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DIY Thieves Spray

DIY Thieves Spray to kill those germs on surfaces and your hands!

If I could marry an essential oil, it would have to be Young Living’s Thieves oil blend. It’s ridiculous how amazing this oil blend is. It’s called the “virus fighter” and it’s the ultimate germ killer. It’s highly antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-infectious. It boosts your immune system like crazy. Every time I feel a sore throat coming on, I rub Thieves and lemon essential oil on the bottoms of my feet and diffuse them and by the next day, my sore throat is gone. I can’t tell you how many times this winter I’ve avoided having to go to the doctor over a cold. Thieves has been my BFF this winter. It’s saved me a bunch of $$ on co-pays!

Enter: Thieves spray. It’s a germ killer so I wanted a spray I could carry every where with me to spray on everything. Yes, everything. I’m that crazy lady that sprays down her entire airplane seat and tray before sitting down. I even sprayed the airplane window and shade (don’t judge). I bring it with me into the bathroom and spray the toilet seats. I spray the tables we sit at at restaurants and cafes. I use this spray as a hand purifier. I literally use it for every thing I can think of. Oh, keyboards? Hello! Germ hoarders. Your CELL PHONE? Majorly infested with germs. I feel like I’ve become a germaphobe after having this spray on hand. Young Living does sell a Thieves spray but I think it’s much more economical and fun to make your own :)

The best part? It smells like Christmas. You smell cinnamon the most but it’s got clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary in it. Bottom line, you need to make this DIY Thieves spray yourself and carry it with you everywhereeeee.

DIY Thieves Spray to kill those germs on surfaces and your hands!

Okay, here is what you’ll need:

  • 2-ounce amber glass spray bottle (it needs to be glass and either amber or cobalt in color since EO’s can break down plastic overtime and sunlight/light harms oils)
  • 15 drops of Thieves essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon witch hazel
  • A little under 2 ounces of distilled water

DIY Thieves Spray to kill those germs on surfaces and your hands!

Pour all the ingredients into your spray bottle, put the nozzle on, give it a shake, and spray to your heart’s desire!!

Oh, to make pouring/measuring out the liquids easier, I used this mini beaker set from OXO. It’s perfect for this cause it’s got the little funnel lip so you won’t spill over the opening of the spray bottle. And I love that the pack of 2-ounce spray bottles come in a 6-pack because I have made 4 of these babies and gifted them to friends and family. It’s seriously the gift that keeps on giving! Everyone loves the way it smells and it’s so easy and compact to keep in your purse. If you have a germaphobe buddy, this may be the best gift you’ve ever given them! ;)

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Sunday 26th of July 2020

Why witch hazel in theives room spray? Just curious, thanks!

Julie Wampler

Monday 27th of July 2020

you don't have to use it, i was just told to do this by a friend. i think it helps keep the oil and water from separating.


Tuesday 21st of April 2020

This is great! Do you have printable labels?

Julie Wampler

Thursday 23rd of April 2020

no, i don't

Bonnee Bongiorno

Sunday 29th of March 2020

Hi Julie and thank you for the thieves spray recipe. I was happy to see it because I wanted a big volume to spray and disinfect surfaces all day. I have the small pocket size spray and noticed the main ingredient is alcohol. Does the witch hazel replace the alcohol? Or can we add alcohol instead? I wish YL would make the thieves spray and hand purifier in large volume choices. Thanks so much!

Julie Wampler

Wednesday 1st of April 2020

i'm truly not sure what the "right" ratio is to make this effective at killing germs. i would replace witch hazel with at least 70% isopropyl alcohol, but again, i really don't know

Esther Godfrey

Monday 30th of September 2019

Hi! I’m curious if this is like the YL thieves concentrate, or is this not supposed to be diluted?

Julie Wampler

Monday 30th of September 2019

This isn't like the YL thieves concentrate


Friday 9th of March 2018

Was wondering why you would use witch hazel in the mix. Have made my own Thieves Oil for quite a while, but never used the astringent properties. Is this to break down oils so that it mixes better with the water? I note on another comment you stated you can use bottled water - which I would suggest not, but that is because of the impurities. And most "disinfectants" state to get the non-porous surface wet and let it stay wet for up to 10 minutes. The benefit of thieves oil is that most bacteria and virus can not live in the essential oils, so if you wipe it off is the purpose to take the oil and virus/bacteria off with it?

Pamela Gantt

Friday 23rd of August 2019

Hi Stan, I was wondering if you could share your recipe for the thieves oil spray without the witch hazel.


Saturday 10th of March 2018

I don't know why. I was just told this in a Young Living member group I'm in.