With all the high powered cleaning concoctions and laboratory made ingredients why would a company add a natural product who’s price is above that of the lab made soup? There is a very simple reason… the citrus element is an excellent cleaning product. Not just when compared to other naturally sourced chemicals, but even when compared with the very best laboratory made cleaners.
Yes, you can purchase many different types of citrus based cleaners right on the grocery store shelves, but some of you may want one-hundred percent control over all the chemicals that are used in your products. The best way to do that is to make your own cleaning products.
Some people do this just to make sure they know what they are being exposed to and others are just plain tired of paying extra for store-bought cleaners than almost require a gas mask in order to use safely. Plus, many homemade versions work just as good, make that if not better than the commercial brands.
To start with you can try a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water as an all-purpose cleaner. And guess what, if you miss the fancy “flavors” and scents of the store-bought cleaners you can add grated orange or lemon peels for enhanced fragrance and boost the cleaning power at the same time. There is nothing better than the fresh citrus smell of a really clean kitchen.
1 or 2 quart canning jar
1 quart white vinegar
orange, grapefruit, lemon, or lime peels (any combination)
Optional: 3 or 4 drops of lemon, grapefruit, or orange essential oil
Fill the quart jar with sliced or chopped citrus peels.
Fill the jar the rest of the way up with white vinegar. Seal tightly with the lid, give it a good shake, and then write the date on the lid!
Allow the peels and vinegar to steep for 2 to 3 weeks. (The longer it sits, the stronger it will get!)
After the time has elapsed, strain through a fine strainer or cheesecloth to remove any bits of citrus that might be floating in your vinegar. Dilute; one part citrus vinegar to one part water and place in a spray bottle. Buy a good one at Lowe’s or Home Depot.
You can add 3 to 4 drops of your choice of essential oil ( match contents ) if you wish at this point. It’s not absolutely necessary, but the extra citrusy-boost that the oils give the mixture, plus they also boost it’s cleaning power!
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180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA 93257