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I made my first herbal-infused vinegar cleaner today. I had my doubts, but it smells delish, is super fun to use, and it works GREAT. I am never buying another all purpose cleaner or window cleaner ever again. No more huffing chemicals to get things clean and sanitized.

Crunchy cleaner:

1.5 cup white vinegar
bunch of fresh mint

Place into a clean jar with a lid. Let it sit for 2 weeks. Shake once a day. Once infused, strain with a coffee filter into a spray bottle (i got mine at dollar tree and they are awesome spray bottles ngl). Add 1 cup fresh white vinegar and 40 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Shake well.

Voila. This makes your very own eucalyptus-mint all-purpose cleaner~ Enjoy spraying and wiping everything you can think of because it is made of awesome and smells soooo good.

Acknowledgements:

Puritan.com for the oils

myspicesage.com for the bulk herbs

Crunchy Betty for the recipe~

Date: 2012-05-20 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ochenpryatna.livejournal.com
I want to do that! Maybe it would inspire me to clean things more often. Also, glad to know that Dollar Tree spray bottles are good ones, because I seem to have a talent for breaking sprayers of all kinds.

Date: 2012-05-20 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dunktank.livejournal.com
Yes, dollar tree spray bottles are great. I have 3 of them. If you break one, you can just get another one cheap. But they seem durable enough.

I'm totes inspired to spray and wipe things now. I hated to clean the kitchen before. I mean, hated it with a fluorescent purple passion. Now I do it happily in anticipation of using my cleaner. I feel like a geek, but in that happy way where you discovered something you think is cool and fun and don't care if it's not actually cool. :D I use it to wipe the babies' toddler table & chairs, high chairs, spills, counters, stovetop, faucet, everything that wouldn't be harmed by vinegar (which is almost anything). It cuts grime like you wouldn't believe. Glass panes on the cocktail table? You're MY bitch now.

I'm making a new infusion with rosemary and thyme and lemon peel. You don't even need the essential oil to make an effective cleaner, but I plan to add rosemary and lemon EO to this one. And possibly tea tree. I have a plain vinegar+water 50/50 mix that I used before that works great on glass & mirrors. It's not infused, and works sooo much better than windex. I'm just siked about the infused one because it smells so nice.

If you have fresh herbs in your garden, those will work great! With my mint one, I used the entire batch, stalk and all. Filled the jar with vinegar, and let it steep. Shook the hell out of it once a day.

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