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How to Make Scented Vinegar

How to Make Scented Vinegar - Clean Mama

If you’re like me and don’t love the smell of white vinegar, order you’re going to love today’s post!  It’s an easy way to naturally give your white vinegar a subtle scent while cutting that sharp pickle-y smell.  Better yet, it’s simple, natural, and inexpensive!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies for Scented Vinegar - Clean Mama

  • white vinegar
  • citrus fruit – I used lemons, oranges, and limes but you can use just one or any combination you’d like
  • mason jar(s) and secure lids and spray bottles
  • fruit and vegetable peeler
  • label

The simple steps:

  1. Wash fruit and dry.
    Wash and Dry Citrus - Clean Mama
  2. Use a fruit and vegetable peeler and peel the zest from the fruit, taking care to just get that bright first layer and not the lighter colored part of the rind.
    Use a Peeler - Clean Mama
  3. Fill the jar at least half way up with the citrus peels.
  4. Using a funnel or pour carefully, fill the mason jar with white vinegar.
    Add Vinegar to Peels - Clean Mama
  5. Let ‘steep’ in a cool, dark place for one to two weeks.  This will allow the natural essential oils from the citrus peels to infuse into the vinegar.
  6. Strain off the peelings (pour through your funnel) and toss the peels or use a couple to clean your garbage disposal with a handful of ice cubes.
  7. Place in a spray bottle or sealed bottle and use as you would use regular vinegar but this time your vinegar will have a wonderful scent!
    Bottle Scented Vinegar - Clean Mama

Have some extra citrus around?  Or just want to have better smelling vinegar?  This is the perfect simple formula for vinegar that smells good and is the perfect household cleaner!

How to Make Scented Vinegar - Clean Mama

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Comments

  1. Where did you get the bottles you showed storing the scented vinegar?

  2. Whoa! Loving this idea. Haven’t thought of this huh. Thanks! Gonna make use of my mason jars then. 🙂

  3. Love the post. I do this regularly as I use vinegar to clean most of my surfaces. My husband hates the smell so adding citrus really helps to mask it. It didn’t bother me any since the smell didn’t last very long in the house but now since we added citrus peels he’s much more open to help clean. It’s a win for both 🙂

  4. Do you use scented vinegar for fabric softener?

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