DIY Citrus All-Purpose Cleaner
Let’s put it this way… do you want to have a clean, toxic-free home, save money, and stop plastic from ending up in landfills?
Awesome, me too! This is why I started making my own all-purpose cleaner. But the one criterion for making my own cleaning recipes is that it has to be easy. It needs to be something that doesn’t require a lot of active time putting together because this low-waste natural lifestyle needs to be sustainable.
Life is busy enough as it is. This is part of simplifying my life, not complicating it!
This all-purpose cleaner is one of my favourite cleaner recipes because it utilizes kitchen scraps (i.e. what we usually refer to as waste) and gives them a secondary use! Zero-waste for the win!
By making my own cleaner I am saying no to the chemical based cleaners at the store, many of which contain undisclosed ingredients. I am also saying no to plastic, which contaminates our environment and our bodies. No thanks! Not today, plastic!
This cleaner is vinegar-based which is great for several reasons:
Cuts through grease and other build-ups
Due to the acidity in vinegar it can cause the dulling of certain surfaces. So avoid using on these surfaces:
Wood, stone, grout, concrete are safe to wash with a vinegar-based cleaner as long as it’s diluted, which this recipe is.
Now, I’m not a fan of the straight up vinegar smell, so the food scraps I was referring to earlier are to infuse the vinegar naturally. This is a more cost effective solution than using essential oils, which can get pricey when you’re using them in all of your DIY recipes.
Here’s what you need:
Any combination of citrus peels, herbs, flowers
Apple cider vinegar (white vinegar works too)
Fill up a jar with whatever you want to infuse your cleaner with. For the citrus element I typically use lemon and/or grapefruit peels. Thyme, rosemary, lavender make great additions as well.
Fill up your jar with apple cider vinegar or white vinegar.
Let sit in a cupboard for 4-6 weeks
Strain, keeping the liquid. Compost the food scraps.
Dilute liquid 1 part vinegar to 1 part water.
Pour it into a spray bottle and happy cleaning!