Lavender Household Cleaner Recipe

Here’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 we’re using it for cleaning our home, it’s also helpful that it has antibacterial and cleansing properties. Which, by the way, makes this infused vinegar really great for skincare recipes, but that’s for another day. And, let’s be honest, I did taste it and I’m thinking it would make  an amazing salad dressing, but now I just sound like a crazy vinegar lady. Basically, you’ll find a ton of uses for infused vinegars, but today, let’s focus on cleaning our house, making it sparkle and smell… delicious!

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Use your infused vinegar to make an all-purpose cleaner. It’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-fungal… 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. It’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 – basically everywhere except: marble and granite (that’s because of its appetite for minerals) but in this diluted form, I’ve never had a problem on my compressed marble floors…

lavender: Vinegar alone is already a fantastic cleaner, but when infused with lavender – it becomes something much more special. Lavender is a cleansing herb, it’s anti-bacterial and will help to disinfect your home. The scent is calming and refreshing, and helps to relieve anxiety or stress. It’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 I’ve ever used and I’m obsessed with the scent – I spray it everywhere!

Lavender All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe | littlegreendot.com

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 – basically everywhere.
Recipe Notes:

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

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

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Comments (58)

  • militza
    Lorenia Reply

    I just tried it and I love it

    militza

    Hi! That’s so great to hear, hope it makes cleaning a little more enjoyable! :)

  • militza

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

  • militza
    Karen Teo Reply

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

    militza

    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.

  • militza
    Cherlyn 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

    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!

  • militza
    Wendy 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

    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!

  • militza
    kim Reply

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

    militza

    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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