DIY Thyme Counter Cleaner

Skip the store and make your own natural, sweet-smelling spring cleaning staple.

101 Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health and Home is Jan Berry’s first published book filled with natural cleaning and beauty projects.  Well known in the herbal community, Berry is also the woman behind the popular blog, The Nerdy Housewife, where she shares soap making tips, herbal recipes and natural DIY body care projects. 

Small White Bowls with Dried Thyme, Castile Soap and Rubbing Alcohol

Ingredients for Thyme Counter Cleaner

Dried thyme, rubbing alcohol and castile soap is all it takes to make a simple, natural counter cleaner.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Berry breaks down her projects into straightforward, easy steps that make the whole process fun. Each of her recipes has an introduction explaining how to use the product, as well as ingredient substitutions. The book also features an extensive section explaining the common ingredients used in the projects and their benefits. In case you are wondering where to find any of the ingredients listed in the recipes, no worries. There’s a complete sourcing guide provided that will help you locate any of the ingredients listed in the recipes. So far, the projects I completed from the book have been fanstatic.  The photography in the book is beautiful and the projects are feasible; and better still, you’ll be making your own natural products in no time. Follow along, as Berry whips up some fragrant, straight-from-the-garden thyme cleaner below:

Small Spray Bottle and Towel

Thyme Counter Cleaner

Thyme has natural anti-bacterial properties which makes it a perfect cleaner.

Photo by: Page Street Publishing/Jan Berry

Page Street Publishing/Jan Berry

Thyme Counter Cleaner

Courtesy of Jan Berry

This recipe makes cleaning your counters a breeze! Castile soap lifts dirt and grime, while the water helps rinse it away. Germ-busting thyme is infused into common isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, which helps the spray dry to a non-streak shine. If you’re sensitive to the scent of rubbing alcohol, try using clear vodka instead.

YIELD: 1 CUP (250 ML)

  • 3 tabblespoons (45 ml) isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) liquid castile soap
  • 2 tablespoons (1 g) dried thyme
  • 1 cup (250 ml) water


White Bowl with Green Liquid

Thyme Infused Rubbing Alcohol

Dried thyme turns rubbing alcohol to a lovely shade of green.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Place the thyme leaves in a small cup or jar and pour the alcohol over them. Cover, and infuse overnight. Visual bonus: the alcohol will turn a pretty shade of green.


Fill a spray bottle or jar with the water, then gently stir in the castile soap. Pour the infused alcohol into the mixture and stir once more. Be sure to label your counter cleaner, so no one mistakenly thinks it’s an herbal mixture that can be ingested, and keep it out of the reach of small children.

Shake gently before each use. Spritz over your counters, paying extra attention to especially dirty spots. Use a rag or paper towel to wipe and buff dry.

Book Cover

101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Heath and Home Cover

101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Heath and Home by Jan Berry

Photo by: Page Street Publishing/Jan Berry

Page Street Publishing/Jan Berry

Recipe reprinted with permission from 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health and Home  © 2016 by Jan Berry, Page Street Publishing.

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