Lavender Household Cleaner Recipe

Hereโ€™s a simple way to infuse a vinegar, for the purpose of making your own natural household cleaner. I used dried lavender because it smells beautiful and, because weโ€™re using it for cleaning our home, itโ€™s also helpful that it has antibacterial and cleansing properties. Which, by the way, makes this infused vinegar really great for skincare recipes, but thatโ€™s for another day. And, letโ€™s be honest, I did taste it and Iโ€™m thinking it would make ย an amazing salad dressing, but now I just sound like a crazy vinegar lady. Basically, youโ€™ll find a ton of uses for infused vinegars, but today, letโ€™s focus on cleaning our house, making it sparkle and smellโ€ฆ delicious!

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Use your infused vinegar to make an all-purpose cleaner. Itโ€™s amazing everywhere from windows and glass to countertops, bathrooms and kitchens. It works any conventional all-purpose cleaner would, but better because you made it perfectly safe and natural!

vinegar: Ruthlessly anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungalโ€ฆ vinegar is the boss! It also does a neat trick of breaking down minerals found in water, which is what leaves behind cloudy spots on your mirrors and builds up the soap scum in the shower. Itโ€™s also going to eat away at mold that grows in corners and in between tiles. Vinegar is safe on wood, fabric, chrome, tiles, floors โ€“ basically everywhere except: marble and granite (thatโ€™s because of its appetite for minerals) but in this diluted form, Iโ€™ve never had a problem on my compressed marble floorsโ€ฆ

lavender: Vinegar alone is already a fantastic cleaner, but when infused with lavender โ€“ it becomes something much more special. Lavender is a cleansing herb, itโ€™s anti-bacterial and will help to disinfect your home.ย The scent is calming and refreshing, and helps to relieve anxiety or stress. Itโ€™s naturally bug-repelling, driving away moths and fleas, which is why I like to spray my all-purpose cleaner in my closet, couch and rugs.

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I hope you try this recipe! I think it makes the best window cleaner that Iโ€™ve ever used and Iโ€™m obsessed with the scent โ€“ I spray it everywhere!

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Lavender All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe

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Author: Militza Maury | littlegreendot.com
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dried lavender
  • water
Directions:
  • in a glass jar, mix the vinegar and dried lavender. Seal shut
  • allow to sit in a sunny spot for 10 days
  • then, strain out the lavender and reserve the infused vinegar
  • to make your all-purpose cleaner: in a spray bottle mix 1 part lavender infused vinegar to 2 parts water
  • use your vinegar cleaner as you would any conventional all-purpose cleaner, simply spray and wipe! Great for counters, the refridgerator, windows, mirrors, bathrooms, kids toys and highchair โ€“ basically everywhere.
Recipe Notes:

Be careful on marble and granite as vinegar can degrade the surface.

p.s. I promise I donโ€™t put my baby to work but, that said, she loves playing with our homemade cleaners and to be honest, Iโ€™m not complaining!

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Comments (56)

  • I love cleaning with essential oils. My favorites are lavender and cinnamon. Thank you for sharing this interesting recipe.

  • Karen Teo โ€” Reply

    Will it be possible to use this lavender-vinegar as a fabric softener?

    militza โ€” Reply

    Hi Karen! Yes, great thinking! It would work great as a fabric softener. I would test it first – just to make sure there’s no issues with color transfer, since the infusion takes on a tint. Let me know! :)

    If not, you can create the same effect with vinegar + essential oil.

  • Cherlyn โ€” Reply

    Just prepared the mixture today, can’t wait! Is it 2 parts water and 1 part water for cleaning the floor as well? Do you usually dilute a large amount so it’s ready for use or only as and when you require it? Love your site!

    militza โ€” Reply

    2 parts water and 1 part vinegar is a good proportion to clean floors (as long as they’re not marble or granite) Don’t fill up your bucket too much – you’ll use up a lot of vinegar. Really, a little goes a long way :)

    A lot of times, I will spray onto the floor and clean with a microfiber swifter mop. Just to keep it easy!

  • Wendy โ€” Reply

    Hi Militza,

    Thanks for this amazing website!
    I am very interested to use vinegar as cleaning agent now!
    May I know if why are all recipes “infusing” the vinegar with citrus peels, lavender, etc. for days?
    Or is the vinegar alone a as good cleaning agent already?

    Thanks in advance!

    militza โ€” Reply

    Hi Wendy! Thanks for reaching out! :)
    Vinegar on its own is a brilliant cleaner – it will do the job alone. A lot of people are turned off by the smell, which is why I started playing with ways to scent it. That said, the smell of vinegar really does dissipate – it won’t linger and make your home smell like a chip shop! I promise :)))

    These days, when I make my cleaning products – I add essential oils right into the vinegar (to make it even easier to make) and just shake before use to distribute the oils.

    I still infuse vinegars for making salad dressing – which is so yummy. The lavender vinegar infusion (made with dried lavender flowers) is actually delicious!

  • kim โ€” Reply

    I love this cleaner i use it for the kitchen it works great

    militza โ€” Reply

    That’s awesome, Kim! It’s such a simple one – I’m really glad you tried it out and that it’s working well for you!

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