Thieves Oil for Laundry

Thieves oil for laundry

Thieves oil is apparently “inspired” by a recipe used by a band of Medieval robbers.

During the Black Death, these unscrupulous men relieved the sick and dying of their worldly possessions.

Why they didn’t get sick themselves remained a mystery. Until they were caught.

Brought before the king, they were forced to confess, in exchange for a lighter sentence.

As it turns out, they had a secret family formula. So they knew which plant extracts would prevent them from catching this dread disease, which wiped out perhaps half of the European population.

At least that’s how the story goes, according to one of the most popular versions.

A company named Young Living now sells Thieves oil.

This is marketed as a germ-fighting blend. (There’s even some scientific evidence to back up the claim that it can kill pathogens.) But it has a large number of other applications. For instance, you can use Thieves oil or a similar  four thieves-type essential oils to freshen your laundry. This would be very useful if you’re washing heavily soiled items.

I finally got around to trying a germ fighter oil in my laundry. It did seem to make my clothes smell cleaner.

This was done as an experiment. I don’t plan to use essential oils for every load. But it’s good to know you can, in case you want to. For instance, if someone in the family had the stomach flu, it’s not a bad idea to use a strong aromatic while washing their bedclothes.

Another good reason to use Thieves is if you were washing something that’s been exposed to mold. I can’t promise it will help, and I have no studies to back this up. But I successfully used this recipe in my basement dehumidifier. It had a distinct smell of mold, and it no longer does.

The laundry cycle in which I sprinkled a few drops of a similar formula called Four Thieves/Protect my washing machine was filled with towels, pillowcases and a sheet. I’m not sure I’d use this strong formula on delicate clothes.

Thieves Oil for Laundry

I first learned about Thieves oil for laundry after spending some time on Pinterest. This is where you’ll invariably come across pins from Young Living distributors. These Mommie bloggers have come up with endless ways to use Thieves.

Thieves oil is top quality. It even has some research behind it, showing that it kills certain strains of bacteria. So, if you’re looking for some, it’s available here.

Thieves Oil Alternative

In my house I use another product made by a competitor called Fabulous Frannie. I use a lot of this five-oil blend, which contains clove, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary.

Fabulous Frannie, a small California-based company, calls its germ-fighting formula Protect. Until recently, it was known as Four Thieves. I’m really happy I found this oil. I liked it so much the first time I bought it that I ordered several more bottles the next time.

Fabulous Frannie Protect BlendFabulous Frannie Protect Blend


Fabulous Frannie Four Thieves/Protect smells exactly the same as a homemade four thieves-type blend I made myself, using some of the better known brands. I used it continuously last winter. I like to think this five-oil mix is what kept me healthy all winter. But I know I can’t prove that’s the case, or imply that anyone else will see similar benefits.

When I did feel a cold coming on, I put a small amount of diluted thieves-type oil on the inside of my wrist. For whatever reason, the cold or flu didn’t develop.

So I can definitely recommend Fabulous Frannie Four Thieves/Protect for potential germ fighting. It also seems to add extra punch to your laundry.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not meant to diagnose‚ treat or cure any disease or medical condition. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use essential oils unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional.

For Additional Reading

How to Use Four Thieves Oil

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