Who here is tired of prices at the store for the things we use every day? Go ahead, raise your hand. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the products we buy…especially household cleaners, we would NEVER let our children handle. How does that help?? Like, we want to teach our children to be helpful members of our community and household…and that includes cleaning up. Lets face it, if I had to turn my kids loose with a store bought household cleaner I’d probably just live in a dirty house *ugh, who wants that *. There’s good news. I have a safe, simple, and cheap alternative that you can make right at home. I got you 🙂
I’ve been experimenting with simple all purpose cleaners for almost a year now, but honestly there’s always something that doesn’t work for me. While I refuse to waste anything…lets just say it just takes a long time for me to use them up. I’m not saying that they don’t work, I think maybe I’m just frugally picky *lol is that a thing?!?!* I’ve finally found something I’m willing to share, and better yet…I let my kids use it by themselves *whoop whoop*.
Now before I give you the simple and easy recipe I need to tell you two things:
- This recipe makes a CONCENTRATE. You will need to dilute this when used for cleaning…but don’t worry, I’ll show you how.
- There are things that you CANNOT clean with this orange peel cleaner. While many posts out there will say you can clean everything, I am here to tell you that you shouldn’t. Citrus is acidic and can damage certain things it comes in contact with. Here is a short list of the things I know of that you should avoid cleaning with this cleaner.
- Granite or Marble
- Stone flooring
- Hardwood floors (even if its sealed)
- Stainless steel
- Painted surfaces
So yes, Homemade Citrus Cleaner is a cheap and effective alternative to cleaning with commercially made household cleaners, BUT you can’t use it on everything , so just be mindful. K?
Homemade Citrus Cleaner:
Before you get started, gather up:
- your choice of mason jar
- Orange, grapefruit, lemon, or lime peels (any combination of these will work, too) (and don’t feel like you need them all at once..start with a few and work up from there)
- White vinegarYou’ll need these last 2 things after your concentrate is done soaking
- A spray bottle (feel free to repurpose one)
- 3-4 drops of essential oil (totally optional)
Ready…lets get to makin’…
Fill your jar about half to ¾ full with citrus peels.
Fill the jars the rest of the way up with white vinegar. Cover tightly with a lid and give it a good shake. Write the date on the top so you don’t forget *I stink at this part lol*
Allow the peels and vinegar to steep for at least 2 weeks. The longer it steeps, the more potent it will be.
Once the appropriate time has elapsed, remove the peels from the mixture and strain your concentrate through a fine strainer or flour sack towel to remove any bits of citrus that might be floating in your vinegar.
Dilute your concentrate 1:1 with water (one part concentrate to one part water) and pour in your spray bottle.
At this time, if you have decided to include a few drops of essential oils go ahead and add them to your spray bottle.
That’s it, you’re ready to clean…I know what you’re thinking …* SHUT YOUR MOUTH* I know, I get it. But I promise cleaning is more enjoyable when you know it’s safe for your family and easy on your checkbook.
What other cleaners would you like to find a safe and cost effective alternative for? Leave me a note below and I’ll make finding an alternative for you my next project.
Love, Grace, and Blessings to your place.