It’s time for Spring Cleaning! Who can resist the scent of lavender and oranges? Not only do these two ingredients smell so fresh and sweet, but did you know they can also give you a hand when cleaning? Orange is a powerful ingredient when cutting through grease and grime, and lavender will leave a fresh and relaxing scent that your senses are sure to enjoy.
Take a peek at how you can make your own DIY Lavender Orange All Purpose Cleaner to use for all of your cleaning jobs big or small. Not only does it work great, but it is a natural, frugal, and fresh alternative to store bought cleaners.
- (1) Cup Vinegar
- (1) Cup Water
- (1) Tsp Liquid Dish Soap (I use this one)
- (10) Drops Orange Essential Oil from Young Living (Here’s why)
- (10) Drops Lavender Essential Oil from Young Living
- (1) orange, peeled (optional)
1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or glass bottle
2. I like to add orange peel if I’m gifting it to give it a fresh fun look. For my own personal use, I leave them out.
3. Apply the liquid to a soft cloth and use as you would any other household cleaner. It works great on counter tops, sinks, toilets, and more!
NOTE: Be sure to test a small area before using everywhere. Some natural surfaces are not vinegar friendly.
You can always double or triple this recipe as needed and depending on the size jar you are using. I like to make small batches at a time and sometimes I use them as housewarming gifts. As you can see, they are quite appealing to the eye and the senses.
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Can you use lavender essential oil instead of dried lavender?
Sure! Just a couple drops though. I just didn’t have any on hand.
Would you be able to use Lemon instead of Orange?
You could. I personally just prefer the lavender and orange scent combination. You could use any citrus. Orange, lemon, lime…
Can you use lavender essential oil instead of fresh lavender springs or died lavender? And if yes, how many drops would you recommend?
Sure! I like using the fresh lavender because we always have some. But using essential oil would be fine. It just depends how drop you want the smell. I’d say 2-4 drops.
Lavender would be a nice addition to this …. I love lavender. 🙂
Dorothy Boucher says
what a great recipe for cleaning, I am always looking for something for the walls, doors and such .And I love that you not only added the orange peel but lavender, will put this on my list 🙂 thanks for share
Appealing…*snicker* nice pun
This would smell amazing! Is it antibacterial?
I use a recipe very similar to this and put it in a quart sized mason or glass jar, (I actually prefer my glass jar w/ a plastic or glass lid because the vinegar rusts the canning jar type lids) then I add folded cotton cloths to the jar so all I have to do is pull one out, with a little squeeze, and ready to clean. I use old Tshirts cut into 8 inch x 8 inch squares, then wash and dry and when the jar is empty refill with the clean squares. Once you add the folded squares to fit, just give the jar a few flips back and forth to saturate the cloths and you’re ready to clean. I am going to try your recipe, I’ve never added the dish soap before and I love the orange/lavender mix idea. Thanks.