DIY Natural Herbal Vinegar Cleaner

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This worksheet is designed for a workshop for 20 participants

Target participants

All ages

(Suitable for participants with shorter attention span)

Manpower

1 instructor

2-3 helpers

Objectives

  • To promote the use of more environmentally friendly products 

  • To promote the concept of upcycling

  • To teach participants to avoid toxic and abrasive chemicals in commercially made cleaning products for the wellbeing the earth and ourselves

Duration

30 minutes

Budget

$350

Material List

Quantity

Cost

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$200

$110

$50

Some

1 tray

20

5 bottles

3-5

  • Herbs at the edible space

  • Collected orange peel / lemon rind

  • Glass jars (can be upcycled)

  • Vinegar

  • Scissors

Total Cost

$360

Vinegar cleaner

DIY Natural Herbal Vinegar Cleaner

Bring extra freshness to your home by making a natural vinegar cleaner with fresh herbs! 

Related topics

Sustainable living

Level of difficulty

Easy-peasy, suitable for everyone.

Rundown

Activity

Time

Content

Introduction

5 minutes

Introduce the DIY natural cleaner and its benefits compared to chemical cleaners which can be harmful to the environment and our bodies.

Harvest

10 minutes

Harvest herbs at the edible space. Rosemary, thyme, peppermint, mint and lavender are great herbs to be infused in the cleaner.

Put them together

10 minutes

Cut or tear the orange peel into small bits. Put the herbs, orange peel or lemon rind into the glass jar. Fill the jar with vinegar until all the ingredients are covered. Seal the jar with an airtight lid. Avoid using metal lid for your container because the vinegar may cause the metal to rust and pollute the cleaner.

Conclusion

5 minutes

Tell participants how to use this natural cleaner: Put the jar in a place without direct sunlight and wait for 3-4 weeks then strain the herbs and peels from the vinegar. Mix vinegar and water in the ratio of 1:1 for cleaning. You can also put the mixture into a spray bottle to make an all-purpose cleaning spray.​

Debrief and ask for participants’ reflection. Encourage them to incorporate the concept of upcycling in their daily life and choose natural and eco-friendly products rather than chemical products.