Here's how to save money by making your own vinegar cleaning spray #Cleaning#Do It Yourself#cleaning products#eco-conscious#eco-friendly September 2 2019 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Photo by Daiga Ellaby 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… Ingredients: 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar1/2 cup water12 to 24 drops of essential oil in the scent of your choice (I like orange, lemon, and lavender) Spray bottle (I use glass)Funnel 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. Tips: 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. How to make your own Borax-free laundry soap This recipe is Borax free, Naptha free, perfume and dye free, and about as gentle as it gets. It's great for babies, people with allergies or sensitive skin, and doesn't… Read More Use soap to save money and escape the Cleaning Industrial Complex! You know how you go into the cleaning aisle at the supermarket and there are about a thousand different products? You have products for your dishes, products for your floors,… Read More Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Executive Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Here's the easiest way to de-stem strawberries NEXT 6 of our favorite organization tools you can buy online Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] Oh! I’ve been going green but this is next level. For a echo like me this works perfectly! Reply For those of you who have lots of cats or can't use essential oil for other reasons, you can also replace the oils by squeezing half a fresh lemon and/or lime and strain the juice into it, plus a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol to prevent any acid-resistant molds, to get a wonderful citrus scent. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.