Friday, April 12, 2013


By Jacquelyn A Close, Copyright 2013

What is Thieves Household Cleaner? Watch this 1 minute video for the answer.

Dr. Ed Close and I are asked by more than 75% of the people who contact us for help in addressing mold in their homes and office spaces: 

If I'm diffusing the Thieves Essential Oil for 24-72 hours, and that kills mold, why do I need to use the Thieves Household Cleaner on anything?

First, we strongly urge you to use the Thieves Household Cleaner (THC) for all your cleaning. It will save you money and protect your home, property, family and employees from the toxic chemicals used in most other cleaning supplies. Even so-called “Green Cleaners” pose many hazards (for more detailed information on this see our Brochure:  Thieves Household Cleaner vs. The #1 Household Cleaner, also compares THC to the #1 Selling Green Cleaner on the market. To order this brochure, click here:  PUBLICATIONS).

Second, we would like to make something clear:

Thieves Essential Oil does not kill mold. It digests mold spores.

What does that mean? When we diffuse Thieves Essential Oils for a sufficient amount of time at a sufficient throughput rate, then the mold spores are digested, or you might say they are eaten. According to a February, 2011, report in Science Daily, researchers Professor Lígia Salgueiro and Professor Eugénia Pinto with the University of Coimbra in Portugal, showed that "oils work by destroying fungal cells by damaging the cell membrane. They believe that further research into the mechanisms by which this essential oil works could have significant clinical benefits." This was according to a study by Salgueiro's team which was published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology. So, the mold is not just dead when you use Thieves Essential Oil. Instead, the essential oils destroy the cell membrane. Testing conducted by my husband, Dr. Edward R. Close, and verified by an independent laboratory has shown that the mold spores and fungal fragments for species that only occur indoors are no longer present, neither in the air nor on surfaces. Mold species found in the ambient outdoor air will find ways into a building, however, the Thieves Essential Oil has a residual effect and will continue offering protection in areas where it has been diffused for between 3 and 5 months, possibly longer.

Killing mold is what bleach, fungicides, pesticides, and biocides do. They don’t digest mold spores. They kill mold spores, and they leave dead mold spores and metabolites including toxic VOCs and toxic mycotoxins in the air and on surfaces. These dead spores, toxic VOCs and mycotoxins cause just as many health problems as the living mold spores do. That is not the case when you diffuse the Thieves Essential Oil blend. And so you know, not all VOCs are toxic. If they were, air would be toxic. A VOC is a volatile organic compound. Essential oils are volatile organic compounds but you will not get sick by smelling them, instead you will enjoy better health. But back to our current discussion…

So, why do you have to diffuse Thieves Essential Oil for 24-72 hours and then clean up and remove all mold and mold-infested or water-damaged materials? And why after doing that do you still have to use the Thieves Household Cleaner on anything?

Here things get a little more subtle...

People call many things mold. Sometimes it is mold, usually it is a fungi, but sometimes it is called mildew, sometimes rusts, smuts, or something else, but usually they can see it growing on something. Mold also comes in many colors: black, blue, green, pink, red, orange, gray, white, and others. Mold is typically seen by people growing on walls, floors, furniture, ceilings, draperies, clothing, shoes, tile, wood, grout, trees, anything porous and sometimes on things that aren’t or don’t look porous such as glass and metal. Mold is usually associated with water leaks, seepage, drains and in buildings it is most often found near windows, under sinks, air conditioners, heaters, toilets, showers, in kitchens and bathrooms, attics, on roofs, concrete pads, decks, on siding, and especially in basements.

What people can see and call mold is more than just mold spores.

Mold spores are microscopic and cannot be seen by the human eye. What is seen are the hyphae that produce Super Colonies of mold spores.

To help understand this, you can think of hyphae as the tree and mold as the pollen that tree produces. The tree is easily visible. It is tall and dense. But pollens are not always easily seen and pollen is far smaller than the tree that produces it.

The Asthma Center Education and Research Fund website states:

“A single ragweed plant can produce one million pollen grains in a single day. Some trees (conifers, for example) can release so much pollen that the microscopic grains form a cloud and can form a visible carpet on the ground.”

You can find additional information at their website:

So, just like a tree, the mold hyphae are much denser, much heavier, much more substantial than the individual mold spores produced by the hyphae. The Super Colony that is visible to the human eye consists of both the hyphae, also known as the fruiting structure, and the mold spores produced.

One square inch of what is typically called mold by most people will produce millions of mold spores.

The Asthma Center has this to say about mold spores:

“Mold spores can cause typical respiratory allergic symptoms. However, they are also can induce hypersensitivity, pneumonitis, bronchopulmonary aspergillosis and fungal sinusitis.”

“Mold exposure is associated with a variety of allergy symptoms. One study indicated that children exposed to fungal spores had a 10% to 30% increase in asthma symptoms for every 1000 spores/m3 of air. Another study revealed emergency room visits in New Orleans to be associated with elevated Basidiospore levels. This and other data provide the basis for established levels of 1000 spores/m3 or greater of outdoor air exposure as a cause of allergic symptoms.”

Diffusing Thieves Essential Oil reduces and eliminates mold spores in the air and on surfaces. It does this by surrounding the mold spore in the essential oil molecules and actually digesting or you might say eating the mold spore. The spore is then reduced to its basic elements and rendered harmless.

While this warrants and requires additional study, there is mounting evidence that the toxic metabolites mold produces do not materialize or they are also eliminated by the diffusing process and pose no threat when you diffuse Thieves Essential Oils. Thieves Essential Oil will also damage and sometimes kill the hyphae, but that structure is much larger in scale. To eliminate the threat posed by the hyphae, requires a more direct approach and that is why you follow diffusing with cleaning using the Thieves Household Cleaner.

So you know, we often observe that, after diffusing Thieves Essential oil for 24-72 hours, the Super Colony of mold hyphae and spores looks as though it has changed color slightly. It appears to be duller or sometimes darker in color than previously noted. Plus, we often see what looks like ink of the same color as the mold colony running down the wall, if the colony had been located on a wall before diffusing.

Using the Thieves Household Cleaner (THC) can and often will remove the remainder of the mold colony and eliminate the threat of future mold infestation.  

However, there is yet another subtle point…

Not every place you find mold will have the same amount of damage.

In some instances, visible mold may have penetrated deep into the surface and undermined the integrity of the material on which you find it. Water can do the same thing. But you can also have a small spot of visible mold (the mold Super Colony) that has not penetrated the surface of the substrate (a substrate is the material on which the mold is living and growing). And you can have mold spores in the first stages of hyphae formation and that would not be visible to humans. These early stage hyphae and spores can be attached to or hiding in porous materials and you won’t know it because they won’t be visible.  

If you have materials that have been water or mold damaged, they should be removed in accordance with practices that will keep mold spores from being spread to other parts of your home, work space, or office building. This is especially true when someone in the building is or may be sensitive or allergic to mold, and most especially when the mold you are dealing with is known to be toxic or to produce toxins.

Always better to be safe than sorry. However, you can have materials that are not so damaged that they have to be removed. In these cases, when there has been no penetration of the substrate, and you merely have small spots of mold, or a light covering of mold, the surface can be cleaned with the Thieves Household Cleaner, undiluted for indoor spaces and diluted 1 part cleaner to 4 parts water for exterior surfaces. This will eliminate the potential for that mold colony to produce additional spores. It can and will also remove some stains produced by mold.

We have seen entire walls that had light mold and staining and, instead of having to replace dry-wall or plaster, it was possible to clean that wall with the Thieves Household Cleaner undiluted and remove the problem. That is a huge savings over replacing wallboard of any kind. This type of savings is possible when the mold has not penetrated deeply into the substrate. Typical mold remediation bills run between $10,000 and $60,000, some are far more expensive. You can save two-thirds or more of that cost by diffusing the Thieves Essential Oil, removing water and mold-damaged materials, cleaning with Thieves Household Cleaner, and then diffusing Thieves or Purification Essential Oil for another 24-48 hours. This will reduce your exposure to mold exponentially. We have the individually verified laboratory tests to prove it.

And recently we received this note from a person in another state who we worked with over the phone and via email:

I want to thank Jacqui and Ed Close for guiding me in how to remove the mold that was discovered in my crawlspace of my home last October by a professional Environmental Engineer. I was told it would cost me close to $9,000 to clean up this aspergillius and penicilium. This was unacceptable to me. I immediately called my mentors Jacqui and Ed Close and they kindly helped me by giving me step by step directions. I want everyone to know how kind, caring, loving and generous they both are. I had to call many times and they always called me back. They both spent quality time with me and walked me through every single step.
Jacqui and Ed first taught me to diffuse my crawlspace with Thieves oil and Purification oil for 72 hours. The process consisted of making sure that the mold spores would not be distributed to the inside of my house so Ed taught me how to cover every single air vent in my home with plastic to secure the space. Then they told me to hire a couple of men who had experience but were not affiliated with a company. These two men came for a week and followed the protocol that Jacqui and Ed gave me. Ed also taught me that I had to purchase full body TyVek suits with respirators and gloves to protect my crew.

The protocol for these two men was to carefully remove the insulation and all the plastic overlay under my house and then they cleaned the area thoroughly.....and I mean every inch of this space for 8 hours with 12 jugs of Thieves HouseHold Cleaner. I then had my crew install all new insulation and new plastic overlay.

I then diffused with Thieves oil for the next few months.

I had my house re-tested by the same professional Environmental Engineeer a month ago and the results came back showing that the numbers were so LOW and undectable and that my space was so clean of any fungus or mold spores that it surprised him.

The best part was that it only cost me a few thousand dollars.

Thank you Jacqui and Ed for being there for me and for allowing me the honor to know you. With hearlfelt gratitude and appreciation.
Hugs, Gloria Frank.

5 Reasons to Clean With Thieves Household Cleaner for Mold,
Even When You Diffuse Thieves Essential Oil:

     1.    To Clean-up Existing Mold when removal of the substrate material is not necessary.
     2.    To Prevent Mold from establishing Super-Colonies that destroy materials.
     3.    To remove mold stains.
     4.    To Reduce Toxic Chemical Exposure.
     5.    To Save Your Hard Earned Money!

Eliminating sources of moisture is also still required and you may have to remove and replace some materials, if the damage is bad enough.
Here is the really GREAT NEWS!

When you diffuse the Thieves Essential Oil regularly, and clean your home or business with Thieves Household Cleaner regularly, mold spores will be greatly reduced indoors from the levels found outdoors, even if you can’t eliminate every single source of moisture from your building.

We have worked with people who had a historic home with a hand-dug, dirt-floor basement that had leaks in multiple places. The owners said they couldn’t afford to have the basement water-proofed. We recommended they put water vapor barriers in-place, which is far less expensive than retrofitting a hand-dug dirt floor basement with concrete and water-proofing, but they said they couldn’t afford that either. So the only suggestion we could make was that they diffuse the basement for 72 hours, and diffuse throughout their home for 24-48 hours, and clean every surface with the Thieves Household Cleaner, undiluted. We suggested they continue diffusing 8 hours per week every week, and that they use the Thieves Household Cleaner for all their regular cleaning. We went back and tested that home after 5 months and the indoor mold levels were still less than half what was found in the outdoor air. That was absolutely amazing! We had no idea whether it would work or not when we suggested they try it, and we told them that. So, we were as pleased as they were with the results.

One last thing…
Please if you undertake to do your own mold cleanup, please be sure to use the correct Personal Protective Equipment. What you need:

     1.    A Tyvek Suit that has attached booties and hood to protect your head and body.
     2.    Nitrile Gloves to protect your hands and skin.
     3.    Respirator or Face Mask – at least N-95 protection or better.
     4.    Goggles to prevent mold spores from getting in your eyes.
     5.    Earplugs to prevent mold spores from getting into your ears.

You can get most everything you need either through your local hardware store or online. Just do an online search for PPE.

And do yourself a favor and don’t purchase mold sampling kits over the internet or at the hardware store. These kits are a waste of your money. 

For an in-depth explanation of this and other topics, including how to find a local professional to do mold sampling and what to ask him when you do, order your copy of our DVD, Toxic Mold – A Breakthrough Discovery, and our book, Nature’s Mold Rx, the Non-Toxic Solution to Toxic Mold. You can get your personal copy of both of these publications by clicking here:

May You Always Enjoy Vibrant Health!
Jacqui Close

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