A few years ago we learned about the dangers of using chemical cleaners in our home with cats. Our kitties absorb the chemicals directly into their blood stream from their paw pads. We couldn’t accept this so we started using vinegar cleaner instead. It cleans amazing… but smells horrible.

I mean, it’s not the worst smell in the world, but it doesn’t have that fresh clean smell that the chemicals did. We heard that some people will mix in essential oils, but many EOs are also toxic to our cats, so that wasn’t an option either.

Making your own floor & counter cleaner with vinegar and water at home is super cheap and easy. You can click here to see that recipe. Oh! Added bonus: Click here for a recipe on cat-safe glass cleaner & here for the recipe for furniture polish.  

Anyway… we found ourselves having to schedule our cleaning time appropriately – so that the vinegar smell could subside before company came over. FYI – This sucked because we tend to be last minute hostesses and usually have the house ready just moments before you arrive.

Well, thanks to the amazing Dr. Karen Becker, we learned how to make the vinegar cleaner smell fresher with fruit peels!

How To Make Vinegar Cleaner Smell Better

  1. Peel some fruit like lemons, limes or oranges (you know, all those smells that the chemical cleaners have).
  2. Pour your vinegar into a glass jar. We put ours in a huge pickle jar.
  3. Pop those fruit peels into the vinegar and let sit for 3 weeks.
  4. Now mix the vinegar and water together in your spray bottle and voila!

Now I’m not going to say that it makes the cleaner smell like the chemical ones, but it certainly doesn’t smell bad anymore! I can comfortably clean the floor or the counters right before our friends arrive without feeling embarrassed.

Do you have any tricks to make your vinegar cleaner smell better? Please comment below!


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