Citrus Cleaner

One great way to simplify and save money is by making your own cleaners. Bicarb, vinegar etc are great however sometimes you want that little bit of extra grunt, and a lovely natural scent wouldn’t go astray either. That’s where this citrus cleaner comes in.

This is not something I’d buy citrus fruit specifically for, rather it’s really a frugal way to use every last bit of the fruit you can. My parents have an orchard so when I go up to visit them I often return with a load of citrus. We’re talking lemons, limes, navel oranges, blood oranges, tangelos, the list goes on and on. When we’re sick of eating them plain and baking them in cakes I will juice a whole bunch. Before juicing I peel the fruit with a vegetable peeler (I don’t want the thick layer of pith you get when peeling by hand) then immerse the rinds in a jar 3/4 full of plain vinegar. This simple concoction infuses for about 2 weeks and is then ready to use after being strained and diluted 50:50 with plain vinegar. The citrus oils smell amazing and have fantastic cleaning powers. It’s an effective all purpose cleaner that allows you to clean your home without chemicals and it’s oh so cheap!

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5 comments

  1. What a great idea! I already use a baking soda, vinegar and a lime in a bucket of warm water as a cleaner. But steeping the rinds of limes, grapefruit and oranges to mask the vinegar smell…fabulous.

  2. Love the Citris Cleaner, smells great and works a treat – and for netball mums its a great way to use left over oranges after being rostered on fruit.

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