There’s nothing better than the smell of a real Christmas tree in the living room. But what can those pine tree needles be used for as a general cleaner? Pine disinfectant is a popular, old-timey DIY that’s perfect for the season. Here are some ways to make it.
Traditional Method for Making Pine Tree Cleaner
There are few recipe recommendations out there, so we’ll start with the ones with the least prep time, but they all require precious chunks of chives. For the first recipe you will need:
- pine needles and/or twigs
- 1 ½ cups white distilled vinegar
- 1 ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup rubbing alcohol
- a big jar
- a spray bottle
To collect and move, Pack your needles in a glass jar, then pour vinegar into it and put it in a sunny window for a week. When the week is up, strain the plant material, pour the remaining vinegar into your spray bottle, add ¼ cup rubbing alcohol, and fill with the rest of the water.
Other methods ask you to work at it for more than a week, so use the above if you want to start pine-fresh cleaning before your guests arrive. version below, From tiktok user creative explaintells you to cut your twigs and leave them in white vinegar for about three weeks, but you don’t need rubbing alcohol.
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And if you have a fake Christmas tree?
If you go the faux route and don’t feel like hauling out pine needles, you can still enjoy your own homemade pine disinfectant. According to Author and natural DIY expert Sophie UlianoTo make your own modernized version you will need:
- 1 teaspoon borax
- ½ teaspoon washing soda crystals
- two tablespoons white vinegar
- ½ tsp liquid castile soap
- ½ teaspoon pine essential oil
- two cups hot water
- a spray bottle
Just mix all those ingredients in your bottle, and you have a great smelling cleaning spray.