White distilled vinegar is a powerful disinfectant and due to its acidic pH, it has long been utilised as a cleaning agent. I have been using my citrus-infused vinegar cleaner for a couple of months now, and I am so impressed with how effective it cuts through grease and dirt. If you are after an affordable and green option to your cleaning routine then I would recommend giving this simple DIY a try. Some folks like to dilute their mixture 50:50 with water but I prefer it full strength.
Now I’m not claiming to be an expert here, I am simply sharing my experiences with what has worked for me and some of the obstacles that came along with this eco cleaning journey. Hopefully, I can inspire some of you to go down the environmentally friendly cleaning path and give this easy recipe a go. You can use vinegar on its own or add citrus rind which is beautifully scented and full of oils containing anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
- Distilled vinegar
- Citrus peel
- Essential oils (optional)
- Glass jar
- Glass spray bottle
- Wire mesh strainer
- Fill your jar with citrus peel. Make sure to only use the peel and not the pulp as it will cloud the solution and make it sticky. ( I learnt this the hard way)
- Add enough vinegar to cover the peels.
- At this point, you can add your desired essential oils. I like combining about 10 drops of Tea tree oil to my mixture. It has powerful antibacterial, antifungal properties that make it fantastic for a natural and safe cleaner.
- Set aside to infuse preferably in the pantry for at least 2 weeks. The longer you let it sit, the better the infusion.
- 3 weeks tops is ideal, remember to label your lid with the date and ingredients.
- Strain the contents through a wire mesh strainer and pour it into your glass spray jar. A funnel will come in very handy at this point.
- Voila, you are now ready to use around the house.
Safety tips: Clean with caution, some porous surfaces like hardwood floors, grout, and stone require the mixture to be diluted with water (50-50 ratio). However I’ve been using it on my granite benchtops and wooden dining table without any issues. If you’re worried you can just give those surfaces a miss.
Notes: I love combining herbs to the mix, some great pairings include: Lemon peel and Rosemary, Orange Peel and Cloves, Grapefruit and Lavender, Pomelo peel and Eucalyptus.
What are some eco-friendly homemade products that you have enjoyed making? Let us know in the comments below.