DIY CITRUS-INFUSED CLEANER

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Fabuloso, Pinesol, Clorox… I knew our house was clean when I would come home to smell those scents. Most cleaning products are made with harsh chemicals. You also have cleaners for this type of surface and cleaners for that type of mess. They’re all great and serve their purpose but I personally wanted to start pulling myself away from all of that.

I wanted the following things:

  • Create my own product
  • Decrease the number of cleaners I have
  • Use something that has simple and natural, yet effective, ingredients
  • Pet-safe

Ingredients

  • Citrus Peels (Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Clementines… you pick!)
  • White Vinegar
    • Don’t use Apple Cider Vinegar. It’ll make your solution sticky. I’ve tried it and no bueno!
  • Distilled Water

Materials

  • Glass Jar
  • Reusable Spray Bottle
  • Funnel
  • Strainer or Straining Cloth

Process

  • Add citrus peels to Jar. Fill 3/4 of the way.
    • Collect Citrus peels and store them in the freezer as you go. When you have enough to fill half of your mason jar, then transfer to jar.
  • Add white Vinegar and fill the entire jar (submerge all peels).
  • Close the lid and set it aside for 2-3 weeks. The longer it sits the more Citrus Oil will be infused. You can set it out on the counter, at room temperature.
  • After 2-3 weeks, remove the soaked citrus peels and pour the liquid from your jar through a strainer.
    • I pour the liquid, through the strainer directly into my Spray Bottle using a funnel. If you don’t have a funnel, you can strain you Citric Vinegar into a bowl and then pour into your Spray bottle
  • Fill your Spray bottle up halfway with your infused vinegar.
  • Fill the other half of the bottle with Distilled water.
  • It’s ready to use!

Optional Additives

  • Rosemary
  • Essential Oils

Below are some of the reasons I chose to use a Citrus-infused vinegar cleaner:

Stain Remover

Acids are great for removing other acids such as sweat, urine and coffee stains. Acids are also great for removing alkaline stains. So, that limescale you find in your bathroom? That can easily be removed with your new citric cleaner edlekarna.cz! Citrus is so acidic that it has actually been known to dissolve rust off of certain materials.

Antibacterial + Neutralizes Odors

Your new Citric cleaner is also considered antibacterial. Keep in mind though that it doesn’t fight against all pathogens. The high acidity helps kill most tiny little germs though! Since this cleaner is acidic, it also works well to neutralize gross smells.

Something to keep in mind: I’ve read some articles that discourage the use of Citric Vinegar Cleaners on certain surfaces out of fear that it may corrode that material. I see no signs of corrosion anywhere. I would’ve seen changes by now. Also, your Citrus-infused solution is diluted with water intentionally. If you were to use it without diluting, I would be a little more concerned. Lastly, Citrus is acidic but not potent enough to cause that type of damage.

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