DIY Natural Herbal Vinegar Cleaner
This worksheet is designed for a workshop for 20 participants
(Suitable for participants with shorter attention span)
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
Herbs at the edible space
Collected orange peel / lemon rind
Glass jars (can be upcycled)
Introduce the DIY natural cleaner and its benefits compared to chemical cleaners which can be harmful to the environment and our bodies.
Harvest herbs at the edible space. Rosemary, thyme, peppermint, mint and lavender are great herbs to be infused in the cleaner.
Put them together
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.
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.