For the infused herbal Creeping Charlie Vinegar:
For the Creeping Charlie All-Purpose Cleanser:
First, make a vinegar infusion with the herb and vinegar:
-> Place freshly chopped Creeping Charlie, slightly packed, in a mason jar (size will depend upon how much herb you have). Add the white vinegar to cover the herb, and up to the top of the jar. Place on lid and screw cap and let sit 6 weeks. Strain out the herb from the vinegar using a fine mesh sieve (you can place an unbleached coffee filter in the sieve first, if you like).
Now that you have your Creeping Charlie vinegar, make the All-Purpose Cleanser:
-> Add 1 part of this vinegar to 3 parts water in a spray bottle. Add in a few squirts of dish soap and essential oils, if using. Done! Spray and spritz on counters, sinks, kitchen islands, bath curtains, and wherever else a little cleaning is needed!
Creeping Charlie, also known as ground ivy (and a bunch of other names) or Glechoma hederaceae is a small ground cover plant in the mint family. One of her properties is being astringent, and while you can eat her raw in salads or cooked like spinach, she has a bitter antiseptic taste that is put to good use as a cleanser.
You might find her growing in your own backyard or in fields and disturbed areas.
Gather her leaves and flowers on a dry late morning or afternoon (and no rain the day before either!), and simply snip off her flowering tops.
FYI: 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar -> I usually use 1/4-1/3 cup infused vinegar for every 3/4-2/3 cup water.
Since many dish soaps are scented, you could opt out of using use essential oils (EOs). EOs do tend to break down plastic, so a glass or ceramic spray bottle would be better to use. I'd recommend 10-20 drops per cup. EOs are potent, so use according to your nose!
I've also used this cleanser to clean my windows: use 1 part vinegar to 1 part water, in other words half vinegar and half water.
And even my floors: simply add some to a bucket filled with warm water.
Creeping Charlie ---what creeping wonders! :)
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