Let’s talk about this spray bottle. This spray bottle used to be full of french lavender Method All Purpose cleaner. That is an okay cleaner that smells very nice but it just doesn’t cut it for a lot of things (like anything that boiled over on your stove top) and sometimes it leaves a weird residue.
The current contents of this bottle will clean just about everything* and you can also use it as Febreeze, linen spray, and air freshener. I think it takes care of things just as well as, if not better than vinegar (though I do still keep it for certain things) and it doesn’t make your house smell like salad dressing. Did I mention it’s basically all natural as long as you count alcohol as being natural?
- A bottle of vodka
- The dried flowers or herbs of your choice (I do lavender because I have a huge bag of the culinary grade stuff for making tea/I just really love lavender in general.)
- Baking soda
- A spray bottle
- Some sort of fine strainer/colander or a french press or even one of those tea pots with a built-in strainer or infuser
Now onto making this wonderful concoction:
1. Put your flowers or herbs into your vodka to infuse it. Just open it up, take a few swigs/pour a few swigs out, stuff whatever you chose into your bottle and let it sit for a couple days out of direct sunlight, and pick it up and give it a good shake every once and so often. When I do this with a full fifth and use lavender, I shoot for about an inch of it in the bottom of the bottom. If you would also like to drink this vodka when it’s done infusing, go with an affordable but decent tasting one (like Svedka), if not, buy the cheapest, no-name, plastic bottle vodka your grocery or liquor store has to offer.
2. When your vodka is done infusing, you will want to strain your loose herbs or flower petals out. You can use a mesh strainer, small colander, or I’ve had success with a french press and a tea pot that had a built-in strainer/infuser thing. Cheese cloth or pouring it into a different container through a coffee filter might work too but I’ve never tried those methods.
3. Put 2-3 spoonfuls of baking soda into your spray bottle. A funnel might be useful. If you don’t have a funnel, do it over the sink or trashcan.
4. Pour about 2-3 fingers of your infused vodka into the spray bottle.
Fill the bottle the rest of the way with warm water, leaving a little room to be able to shake it up properly.
5. Once it is thoroughly shaken (there should be no baking soda left in the bottle), go forth and clean all of the things.
Always make sure to shake well before using.
*I still keep vinegar for some stains and drains, denture tabs for water bottles/weirdly shaped cups/the toilet tank, Bar Keeper’s Friend for our metal kitchen sink, kosher salt for cast iron, and Nature’s Miracle for dog accidents. And this works well with Magic Erasers for particularly stubborn gross stuff.