One thing that strikes me about the ways of women before us is their ingenuity and creativity while maintaining their household. In my personal research starting this blog, I took the time to dig deeper into how simple and resourceful women were in their approach to beauty and everything around them. A little went a long way. Women stretched ingredients a mile long and nothing ever went to waste. There is a lot we could emulate from those wise women especially if you are trying to live more sustainable in your home. I’ve been incredibly inspired by how food ingredients can be used to make aromatic household products. After picking up some herbs to use in a test dish last week, I decided honor every part of my thyme and lemon. Instead of throwing the lemon peels in the trash, I made a lemon and thyme household cleaner that smells wonderful and does the job of cleaning well.
Lemon Scented Vinegar is a fabulous disinfectant that is great for countertops and bathrooms. I’d equate this to an all natural Mr. Clean but better. It is so easy to make and requires only a few ingredients.
To make lemon scented vinegar, you will need one cup of lemon peels. The first step is to add lemon peels and thyme sprigs to a mason jar or a large sealable glass container. Next, fill the jar almost to the top with distilled white vinegar. Vinegar is one of the best natural solutions ever. I’m pretty sure every household has a bottle in the pantry. It isn’t used as much as it should be because of the smell. It’s really easy to take plain old white distilled vinegar and turn it into scented cleaning vinegar. Ok back to the steps, next seal the jar and allow it to sit for 12-24 hours. You can also let it sit in the sun for a few days to really infuse all of the ingredients. Before using, use a strainer to strain the vinegar and remove the peels and thyme. Pour the cleaner in a spray bottle and enjoy!