If you haven’t noticed by now, I have a small obsession with vinegar. I use it in the kitchen, in the laundry room and even to mop my floors. Did I mention I also use it to get rid of ants? I rarely leave the store without a gallon of white distilled vinegar in hand. Really, what’s not to love – it’s inexpensive, widely available and it works. Vinegar’s antimicrobial properties make it a powerful all natural cleaner and disinfectant.
The following recipe for citrus infused vinegar is included in my new eBook, A Whole New Clean, A Beginner’s Guide to Green Cleaning. I created this guide to demonstrate how easy and affordable it can be to clean your home with natural ingredients. It doesn’t need to be overwhelming or require a lot to get started. The recipes in my book were created with three things in mind:
- Simplicity – requires only a few simple ingredients and can be whipped together in minutes
- Affordability – the recipes are basic to keep down the number of ingredients and cost
- Effectiveness – these recipes all really work, they are the same recipes I use to clean my own home
This citrus infused vinegar is a great option for those of you who don’t particularly care for the smell of good old fashioned vinegar. The citrus peels will boost the cleaning powers and add a heavenly fresh scent as well. Here’s how to make it:
Be sure not to throw away the peels once you have strained them out of the mixture. Drop them into your garbage disposal and run as normal. This is a great way to sanitize and deodorize your garbage disposal. To use the mixture as a floor cleaner simply add one cup of citrus infused vinegar to an empty bucket and then fill with hot water and mop as usual. To use it as an all-purpose cleaner pour one cup of citrus infused vinegar into a spray bottle followed by 1 1/2 cups water. Spray onto surfaces and wipe dry.
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