In these handmade recipes, you can use any citrus fruit peelings. Oranges, mandarins, lemons, grapefruit, etc….
I wanted to stop using one of my favorite and not so natural cleaners. COMET
I researched many different ways this could be replaced and came to one of my favorite blogs, “The Nerdy Farm wife”. Here is her link to the recipe.
I love how she uses dried herbs as a scrub. I really wanted to use up our Mandarin peels and give it a try. Plus, how nice is it to have the clean, fresh smell of any citrus while you clean?
I decided to dry only half the peels we saved and use the other half for another homemade citrus cleaner.
Once the peels were fully dried, I ground them up into a fine powder with the food grinder.
1 cup of Baking Soda
2 Tablespoons of dried finely Ground up Mandarin peels
10-15 drops of essential oil “Sweet Orange”
Mix everything well and place it into a glass jar that can be tightly sealed to retain the scent.
This natural scouring scrub is used for sinks, tubs, toilets, showers.
Feel free to use other dried peels and essential oils.
HOW EASY IS THAT?
How to Make a Citrus and Vinegar Household Cleaner
With the undried half of Mandarin peels I made this cleaner to remove grime and residue.
Once you have enough peelings, fill any glass jar, then add white vinegar to cover all the peelings. Leave enough space to screw on the jar lid. Place your jar in a dry, cool area for 7 to 10 days. This will allow the mixture to macerate (blend). This will make your cleaner smell wonderful at the same time creating the cleaner. This is a true cleaning agent and can be used throughout your home. Be careful on wood and other porous surfaces as it can discolor it. Once your mix is ready, remove the peels and compost them. I have not yet tried this mix, it’s not quite ready yet. I can’t wait to add this to my spray bottle and get SPRING cleaning.
I can’t believe I haven’t made these sooner. I’m hooked and now I want to send my husband out to get me lemons.