Lavender Vinegar Cleaning Recipe Dilutions
Make a surface based cleaner in a spray bottle with 1 part lavender infused vinegar and 3 parts lavender hydrosol or distilled water:
- Spray it on mirrors or windows and wipe clean with microfiber cloth
- Clean countertops and appliances
- Spray on shower doors after your shower to prevent hard water stains
As a Natural Fabric Softener: Add 1-2 ounces directly to your laundry rinse water. Do not add to your fabric softener dispenser, your rinse water will naturally dilute the acid. Adding vinegar to your laundry rinse water will:
- Soften your fabrics
- Brighten your whites and colors
- Loosen up soap and grease grime on fabrics
- BONUS: it will clean your washing machine!
Floor Cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup of vinegar with 1 gallon hot water:
Mop floors as usual for a natural clean and shine
Toilet Cleaner: Add 1/4 cup of vinegar in toilet before bed.
Brush in the morning before using your toilet!
- White Vinegar
- Lavandula angustifolia Buds (We do not sell our dried buds as we utilize them to make our farm curated products all year long. We do invite you to visit us during u-pick season to pick your own buds! Check our social media to see when we are budding and blooming.)
- Lavender Hydrosol – our Lavender Linen Spray is 100% Lavandula angustifolia Hydrosol. This is for a slight water soluble “scent boost.”
Note about diluting with Lavender Hydrosol rather than Lavender Essential Oil
Many popular blog posts tell you to add lavender essential oil if you would like to scent the vinegar stronger. Some blog posts go as far as to tell you that a lavender vinegar infusion is only essential oil and vinegar. The reason why you do not want to add essential oil is because vinegar is water based. Oil and water do not mix. Hydrosol is the co-product in the essential oil making process and is water. Water and water will mix! Essential oil is extremely expensive and will be wasted (because it will not mix properly, notice how you are instructed to “shake” before use when you are given an essential oil and water recipe.) Infusing your vinegar with lavender buds, will achieve the same, if not superior, outcome as adding your expensive essential oil. The vinegar “extracts” the oils from the buds during the infusion (or steep) AND buds are exponentially less expensive than essential oils. Save your precious essential oils for oil based concoctions.
You should not use vinegar to clean the following surfaces
Lavender Infused Vinegar Recipe
If you love the smell of lavender and want to tame down the strong vinegar scent with lavender, we have the recipe for you! Additionally, if this is too much, you can buy our Lavender Infused Vinegar here.
2. Add lavender buds to vinegar: 1 cup per gallon (128 ounces,) 1/2 cup per 1/2 gallon (64 ounces, 1/4 cup per quart (32 ounces)**
3. Steep in a cool dry place for 2-4 weeks. Solution will turn a pink/purple color. Shake daily.
4. Strain with cheesecloth or coffee filter
5. Rinse out lavender buds and clean old container
6. Replace vinegar in container after cleaned and dried
7. Top off container with lavender hydrosol for extra lavender scent
8. *Many popular blog posts tell you to add essential oil if you would like to scent the vinegar stronger. The reason why you do not want to add essential oil is because vinegar is water based. Oil and water do not mix. Hydrosol is the co-product in the essential oil making process and is water. Water and water will mix!
9. **If you are storing in a glass jar with a metal lid (such as a mason jar,) put a piece of parchment paper between glass and lid to prevent corrosion.
* Lavender Buds
* Lavender Hydrosol*
Farm Grown & Distilled Hydrosols
About our Hydrosols:
Our botanicals are organically grown in Allegan, Michigan and steam distilled in small batches with "Pure Michigan" spring water. Our hydrosols are "true" hydrosols, distilled only for making hydrosols: we do not separate the essential oil out of the batch. Our hydrosols are also NOT drops of essential oil with dispersant in water. Our hydrosols ARE genuine steam distilled hydrosols.
What are Hydrosols?
Hydrosols are the co-product of essential oils in the steam distillation process. When a botanical, such as Lavender, is steam distilled to produce essential oil, it also produces a water called "Hydrosol". Hydrosols process the same therapeutic properties as essential oils but are more gentle and less volite than their co-product essential oil. You do not need to dilute hydrosol for topical application the same way you would with essential oils. They are also known as "floral waters" or "hydrolats."
What are Hydrosols used for?
Household cleaning, diffusing, facial toner, hair product, laundry (main wash or rinse,) essential oil diffuser (no need to dilute,) light and natural perfume, linen sprays, first aid kits, natural insect repellents, insect bites, burns, rashes, pain.
Our products have not been evaluated by the FDA. If you are pregnant, nursing or have any underlying medical issues, please seek advice & guidance from your doctor. or medical professional prior to using hydrosols.
Discontinue use if you experience an allergic reaction to the hydrosols.
Check out this blog post for Laundry Hacks to Make Your Clothes Smell Like They Were Line Dried in a Lavender Field!