Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Making Lavender Infused Cleaning Products


Making your own cleaning products has made a comeback as many homemakers seek to save money and remove creepy chemicals from their homes. Most of the recipes involve vinegar, water and essential oils. The addition of essential oils encourages a sweet scent and adds a zest of cleaning power to your solution. However...


The oils can really add up! Instead of constantly dropping those expensive ingredients into your concoctions, why not create your own lavender based vinegar to clean with? All you need is a lovely lavender bush (or access to someone else's who doesn't mind a foraging hand) and white vinegar.


We are in love with lavender in our home! Candles, sachets and soaps… Anything infused with the intoxicating scent instantly becomes special. Dare I go a step further and say "housecleaning" products can make daily duties shine? Why not? 

"The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely."
~ Louisa May Alcott


To make your own frugal and fresh scented, lavender cleaning products, simply snip into a clean jar, lots of lavender. This is honestly too easy to make a tutorial out of but since I have so many pictures, please humor me :)


I was short on the flowers due to a prior project so I added a lot of leaves to my mix though you will have a superior infusion with the purple flowers. (Edited to add: My second batch made with pure lavender flowers was nice but I actually preferred the fragrance with the blend of flowers and leaves. I think the addition of the leaves produced better results!)


Once your jar is packed full, cover the contents with white household vinegar. Make sure the lavender is submerged to keep it from molding. 


Lastly, cap your blend with a plastic lid. Let this infusion sit in a sunny spot for three to four weeks. You can replenish the old lavender with a fresh supply after a few weeks to get a stronger product.


Once the month is up, strain and discard the lavender. The lavender infused vinegar is now ready for service and smells heavenly! The scent is absolutely superior than the counterpart recipe using the essential oils.


Make sure you use a fine strainer so that you don't have any particles in your cleaning solution.


Mine came out gold in color because I had so many leaves but it will be a lavender tint if you use more of the flowers.


Ideas for Use:

Use a 50/50 mixture of lavender infused vinegar and water for an all purpose cleaner.

Add a cup of this solution to a bucket of hot water to clean your floors.

For tough cleaning, use pure without diluting.


Isn't it wonderful to create something from your own home that has value and a sense of aromatic beauty?  


Here is a label you can apply to your spray bottle (just right click on image and press "save") which I think is half the fun! You may also be interested in making your own cleanser and carpet deodorizer.


"And the scent of the lavender—not lavender water, but the lavender itself, that puts you in mind of country churches, and old bibles, and dusky low-ceiled parlours on Sunday afternoons—the scent of the lavender was so pure and sweet, and lovely!"
~  George MacDonald


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11 comments:

  1. My lavender bush is ready to be harvested! I love this idea! Pinning it!

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    1. Awesome :) The smell is amazing!!! I am starting a new batch right now so that by the time this one is done, the next will be ready… Hope you likey!

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  2. Wonderful idea for all my lavender, friend! Thanks and hope you have a lovely day!

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  3. Very lovely idea! I like how frugal it is! I'll be featuring this next Monday on the Barn Hop! Be sure to stop by and get an "I've been featured button" if you'd like.... you'll find them on the right sidebar under "BUTTONS".
    Blessings,
    Amy @ Homestead Revival

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    1. Thank you for featuring, sounds like fun :)

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  4. This is interesting. I want to make my own products, but have not made the "jump" yet. I don't have lavender in my herb garden, but I do have Lemon Mint which smells so good. Do you think I could use this?

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    1. I sure do! I have seen that "flavor" in some dish soaps :) Let me know how it all turns out!

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  5. I don't have lavender at home, but i have lemon tree, can i use lemon for making it?

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    1. Lemon peels are perfect for this as a substitute! Lemons boast antibacterial properties and because of their acidity, they are able to cut grease. We have a series on what to do with lemons that you may enjoy. It is found here: http://strangersandpilgrimsonearth.blogspot.com/2013/01/introducing-citrus-series.html

      Happy homemaking ~ JES

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  6. Lavender & lemon peels together... Mmmmmm :)
    When done, discard the plant material into your garden... or compost :)
    ~Tess

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