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After falling for the marketing tricks of more than one “natural” cleaning product line that was actually greenwashing, I decided to go back to cleaning with my fail-safes: white distilled vinegar and baking soda (just make sure your vinegar is not petroleum based). Unfortunately, my hubby does not like the smell of plain vinegar wafting through the house. I had started added essential oils to my vinegar/water mixture, but the cost of essential oils really adds up after awhile, and I know they can be cost-prohibitive for someone who is just getting started with natural living. A friend had mentioned infusing vinegar with citrus peels to lessen that potent smell, so I decided to give it a try. It’s a super simple process and it really works! Now, I always have citrus scented vinegar in my cabinet, and I don’t have to worry about mixing up the right blend of essential oils when I want to clean. And I can feel confident that my kids are safe if they want to help me clean. I typically use orange peels because they seem to be more abundant in my house, but you can use lemon, lime or grapefruit peels as well!
Citrus Infused Vinegar Recipe
- Citrus Peels (orange, lemon, lime and/or grapefruit)
- Distilled White Vinegar (non-petroleum based)
- Glass Jar(s) with non-metal lids
- Citrus essential oils (optional)
- Place all of the peels in your jar(s). I like to cram as many in there as I can.
- Pour vinegar over the peels until the jar is full and cap with a non-metal lid (The sweating inside the jar can leach the metals).
- Sit in a dark place for about a week. When it’s ready, it’ll smell less like vinegar and more like citrus (there will still be a lingering vinegar smell, but not as strong).
- Remove the peels and pour the citrus-infused vinegar into a spray bottle until it’s half full. Fill the other half with water.
- Add citrus essential oils.
- Use as you would any all purpose cleaner!