The Sweet Smell of Savings!

Tired of spending money on the expensive store bought cleaners, only to get home and realize the smell can knock you out? Sick of walking into your home after cleaning it two days prior and realizing it smells like a hospital because of the harsh cleaner you used? Here’s a great recipe to not only save money, but save your sense of smell. (Bonus point is that citrus boosts your mood, which is a great trick when showing your home.)

What You Need:

Citrus Peels (I used a combination of navel orange and clementine)
Distilled White Vinegar
Water (optional)
Airtight Glass Container
Spray Bottle

Measuring Cup

1. Collect citrus peels and store them in an airtight glass container.
Note: citrus fruits contain d-limonene, a natural solvent that chemically reacts with oil to break it down.

2. Once your container is full, cover the peels with white vinegar.

3. Date your jar, and let it sit for about 2 weeks.

Note: when ready, the vinegar should have a strong citrus odor and be yellowish in color.

4.. Strain the peels.

5. Dilute with water if you so desire.
The concentration depends on your intended use and preference. I used a 1:1 ratio.


6. Pour into a spray bottle and use.
While I have been using it mostly in my kitchen to clean up stove top grease,it makes for a great, all purpose cleaner, too. Use it in bathrooms for a fresh, clean smell.

Would love to hear any and all thoughts!

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