Did you know that you can make evergreen scented vinegar for cleaning and home care with just two simple ingredients? Vinegar and evergreen trees!
Vinegar is one of my favorite weapons in the green cleaning war.
Unfortunately cleaning with vinegar makes the house smell like…
(Big shock… right?!?!)
Some people flat-out REFUSE to clean with vinegar because of the ODOR. (If you clean with vinegar you know that the smell doesn’t last for long. Vinegar is a natural deodorizer… it dries scentless.)
But I get it, it is MORE FUN to clean with yummy scents of flowers and refreshing forest odors drifting through your home.
Luckily it’s easy (and cheap) to make scented vinegar that is a great natural cleaner AND is less offensive to the nose.
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but I started to get a little BORED.
I thought about some of the most popular cleaner scents and decided that EVERGREEN might be a nice addition to my cleaning routine. (Hello Pinesol!)
The Great Smell Test
Have you ever gotten up close and personal with a tree?
If not, let me tell you a little SECRET –> some evergreens smell like Christmas and fresh clean forests (HOORAY!) and some smell like, well…. cat urine. (BLACH!)
I conducted a vinegar scenting experiment. (Not wanting my house to smell like cat waste!)
- I gathered branches from my dried up Christmas wreath and a neighborhood tree.
- I put the needles in separate glass jars and covered them with white vinegar.
- I allowed the vinegar to steep for several weeks in a dark cupboard then smelled the results.
- In the end, the vinegar steeped for 6 weeks for the best smell to develop.
The Evergreen Scent Results
The evergreen vinegar for cleaning smelled best with the dried branches from the wreath. It has a mild, piney scent. The wreath was labeled SPRUCE, but I am not a botanist… just a crazy DIYer!
The fallen pine needles also produced a nice scent, but it was much milder. (The stronger spruce scent helps to better mask the vinegar odor.)
I will try making evergreen vinegar again, especially around the holidays. It takes nearly twice as long to scent evergreen vinegar then when using citrus peels. But since it is such a simple and affordable project there is nothing to lose!
Try gathering a few branches or needles and test your own natural “pine” vinegar for cleaning.
Scented Vinegar Directions
- Place branches or needles into a clean glass jar.
- Fill the jar with white vinegar.
- Allow the mixture to steep for 3 to 6 weeks in a dark, cool place.
- Filter the branches or needles out of the vinegar using a small colander.
- Store the vinegar in a cool, dark place and use for household cleaning (1/3 vinegar to 2/3 water for general cleaning).
Get to know your local evergreens and try this DIY! A few jars of scented vinegar can replace commercial “pine” scented cleaners for a greener, healthier home.