Citrus and vinegar cleaner

Citrus and vinegar cleaner
You can use leftover citrus for cleaning
There’s often a little too much citrus

Often, we end up with a lot of excess citrus that is excess to requirements at the right time of the year, either that or lots of peel.

Putting it in the Bokashi compost is one solution but why not put it to another use before putting it in the compost?

All you need to make citrus peel cleaner
Use leftover citrus or peels to make a cleaner

The easiest thing is to use it to make your own citrus cleaner. I got this idea from a speaker at the One Planet market.

The citrus cleaners in the shops are little more than vinegar and citrus oil. So why not make it yourself?

Making it is this easy –

  • Cut up the excess citrus or peel  into smallish pieces.
  • Put them in a jar and cover them with vinegar (I like to use white vinegar for cleaning)
  • Cover the jar and leave it to sit for a week or so.
  • Strain off the vinegar and bottle.
  • Compost the waste.

That’s it. You can leave it for longer or even strain out the citrus and add more to the vinegar for an extra strong batch.

I water down the citrus vinegar to about 50% strength then put it in a spray bottle and use it at will or leave it at full strength to kill off mold or bad toilet smells. Mixing it with dishwashing liquid makes it into an effective fly spray too.

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