herbal vinegar

The moisture in the air from our continual very wet weather has left a film of mould on nearly every surface. To remedy this I have made some herbal vinegar sprays to clean up with.

Vinegar is a cheap and safe way to clean surfaces around your home. It is free of toxic chemicals that many of the store bought cleaners contain.

Vinegar kills 99% of bacteria, 82% of molds, and 80% of viruses, and when you add some herbs, spices or essential oils the effect is multiplied.

Lemon and Clove Mould Buster

• 1 litre of white vinegar

• ¼ cup of clove buds

• The peel of 1 lemon

Mix together and let soak for at least 24 hours. This mix can be used straight for heavily moulded surfaces or diluted 50/50 with water in a spray bottle for lighter cleaning.

The lemon and cloves in this vinegar really improve the smell of the vinegar and add their own mould busting properties.

Cloves is known for its antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic properties.

Lemons not only smell fresh and clean they have antibacterial and antiseptic properties as well as mild bleaching power.

Rosemary and Orange Peel Cleaner

Roughly chop a handful of rosemary and add to a litre of white vinegar, add the peel of 1 orange and set aside for at least 24 hours. Use straight for really dirty surfaces or dilute 50/50 with water in a spray bottle for general cleaning. This mix is great for greasy surfaces. For hard to move stains try sprinkling some bicarb of soda on the surface before lightly spraying and scrubbing.

Rosemary is antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, its fragrance is also very invigorating.

Oranges have extraordinary cleaning power in the oils of their skin and form the base of many environmentally friendly cleaning products.

Pennyroyal and Peppermint Floor Wash

• ½ cup fresh peppermint leaves (¼ cup dried)

• ½ cup fresh pennyroyal leaves (¼ cup dried)

• 2 cups white vinegar

Soak the herbs in the vinegar for at least 24 hours.

Use 1cup in a mop bucket and fill with warm water.

For really dirty floors add a tsp of pure soap flakes.

Both peppermint and pennyroyal have a fresh minty smell and are known for their insect repelling properties.

Most kitchen herbs can be used in a vinegar cleansing mix. Have a look in your garden for herbs and plants that can be used.

The following herbs herbs contain antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties - Basil, thyme, rosemary, sage, oregano, marjoram, lavender, mint, lemon grass, eucalyptus, tea tree and lemon myrtle.

Don’t forget to look in your spice rack as well for cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, aniseed, star anise, fennel and pepper.

Safe, fresh and natural! Do you have any favourite natural cleaning hints?