Keen for a DIY all-purpose cleaning spray that is super budget but isn’t just straight white vinegar?
We were too, so that’s why we started making all-purpose citrus spray!
All you need is left over peels from several citrus fruit (any citrus fruit will do, or a combination – we combined lemon, orange and grapefruit peels), white vinegar, and tap water.
So, not only is it cheap as chips, but it uses citrus peels. Citrus is a resource that’s in plentiful supply at this time of year and peels are a part of the fruit that might otherwise go to waste (unless you avidly preserve every last peel you have).
As far as we’re concerned, the jury’s out on whether the citrus spray has additional cleaning properties to straight white vinegar, but it sure smells better. What’s more, the citrus peels happen to give the resulting liquid a luminous yellow colour not dissimilar to what we might associate with chemical sprays. This alien, supernatural yellow glow may give a degree of psychological comfort to those who are skeptical about using ‘natural’ products to clean their home 😉
And, most importantly, the spray works a treat for cleaning surfaces – it magically cuts through grease and is also pretty handy when you’re scouring particularly grimy pots! For cleaning windows it’s a bit streakier than straight white vinegar (possibly because of sugar residue from the citrus peels), so maybe just stick to straight vinegar for that purpose.
You will need
- a breakfast bowl of citrus peels (ideally, citrus that you’ve harvested off a tree in your neighbourhood, or at least locally grown citrus you’ve gotten without packaging)
- white vinegar (you can get white vinegar on tap at most bulk bin stores – just BYO bottle)
- tap water
- a large glass jar (ideally, upcycled)
- a spray bottle (ideally, upcycled)
- Over the course of a few days, save up the peels of any citrus you eat.
- When you have a decent amount (we suggest a breakfast bowl’s worth), stuff them into a large glass jar (we used a jar of one litre capacity).
- Once the peels are in the jar, fill the jar up with white vinegar. Put the lid on and leave the mixture for 2-3 weeks. It should look a bit like this:
- Once the 2-3 weeks have passed, strain out the vinegar with a sieve into a measuring cup.
- Dilute your citrus vinegar mixture with an equal part of tap water. We had 1.5 cups of vinegar, so we added 1.5 cups of water. Give it a stir.
- Pour the liquid into a spray bottle. It’s ready to use!
Source: There are lots and lots of versions of this same recipe on Google, so we haven’t credited this recipe to any particular blog/person, but note that we didn’t come up with it. We read a few of the recipes online a while back and then made the spray from memory when citrus season rolled around.