It’s a shame that those little orange stickers with the sour looking smiley face for your chemical products had to ever be invented. Possible death is in this bottle, but spray it on your kitchen counters! Yes, that makes sense. Wait, no, no it doesn’t! Although you may never see the harm that chemicals like this do to your body, it’s still a no-brainer that less chemicals in your daily life is a good thing. So let’s go with that thought process and start tearing apart your closet full of Clorox. The number one cleaning product I use most often is a multi-purpose cleaner. If I can go from room to room, surface to surface without switching spray bottles, I’m a happy person. As one who also loves a good smelling apartment, this all-natural multi-purpose cleaner not only disinfects, but leaves your place smelling like fresh squeezed citrus.
MULTI-PURPOSE CITRUS CLEANER
This cleaner uses the bacteria fighting acid of vinegar and the refreshing scent and grease cutting power of citrus fruits to clean surfaces all over your home. It’s cheap, easy to make and smells fantastic. Warning: it looks like sangria so don’t get tempted to drink it! Although it probably wouldn’t hurt you at all. Still, no.
- orange and/or lemon peels
- distilled white vinegar
- glass jar with a tight fitting lid
- spray bottle
- rags made from old towels, shirts, sheets, etc.!
Simply fill your empty glass jar with lemon and orange peels, fill it to the top with vinegar and put the lid on tight. Let it sit for about 2-3 weeks then drain the liquid into your spray bottle and start cleaning! Compost the citrus peels.
WHY I LOVE IT
I love that the first step is to eat an orange. I mean come on, the Pine-Sol lady can’t even give you that. If you’re lacking in kitchen decor, this lively glass jar of fruit is perfect for spicing it up. Beyond the aesthetics of this cleaner, it’s cheaper than cheap, contains zero toxins, chemicals or unrecognizable compounds and works like a dream. Trust me, I wouldn’t write about it if it didn’t work. This recipe also goes to show the incredible capabilities of the simplest of nature’s ingredients. Our food is capable of more than just sustaining our physical bodies, but has healing, cleaning and restorative properties that are ours for the taking. I think this simple household cleaner is a great first step toward a more natural lifestyle starting with your day to day routine.
LEMONS & ORANGES
- Deodorize your garbage disposal by throwing a slice or two of lemon or orange down the drain and turning it on.
- Freshen your fridge and/or dishwasher by placing a slice of lemon or orange inside. Run the dishwasher occasionally with a lemon slice inside to freshen it.
- Polish stainless steel and copper by sprinkling salt on the metal first then scrubbing with half a lemon. Rinse and dry.
- Rub a lemon peel on your face for a natural skin toner to remove dirt and oil. Rinse when done.
- Add dried lemon or orange peels and other spices like cinnamon sticks to a small sachet (little bag, able to breath) and place inside of drawers to freshen.
- Keep brown sugar from clumping by adding a few slices of lemon or orange peel to the bag or bulk jar. Make sure there is no pulp on the peel!
- Whiten your fingernails by rubbing them with a lemon.
- Suck on a lemon to help stop feeling nauseous?! Okay I haven’t done this one, but as someone who gets motion sickness while snorkeling or watching an IMAX movie about surfing, you can trust me when I say I’m grabbing a lemon the next time I’m motion sick. Maybe I’ll just keep a lemon in my car at all times for when my husband drives.
- Use dried orange or lemon peels as a fire starter on your next camping trip! The oils within the peels are highly flammable and it will burn with a sweet smell. Make sure they are very dry!
- Rub lemon or orange on your skin as a natural bug repellent on your next hike or picnic.
- Use half of an orange with the center pith in tact. Fill the orange with oil and use the center pith as a wick for an all natural oil lamp.
I hope this inspires you to reuse things you never thought you could before! Citrus is just the beginning. Think rosemary, thyme, lavender, olive oil and spices. All of these things and more have uses beyond what you’re used to. More to come! Happy cleaning.