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Homemade Kitchen Counter Spray made with lavender, thyme and grapefruit-infused vinegar. Easy and Simple! #counterspray #kitchencleaner #dyi #naturalcleaner #cleaner #homemadecleaner

Natural Vinegar Cleaning Solution

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  • Author: Tonia Schemmel
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: homemade, how to,
  • Method: infused
  • Cuisine: American


Homemade, all-natural Kitchen Cleaner Spray made with lavender, thyme and grapefruit-infused vinegar. Easy and Simple!


Units Scale
  • 23 cups white distilled vinegar (a natural disinfectant)
  • grapefruit peel from 1 grapefruit
  • 1/2 cup dried Thyme ( or use fresh)
  • 1/2 cup dried Lavender ( or use fresh)
  • Or substitute essential oils: 10 drops lavender, 5 drops thyme, 5 drops grapefruit in 3 cups vinegar. Use immediately.

1 Quart-size mason jar

1  16-24 ounce Spray Bottle


Fill the mason jar with thyme, lavender and grapefruit peel.

Fill the jar with vinegar.

Screw on the lid (if using a metal lid, place a piece of parchment, wax paper or plastic on jar first then screw on lid- vinegar eats metal!)

Give a thorough shake and bless with intentions.

Let sit for 24 hours (or longer- it doesn’t go bad!)

Strain through a strainer. Strain again through a paper towel or cheesecloth-lined strainer, then pour into a spray bottle. Keep this full strength or dilute with water (use half strength). See notes.


Vinegar may etch porous surfaces like marble, some granites and soapstone countertops, so make sure to dilute with water and test first. A 50/50 blend is good.

This is a super flexible recipe and can be made with dried or fresh herbs, or essential oils.  Play around to find your favorite scent.

Other Antimicrobial combos:

  • peel from 1 or 2 lemons,  a handful of sprigs of rosemary and mint ( fresh or dry).
  • peel from 1 or two limes, a few 4 inch “branchlets” from an evergreen tree (spruce, fir, pine etc.) and a few slices of ginger
  • peel from 1 orange, 3 to 5 bay leaves and 3 cloves

Adding essential oils is also an option to boost disinfectant properties.

Choose one or two:

  • 10 drops of lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, tea tree, or cedar
  • 3-5 drops of thyme, lemon, or grapefruit

Another option would be to use essential oils in place of fresh or dried plants.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 3
  • Sugar: 0.1 g
  • Sodium: 0.7 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.4 g
  • Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg