Thursday, August 29, 2019


We have a bone to pick with osteoporosis: What can you do to avoid it?

We have a bone to pick with osteoporosis: What can you do to avoid it?

Throw yourself a bone—keeping

 up to date on information about 
osteoporosis isn’t easy.
 That’s why we’ve pulled 
together some facts to
 help boost your bone health.
To start, this disease causes
a decrease in bone
mass that makes bones
 weak and brittle and more
likely to break. Want to protect
 yourself from decreased
 bone mass? Read on to 
find out how to keep your bones 

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis affects both
men and women, but of
10 million Americans 
with osteoporosisabout 80 
percent are women. According to the
 National Osteoporosis
 Foundation, approximately
 one in two women  over
 the age of 50 will break
a bone because of osteoporosis. 

The foundation also states that
 women between the ages 
 of 20 and 80 lose about 
one-third of their bone density
 in their hips. 
All the more reason why it’s
 important to keep learning and
 do all we
 can to strengthen our bones.

What is the main cause

 of osteoporosis?

A number of factors can
 contribute to osteoporosis,
 but according to the 
Mayo Clinic, here are some
 of the most common:
1. Family tree: If you have
 family, like a sibling or parent,
with osteoporosis, you are 
more likely to have the 
disease yourself.
2. Years old: Even though
young people can get
osteoporosis, it is
 more prevalent among 
people 50 years and older.
3 . Small frames:
 Women and
 men with small body
frames, because they have
less  bone mass to lose, 
are at higher risk for 
osteoporosis due to
 decrease in bone mass
 over time.
4. Insufficient calcium intake: 
A lack of calcium across a
lifetime can cause a lack 
of bone density.
5. Lack of exercise:
 Those who tend to
 sit all day, like at desk
 jobs, or who don’t exercise 
enough are more prone 
to osteoporosis.

How can I prevent 


We often think about
 building our muscles, but
what about the structure that 
keeps us supported? Caring
 for your bones while you’re
 young will give you the best
 results, but there is hope for
 everyone regardless of age.
 Follow these tips given by
 the National Institute of 
Arthritis and Musculoskeletal
 and Skin Disease
to help keep your bones healthy
 and strong.
1. Get enough calcium and
 vitamin D: Eating a well
-balanced diet and getting 
enough calcium and
vitamin D will greatly
help your chances of avoiding
 osteoporosis. Next time
you’re deciding what to
 eat, reach for things that 
are rich in vitamins
 like kale or spinach
 salad. Bone-appetit!
2. Get up and move: 
The more you move,
the stronger your bones
 will become.
 Weight bearing exercises
 like walking, running,
jumping, dancing, tennis, etc.
 are typically best for creating
 and maintaining strong
 and healthy bones!
3. Quit smoking and limit 
 Smoking negatively effects
your bones, heart, and lungs. 
If you smoke, you may absorb
 less calcium from the foods
 you eat. 
An excess consumption
 of alcohol may also affect
 bone health. Limit your 
alcohol intake; your bones
 will thank you.

Super Cal™ Plus supplement for bones

There are plenty of calcium supplements
 to choose from, so what’s unique
 about this one? Super Cal Plus
 was created to offer more than
 just calcium and minerals—it
 is a true bone-health supplement.
Here are just a few of the benefits
it offers to you and, more importantly,
 to your bones:
1. Uses a synergistic blend
 of bioavailable calcium,
magnesium, and other trace 
minerals derived from red
 algae harvested off the coast of Iceland
2. Features a dual-action
blend and a mix of
handpicked essential oils that help
 maintain and support the structure,
 integrity, and density of bones *
3. Promotes healthy bones
 by supporting the body’s
ability to resorb bone tissue,
 known as osteoclasts, and deposit
 new bone tissue, osteoblasts. *

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

DIY Cleaners

Make 29 DIY cleaners with just one bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner

Make 29 DIY cleaners with just one bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner

Thieves® Household Cleaner
You know it, you use it, and you love it. 
If you don’t love it yet, you will after your
 cleaning is transformed by its
 strength and versatility.
This powerful, ultra-concentrated, plant-based 
solution is a helpful and 
naturally derived chore companion—helping you
 clean everything from wood floors to 
shower doors. And the best part? It doesn’t
 have any of the harsh chemicals you’ve removed 
from your lifestyle. That’s right, you
 don’t have to worry about what’s in Thieves 
Household Cleaner. It’s perfect to use 
around everyone in your whole family.

Tips for using Thieves Household Cleaner

Thieves Household Cleaner is safe to use at a 15:1 dilution or higher for most non-porous surfaces. One capful of Thieves Household Cleaner is equal to approximately ½ tablespoon, so ½ cup of water mixed with one capful of cleaner yields a 15:1 dilution.
Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Most cleaning applications use 30 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner—more concentrated dilutions may be necessary for some uses.
  • For best results, mix only the amount of cleaner that you will need to use right away.
  • Before using Thieves Household Cleaner, do a small spot test in an inconspicuous location, especially on wood, plastic, fabric, and granite.
  • Do not use this product on soft plastics or vinyl.

29 DIY cleaners with Thieves Household Cleaner

We made 29 cleaners with less than one bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner! With 60-65 capfuls of the cleaner in each 14.4 fl. oz bottle, we had plenty to spare even after making each of these solutions. Keep reading to find out how to use Thieves Household Cleaner in all areas of your home!

Kitchen cleaners

1. Trash can scrub

Clean stains and deodorize!
  • Empty trash can and fill with water.
  • Pour 1-2 capfuls of Thieves Household 
  • Cleaner directly into the can (1 capful
  •  for a small can, 2 for a large one).
  • Let sit for several hours.
  • If needed, scrub stubborn stains with a brush.
  • Empty can and wipe dry.
  • For an ongoing fresh scent, place a few
  • drops of Eucalyptus Globulus essential oil 
  • on a cotton ball and put it in the bottom of
  •  the trash can before replacing the liner.

2. Stovetop cleaner

Tackle light and heavy degreasing.
  • In a spray bottle or bowl, combine the 
  • following:
  • Apply with cloth to remove buildup; when 
  • grease is gone, wipe clean with a damp cloth.

3. Garbage disposal refresher

Purification essential oil blend
Refresh the disposal with a clean scent!
  • Pour one capful of Thieves Household Cleaner down the disposal.
  • Let sit 5 minutes.
  • Add ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup white vinegar.
  • Let sit until fizzing stops.
  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil; pour down the drain.
  • Turn on disposal and run cold water for 30 seconds.
  • Pour 3 drops of Purification® essential oil blend in the disposal for an extra-fresh scent.

4. Wood cabinet polish

Polish your cabinets and 
eliminate buildup!
  • In a spray bottle or bowl, mix the following:
  • Apply evenly to cabinets with a damp cloth.
  • In the bottom of the 
  • dishwasher, add the following:

6. Oven scrub

Scrub away baked-on food!
  • In a spray bottle or bowl, mix the following:
    • ½ cup white vinegar
    • ½ capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • ½ tablespoon dish soap
    • 2 drops Thieves® essential oil blend
  • Avoiding the heating elements, sprinkle baking soda liberally on the bottom of the oven, and then spray with Thieves Household Cleaner and vinegar.
  • Let sit until it stops bubbling.
  • Scrub stubborn spots with a sponge.
  • Wipe the rest of the cleaner off with a damp cloth and rinse well, making sure to remove all baking soda
essential oils for colds and congestion

7. Microwave cleaner

Make your microwave sparkle!

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, mix the following:
  • Microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Wipe down the microwave using a damp
  •  rag—the heat and steam from the 
  • solution in the bowl should make removing
  •  grime easy.

8. Stainless steel cleaner

Make the outside of
 appliances shine like
 a mirror!
  • In a spray bottle, mix the following:
    • ½ capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Buff the cleaner into the stainless steel
  •  with a damp, lint-free cloth.
  • Wipe off excess with a clean, dry cloth.


9. Soft scrub for porous materials

Polish your bathtubs, 
toilets, and sinks!
  • In a bowl or spray bottle, mix the following:
    • ½ cup baking soda
    • 5 tablespoons liquid castile soap
    • ½ capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 3 drops Lemon essential oil
  • To use: Apply the mixture with a damp cloth or brush and scrub away.
Lemon essential oil

10. Cleaning fizzies

Remove buildup from toilet bowls and 
stubborn shower floors!
These cleaning fizzies are so good at cleaning
 toilet bowls and shower floors that we
 created an entire blog post
about them. Check it out!

11. Prevent shower soap scum

Get rid of water droplets!
  • In a spray bottle, mix the following:
  • Spray shower walls and door daily.
  • Squeegee excess off.

12. Shower head/faucet cleaner

Remove gunk and mineral buildup!
  • In a plastic bag, mix the following:
    • 1 teaspoon Thieves Household Cleaner
    • ¾ cup white vinegar
  • Attach the full bag to faucets and fixtures with rubber bands.
  • Leave for several hours.
  • Scrub with a coarse brush if needed to remove hard water stains.
  • Rinse well.

Thieves dish soap

13. Shower door deep-clean

Keep your shower doors free from residue!
  • In a spray bottle, mix the following:
  • Spray liberally onto the surface and scrub with a sponge to remove spots.
  • Rinse well and dry.

Living room

14. Couch and upholstery cleaner

Deodorize and clean 
minor spots!
  Combine 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner
 with 1-2 cups baking soda. Mix well.
  • Let sit for 24 hours to thoroughly combine.
  • Add 5 drops of Lavender essential oil 
  • for an extra boost of freshness.
  • Sprinkle lightly over furniture and wait 1 hour.
  • Use a stiff brush and back-and-forth
  •  motions to work the cleaner into the
  •  fabric; then vacuum up the excess.
YL tip: You can also use this technique on
 car upholstery, mattresses, carpets, and rugs.

15. Ceiling fan cleaner

Wipe off dust and built-up grime!
  • In a spray bottle or bowl, mix the following:
    • 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 2 cups water
  • Wipe dust off fan blades, light fixture, and ceiling mount with a damp cloth.
  • Dip the same cloth in the solution and thoroughly wipe down the blades to
  •  remove built-up dust.
  • Dry with a clean cloth.
  • Try this on your air vents, bathroom vents, and anywhere dust gathers!

Lavender essential oil

16. Carpet spot cleaner

Remove spills and spots.
  • In a spray bottle or bowl, mix the following:
    • 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 6 cups water
  • Mix well, apply to the spot, and blot
  •  with a clean cloth. Repeat until stain is gone.


17. Kids’ furniture spray

Keep high chairs, strollers, 
and changing 
tables clean!
  • In a spray bottle, mix the following:
    • ½ capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 4 cups water
  • Spray liberally onto plastic and metal and wipe 
  • clean with a damp cloth or 
  • rinse with water.
  • Test a small, discrete spot before applying
  •  cleaner to fabrics.

18. Car seat cleaner

Get solid and fabric surfaces 
of car seats stain free.
Mix 2 drops of Thieves Household Cleaner with
 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.
  • Spray plastic and fabric lightly and wipe
  •  with a soft cloth.
  • To clean the harness, mix a small amount
  •  of baby wash with 2 cups of water.
  • Gently wipe with a soft cloth.
  • Avoid hard scrubbing or soaking.
  • Let everything dry completely before using.

19. Wall art remover

Remove crayon murals from
 the walls.
  • Apply a splash of Thieves Household 
  • Cleaner and 3 drops of Lemon 
  • essential oil to a damp rag.
  • Wipe drawings off the walls.
  • Repeat until the art is gone

Multipurpose cleaners

20. “Get it all done” spray

Wipe countertops, 
doorknobs, light 
switches, and more.
  • In a spray bottle, mix the following:
    • 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 2-3 cups water
  • Spray liberally and wipe with a damp cloth.

21. Glass cleaner

Clean mirrors, windows, windshields,
 and car windows!
  • In a spray bottle, mix the following:
  • Spray onto glass and wipe away streaks with a soft cloth.
Citrus Fresh essential oil blend

22. Tile and laminate floor cleaner

Clean tile and laminate floors!
  • In a bucket, mix the following:
    • 1 tablespoon Thieves Dish Soap
    • 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
    • 1 gallon warm water
  • Use this mixture to mop your tile and
  •  laminate floors!

23. Deep cleaning scrub

Scrub stubborn bathroom
 and kitchen stains.
  • In a glass bowl, mix the following:
    • ½ capful of Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • Form a thin paste.
  • If the cleaner is too thick, add more Thieves 
  • Household Cleaner. If it is too
  •  runny, add more baking soda.
  • Apply with a clean cloth or a sponge, scrub surface
  •  thoroughly, and rinse clean.

24. Whiteboard eraser

Make marker smears disappear.
  • Apply a few drops of Thieves Household 
  • Cleaner to a damp washcloth.
  • Wipe board clean.

25. Glasses cleaner

Create a streak-free
 outlook on life!
  • In a spray bottle, mix the following:
    • 1/4 cup witch hazel
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • 2 drops Thieves Household Cleaner 
    • (use a Glass Dropper to get the right amount)
    • 2 drops Lemon essential oil
  • Spray on lenses and wipe with a clean, lint-free cloth.

26. Car interior spray

Get a spotless interior!
  • In a spray bottle, mix the following:
    • 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 2-3 cups water
  • Spray dash, cupholders, console,
  •  interior handles, and more! Then wipe with a damp cloth.
YL tip: Get into hard-to-reach places 
(e.g., air vents, cupholders) with cotton swabs.

27. Wood floor cleaner

Shine and polish hardwood.
  • In a bucket, mix the following:
    • 4 cups water
    • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons grape seed oil
    • 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 5 drops Orange essential oil
  • Mop your wood floors!

Orange essential oil

28. Reusable water bottle rinse

Get the funk out of your 
water bottle!
  • Pour ½ capful of Thieves Household
  •  Cleaner into your bottle and top off with water.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Scrub the inside and outside well; then
  •  rinse several times with water.

29. Blinds cleaner

Wipe off dust, fingerprints,
 and grime!
  • Mix the following in a bowl:
    • 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 1 cup water
    • ½ cup white vinegar
  • Use an old sock as a cleaning mitt.
  • Dip the “mitt” into the cleaning solution; 
  • go over each slat until they’re all clean.