Do you clean with vinegar? I used to be a bleach addict until I had children and started
obsessing getting concerned about their safety and the toxicity of the cleaning supplies I used in our home. Enter the amazing and versatile vinegar! You might remember that I used it in my tutorial about how to clean your sink naturally, well today I’m sharing how I use it in everyday quick cleaning!
I love using vinegar to quickly wipe down counters and cabinets but the smell isn’t always exactly what I want for the house. By infusing citrus and herbs into the vinegar it helps reduce (not eliminate) the strength of the vinegar smell while leave a pleasant aroma that lingers. And it’s inexpensive and easy! For this recipe I use oranges and basil to spice up my standard vinegar cleaner.
Whenever I peel oranges or lemons I throw the peels in the freezer until I need them later for uses like this. For a large 16 oz mason jar I use the peels of four oranges and about 4-5 sprigs of basil that is somehow miraculously still growing on my front porch. Add your peels and basil to the jar and fill to the top with vinegar. Tighten the top and let sit for a minimum of ten days.
When you are ready to use your cleaner fill a clean spray bottle half way with the vinegar mixture (liquid portion only-leave the peels and basil in the jar) then add water until full. I use a small spray bottle and refill regularly, I like to let my cleaner “marinate” until I’ve used all of the vinegar solution. I don’t keep the solution longer than one month to prevent any spoiling.
That’s it! An easy, sweet smelling, all natural cleaning solution! For more tips on using natural products in your home, check out these posts: