Thursday, November 20, 2014
Sunburst Oranges Citrus Makes Wonderful Natural Cleaners
Disinfecting Citrus Cleanser
Chop up the peel of a large citrus fruit (orange or lemon). Combine it with 4 cups of water and bring it to a boil in a saucepan. Allow it to cool until it is warm. Stir in 6 tablespoons of vinegar and 3 teaspoons of borax. Mix well and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Shake before use to mix the liquids. Spray hard surfaces with the mixture and wipe clean.
Citrus Vinegar All-Purpose Cleanser
Fill a glass jar with clean chopped citrus peels. Pour vinegar over the peels until they are completely submersed and screw the lid on the jar. Allow the concoction to sit, occasionally shaking the jar to mix the liquid. After four weeks, you can pour the concoction through a mesh strainer and into a spray bottle. Use the cleanser to clean countertops, stovetops, appliances, floors and glass.
Citrus Garbage Disposal Freshener
Drop the all of your citrus peels into your garbage disposal with three or four ice cubes. The ice cubes cool the grease, solidifying it, and the acid in the peels cuts it away. Turn on the disposal until the peels, ice cubes, grease and odors are gone. The citrus peels release a clean scent as they are broken down.
Citrus Metal Polish
When it comes to copper, brass and chrome, don’t use the harsh chemical polishes and instead put some elbow grease behind half a lemon. For extra oomph, before scrubbing, dip the lemon half into a plate covered in fine table salt, it will help exfoliate the surface for added shine. A bit of rubbing brings out the shine.
Powdered Citrus Cleanser
Combine 1 cup of baking soda, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1/8 cup of borax and 1/4 cup grated citrus peel in a bowl. Mix the ingredients well and pour the mixture into a glass jar. Sprinkle the mixture onto dried spills or soap scum. Use a sponge or soft brush to scrub the mixture into the mess, breaking it up. Wipe clean with a wet cloth.
Optional: You can add 10 drops of lemon essential oil for greasy messes and stubborn stains, also this mixture can be used to sanitize cutting boards.
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