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How to Make Herb Infused Vinegar for Cleaning

Today let me show you how to make herb-infused vinegar for cleaning.

infused vinegar for cleaning

White vinegar is a pretty amazing household cleaner.  It’s incredibly cheap.  It cuts through dirt, grease, odours, and soap scum like nothing else.  Vinegar can be used in a myriad of different ways; and is kinder to the environment than many cleaning products you can buy.  It’s a bit of a miracle cleaning product really when you think about it.

Conventional cleaning products have also been found to be as bad for your lungs as smoking 20 cigarettes a day.  Therefore swapping to infused vinegar for cleaning makes good health sense too.  

However, there is one downside to vinegar, and it’s quite a biggie.  Vinegar smells of, well, vinegar.  Which isn’t entirely ideal sometimes, and isn’t to everyone’s taste.  Particularly if you are using it in a small space.  

I quite often use a vinegar spray to clean my kitchen, but I don’t want it smell like I’ve been eating fish and chips. 

How To Make Herb Infused Vinegar for Cleaning

In this instance, I turn to essential oils to fragrance my vinegar.  Or, when I’m feeling super thrifty, I turn to kitchen scraps and herbs picked straight from my garden to make infused vinegar for cleaning.  You see, infusing the vinegar with citrus peelings and my favourite botanicals creates a fresh scent that’s light on the pocket.  

You Will Need

  • 500 ml white vinegar.  Never malt, white wine vinegar, rice vinegar or any other variety: just white.  Here’s where I buy my vinegar for cleaning in bulk, cheaply.
  • A large glass jar with a lid.
  • Orange, lemon, or lime peel (you can freeze fruit peelings as you go, to reduce food waste.  When you have enough to make the infused vinegar, there’s no need to defrost the peelings, simply use them frozen. 
  • A spray nozzle (re-use one from an old cleaning products bottle)
  • A handful of fresh herbs

Method

1. Take a 500 ml bottle of white vinegar and pour it into a clean glass jar.  Keep the glass bottle the vinegar came in – you’ll need it later.  If you’re using vinegar from a bulk jug then you’ll need a spare jar.  

2. Add a good handful of citrus peel to the jar (at least two orange’s worth of peel per 500 ml bottle of vinegar) and/or a large handful of fresh herbs, and pop the lid on.

3. Leave the jar in a dark spot to infuse for at least 14 day.  If you leave it longer the orange scent will be stronger.

4. After 14 days (or longer), sieve the vinegar, and pop the peels/herbs into your compost bin.  Decant half of the vinegar back into the jar for use later, and decant the other half of the vinegar into the original glass vinegar bottle.  Or into your spare jar if you used vinegar from a bulk jug. 

5. Top up the vinegar in the bottle with cooled boiled water – so the vinegar and water is a 50/50 solution, and add a spray nozzle.

To Use

Use as you would any other cleaning product.  However do not use on granite, marble or natural stone, as it will damage these surfaces.

How to Store Your Herb Infused Vinegar

Your diluted cleaner should keep for around 8 weeks.  Undiluted it will keep indefinitely.

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How Often Should I Wash My Clothes?

natural stain remover tips

As a young adult, I often found myself wondering “how often should I wash my clothes?”.  I didn’t really know the answer, so I erred on the side of caution a bit too much.  As such, I washed my clothes pretty much after every wear.  With the exception of trousers, that maybe got two or three wears before being chucked in the laundry pile, I operated a one wear only policy.

That was fine in my single days.  However, it wasn’t until after I became a mum, and my laundry pile was less of a pile and more of a mountain, that I realised that maybe it was ok to not wash every single item of clothing after every wear.

The wake-up call for me was when I was washing my baby daughter’s sleepsuits after every wear.  This was even if she’d needed changing in the night, and so had only worn the suit for a few hours.  I soon realised that as long as the sleepsuits looked and smelled clean then my daughter could wear the same sleepsuit several nights in a row and nothing terrible was going to happen.

Since then I have relaxed my one-wear laundry policy.  Now I rely on the look, smell, and feel of my clothes before assessing if something needs to go in the washing machine after just one or two wears.   Not washing your clothes quite so frequently helps prolong their life.  It also saves you a bit of money and helps the environment.  That’s as well as saving you time and energy. Therefore, it’s something I’m completely on board with!

how often should I wash my laundry

If you want a bit more reassurance than going by nose alone, then don’t worry.  I found this handy guide on how often should I wash my clothes from the people at Real Simple.  I’ve reproduced it here, and you can read the full article here.

If you’re visually impaired and using a text reader, I’ve put the text below to make the guide more accessible to you.

How often should I wash my clothes?

how often should I wash my clothes

Anything white or silk: after every wear.

Bras: after 3 to 4 wears.

Smart trousers and skirts: after 5 to 7 wears.

Down jackets: 2 times a season.

Fleece jackets and sweatshirts: after 6 to 7 wears.

Hats, gloves, and scarves: 3 to 5 times a season.

Hoisery: after every wear.

Jackets and blazers: after 5 to 6 wears.

Jeans: after 4 to 5 wears.

Leather and suede jackets: once a season.

Leggings and yoga trousers: after 1 to 3 wears.

Pyjamas: after 3 to 4 wears.

Shapewear: after 1 to 3 wears.

Shorts and Khakis: after 2 to 3 wears.

Sweaters: cotton, silks, and cashmere, after 2 wears; wool and acrylic blends, after 5 wears.

Swimsuits: after every wear.

T-shirts, vest tops, and camisoles: after every wear.

Tops and dresses: after 1 to 3 years.  Formal dresses should be dry-cleaned after every wear (here’s how to dry clean at home).

Wool coats: 1 to 2 times a season.

What’s Your Approach?

What do you think?  Are you onboard with washing your jeans after every four to five wears, or leggings after up to three wears?  I have a toddler in the house – think sticky hands, snotty noses, and so forth, so I would be very lucky if I could get my jeans lasting up to needing a wash after five wears!

And how often do you wash your clothes?  I’m curious!

ps: see my guide on how to wash wool for tips on advice on how to keep your woolens looking better for longer, my guide on how to wash white striped clothing, my guide on how to make your own fabric conditioner, and my natural stain remover tips for all your laundry woes!  I also have a handy guide on how to dry clean at home.