Homemade Vinegar House Cleaner

Homemade Vinegar House Cleaner

Growing up my mother used vinegar to clean our house. To this day I do not like the smell of vinegar. Maybe it was the mandatory cleaning Saturdays I had the privilege of partaking in mixed with the strong vinegar smell. I am not sure. However, as an adult, I can't deny the powerful cleaning benefits of vinegar, and the fact that it is a much cheaper cleaning agent option, in comparison to major cleaning brands. I have come to appreciate the benefits of cleaning with vinegar.

To subside the strong vinegar smell, I stumbled upon a video from Good Housekeeping's Instagram feed (permanent article can be found here) that showcased infusing herbs and essential oils to create a natural aroma for this potent cleaner. I was inspired to create my own, homemade version. I am so happy with the fresh smelling results. 

Before I share how to create your own vinegar cleaner I want to note that vinegar is acidic and can be dangerous for certain areas in your home like granite or marble surfaces. I like to use vinegar to clean in my fridge, microwave, sink and tile floors. Here are two helpful articles that highlight areas where vinegar is a great cleaning agent in your home: here and here

Homemade Vinegar House Cleaner

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To make your own version of homemade vinegar cleaner, you will need: 

  • 1/2 part vinegar and 1/2 part water. For the 16 oz bottles, I used 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water.
  • Glass container. I love these spray bottles from Amazon. I wanted a spray option for easier cleaning. They are reusable and great quality. However, mason jars with a lid are also a good option.
  • Herbs. I used 3 sprigs of rosemary and 2 sprigs of lemon eucalyptus from my mother's herb garden. You can also use your favorite essential oil.
  • Homemade Vinegar House Cleaner

    Step 1: Mix 1 cup of vinegar with 1 cup of water. 

    Homemade Vinegar House Cleaner

    Step 2: To avoid mess you can either use a funnel or pour your mixture in the sink into the glass container. Make sure to leave a little room at the top for your herbs. 

    Homemade Vinegar House Cleaner

    Step 3: Place 2-3 sprigs of your favorite, long-lasting herb into the vinegar and water solution. You can also use essential oils on their own or in combination with the herbs. This part is completely up to you. I used rosemary and lemon eucalyptus because my mother had plenty in her herb garden, and I like the smell of both herbs. 

    Homemade Vinegar House Cleaner

    Step 4: Let your homemade vinegar cleaner sit for one week. Then clean to your heart's desire. 

    Homemade Vinegar House Cleaner

    Do you use vinegar in your cleaning? Do you add any herbs or essential oils?