This Evergreen Vinegar Cleanser is a super simple DIY. Plus it’s always fun to have something to do with your leftover Christmas tree branches. I used needles from our Fraser Fir but you can use any kind of evergreen. Vinegar is such a great cleaning agent but the smell can be a major turnoff to most people so this is a great way to repurpose and mask the odor. Throwing in a couple slices of lemon is also nice. Feel free to get creative!
Benefits of Vinegar
Sometimes the most simple ingredients are the most effective. This is the case for vinegar which has been used for thousands of years to preserve food, dispel odors, treat wounds and clean. Some of the benefits of using vinegar are that it’s cost effective, nontoxic and a disinfectant. Vinegar has been shown to kill pathogens such as E.coli, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes and Influenza A. The efficacy of vinegar on pathogens can be seen in this study.
How To make an evergreen vinegar cleanser
Gather your supplies:
- evergreen needles of choice
- white distilled vinegar
- quart sized mason jar
- Place fresh evergreen needles into a mason jar. Fill 3/4 of the way full.
- Fill with vinegar until needles are covered.
- Let infuse for 3-6 weeks.
- Strain needles from vinegar and store vinegar in another jar.
Ways to use your evergreen vinegar when it’s ready
- All-Purpose Surface Cleaner: mix 1/2 cup vinegar with 2 cups water
- Glass + Mirror Cleaner: mix half vinegar and half water into a spray bottle
- Soft Scrub: mix together 1 cup castile soap, 3 cups baking soda, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup vinegar
- Furniture Polish: mix 3 parts vinegar to 1 part oil such as olive oil and 1 TBLSP Vegetable Glycerine
*Use caution with vinegar on marble or granite surfaces. Never mix vinegar with bleach because the two create toxic fumes.
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