Distilled white vinegar has become a trusted cleaner for households across the country. It can be used in all sorts of situations, from unclog a drain at cleaning a glass pan. Indeed, it is effective in dissolving stains, removing limescale and leaving streak-free results. On top of that, it’s a more sustainable option than using alternative chemical cleaners.
While the acidity of vinegar makes it such a good cleanser, this property unfortunately also adds a pungent smell. In fact, it’s so powerful that it may deter some from using distilled white vinegar as a household cleaner, especially if you’re cleaning in anticipation of guests. However, this need not be the case. Here we explain how you can neutralize the smell of vinegar while cleaning with it. With these methods, there’s really no reason not to clean with vinegar.
What you will need
Herbs, citrus peel and spices
This is the most convenient way to mask the smell of vinegar because you can apply it immediately. All you need are essential oils, which you can choose the scent(s) to suit your preference. We recommend the Lagunamoon Essential Oils Gift Set ($9.99, Amazon) if you don’t already have it. To use essential oils, follow these steps:
1. Dilute your vinegar with cold water in an empty spray bottle. You can vary the measurements depending on how much vinegar you want, but for general guidance you can use ½ and ½.
2. Depending on the scent strength of your essential oils, you will want add 10-20 drops to the solution. Start with 10, then seal and shake the bottle to mix and try a spritz to check the effect. Add more drops as needed.
3. Label the bottle so as not to confuse him in the future.
That’s all you have to do. Remember, this will never completely mask the vinegar smell, but it will definitely help control it. If you’re not sure which essential oil scent to use, we recommend a citrus, peppermint, or lavender essence.
Herbs, citrus peel and spices
Alternatively, you can also use herbs, citrus peels and spices if you have some on hand. Just keep in mind that this method requires 4-5 days, so if you need the cleanser for the weekend, you’ll need to prepare it the Monday before. You will essentially infuse the vinegar with a mixture of strongly flavored herbs and spices to crush the aroma.
This is great because you can choose exactly what you want to use – any citrus zest, such as oranges, lemons and limes will work well. As for herbs and spices, think of everyday ingredients such as lavender, cinnamon, mint and rosemary for example. Just be sure to avoid herbs with a predominant dark color, as this may stain your vinegar and any surfaces you clean it with.
1. Find an empty mason jar and sterilize it if necessary in boiling water. Then let cool completely.
2. Now you’re gonna want fill the jar about ¾ full with a combination of your barks, herbs and spices. You will need the peels of about three oranges or four lemons to guide you.
3. Now add your distilled white vinegar into the jar and fill it to the brim.
4. Close well and swirl to mix.
5. Let it sit for 4-5 days, shaking it occasionally to mix more.
6. Once the time has elapsed, you must filter the solution carefully into an empty spray bottle. If you take the lid off your jar and notice that the vinegar aroma is still strong, leave it for a few more days.
There you have it, a homemade scented cleanser.
Tips to Help Reduce the Vinegar Smell While You Clean
- Dilute it further – You may not need such a strong solution of vinegar to get the job done.
- Open windows and doors — Make sure wherever you clean has good ventilation to help disperse the smell.
- Use an air purifier — By using one of best air purifiers can help deodorize the room.
- Use baking soda — Baking soda will naturally absorb odors. Simply leave a bowl outside for a few hours to absorb the smell.