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How To Make A Simple, All-Purpose Lemon Lavender Cleaner
By Katie Mae Stanley - May 24, 2013

I love the fresh scent of lemons and lavender. I often put them in a small crock-pot with a little water to make a natural potpourri. One of the easiest, and I mean easiest, ways to use lemon peels is to make your own cleaner. I use white vinegar to clean just about anything. Unfortunately not everyone in my house likes the smell of it which leads to grouchy kids cleaning and complaining about it and begging to use to “old scented cleaners” again. No way, not happening! Commercial store bought cleaners leave me with lightheaded and give me an instant headache because of the harsh chemicals and fragrances used to make them. Enter lemon peels and lavender. Lemon and lavender both have antibacterial properties, which make them excellent cleaners! I love that they leave a fresh “clean” scent. If you are worried about the overpowering smell of vinegar don’t be, the lemon and lavender cover up most of the smell. Any trace odors of vinegar evaporate as soon as whatever you are cleaning dries. An added bonus is that lavender is a natural relaxant, so if cleaning normally stresses you out, cleaning with lavender may put you in a better mood!  No more headaches and lightheadedness here! Here’s a simple recipe that you’re sure to love! There are no exacts, just have fun with it.

Lemon Lavender Cleaner

  • white vinegar
  • lemon peels
  • dried lavender
  • glass jar
  • spray bottle
  1. Fill your jar 3/4 full with lemon peels. Add the dried lavender to fill in the “cracks”. Pour in the white vinegar, filling to 1/2 inch below the top of the jar.
  2. Screw on the lid and store in a dark place. After two weeks you will have lemon lavender scented cleaner with a light yellow/brown color.
  3. Strain off the peels and lavender, through them away or better yet compost them.
  4. Fill a spray bottle with one part lemon lavender vinegar and two parts water.


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  2. Chasity
    Can I use lavender oil or peppermint or eucalyptus oil instead of the peel from the lemon? I have many essential oils and usually clean with peppermint and eucalyptus oil in water. Also, is there a better say liquid to put the oils in for all purpose cleaning as I use as a fabric refresher, floor cleaner, counter tops, door knobs, cleaning microwave and sink as it's iced a very fresh smell. I usually use the shark steam mop for a weekly deep clean with just water and steam. I am looking for some other ways to make cleaners also. I am new to this bit I knowledge are some oils better to use for disinfecting than others , can you name a few. I thought about just using vinegar and essential oils instead of water topics that one two punch as I have very serious chronic condition and have nO immune system I have gastroparesis and so many more ailments now from that and have had an artificial port used for food and fluids and medication send multiple blood clots to my lungs, I allied pulmonary embolisms soil have lung damge also so that is why I a trying to go green as now I a asthmatic and must use an inhaler on a 4 hour basis round the clock, any suggestions, ?
    1. Katie Mae Stanley
      Katie Mae Stanley
      Chasity, I have to say I have little knowledge about your medical condition but I can offer advice on making cleaners! :) I frequnetly use essential oils instead of herbs and citrus peels when I make a cleaning vinegar. Vinegar in my opinion really is the best liquid to use when making your own cleaners. It is safe, inexpensive, and helps disinfect. Essential oils that I have used for cleaning are lemon, tea tree oil and lavender. I use about 20 drops of essential oil for two cups water and 2 cups white vinegar. Here is an article I wrote awhile back about making your own cleaners with essential oils.