Over the past several years, I’ve been trying to get rid of a lot of chemicals and toxins out of our home. It’s amazing how much bad stuff lingers in some of the things we use everyday, whether it’s household cleaners, shampoo, lotions, toothpaste, etc. The best thing of all is the more natural your products, the cheaper it gets! I’ve always been a fan of vinegar and the countless things you can use it for. We buy 2-3 gallons a month, since we use it frequently for laundry and cleaning around the house. I used to use plain vinegar to clean around the house and for our wood floors, until I read about Citrus Vinegar for added cleaning power and scent. By the way, if you’re worried about the vinegar smell, it dissipates once your laundry or cleaning surfaces are dry. Making your own natural cleaner and in this case, citrus vinegar, is super easy! All you need is:
- White Vinegar
- Lemon or Orange Rinds
- A container (I use Mason Jars)
- Spray Bottle
We often have Oranges and Lemons around the house and I hate just tossing the rinds away. We either feed them to our worms or make a fresh batch of Citrus Vinegar.
- Step 1: Place your Lemon or Orange Rinds in Mason Jar
- Step 2: Pour vinegar over rinds and completely cover
- Step 3: Seal your Jar
- Step 4: Place in a cool, dry place for 2 weeks
- Step 5: Remove rinds and strain liquid into a spray bottle
- Step 6: Dilute with water (1:1 works great!)
Hope this tutorial helps you make your home a bit greener and save you some money on cleaning products! I’m also eager to add other things like rosemary and lavender in the future. How about you, what steps have you made for more natural living in your home?