I have been making my own homemade all-natural citrus cleanser for a while now. I thought it might be helpful to share a tutorial on how I make it, in case you’re working to “clean up your act” in the same way I am. In this post, you will learn how to make your own organic citrus-infused liquid cleanser for kitchen, windows and more. It’s economical, natural and effective. Ditch your chemical cleaning products for good!
As I mentioned in a previous post, lately I’ve been bitten by the cleaning bug. I’ve been emptying closets, re-organizing and eliminating clutter, shedding the old to make way for the new. I was also recently diagnosed with a thyroid disorder, which is really not a big deal but it has changed the way I look at my environment. My doctor described the thyroid like a sponge that takes in everything you’re exposed to, for better or for worse. I’ve decided that getting rid of unnecessary chemicals in our home is a priority.
Making a homemade, all natural, all purpose cleanser is really quite simple. All it takes is some good old fashioned white vinegar, some citrus peels, and a little time. You can make it organic by using organic ingredients. This concept goes back to our great grandparents, who were using simple vinegar to clean and disinfect their kitchens and homes. More and more, I find myself returning to those old fashioned simple techniques… they’re often a vast improvement over the “modern” methods!.
What I really love is how adaptable this “recipe” is. You can use any citrus peels you like – lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit, or a combination of all of them! You can also make as much or as little as you like. They all work well, cut through grease, clean glass windows with very little streaking, and they leave your home disinfected while smelling crisp and clean.
I like using these glass spray bottles to store them in. Of course you can use simple plastic spray bottles, which are less prone to breakage. The glass just feels more old fashioned to me, and I like the weight of it.
Once you begin using this homemade cleanser instead of chemical cleansers you’ll start to realize just how unnecessarily potent the other stuff is. I can’t even handle the smell of chemical cleansers anymore. This one smells fresh, clean and is every bit as effective. Our great grandparents knew what they were doing. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Helpful Hint: If you’re wondering what to do with all of that extra citrus that has been peeled, try my Sweet Citrus Rosemary Medley, Citrus Avocado Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing or Pineapple Lime Grilled Chicken.
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Natural Homemade Citrus All Purpose Cleanser
You will need:
- Peels from lemons, limes, grapefruits and/or oranges (use organic for an organic cleanser)
- White vinegar (use organic for an organic cleanser)
- Mason jars with lids (tapered opening recommended), or any airtight container
- Spray bottle
- Mesh strainer
- Distilled water
Before peeling your citrus, be sure you have cleaned it with warm soapy water and have removed any stickers. You can use any variety or combination of citrus that you like. I prefer to do the peeling by hand to eliminate the possibility of any fruit getting into your cleanser base– sugar = mold.
Fill a clean mason jar, or airtight container, with the peels and pack as tightly as possible. Jars with a tapered opening work best, so that you can place a larger peel at the top to block the smaller pieces from floating above the vinegar, which in my experience can lead to mold.
Once you jar is packed, fill with vinegar until all of the peels are completely submerged.
Screw the lid on tightly and store the jar in a cool, dark place for two weeks. I like to check it every few days to be sure that the peels are still submerged and no mold has grown on any exposed pieces.
After two weeks your cleanser base is ready. Pour the mixture through a mesh strainer into a bowl or another jar. Discard the peels
The base can be stored in a tightly sealed jar or airtight container until ready to use. When you are ready to make the cleanser, combine it with distilled water in a 1:1 ratio and, using a funnel, pour into a spray bottle.
Use to clean counter tops, glass windows, or anywhere you need a natural all purpose cleanser. Please note that this cleanser does not work well for marble or stone surfaces, as well as certain granite counter tops… the acid content may cause etching. It does work like a charm for glass windows, showers, mirrors, and many other household surfaces!