Citrus Cleaning Spray

As you may know, I’m an avid fan of homemade cleaning products. I regularly use (and love!) my laundry detergent, fabric softener, tub and shower cleaner, and multi-purpose cleaning spray.

Well, I’ve come up with another one that I am quite fond of.

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This spray is also multi-purpose, and I have used it on everything from counters to mirrors to whatever else needs a good cleaning. Since it contains vinegar, which is a natural disinfectant, I would much prefer using this over something commercially made and chock full of chemicals.

Yes, the older I get, the more I am a little perturbed by the store-bought options out there. My son Andrew, whom we have dubbed “the Professor,” studies all kinds of science-y stuff. He reads labels and questions what is in our food, what we put on our bodies, etc. Just as an aside, last summer he was reading the label for a bug spray and has since been on a mission to make insect repellent that is safer for people to spray on their bodies. I have to see what we can come up with!

I can assure you that I have no reservations about spraying this in my house.

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You only need two ingredients to make this: white vinegar and citrus peels. That’s it.

I used the peels from several oranges and put them in a quart mason jar. Any other citrus would work beautifully too. Using white vinegar, I filled the rest of the jar and covered it. Then I left it sit for about two weeks, strained off the peels, and poured the liquid into an empty spray bottle. If you leave it to steep for longer, I imagine that it would be even darker in color. Then I busily sprayed away!

Happy (Almost) Spring!

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