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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.