If you’re going greener with your home cleaning, you’ve probably wondered about using white vinegar as a replacement for commercial cleaning sprays. You’ll also save a ton of money since water + vinegar is CHEAP.
Here’s how to mix up your own vinegar cleaning spray at home that actually smells nice…
- 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 12 to 24 drops of essential oil in the scent of your choice (I like orange, lemon, and lavender)
- Spray bottle (I use glass)
How to make vinegar cleaning spray:
- Using a funnel, add the vinegar and water in a one-to-one ratio and mix well by shaking.
- Add the essential oil into the spray bottle.
- Shake well to combine.
- Label the bottle and store out of direct sunlight.
- Save even more money by ditching single use paper towels and using reusable cloths (even old t-shirts work!).
- You’ll see solutions out there using less vinegar, but my understanding is that you need a pretty high percentage of vinegar to get the cleaning and disinfecting benefits.
- Let the solution sit on surfaces for 60 seconds to disinfect, but avoid leaving it too long on latex grout.
- Never mix vinegar with bleach. Wear gloves and avoid contact with your skin and eyes.
- Don’t use vinegar on marble, natural stone, and granite, and test it first before using on hardwoods.
- Put vinegar and water in a bowl to clean microwaves and ovens. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water, then pour them into a heat-safe bowl. Microwave or heat the filled bowl until it boils. Let it cool a bit, remove the bowl, and more easily wipe away built up grime.