1 (ONE BUCK) and I promise it’ll work the same if not better than your other cleaners. You need to try it for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.
All-Purpose Cleaner (16 oz glass spray bottle)
1 cap of Thieves Cleaner (optional add 5 drops of essential oil like lavender or orange) +fill to the top with water
Glass Cleaner (16 oz glass spray bottle)
1 cap of Thieves cleaner, 1 tsp white vinegar, (optional add 5 drops of essential oil like citrus fresh) +fill to top with water
Hardwood Floor Cleaner (16 oz glass spray bottle)
1 cap of Thieves cleaner, a splash of olive oil, 5 drops of essential oil like orange, pine, citrus fresh.
Easy Peasy Refillable Sponge Cleaner
1 cap of Thieves cleaner, 1 tsp of Thieves dish soap, fill with water.
Heavy Degreaser (for the stove, grout, shower, etc) (in a 16 oz glass spray bottle)
2 caps of Thieves cleaner, 10 drops of lemon essential oil
1 cup baking soda, 10 drops of your favorite essential oil
DIY Soft Scrub
2 cup baking soda, 3-4 tbsp water, 10 drops EO like lemon or citrus fresh, 3 tbsp Thieves cleaner, mix together in a glass jar
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Are you ready to get your spring cleaning on with Thieves? The Thieves starter kit is only $125 and will last you so long. One bottle of Thieves household cleaner has lasted me 6 months now and I still have about a quarter of the bottle left. You get TWO bottles in the kit so that should last you anywhere from 1-2 years.
Special just for my readers: DM me on Instagram (@toreynoora.oils) after you get your kit and I will send you $25 back via Venmo or Paypal. That makes the kit just $100, what?!
Here’s what comes in the Thieves kit:
- Thieves® 15-ml
- Thieves® AromaBright™ Toothpaste
- Thieves® Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash
- 2 Thieves® Household Cleaner
- 2 Thieves® Foaming Hand Soap
- 2 Thieves® Spray
- 2 Thieves® Waterless Hand Purifier
- Essential Oil Magazine
Let me know if you need help walking through the checkout process or have any questions! ALSO, let me know if you want a sample of this cleaning superhero!
I hope you found some helpful tips! When do you start spring cleaning? I like to start when I can open the windows and air the house out. It’s one of my favorite times of the year!