DIY Lavender-Infused Vinegar Household Cleaning Spray

I have been cleaning my house with vinegar and baking soda for years. Part of my household cleaning arsenal is a vinegar-infused cleaner. You get the excellent cleaning and deodorizing power of vinegar as well as the fragrant and antibacterial/anti-viral cleaning powers of lavender. Together they create a fantastic household cleaner that can be sprayed directly on counter tops, toilets, light switches, walls, floors, sinks and any other flat surface you want clean and shiny. [Read more...]

Lavender-infused vinegar spray is non-toxic, effective and economical. The vinegar scent disappears as the surface dries, leaving behind only a mild lavender scent.

Directions:

  • Crush about 2 cups of fresh lavender buds and leaves in your hand. Put them in a 1 L (quart) jar and pour distilled white vinegar on top. Make sure the lavender is covered. Cap tightly. (You can use dried lavender too.  Use only about 1 cup.)
  • Set aside in a cool, dark location for 2 weeks.
  • Strain lavender-vinegar through a colander to remove bits of lavender.
  • Store vinegar in a mason jar, capped tightly.
  • To use: Fill a spray bottle half full with infused vinegar. Then fill to the top with water.
  • Use as you would any spray cleaner: Spray on and wipe clean.

Enjoy!

Purchase dried lavender buds here.

 

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Household Food Waste: Why you should care. Part 3.

It is estimated that American households throw away 14% of the food they buy, which makes 470 lbs a year or $600 a year.  What!  You just threw $600 in the garbage.  The food spoiled, you didn’t feel like finishing the leftovers, or you changed your mind about what you wanted to make.  As simple as that.  It isn’t intentional, but it is a sign of a wealthy nation.  If you didn’t have that extra $600 a year to throw away, you would be much more careful about what you ate and what you disposed of. 

If you think you can afford to throw out food, think again.  You might not need that extra $600, but what you aren’t considering is what happens to that waste once it leaves your home.  When food rots, it quickly turns into methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas and is 21 times the global warming potential than carbon dioxide.  Landfills account for more than 20% of all methane emissions. 

The USA spends $1 billion a year to dispose of food waste.  Can you think of a better way that money could be spent?  I certainly can.  If we cut our food waste in half, think about how much extra money the USA would have to feed her hungry.  Or to donate to less advantaged countries. 

These numbers are mind boggling.  And this is only household waste.  If you personally cut your food waste in half, you could save $300 a year.  Can you think of something you would like to do with $300?  Again, I can.  Are you up for a challenge?

Watch for the next post in this series: what you can do at home about food waste.

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