Lemon Verbena All-Purpose Cleaner

It’s the time of year for harvesting herbs — to dry, freeze, make into medicine, and for use in recipes.

But are there some herbs that you use less often?

I love the way lemon verbena smells and I think it’s an attractive plant, but I don’t use it for cooking or medicine nearly as much as I use other plants (lemon really isn’t my favorite flavor…).

But it does add an excellent boost to homemade cleaners!  I’ve found a way to use lemon verbena in an all-natural, homemade, non-toxic cleaning cleaning spray for countertops and glass.

To begin, you’ll need:

  • a jar that holds 4 cups of liquid (a quart jar)
  • 3 cups distilled white vinegar
  • sprigs of lemon verbena, and other aromatic herbs such as lemongrass, thyme, and mint
  • 1 Tablespoon castile soap
  • 1/4 cup vodka

The first step is the most fun — get outside and gather some herbs!

Lemon Verbena et al.

Add them to your jar and cover with vinegar.

Herbs steeping in vinegar.

This concoction will need to brew for two weeks.

Two weeks later.

At this point, the liquid can be poured into a reusable spray bottle. Add the vodka and castile soap.

Transferring solution to a spray bottle.

You’re left with a non-toxic, homemade cleaner that was made from ingredients right outside your door. No need to feel badly using this around your pets, family, or self! Not only that, but it does work and you can feel safe about keeping bacteria and mold at bay through the actions of the vinegar and vodka.

Happy, healthy, green cleaning!

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