A friend who is keenly interested in all things natural, found an interesting recipe for household disinfectant in the book Herbal Remedies by Christopher Hedley & Non Shaw.
The recipe is called “Four Thieves Vinegar,” and comes with an interesting little tale. I shall share both in a moment, but first, I am excited to share that we made this disinfectant at home, and it has actually made surfaces and counter tops around the house cleaner, without the unpleasant chemical cleaner smell.
Now here is the tale:
Four thieves concocted this recipe during the great Plague in France, so they could safely rob the dead without getting infected. It worked and they grew rich. When they were finally caught, they plea bargained to be given a merciful death in exchange for sharing the recipe!
1 tsp each clove, nutmeg and cinnamon; powdered
2 teaspoons each rosemary, sage and peppermint; dried
2 teaspoons crushed garlic
4 cups cider vinegar
Put the ingredients in a tightly covered glass vessel and leave in strong sunlight for 15 days. Strain and bottle. (We omitted the sage and peppermint, which are not easily available here in India).