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Homemade Citrus Vinegar Cleaner

Friday, October 28th, 2011

My last post was ‘Exotic’.  This post is very prosaic and day-to-day. Lately I have been into making my own cleaning solutions with white vinegar as the base – partly to save money (commercially made cleaners are really expensive) and partly for the sake of my little family’s health. Recently I found a really nice recipe for a citrus-based cleaner. A lot of the commercially made ‘natural’ cleaning solutions (which are horrifically expensive!) use citrus so I thought I’d try it too. I found the recipe by googling ‘orange vinegar cleaning’ and the first one that came up was this one at Nadine’s Nook. It made me feel very ‘domestic goddessy’ having my jug of vinegar sitting on the bench for a week or so gently influsing with orange peels and then making my own 100% natural cleaning solution with it!

Here’s what you’ll need on hand to make this

  • 1 litre white vinegar
  • The peel of one orange
  • a few drops of tea tree oil
  • a couple of squirts of castile soap (or enviro-friendly dish liquid)
  • a coffee filter (or some muslin)
  • a clean jar (preferably with a plastic lid, but mine had a metal one)
  • empty spray bottle

Then you simply soak your orange peel in your white vinegar for a week and strain it (through the coffee filter or muslin) into a clean jar and add a few drops of tea tree oil and a couple of squirts of castile soap (or dish liquid).  Shake the mix well to blend and then half fill your spray bottle with water and half fill with your orange/vinegar mix. As I said above you’ll probably have some concentrated liquid left over for next time. Happy cleaning!

The photo at the top of this post is of the finished product. In the recipe I’ve linked to here Nadine uses American measures – for those of you who use metric measurements a quart is around .95 of a litre.  I just rounded it up to a litre. No point in faffing around about these things. And, best of all, it works well!

Here are some pics of the work-in-progress. Fun!