Homemade cleaners are all the rage 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!?
I’ve used a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water as an all-purpose cleaner for years now… But, not gonna lie– sometimes I miss the fancy “flavors” and scents of the store-bought cleaners.
Which is why I’ve been thrilled to find a new “recipe” for my all-purpose cleaner. It’s still all-natural and safe enough to eat (not that I would recommend that, but you could if you really wanted too…)
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. (The longer it sits, the more potent it will get!)
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 little more fun. I won’t go as far to say that I LOVE cleaning the bathroom now, but it is just a little more pleasant than it was before. 😉
And don’t forget to check out The Prairie Homestead’s collection of DIY home solutions:
- Natural, Frugal Carpet Cleaner
- 3 Ways to Freshen your Garbage Disposal
- Homemade Peppermint Air Freshener
- Homemade Laundry Soap
- Natural Oven Cleaning: The Experiments