For the past few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with lavender vinegar and must say, I love it as much as rose petal vinegar!
It’s made in pretty much the same way: gather lavender, rub the buds off into a jar, then cover with vinegar.
Immediately cap to keep the vapors in. Store in a dark cabinet for a few weeks, shaking periodically. If you don’t have fresh lavender, just can buy dried from Mountain Rose Herbs.
If you don’t have a non-metallic top, then use a layer of plastic wrap or wax paper between the lid and the vinegar to prevent rusting and a yucky metallic taste.
My lavender supply is much more limited than my roses, so I end up filling less than 1/4 of the jar with flowers.
So, you can tell by the photos that it turns a lovely color, but other than sitting in your cabinet, looking pretty, here are five more uses for it:
Lavender Vinegar as a Frugal Fabric Softener
I haven’t used fabric softener in years; primarily because it seems to make my husband and son break out in hives when I do, but also because it contains a mash of nasty toxic chemicals that I’d like to avoid.Sure, it smells great, but that’s not worth it to me.
Instead, I use 1/4 cup vinegar plus enough water to fill my fabric softener dispenser on my washing machine along with avoiding over-drying the clothes.
I love using lavender vinegar in my wash because not only does it lend a freshness to the laundry, but lavender is also antibacterial in nature. If the scent is not quite strong enough, you can add a few drops of lavender essential oil to boost it.
Lavender Vinegar as a Flea Spray
Did you know lavender is repulsive to fleas and ticks? I’ve been experimenting with this spray over the last week and must say, I love it!
Simply mix equal parts of lavender vinegar and water and mix well in a spray bottle. You can use this, as is, or add a few drops of essential oils, known for repelling insects. I added citronella, peppermint and eucalyptus since that’s what I had handy.
Mist your dog and their bedding with this mixture daily, plus whenever you take them outside. We had some fleas hitchhike home on the new puppy after a vet visit. This spray gives her instant relief while I’m working on breaking the flea cycle.
** Please note: This should NOT be used on cats. Also, please thoroughly research your chosen essential oils before use to ensure they are safe for dogs. I really like this list at The Whole Dog.
Lavender Vinegar as a Hair Rinse
I love using vinegar hair rinses! I try to use roughly 1 part vinegar to 8 parts of water. This helps to remove soap & shampoo buildup from your hair.
Another bonus, and this I learned from being a pre-school teacher, is that using vinegar rinses also discourages lice from setting up residence on your scalp.
Lavender Vinegar as a Glass & Surface Cleaner
So, I have a confession to make. I rarely wash my windows. I do, however, have to frequently wipe down my glass front door and bathroom mirrors.
There’s something about those commercial blue glass cleaners that makes me feel sick; I mean, literally queasy when I smell them.
So, I use this mixture instead: 1 part vinegar, 1 part water and a tiny pinch of cornstarch.
I realize a bunch of people just went… “Huh?” when they read ‘cornstarch’, but yep, that’s what I meant! I read that tip somewhere in time and I think it does boost the cleaning power of the mixture. It can be omitted though.
I also use crumpled newspapers to clean because (a.) I just can’t bring myself to buy paper towels anymore and (b.) because that’s what I learned to use growing up!
Lavender Vinegar for Relaxing Baths & Soaks
When my son was little, we pursued a variety of natural treatments for his ailments. One of those was taking Epsom salt & vinegar baths.
These were given for detoxification purposes, but also seemed to calm and relax him.
Lavender is especially soothing to both the mind and the skin. Just add a few splashes of vinegar and a generous sprinkling of Epsom salts to your bath water while it’s running and relax!
Thanks for taking the time to read my post today! I hope you feel a little bit inspired to use more floral and herbal vinegars in your life!