DIY Lemon Thyme Disinfectant (Vinegar Based)

I am going to be honest. I really hate food waste. So I am always on the hunt for creative ways to get just a little bit more out of the food I buy, like this DIY lemon thyme disinfectant made with vinegar.
|Written March 8, 2016
This post contains sponsored content by BayROC

That doesn’t always mean you have to eat the food!

DIY Lemon Thyme Disinfectant

Take this disinfectant for example. I made it with lemons that I first zested for homemade lemon pepper, then I juiced them for a spicy lemonade, all to end up here in this cleaner. I had a bunch of thyme left over too from a recent trip to the farmers market. So I threw that in also. Here is the recipe:


  • Lemon rinds
  • Thyme
  • White vinegar

Funny thing, many o green blogs talk about how great of a cleaner vinegar is. It isn’t. It’s great for disinfectant but as a straight up cleaner, it sucks. There are many green options that work; vinegar isn’t one of them. But don’t take my word for it. Check out this study from the Journal of Environmental Health. Still, vinegar still has a place in home cleaning.

This stuff is great at killing bacteria.

Don’t use it on marble or granite. It’s highly acidic and can f*ck up the finish. The solution is great for other green cleaning options. Add 1 part vinegar, 4 parts water, and a couple tablespoons of borax and you have a great disinfecting home cleaner. As you will note from that study, borax gets the job done!

Enjoy! And remember, there are so many ways to fight food waste.

DIY Lemon Thyme Disinfectant 1


I received compensation from Bay Area Recycling Outreach Coalition in exchange for this post. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.


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