Can You Use Thieves Cleaner on Quartz Countertops?


Quartz countertops are incredibly popular in homes today due to their durability, aesthetic appeal, and low maintenance. However, even quartz needs occasional cleaning to keep it looking its best. Thieves cleaner has become a popular natural cleaning product in recent years. But is it safe to use on quartz countertops? Let’s take a closer look.

What is Quartz?

Quartz countertops, sometimes called engineered stone, are made from ground quartz crystals combined with polyresin and pigments. The result is a non-porous, highly durable surface that resists scratches, stains, heat, and moisture.

Quartz is an ideal choice for busy kitchens and bathrooms because it is easy to clean and maintain. However, it is not impervious to damage. Quartz can be etched by highly acidic substances and damaged by abrasive cleaners or scouring pads. Therefore, care must be taken to clean quartz properly without causing harm.

What is Thieves Cleaner?

Thieves cleaner is a natural, plant-based multi-purpose cleaning product made by Young Living Essential Oils. Its ingredients include lemon, clove, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils.

Thieves cleaner is marketed as a non-toxic alternative to harsh chemical cleaners. It is said to disinfect surfaces while leaving behind a pleasant aroma. Many people like using Thieves because it avoids exposure to synthetic chemicals found in typical cleaning products.

Is Thieves Safe for Quartz Countertops?

Thieves cleaner has a pH between 10-11, making it slightly alkaline. Quartz manufacturers recommend using only neutral cleaners with a pH between 7 and 8. Acidic or alkaline cleaners can etch, discolor, or dull the quartz surface over time.

Therefore, most experts advise against using Thieves or any other alkaline cleaner directly on quartz countertops. The essential oils and other ingredients may also leave behind a residue.

However, there are a few instances when Thieves can be safely used:

  • Highly diluted Thieves (1 part Thieves to 10 parts water) may be acceptable for occasional use if rinsed thoroughly after cleaning.
  • Using Thieves on a soft microfiber cloth or paper towel rather than directly on the quartz may help minimize any potential damage.
  • For dried-on messes, apply Thieves to the cloth or sponge rather than the countertop. Then, wipe the area gently without rubbing aggressively at the stain.
  • Thieves would likely be safe for cleaning the walls, backsplash, or non-quartz portions of a kitchen or bath. Avoid applying it directly to the quartz surface.

Best Practices for Cleaning Quartz Countertops

To keep quartz counters looking like new, follow these best practices:

Daily Cleaning

  • Use a gentle soap and water solution. Dish soap or a mild stone cleaner work well.
  • Wipe down with soft microfiber cloths or sponges only. Never use abrasive pads.
  • Rinse off any cleaner residue thoroughly after washing.

Weekly Cleaning

  • Disinfect with a quartz-safe cleaner such as Benefect Decon 30 Disinfectant.
  • Look for stubborn stains and treat as needed (see next section).

Treating Stains and Spills

  • Wipe up spills immediately before they have a chance to soak in or dry.
  • For dried-on messes, use a non-abrasive scrubbing sponge with warm water and dish soap.
  • Disinfect any food-related stains with an bleach-free quartz disinfectant.
  • Use a poultice on stubborn stains if other methods fail. This draws out deep stains gently.

Avoid These Products

  • Vinegar, lemon juice, or other acids
  • Alkaline cleaners like Thieves or bleach
  • Abrasive scouring pads or powders
  • Harsh bathroom cleaners or grout cleaners


Quartz countertops offer durability and low-maintenance in the kitchen and bath. While Thieves cleaner is attractively scented and removes grime effectively, its alkalinity makes it a poor choice for direct application on quartz surfaces. Diluted, gentle use may be acceptable, but in general, quartz should be cleaned regularly with neutral pH cleaners to avoid damaging the surface while keeping it looking like new. Handle spills promptly and follow the manufacturer’s care recommendations, and your quartz counters will shine for years to come.

FAQs About Using Thieves Cleaner on Quartz

Is it okay to use Thieves cleaner on my quartz countertops occasionally?

Only highly diluted Thieves (1 part Thieves to 10 parts water) could be used occasionally if rinsed very thoroughly after cleaning. But in general, a pH-neutral stone cleaner is best for routine use on quartz.

What happens if I use full-strength Thieves directly on my quartz?

Full strength Thieves applied directly on quartz could potentially etch or discolor the surface over time due to its alkalinity. Always dilute and test on a small area first.

How can I safely disinfect my quartz countertops?

Look for a non-abrasive quartz cleaner that contains bleach-free disinfectants, such as Benefect Decon 30. This will kill germs without harming quartz.

Is it okay to use Thieves in the rest of my kitchen or bathroom?

Yes, Thieves can be safely used to clean non-quartz surfaces in the kitchen and bath, such as walls, floors, backsplashes, etc. Just avoid direct contact with the quartz counters.

What happens if Thieves leaves streaks or residue on my quartz?

Rinse thoroughly with clean water. You may need to use a gentle cleaner like dish soap and a soft sponge to remove any oily residue left behind by Thieves essential oils.

Is it okay to use Thieves on granite, marble, or other natural stone?

No, Thieves and other alkaline cleaners should be avoided on granite, marble, and other acidic natural stone surfaces. They can etch and damage these materials.

What are some good daily cleaners for quartz?

For routine cleaning, use a gentle pH-neutral soap and water, or look for a specialty stone cleaner specifically formulated for quartz. Dish soap works in a pinch.

How can I disinfect my wooden cutting boards and utensils?

Thieves cleaner or Thieves spray makes an excellent natural disinfectant for wood cutting boards, utensils, and other kitchen items that are not part of the quartz countertop surface.

What causes etching on quartz counters?

Acidic substances like juice, vinegar, wine, lemons, etc can etch quartz over time if left on the surface. Avoid exposing quartz to acids. Immediately wipe up spills.