Homemade Aromatic Vinegar Spray – Commercial cleaners are produced with synthetic chemicals that may have adverse health benefits and unpleasant odors, especially if you have very sensitive skin or allergies. There are non-chemical alternatives made from natural household products that are equally effective.
Vinegar based cleaners are natural alternative with planet cleaning benefit. It is easy to make, safe, effective multipurpose cleaner. It is a powerful cleaner with disinfecting properties, it can rival readily available commercial cleaners and can be used to clean varieties of items in your home. It can further be fortified with scents from essential oils, which are biodegradable and planet friendly. Your all-conquering-cleaner is both natural and biodegradable, think about that!
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Vinegar is a natural product, made from plant fermentation. The commonly available household vinegar is a mild solution containing about 5 to 10 percent acetic acid. The acidic content of this super-cleaner makes it effective at breaking down grease, molds, and bacteria which lurks in homes wrecking health-havocs.
Furthermore, the acidic property also makes it a mild antiseptic that inhibit the growth and proliferation of bacteria. It also dissolves mineral based deposits which are alkaline in composition.
The Homemade Aromatic Vinegar Spray in this article will make 8 ounces of mixed solution, to get the amount that will fit the size of your spray bottle, you will need to multiply the ingredient amounts as needed. This recipe will create a solution that uses an equal portion of water to vinegar i.e. ratio 1:1. This is the recommended ratio for most general cleaning projects, but for tougher cleaning jobs (such as tough excessive mildew and mold), the potency of the mix can be increased by increasing the ratio of vinegar to the water to 2:1, e.g. 2/3 cup vinegar to 1/3 cup water.
- White vinegar ½ cup (distilled)
- Water ½ cup
- 12 to 24 drops of essential oil
- Spray bottle
- Measuring cup and funnel
How to Mix an Homemade Aromatic Vinegar Spray
- With the aid of a measuring cup and funnel, mix water and vinegar in your desired proportion to form an even mix
- Add your desired essential oil into the spray bottle
- Mix the resulting combo properly
- Label the spray bottle
- Store in a cool dry place and away from sunlight
To make use of this super cleaning mixture, apply to affected areas, rinse and pat dry. For tougher dirty areas, get an old toothbrush and brush the affected area. Your choice of essential oil can be one or a combination of the following depending on your mood.
Try these essential oils or combinations for natural sweet scents.
- Lavender and peppermint (invigorate you)
- Lavender and orange (lift your spirits)
- Lemon (brightens your mood)
- Lavender with tea tree (encourages relaxation)
- Other essential oils can include are; thyme, basil, rosemary, bergamot, oregano, cinnamon, lime, clove, eucalyptus, and grapefruit.
How the Homemade Aromatic Vinegar Spray Work
Vinegar has a low pH which makes it difficult for microbes to thrive. It is, therefore, a mild antiseptic, and should not be regarded as a broad-spectrum disinfectant. The addition of essential oils fortifies it with antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, making it a multipurpose cleaner. Its high acidity levels make it ideal for loosening mineral deposits such as calcium, lime, and soap scum.
Tips for Using Homemade Aromatic Vinegar Spray
For tougher cleaning jobs, spray the affected area and allow it to sit for several minutes
For buildup of minerals around fixtures, stubborn mildew in the shower, allow this spray to sit in for few minutes and scrub with an old toothbrush or scrub brush. Rinse and pat dry.
For disinfecting jobs, such as countertops, allow the spray to sit in for a minimum of 60 seconds then rinse.
For scrubbing jobs, get some baking soda, sprinkle the baking soda on the surface to be scrubbed, use with aid of the vinegar mix, create a paste. Scrub away with a scrubbing brush or Eco-friendly brush. The build-up of mold, scum, odors, and dirt will disappear.
To clean mirrors with this super-mix, spray the vinegar mixture and pat dry with a natural soft cloth or a baby diaper
To eliminate odor with this mix, simply spray around the house as a natural air freshener. Vinegar is a natural deodorizer.
Warnings and Cautions
Under no circumstance should you mix vinegar with bleach. It will form a toxic chlorine gas. Always ensure before using vinegar-based cleaning products that you are not mixing with a bleach-based cleaner product such as bleach cleaners, drop in toilet bowl cleaners. A combination of the two can be highly dangerous.
Do not apply vinegar on granite, marble and other natural stones such as those used on floors and countertops. The etch stone surfaces may be dull by acids in the vinegar.
Do not clean raw egg spills with vinegar cleaner. This will lead to coagulation of the liquid egg, and it will be more difficult to clean.
To clean hardwood floors, carefully test in an inconspicuous area. Some hardwood finishes may be damaged by vinegar.
Clothes iron often have minerals deposit, iron manufacturers often warn against using vinegar-based cleaners on the ironing surface. Read the cleaning instruction attached to the pack to determine the best method to remove mineral deposits.
Homemade Aromatic Vinegar Spray will irritate the eye on contact, liberally flush your eyes with water for several minutes 5 to 10 minutes on contact.
Essential oils should not contact your eyes, if it happens, flush liberally with water for about 5 to 10 minutes. Consult your health adviser if irritation persists. On exposure to your skin, wash with warm soapy water. Most essential oils are not toxic to the skin, such as coconut and lavender, which is widely used to treat insect bites, skin burns and many more.