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Homemade Pine Cleaner

Learn How to Make Pine Cleaner Without Vinegar using just a few simple ingredients. If you want to make natural cleaners, but you don’t have any vinegar on hand, this method helps you make a simple homemade cleaner.
Prep Time5 mins
Fermentation Time30 d
Total Time30 d 5 mins
Course: Natural Cleaners
Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: Homemade Cleaners, Homemade Pine Cleaner, Natural Cleaners, Natural Pine Cleaner, Pine Scented Cleaner
Yield: 32 ounces
Author: Mary's Nest


  • Half Gallon Jar
  • Coffee Filter or Clean Cloth
  • Rubber Band or String/Twine


  • Pine clippings Enough to halfway fill a half-gallon jar
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup White sugar
  • Filtered water, chlorine-free See "NOTES" below.


  • Place pine clipping into a half-gallon jar to fill the jar to halfway full.
  • Pour a 1/4 cup sugar into the jar over the pine clippings.
  • Fill the jar with filtered water to three-quarters full.
  • Cover the jar lid with a coffee filter or clean cloth and secure with a rubber band, string, or kitchen twine.
  • Each day, remove the coffee filter or cloth and stir pine clippings mixture with a long wooden spoon or chopstick. (See the video.) Re-cover jar with the coffee filter or cloth and secure.
  • After a few days, you will notice that the mixture will begin to bubble. This is a good sign that the fermentation process is beginning. The mixture has begun it's journey to becoming vinegar.
  • After a more few days, if the bubbling dies down, you can add in another 1/4 cup of sugar and stir well.
  • After the second addition of sugar, there will be no need to add more sugar, even though the bubbling will begin to subside again. At that point, the fermentation process is well on its way, and the mixture is becoming vinegar, so there will be less activity visible in the jar.
  • Repeat this process for 30 days.
  • After 30 days, strain the liquid from solids and decant the liquid. This liquid is pine-scented vinegar and may be used as a cleaner in place of anywhere you would use store-bought vinegar.



CHLORINE FREE WATER: If you are using tap water to make this pine cleaner, fill a pitcher or bowl with the water the night before and leave it on the counter to allow the chlorine to dissipate.  Another option to help decrease chlorine in your water is to boil your water for a few minutes, and then allow it to cool to room temperature.
Find this recipe and video at https://marysnest.com/learn-how-to-make-homemade-pine-cleaner/
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