Surely by now most people have either seen the orange peel in vinegar method of creating a natural kitchen cleaner. There may even be a few recipes that call for adding in essential oils to give it even that much more of a antimicrobial kick. Well, yes-this is a bit similar. I’ve taken the basic idea of orange peels in vinegar and doctored it up a bit.
I tend to like to stay away from using essential oils because while I have studied herbalism for several years, I have not spent one dime on any aromatherapy courses. I strongly feel that essential oils are VASTLY over used-and by people who do NOT know how to safely use them. So, this recipe has taken the idea of the essential oils of certain plants and incorporated the use of the whole plant instead.
- Orange peels
- Whole cloves
- Cinnamon sticks
- Fresh rosemary
- Fresh lavender
- Distilled white vinegar
The recipe is a simple as you would think-combine all the herbs in a large mason jar and cover with the vinegar. Let sit for 2+weeks and strain. Pour vinegar about 1/4 into a spray bottle and fill with water. Voila! You now have a great smelling, effective all-purpose cleaner that utilizes the anti-microbial properties of plants without the potential dangers of using volatile essential oils.
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