Having children made me reevaluate many of the things I do around the house. When it comes to cleaning my house I only want to use products that are safe and non-toxic. I don’t want my kids or even myself around all the harsh and toxic chemicals that are in conventional cleaning products. I have been pleasantly surprised by how simple and easy it can be to make many cleansers myself.
White vinegar has always been one of my favorite all purpose household products. Later I discovered the idea of soaking leftover citrus peels in it and using that as an all purpose cleaner. It works great in the kitchen or the bathroom. It cleans up my greasy stove nicely and is great on my cabinets, mirrors, etc. I have made it with orange, lime or lemon peels, and they have all turned out great. They each add a pleasing scent to the vinegar plus they have great antibacterial properties and help cut grease.
The last batch I made with lemon peels and added a few sprigs of fresh rosemary. I think you could make several combinations of citrus and herbs depending on what you wanted. Many herbs have their own antibacterial properties and with a little research you could decide which ones you wanted to use. The process to create this cleaner is so simple!
What you will need:
- glass jar, any size you want
- distilled white vinegar
- citrus peels of your choice
- a few branches of fresh herbs if desired
- spray bottle
Simply place leftover citrus peels in the jar. Gently press down and cover with vinegar. Screw on a lid and let sit for about 3 weeks. Strain vinegar into an empty spray bottle. Use full strength on surfaces such as greasy stovetops or dilute with half water for cleaning mirrors.
*Note: this should not be used on granite surfaces as it will eat away at it.
Here are a few herbs you might like to add:
Thyme – has antibiotic and disinfectant properties
Sage – effective on germs and also has many anti-fungal properties
Rosemary – anti-microbial properties
Lavender – disinfectant, antiseptic, natural antibiotic properties
Peppermint – antibacterial properties
Cinnamon Sticks – anti-fungal and anti-microbial
i make my own with essential oils, but i like this method as we eat tons of citrus.