I know this recipe has been making the rounds online lately — and for good reason: it really works.
This everything-cleaner uses just citrus peels and white vinegar, and you can use it in place of all the millions of specialty cleaners you’ve got for windows, countertops, bath & tile, and stovetops. I’ve found this even works great on my stainless steel fixtures. But best of all, it costs next to nothing to make — so health isn’t the only thing you’ll be saving. *hint-hint*
The next time you squeeze a lemon, peel an orange, or eat a grapefruit, save the rinds and toss them into a jar.
Next, fill the jar with white vinegar just enough until the rinds are fully submerged.
Seal the jar and set it aside for about 2-3 weeks, or until you notice that the vinegar has drawn the color out of the rinds a little. If you want to speed up the process, just set the jar in a sunny window. But bear in mind: the longer it steeps, the stronger the spray.
When everything’s finished mingling, strain your infused vinegar and transfer it into a designated spray bottle. Seriously, that’s it.
I used lemons for potency, but any citrus peel will do. If you’re a scent person and want to embellish, play around with adding sprigs of complementary herbs like thyme, rosemary, or lavender to the mix.
For years, I’ve been buying the pricier “green” cleaners, telling myself it was the price to pay for non-toxics. But this everything-cleaner is dirt-cheap to make and works just as well. (Just be sure not to use it on marble or granite, as the citrus and vinegar will be racing each other to see who can eat through the finish first.)
Easy, non-toxic, and economical? My kind of project.