Sunday, June 3, 2007


VERY easy way to make an herb vinegar that you can use in cleaning around the house, garage or basement. Experiment with the herbs listed until you come up with your favorite blend! You'll need a large jar that has been cleaned and has a lid. (I find plastic lids work best. If they have metal on, place a double layer of plastic wrap over the jar opening before putting on the lid. The vinegar corrodes it a little bit as it "brews". If you have an old gallon sun tea jar you can make a lot of this at once! Fill the jar with the leaves, stems or flowers of one or more of the following herbs: sage ,mint ,rosemary ,lavender ,wormwood . Pour white or cider vinegar over the herbs to fill the jar. Cover and place on the lid. Put in a cupboard or somewhere else out of the way and steep it for 6 weeks. Strain when finished. You can then use it in recipes that call for vinegar to clean. Such as this one:

Sink and Tub Cleaner
You'll need:
1/2 cup baking soda
1/8 cup herb vinegar
Mix together in a pail or bowl. Scrub your sinks for about 5 minutes (or the tub), rinse off with warm water. Wipe dry with a soft rag.

Floor Cleaner
You'll need:
1/2 cup herb vinegar
1 gallon of water
Mix in a pail and mop as usual.

Glass Cleaner
You'll need:
1 quart water
1/2 cup herb vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or 5 drops lemon essential oil Mix in a spray bottle and use on windows

Linoleum Cleaner
You'll need:
1 cup herb vinegar
2 gallons water
Mix in a pail and mop as usual.

To clean hair brushes and combs:
Mix 2 tablespoon borax with a quart of the herb vinegar and mix well.
Soak, clean and rinse brushes and combs. You can also use on china and crystal

Old Fashioned Living

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