DIY Citrus and Herb Sprays for a Cleaner, Greener Home

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Be green—and save some green—by making yourself this eco-friendly cleaning spray. A simple blend of fresh herbs, citrus peels, vinegar and water, it’s easy to make and harmless to use. Use this all-natural spray as you would a typical cleaner, and don’t be afraid to give your yoga mat a spritz!

Difficulty Level: Easy

Time Required: 10 Minutes (Plus time to let the vinegar sit over night)

Supplies You'll Need

  • Large jars (quart-sized works well)
  • Spray bottles
  • Citrus peels (you can use lemon, orange or lime)
  • Fresh herbs (try basil, sage or mint)
  • 4 cups of white vinegar

DIY Cleaning Spray Instructions

  1. Fill a clean jar halfway with the citrus peels and herbs of your choice.
  2. Heat the vinegar to just below the boiling point. Tip: You can microwave it if you prefer.
  3. Pour the vinegar into the jar and let it sit for 24 hours or more. The longer you let it sit, the stronger it will smell of the citrus and herbs.
  4. Strain the vinegar into a spray bottle.
  5. Spray, wipe and clean!