You will recall, Dear Reader, my blog post about experiments I was conducting – making Lavender Essential Oil and Citrus Vinegar cleaner. Read it here. Two weeks have gone by and here are the results.
Lavender Essential Oil
I used canola oil as the carrier for the lavender. The first run of essential oil had a mild scent of lavender scent. I made the mistake of using a paper towel to filter out the lavender buds which did not hold up to the necessary squeezing to extract the oil from the buds.
Using the same filtered oil, I dumped in 4 more tablespoons (~60 ml) of lavender and let it sit on the window sill for 2 more not-so-sunny days. Afterwards, I used scrap muslin to pour the oil through which allowed me to squeeze the buds, extracting as much oil as possible.
Results were satisfactory. I wasn’t sure how pungent to expect the lavender oil to be. It definitely has a moderate to moderately strong scent of lavender. As you can see by the photo, I got a decent amount of oil out of the process – probably 2-3 ounces (~59 ml).
Citrus Vinegar Cleaner
This experiment was a great success! As you can see, the vinegar took on the yellow (thereby lemon oils) of the lemons. It smells absolutely wonderful! I will not use it full strength, but will mix it 50/50 with water and put it in a spray bottle. The remainder I will store in a cool dark place for future use.
Today is laundry day and I may throw a little of it in the laundry to see if it gives the clothes a fresh citrus scent.
Any new and exciting things happening in your neck of the woods, Dear Reader?