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Our Magic Solution...Cleaning Is About To Become A Lot Easier!

Growing up, my contribution was generally in the kitchen and so, I found myself pretty blissfully unaware of all the elbow grease that goes into cleaning those tough spots that I would never even think to approach.
But there I was, I had moved halfway across the world, newly married, and for the first time ever responsible for my very own apartment.
Thankfully my husband is very tuned in to what needs to be done to keep our home shipshape. But nonetheless, I wanted to contribute.
My 2 goals were these:1. to be as frugal as possible and 2. to be as chemical free as we could manage.
And so, we discovered (from the wonderful Hometalk community) what we now refer to fondly as "the magic solution". It not only fulfils all of our requirements but it literally cleans everything!! Everything. I am not exaggerating.
And the best part is it is easy to make and seriously impresses all of our guests.
Hows that for never-being-a-cleaner???
Cost: $1 Difficulty: Easy
For the "Magic Solution" you need:
citrus peels ( these can be orange, lemon, grapefruit, ect- at work, we have a basket of fruit in the main lobby and I spent a few days awkwardly collecting my co-workers' garbage. You know what they say- one person's trash...)
A jar- any works, I used a discarded instant coffee jar that I once again rescued from the trash at work ( I might begin to get a reputation...)
a few drops of dish detergent
Spritz bottle (you can gen get these from a Dollar Store easily)
All you need to do is place the peels in the jar and cover them with vinegar.
Refrigerate the vinegar solution for about 2 weeks. (no more effort nec.)
After 2 weeks, pour the vinegar into the spritz bottle ( you can go ahead and finally dispose of those peels), add almost the same amount of water and the few drops of dish detergent. And....viola!!! Go ahead, try it on your toughest surfaces!
We use it to clean the walls ( we have white walls and they are forever getting stained), as an stovetop cleaner, counter tops, you name it.
Fun fact: in a fix, you can leave out the 2 week wait period with the citrus peels and the solution will be just as effective, only it will leave a distinct vinegar smell behind. The citrus step not only eliminates odor, but it makes it smell kind of great.
Here is a prime example: some crafting left behind a trace of paint on our white walls!!! So much for subtle...
Voila!! Thanks to the magic solution we do not need to reshuffle our furniture to hide the stain!
  • Tikva Morrow
    Tikva Morrow
    on Feb 28, 2016

    I am SO going to try this - awesome!!! Thanks for sharing your cleaning secrets :)

  • Linda J
    Linda J Clearwater, FL
    on Feb 28, 2016

    Fantastic!! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm going now to make some.

  • Marg
    Marg United Kingdom
    on Feb 29, 2016


  • Yolanda.smits2
    on Feb 29, 2016

    Thank you and it's also a method for recycling

  • Linda Shell
    Linda Shell Virginia Beach, VA
    on Feb 29, 2016

    We have vacation rentals that accumulate a lot of wall scars up and down the stairs as vacationers scrape their suitcases against the walls. Hope this method works! It would be a lifesaver and prevent many hours of scrubbing that I have to do now.

    • Nancy J
      Nancy J Freedom, PA
      on Mar 12, 2016

      @Linda Shell THIS paired with a Mr. Clean eraser should make the cleaning a breeze

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