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Thieves’ Vinegar

  • Author: Chris
  • Yield: 1 to 1 1/2 quarts 1x


Thieves vinegar disinfectant cleaner – It’s frugal, safe, and leaves your home smelling amazing.


  • 6 to 8 cups of white vinegar
  • ¼ cup of whole cloves
  • 5 cinnamon sticks, broken up – (you can reuse cinnamon sticks from drinks)
  • ¼ cup of lavender blossoms or 5 sprigs of lavender
  • 2 tablespoons of dried rosemary


  • 2-quart wide-mouth mason jar
  • 1-quart mason jar


  1. Fill the jar ½ full of lemon rinds, leftover from pressing for lemon juice.  Do not remove the zest from these lemons. The lemon oil is in the zest and you want that to infuse the vinegar.
  2. Fill the jar with vinegar, being careful to remove the air bubbles. You’ll need about 6 to 8 cups of white vinegar for this recipe. Leave a 1-inch headspace in the jar. The herbs and spices will absorb the vinegar and swell.
  3. Put it on a sunny window sill where the jars will heat gently or in a warm cupboard.
  4. Shake the jar once a week. Allow it to steep for 4 weeks.
  5. After a month, or as long as you choose to let it steep you can strain it.
  6. Decant the infused vinegar into a clean 1-quart jar. Date and label the bottle. Compost the residue.


To Use thieves vinegar as a cleaner:

  • Pour it undiluted into a spray bottle. Spray directly on the surfaces that you want to disinfect and wipe clean.
  • It de-greases and removes both dirt and stains.
  • It’s gentler on surfaces that react with acid than using straight vinegar-like wooden tables
  • Leave the residue on your cleaned surface to continue to repel bacteria for several hours. There’s no need to rinse.
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