White vinegar builds the core of my cleaning supplies. It’s cheap, environmentally friendly, and it’s effective. Â Vinegar and water wash the hardwood floors, vinegar is my fabric softener in the laundry (gets rid of lint and pet hair), Â as a Â wrinkle release spray. Vinegar is the base ingredientÂ of my window cleaner, and when mixed with baking soda, makes a great sink scrub/polisher that simultaneously works to clean out the drains. And how about those fixtures? Nothing polishes like vinegar. Â And, I even use vinegarÂ as a vegetable wash.
I also use vinegar to pour into that little place in the dishwasher where the “Jet Dry” goes. And Vinegar eliminates odors — and with a few drops of essential oils… you have a nontoxic air freshener.
But I’ve been missing out… and maybe you have too. We’ve been putting up with that awful vinegar smell (the worse it smells, the better, right?!) Â For years, we’ve been throwing out and missing one of the biggest cleaning powerhouses there is: Citrus.
On Pinterest, I kept seeing all of these photos of dried orange peels. Most commercial cleaners contains orange oil — the stuff from orange peels that you must extract — as a powerful cleaning agent. So, I began some research.
After reading pages and pages of documents, I saved you some time — and I’m going to save you some money. Â I discovered this: All you need to create your own citrus cleaner, is vinegar and citrus peels. That’s it.
- Save all your citrus peels!!! You can either add them a little bit as a time, as you eat the fruit, or make Lemon Shake Ups, and add them all at once. Â (Need an excuse to eat more grapefruit? This is it… grapefruit smells great!)
- Rather than compost them, let them dry out… which doesn’t take very long — overnight.
- If you’re like me — skip the drying step. I plow through a bottle of vinegar so quickly, that the drying step isn’t important.
- Use a vinegar jug that is about 1/2 – 3/4 full.
- Start stuffing citrus peels inside…you can do it all at once, or keep adding as you accumulate them.
- Keep stuffing until the bottle is full.
- The vinegar helps to release the oils from the orange peels… and the oils permeate your vinegar…. creating a powerhouse. A natural cleaner, like you have never seen before! (Or smelled.)
- Place the cap on the vinegar bottle, and let it “steep” for about two weeks.
- (Is this vaguely familiar? Like creating your own vanilla extract? This gives me an idea… adding a vanilla bean?! Or Maybe lavender … roses… anything goes, I guess)
- Now, you’re bottle is ready to go. Strain out your peels, if you want, but if you’re like me, you can manage with the peels intact.
- Start your next bottle… this one can be steeping while you’re using the first one.
- Throw your leftover peels out into the compost pile — if you’re lucky enough to have one. My hair stylist throws citrus peels around his plants, as he says it helps his soil. I can imagine the vinegar infused citrus peels would do a great job of keeping insects away.
- This citrus vinegar not only smells awesome, but it’s so much more powerful than regular vinegar… just Google citrus cleaner for some insights.
- Start using this citrus vinegar as your laundry softener ( makes the washer and your clothes smell great).Â Make a paste with baking soda and scrub your porcelain, the chrome on your faucets, start washing your floors with it!!! It’s quite amazing… I’ll stop now… before I turn into an infomercial.