Homemade cleaners are the best right now, and it’s easy to see why…
People are tired of paying big bucks for store-bought cleaners than almost require a gas mask in order to use safely. Plus, many homemade versions work just as good, if not better than the commercial brands. So what’s not to love?
Which is why I’ve been thrilled to find a new “recipe” for my all-purpose cleaner.
Plus, it’s a great way to use up those citrus peels that I always seem to accumulate. My goats and chickens generally don’t care for them, and you can only put so many down the garbage disposal!
DIY ALL-PURPOSE CITRUS CLEANER
You will need:
- 1 or 2 quart sized mason jars
- A spray bottle (a repurposed one is just fine!)
- White vinegar (around 1-2 quarts)
- Orange, grapefruit, lemon, or lime peels (any combination of these will work, too)
- 3 -4 drops of lemon, grapefruit, or orange essential oil (optional)
Fill your quart jars about half full of citrus peels. Feel free to pack them in there if you need to. I used a combo of orange and grapefruit peels for this batch.
Fill the jars the rest of the way up with white vinegar. Cover tightly with a lid, give it a good shake, and then write the date on the top so you don’t forget!
Allow the peels and vinegar to steep for 2-3 weeks.
After time has elapsed, remove the peels from the mixture and strain through a fine strainer to remove any bits of citrus that might be floating in your vinegar. Dilute 1:1 with water (one part citrus vinegar to one part water) and place in a spray bottle.
You may add 3-4 drops of your choice of essential oil if you wish at this point. It’s not absolutely necessary, but I like the extra citrusy-boost that the oils give the mixture, plus they also boost it’s cleaning power.
Use as you would your plain vinegar cleaner: on sinks, countertops, bathtubs, toilets, floors, etc!
It’s amazing how the little changes can make your daily tasks just a bit more fun. I won’t go as far to say that I like cleaning the bathroom now, but it is just a little more pleasant than it was before.