Monday, July 4, 2011

DIY Citrus Vinegar Cleaning Solution

Welcome to DIY Week! 

I thought I would change it up a little this week. Instead of recipes for food, I will be bringing you recipes to create DIY cleaning and beauty solutions. A few years ago I would have scoffed at the idea of making your own facial cleanser or laundry detergent, but times have changed. It is frugal to make it yourself, and dang it, it just feels good knowing that you are self sufficient.

Up first is a homemade citrus vinegar cleaning solution. I came across this recipe for Orange Vinegar over at Little Brick Ranch and decided to give it a try. I had used a basic water & plain vinegar solution in the past and liked it and the addition of the scent and cleaning properties of the citrus oils seemed like a great idea.

Pictured above is the solution the day I made it. I will come back and update this post in two weeks with the finished product.

The original recipe used oranges only, which is totally fine, but I had a bunch of lemons and oranges on the counter so I combined them. Plan on using a few pieces of fruit per large jar. Ready for the recipe?

DIY Citrus Vinegar Cleaning Solution
Makes one quart

2 Lemons
2 Oranges
vinegar
water (used later, see below)

1. If you'd like, juice the lemons and oranges first and save the juice for other uses. Using a spoon, scrape out the fleshy parts, leaving just the outer skin and the white pith.

2. Add to a quart size jar. Fill with vinegar and cap the jar. Let sit for about 2 weeks, then strain out the peels. Rinse out the canning jar. Add the strained liquid back to the jar & cap. This is the concentrated cleaning solution.

3. To prepare for use you will need a clean spray bottle (size of your choosing) and a funnel. Fill the spray bottle 3/4 of the way up with water. Using the funnel, pour in the citrus vinegar mix into the spray bottle. Shake to combine. Store this solution in the fridge.

Source: Little Brick Ranch


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27 comments:

  1. This is awesome. I have been toying with the idea of doing these types of things. Not only is it frugal, but you know it is all natural! Thanks for the recipe.

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  2. Very cool idea! Linking up after you on Craftomaniac.

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  3. I have got to try this! I have been looking for natural cleaning products to make myself. Thanks for sharing. {stoped by from sugar bee crafts}

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  4. @ Miranda - You are welcome :)

    @ Sunny - Thanks!

    @ Kristin - You are welcome, I hope you let me know how it turns out.

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  5. What a great idea! Thanks for following me on Pinterest! I'm following you now too!

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  6. Cool! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-link-up-2.html. I hope to see you soon!
    ~Macy from Confessions of a SAHM

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  7. I am doing some of my cleaning supplies but this one seems amazingly cheap and certainly effective because it's using all the right ingredients! I'll never throw away lemon and orange skin again!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Kiss

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  8. great idea. I'm not sure I can make my own products. I can barely find time to clean!

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  9. Looks cool--does it help it smell less vinegar-y?

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  10. @ Steph - My solution still has to soak for another week and a half, but my guess is that no, it still smells like vinegar, which should go away / lessen as it dries. Cleaning with vinegar & smelling vinegar is just one of those things that you have to be okay with. If people hate the smell of vinegar, they wont appreciate cleaning with it, ya know what I mean? :)

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  11. Wow, I bet it smells great when it's finished. Wish there was smell-o-blog.

    Theresa

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  12. That sure beats the vinegar smell I bet. I love cleaning with vinegar, but hate the stench...great solution! I wonder if this will clean the "jamhands" off my sofas...lol...

    Ali- Pop by and link this up if you have time...I@Creative Juice Thursday

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  13. This sounds great! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. This sounds like a good idea for a cleanser. I'm definitely giving it a try.

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  15. What a great idea! Thanks so much for linking up.
    Crystal
    www.chocolatedroolandkisses.blogspot.com

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  16. Hey Ali - thanks for the shout out!! I am in the process of making a lemon vinegar batch right now!! I still have half of the original orange/vinegar concentrate but I thought a change of scents would be nice for the summer. Let me know how it turns out!!

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  17. So how did it end up? (Now that it is the end of August, I'm guessing it is finished and in use!) I'm interested in making this but would love to hear your results first. :)

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  18. Emily - Oopsie! Sorry about that. It turned out GREAT. The vinegar smell is really toned down. I did let my mixture sit for probably an extra week (out of forgetfulness). I don't know how much extra potent it got by sitting an extra week, but I just wanted to mention that.

    I use it all the time and I love it. :)

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  19. Do you only use what you strain out of the peels? Or do you reuse the vinegar too?? I'm starting mine tonight. We live in Alaska where everything is expensive... I've enjoyed being sufficient! :) Thanks! This is great!

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  20. I'm going to try this with grapefruit peels since its all I have at the moment...this is a great idea!! Thanks

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  21. I bet limes or tangerines would work great as well :)

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  22. I'll try this one soon!

    Here's something similar from my blog last week.

    www.orendasroots.wordpress.com

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  23. Lo e this combination... Since oranges are my favorite fruit! Thanks

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  24. I'm already on my second batch of cleaner. The first I did just like stated above. The second batch is 2 lemons and 2 limes. I use it on everything except wood. Bathroom, mirror, glass, countertop, stove top, vanity. I use a slightly higher ratio of water to solution, 3:1. Any citrus is great. You could also add mint or rosemary (just a couple of sprigs) for a better scent.

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