craft your cleaner

Happy Earth Day! I meant to have a grand celebratory post but with gardening season in full swing, custom art orders to finish and rehearsals for a play – I missed the opportunity.  So instead, I thought I’d share with you a really cool and simple way to help save the planet and your household from the toxic chemicals found in cleaning products.

Craft Your Own Vinegar Orange Peel All-Purpose Cleaner.

This is a natural and super-cheap disinfectant that works on almost all surfaces and eliminates grease, grime, germs, mold and bacteria. Now, I know your thinking, “but won’t my house will smell like vinegar?” Yes, but the smell goes away pretty quickly – and at least your lungs won’t be burning from chemical fumes so basically, I’m saving your life.  You’re welcome.

Now, you can either peel a bunch of oranges {or lemons, grapefruits, what-have-you} in one sitting or you can save them up over a few days in the fridge {don’t wait too long, however or the natural oils in the peels will dry up}.  The oils in the peels do jack up the cleaning power and provide a more pleasant scent. Grab a big mason jar and cram it full of peels.  Cover the peels to the almost tipy-top with white distilled vinegar.  Stash them in a cupboard for a couple of weeks to a month. Strain the liquid and store in a jar – glass is best. It should store for many months up to a whole year.

Orange Peels & Vinegar.

Now, you can dilute the stuff for a more general multi-purpose cleaner or use more concentrated for a tougher cleaner. Use a clean, re-purposed spray bottle {or a new one if you must} and pour in about 2 cups of the solution into the bottle and fill with water. Shake before each use. I use this on counters, sinks, mirrors, toilets, appliances, floors, windows, wood, metal, laminate, tile & glass. It works great. I read however, that it’s not good to use vinegar on stone, granite or marble surfaces – so don’t do that.

Orange Peel Vinegar Cleaner.

Since I’ve been using this recipe for a while now and love it – I can’t wait to get creative with it and try some other scents and combinations.  Once my herb garden comes in, I thought I’d try fresh mint, rosemary, marjoram and thyme! You can also skip the citrus peel thing and add essential oils to a 1:1 vinegar/water solution.

Enjoy! You will feel so good saving money, your health and the planet. Plus, a clean house to boot!

Mother Earth thanks you.

 

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