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DIY - Citrus Infused Vinegar Cleaning Solution

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Vinegar is an incredibly powerful liquid. There are almost endless health benefits by using it both inside and outside your body (recipe here, here and here. ) You probably also know it can be used as a replacement for most cleaning solutions and detergents, and because it is so good for your health, it has almost no dangerous side effects. If anything, using vinegar as your goto cleaner can only improve the health of you and your family.
Adding citrus to a vinegar cleaner not only adds a pleasant smell, but it increases the cleaning power. Like many toxic cleaners, citrus helps it cut through grease, destroy molds and bacterias that may be hiding in your house and more. There are recipes out there for mixing vinegar with essential oils to get the same thing, but there's something nice about making it yourself that we just love at our house.
Here is the recipe:1. Fill a one quart mason jar with citrus peels.
2. Cover peels with white vinegar, place lid on jar, shake and allow to sit for 2-3 weeks.
3. Strain the citrus peels out of the vinegar.
4. Mix the vinegar solution and water in a spray bottle. (You can mix it in a 1:1, 1:2 or 1:3 solution depending on how strong you want your solution)
5. If you want more recipes and how-tos for making your own cleaners, check out this great post! http://www.theyummylife.com/Natural_Citrus_Vinegar_Cleaners
Difficulty: Easy
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  • Lindsay Jackson
    Lindsay Jackson Hemphill, TX

    Straight off the fruit. I get as much of the 'white stuff' off as I can before using them though. I also use Extra Light Virgin Olive Oil and peels to make my own furniture polish.

    • MM

      Awesome! The easier the better! Thanks!

  • Irene jarosz
    Irene jarosz Gurnee, IL

    When u begin to feel sick take one cup boiling water and add to it 1 tablespoon vinegar and 3 tablespoons honey. This was my grandma's cure and we are feeling great after one day of doing this.

    • Shaley
      Shaley Humboldt, TN

      I have been told by a doctor that lemon juice works the same way as apple cider vinegar.

  • Cathy W
    Cathy W Portland, OR

    Mary, I use my veg peeler! It does the trick so much that you are getting the EO effect from the thinly slices. After the waiting time is up and you remove the vinegar, shake out peels into veg or plants! They killer weeds and keep the pests out

    • Allorrah Be
      Allorrah Be Sebastopol, CA

      Cathy, can the peels be used on ANY kind of common plants? I have lots of potted plants inherited from neighbors moving out and in at my seniors' apartment. Some come with bugs!! I bot a spray with wax and cayenne but this sounds even better and

  • Ildardaine

    great advice from all of you, thanks!

  • Evon Ward

    Can't wait to try these, especially the vinegar and honey idea. Not I have to go get oranges!!