Anyone else enjoying Pinterest?
I have found all kinds of neat ideas for all areas of life via this little online gallery of pictures. One recent discovery was that of an easy homemade citrus cleaner. Have you seen it? The jars filled up with citrus peels and then filled with vinegar?
I tried it.
I love it.
Allow me to share my version.
This cleaner could not be any easier or economical. The peels are leftover from the fruit you already used for eating, and the vinegar is the stuff that we all have on hand for other kitchen and household purposes. No fancy ingredients that are hard to find or costly upfront. That’s two big bonuses right there.
Now, no easy or economical cleaner is worth making if it doesn’t work effectively, too. Let me tell you, friends. This stuff really works better than plain vinegar alone. I was very pleasantly surprised when I tried it. And, a slight citrus scent is left, too!
Here’s what you do.
Take your citrus peels. I keep our peels in a bag in the fridge until I’m ready to make a batch. I’ve just used orange so far, and might try lemon if I have a lot of those peels sometime. Mixing them might be fun, too. At least as fun as cleaning can be.
Next, put the peels in a jar. Any size glass jar will do. I’ve used a gallon size glass jar for the peels that were leftover from an 8 lb. bag of oranges.Take your vinegar. Just plain old white vinegar.
I put this batch of cleaner on our deck so that I can say that it was solar-infused. Doesn’t that sound phenominal? Please try my all-natural, homemade, solar-infused citrus cleaner… My last batch infused on the kitchen counter. I’m sure this one will be exponentially more powerful.
I like to turn my jar over randomly through the week, or at least give it a shake now and then. After two weeks (or whatever…), strain the peels out, and throw them in your compost pile. (What? You’re not composting? Oh dear reader, we must talk.)
I was left with about a half-gallon of cleaner, which I put in an empty milk jug.
I filled it up the rest of the way with water. Then I filled spray bottles halfway with cleaner, and the rest of the way with water. I wondered if it would be too diluted, but I found it is definitely not.
I’ve used this so far to clean in the bathroom, and it has done a fabulous job with the mirror, sink, and tub. The ring around the tub practically melted off after it was on there for about five minutes!
I don’t think I could ever go back to plain vinegar again.
4/23/2013 Update: I started to notice that the citrus cleaner was forming what looked like a vinegar “mother” after it sat in my cupboard for a while, and heard of other users having this come up, too. I strained the vinegar again to get rid of the goop, but it would form again after some time. I am not going to dilute the vinegar as previously suggested for storage, but will dilute instead in the spray bottle. I’ve also heard that some people had less trouble with the goop if they used lemon peels, but haven’t tried that myself. Other suggestions included boiling the finished vinegar, only making what can be quickly used, and storing the vinegar in the refrigerator. If you have another suggestion, feel free to chime in!