With the new year comes a renewed determination to go green, get healthy, and simplify my life. This DIY pine vinegar is an easy homemade kitchen cleaner that I will be keeping right next to my kitchen sink this year. Since I have pine trees in the back yard, I have an abundant supply of needles and pine cones. If you are looking for creative ways to use what your land provides, make this easy pine vinegar and then check out my suggestions for ways to use pine cones around the house.
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Supplies for Making Pine Vinegar
So, most of what you need can be found in your yard or your local grocery store. Here are my suggestions for making pine vinegar for cleaning:
- White vinegar: Don’t get fancy and buy the brand name, expensive stuff. Just get a big just of cheap, white vinegar.
- Pine needles and branches: Snip them fresh off the tree for the most scent possible. Your old Christmas tree that has been sitting in your house for 2 weeks is probably not the best choice. You can certainly use it, but it may need to steep longer.
- Pine essential oil: Not required but you can add a few drops of pine essential oil at the end if you want a stronger smell.
- Mason Jar: You will need to let this DIY pine vinegar ‘steep’ for 4 to 6 weeks. A large glass mason jar is the best option for storage. Keep it out of direct sunlight.
- Spray attachment: Once your pine vinegar is ready to use, unscrew the mason jar lid and screw on a mason jar spray adapter .
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How to Make Homemade Kitchen Cleaner
Now that you have your supplies, start making your homemade kitchen cleaner.
- Snip your fresh pine branches and pack tightly into the glass mason jar.
- Cover the pine needles with white vinegar.
- Allow the vinegar to steep for several weeks in a dark cabinet.
- Check after 4 weeks and see if it is strong enough. If not, let sit another 2 weeks.
- Pour off the pine scented vinegar, adding a few drops of essential oil if you think the vinegar smell is still too strong.
- To clean, just spray and wipe with a wet sponge!
Making pine vinegar is a great way to save money and reduce your household’s use of toxic cleaners. Homemade kitchen cleaner is generally much safer to use, especially around areas where food preparation happens. Keep this cleaner next to your sink and use regularly. Check out my DIY sponge dish for more kitchen cleaning inspiration!
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.