For the past few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with lavender vinegar and must say, I love it as much as rose petal vinegar!
Directions to Make
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.
As you can tell by the photos, it turns a lovely color, but other than sitting in your cabinet, looking pretty, here are five more uses for it:
1. Lavender Vinegar as a 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.
2. 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.
Shake well, then 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.
3. Lavender Vinegar as a Hair Rinse
I love using vinegar hair rinses! I try to use roughly 1 part vinegar to 1 to 2 parts of water. (Adjust this ratio to suit your hair type.) 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.
4. 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!
5. 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!