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Jul 8, 2014

Homemade Basil Surface Cleaner



This Homemade Basil Surface Cleaner is a really easy Summertime staple in our home. I've spoken before about our occasional overflow of the herband this is a lifesaver in avoiding waste.

The 3 ingredients in this cleaner - basil, vinegar and water - are about as natural as it comes. I make variations throughout the year which keeps me from having to buy chemical laden sprays. 

While known for its wonderful bacteria killing qualities, some may find the smell of vinegar a little off-putting. A few minutes after use that smell will fade, and you'll be left with the faint scent of basil. There's no need to worry about your kitchen forever smelling of vinegar!

You can put the strained vinegar and water (Step 6) in any squirt bottle you have lying around, but if you're interested in the elegance of a glass bottle I explain how to do that cheaply in the instructions. Happy cleaning!

Homemade Basil and Vinegar Surface Cleaner
Makes enough infused vinegar for 2 16oz batches of cleaner
  • Fresh basil, at least 2 loose cups
  • 1 Large empty glass jar and lid (a little larger than 16oz)
  • {If Making the Glass Bottle}
    • 1 16oz glass bottle of white vinegar
    • 1 spray nozzle from an old empty cleaner or spray bottle
  • {If Using Your Own Bottle}
    • 16 oz white vinegar
    • 1 empty 16oz spray bottle
  • 8oz water
1. Stuff the fresh basil into the empty glass jar. Pour your 16oz of white vinegar over the basil. Close the jar and place it in the fridge for at least two weeks to infuse.

{IF YOU'RE NOT MAKING THE GLASS BOTTLE SKIP TO STEP 4}

2. Completely remove the label from the white vinegar bottle.
3. Wash the bottle thoroughly and put it away until the infused vinegar is ready. 

AFTER 2 WEEKS

4. Place a fine strainer over a clean bowl. Strain the infused vinegar into the bowl, and discard the basil. 
5. Pour 8 oz of the prepared vinegar into another jar and store in a cool dark place for later use.
6. Combine the remaining 8 oz of the vinegar with 8 oz of water. Carefully pour this mixture into your vinegar bottle. Screw the spray nozzle onto the bottle and marvel at your new cleaner.
7. Use as you would any kitchen surface cleaner.