DIY, Natural, Grapefruit All-Purpose Cleaner

Colleen Anderson
by Colleen Anderson
I love the smell of my store bough pink grapefruit all-purpose cleaner but I don't love not knowing what kind of chemicals are in it.
So, what's a girl to do? Well, DIY-it of course :)

Using a few simple ingredients, you can make your own, wonderfully-scented, grapefruit all-purpose cleaner.
Here's what I did.....
1. Cut two pink grapefruits in half. Juice them and save the juice for something else. Then separate the left over pulp from the peel (pretty easy to do with a paring knife).
2. Cut the peel into thin slices and put in a quart sized mason jar. Fill jar with white vinegar. Let this mixture steep for a week or more.
3. After it is done steeping, remove peels and compost them. Strain vinegar into a spray bottle.

4. Add 6-10 drops of grapefruit essential oil.
5. Mix one part citrus vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle.
To read the full post, check out the link below.
Store bought on the left, homemade on the right. Which looks more natural to YOU?
Grapefruit peels steeping in vinegar.
Straining off the grapefruit. This is the undiluted grapefruit-vinegar on the left.
Colleen Anderson
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  • Arlene Buono Arlene Buono on Oct 05, 2013
    Hi I just printed out the recipe for the grapefruit cleaner, is it also good on painted wood? Thanks, Arlene Buono

    • Colleen Anderson Colleen Anderson on Oct 05, 2013
      @Arlene Buono I haven't had any trouble with it on painted wood. I would only be careful on unsealed wood, as the essential oils *might* affect it adversely.... though I'm not 100% on that. Just something to take caution with.