Under my sink you will find 10 bottles of method cleaners.. One for granite, one for glass, one for wood, one for steel, one for the bathroom, one for the shower, one for the toilet, one for the wood floors, one of the hard floors and of course one all-purpose because why make one cleaner for everything if you’re going to make oodles of other cleaners for very specific purposes or surfaces..
But this Spring there is change (and cinnamon!) in the air. In my monthly oil box, I am getting thieves cleaner! It is truly all-purpose. Thieves is a blend of 5 oils: Cinnamon, Rosemary, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Clove. All of which are amazing, all-natural, effective cleaner.
The synergistic effect of these oils is antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic! Plus they smell amazing. There are also some pretty cool Folklore stories about where the name Thieves® came from! While there are quite a few variations, but the basis of the story is surviving the plague. The story goes something like this.. there were four thieves who used this recipe to steal from those who were dying from the plague. Once in prison for stealing from the homes of the dead, they were sentence to haul the plagued bodies piling up. One of the thieves had a mother who was an herbalist; she made an herbal vinegar the men used on a fabric handkerchief over their mouths and noses while they robbed the dead. She supplied more of the same as the thieves took on their assigned tasks. The men survived carting away dead and decaying bodies without catching the plague, and the magistrates took note. The magistrates offered them a deal: the thieves could hang for their crimes, or divulge their secret and go free. They gave up the recipe! The tale continues to say that many others used the herbal vinegar and survived. A wonderful story, you can read more here.
This year I won’t have to bring 5 cleaners to the bathroom. Bring on the Thieves.