Homemade All-purpose Citrus Oil Cleaner

This is quite possibly the easiest and most effective homemade cleaner I have tried (and I’ve tried a few). It’s also the least expensive which is, let’s face it, HUGE. It consists of two ingredients. 1.) White distilled vinegar and 2.) Citrus peels. That’s why it’s so cheap. You save the scraps from the fruit you buy so as far as I’m concerned this part is free because it would otherwise be discarded. You can use any citrus fruit. So far I have used lemons, oranges, limes and tangerines in various combinations.

my “homebrew” 🙂

I save every glass jar that enters my home. You never know when you might need one. I wash them in the dishwasher to sanitize before using. Fill your chosen jar (packed fairly tight) with citrus peels. Mix and match, that’s the fun part! Then fill to the top with vinegar and screw the lid on tight. Write the date on it and store it at room temperature (shaking it up a bit every day or whenever you think of it) for 4 + weeks before using as a concentrated cleanser. You could leave it in these jars and when you’re ready to use it just spoon out what you need into a spray bottle or you could strain it out into a separate clean jar or squirt bottle. Here is the breakdown of  what it works for and how I dilute it.

Counter top spray for kitchen and bath : 1/4 cup citrus oil in a 32 oz spray bottle then fill the rest of the way with water.

Greasy oven cleaner: No diluting needed. Just spritz concentrated cleaner on and wipe grease off!

Dishwasher rinse aid: No diluting needed. Fill rinse aid cup with citrus oil and watch in amazement as your dishes come out sparkling clean!

Kitchen sink, bathtub and shower: Wet the surface and sprinkle baking soda on area to be cleaned. Fill spray bottle with half citrus oil and half water. Spritz on top of baking soda then gently scrub the area to mix. Wave goodbye to soapscum and grime!

Toilet: Flush toilet once and wait for water to stop running. Sprinkle baking soda all around the inside of the bowl then spritz with undiliuted citrus oil, scrub and flush!

Tile and hardwood floors: 1/2 cupt of citrus oil for each gallon of water. No need to rinse.


Happy cleaning!


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