For The Infused Herbal Creeping Charlie Vinegar:
For The Creeping Charlie All-Purpose Cleanser:
To Make The Vinegar Infusion: 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).
To Make the All-Purpose Cleanser: Add 1 part infused Creeping Charlie vinegar to 3 parts water in a spray bottle. Easy calculation: 1/3 vinegar + 2/3 water or 1/4 vinegar + 3/4 water. Add in a few squirts of dish soap and essential oils, if using.
To Use: Spray on counters, sinks, kitchen islands, bath curtains, and wherever else anti-bacterial help is needed.
Use This Cleanser To Clean Windows: Use half vinegar and half water in a spray bottle.
Use This Cleanser To Clean Floors: Add 1/4 of the bucket with vinegar, and fill up the rest of the bucket with water.
Creeping Charlie--- What Creeping Wonders! :)
Creeping Charlie, also known as ground ivy (and a bunch of other names) 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. Many find her to be a nuisant weed, but as wise folks know, weeds have many useful purposes!
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.
Since many dish soaps are scented, you could opt out of using essential oils (EOs). EOs do tend to break down plastic, so a glass or ceramic spray bottle would be better to use. Use 10-20 drops per cup if using EOs. Sage, Lemon, Lime, Eucalyptus and Rosemary all have anti-bacterial properties. EOs are potent, so let your nose be your guide!
As always, Enjoy :)