Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Clean & Green: Citrus Disinfectant

Clean & Green recipes are back! During the next few weeks I'll be sharing some inexpensive ways to make your own homemade cleaning products. Saying goodbye to chemical cleaners won't be as hard as you think. Not only will you save money but the air your family breathes will be cleaner too. Opening up the windows in your house for an hour or more once a week will also help your indoor air quality.
I'm making this Citrus Disinfectant today for the first time and I can't wait to try it!

Here's what you'll need:
Peel from 1 orange, grapefruit, lemon, or lime
3 cups white vinegar
Clean quart jar with lid
Clean 32 ounce spray bottle

Combine the citrus peel and vinegar in the quart jar. Fasten the lid on the jar and store the mixture for 2 weeks giving it an occasional shake.
When 2 weeks are up remove the peel, strain the vinegar, and return it to the jar.
To use as a spray cleaner pour 1 cup of the vinegar into your spray bottle and fill with water.
To clean linoleum floors add 1 cup mixture to 2 gallons of water.

For anyone new to cleaning without chemicals here's a list of the basics supplies most of the recipes shared will need, you may already have most of these on hand.

White Vinegar (I like to purchase this by the gallon at Walmart)
Baking Soda (Costco carries this in a bulk size)
Rubbing Alcohol
Baby Oil 
Clean Spray Bottles

Here are the other cleaning recipes I've shared if you missed them:

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