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Natural Cleaning-Citrus Vinegar

March 23, 2016

Somewhat belatedly, my plan for a month of Spring Cleaning related posts is coming to fruition with just a week left of March..!
I’ll post some recipes over the next week or so, that incorporate soap, so that if my soap-making post inspired you, you might always end up using your very own soap for them.

But first, this is a super simple recipe, that I now use as my all round general cleaning spray, both in the kitchen, and the bathrooms.
I have a fairly lackadaisical approach to cleaning, and am not overly concerned at the thought of a few germs here and there around the house, so I am happy with the somewhat weaker anti-bacterial effects of vinegar compared with conventional chemical cleaning products. I am of the opinion that today’s harsh anti-bacterial cleaners actually mean that we over-clean, and that a completely sterile environment is not good, either for us, or for the environment.

Do be aware that vinegar and marble surfaces do not mix. So for those of you with solid marble worktops (?!) might want to avoid it.
Oh, and the smell.
It is definitely less ‘chip shop’ vinegar using this citrus version than just neat vinegar, but yes, it does still smell of vinegar. I don’t mind the smell, and it does fade pretty quickly, but if you object strongly to the smell of vinegar, this may not be the natural cleaning remedy for you!

This is such an easy ‘recipe’, that I do feel a little fraudulent spinning it out into a whole blog post…

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You will need:

  • Large Kilner jar or similar
  • 500ml white vinegar
  • Citrus leftovers-orange and satsuma peel, lemon shells, grapefruit skin etc etc.

To make:

Half fill your jar with vinegar, and then every time you eat an orange, or use a lemon, instead of chucking the peel on the compost heap, pop it into the jar and poke it down under the vinegar. You might need to add a drop more vinegar as the jar fills. Depending on the speed at which you eat citrus fruit, your jar may be full up within a week. Leave it for another few days once it is full, to allow the citrus oils to diffuse out into the vinegar (the oils help a little with the cleaning effects), it will turn a lovely orange-y colour, and have a faint citrus whiff to it. Strain off the vinegar into a spray bottle, and it’s ready to use.
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To use:

In the Kitchen

  • Use as an all-purpose spray
  • Great for cleaning out the fridge, and wiping out the bin, as it has good anti-odour properties
  • Works very well on stainless steels taps and sinks, and hard water marks
  • Use in conjunction with bicarbonate of soda to make a paste to clean the oven

In the Bathroom

  • Again, use it as an all-purpose spray
  • I use it to clean the loos: spray liberally all around the toilet bowl, and then sprinkle on some bicarb and leave it do it’s thing while you clean the rest of the bathroom. Give it a good scrub with a loo brush and then flush
  • Great for hard water marks on taps, and any metal fittings
  • Works brilliantly on soap scum-I spray it on and then give it a scrub with an old vegetable brush (or a toothbrush for hard to reach areas)

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There you go, I told you it was easy!
Are you already a vinegar convert? Do let me know if you give this a try-I love to hear about natural cleaning wins!

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply sandy.keller June 1, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Perfect solution for my problems! I bought expensive chemicals, but there is no results after it. So I figured out that I have to try something different. I’m so happy that I see now nice results with your all purpose cleaning spray!

    Thank you!

    lambeth-cleaners.co.uk

  • Reply Helen Butt April 4, 2016 at 6:43 am

    I use a brush as well for soap scum!

    • Reply Jen April 12, 2016 at 10:09 am

      It’s like magic isn’t it Helen?!

  • Reply David Owens April 1, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Great idea! My wife and i are always on a lookout to reuse all that we
    can since we’re trying to manage our waste generation – we mostly used
    peels for aromatization of our household, but this vinegar sound great
    and healthy! Being a waste removal company owner and my wife being a
    manager – we always try to set an example of green living. Than you for
    the great recipe!

    Cheers!
    David Owens @
    MrRubbishWapping

    • Reply Jen April 12, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Pleasure David!

  • Reply David Owens April 1, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Great idea! My wife and i are always on a lookout to reuse all that we can since we’re trying to manage our waste generation – we mostly used peels for aromatization of our household, but this vinegar sound great and healthy! Being a waste removal company owner and my wife being a manager – we always try to set an example of green living. Than you for the great recipe!

    Cheers!

    David Owens @ http://www.mrrubbishwapping.co.uk/

  • Reply Joanne Scrace March 24, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Hey, kate humble hasn’t even zipped into her gilet yet! Plenty of time for Spring cleaning posts. This is a fab idea. I’m planning on giving it a go.

    • Reply Jen April 12, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Thanks Joanne!

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