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One of the staples in our kitchen is lemons.  Once a week, I juice 2 lbs of lemons.  That is one bag from Costco.  My husband loves fresh squeezed lemonade.  So, I keep a jar of lemon juice  in the fridge and throughout the week I add some juice to a mason jar,mix in ice, agave nectar and water.  It’s so refreshing and it puts a smile on his face.  Anyway,  this always leaves me with a pile of lemon peels.  I use them as is to scrub my sinks with, boil them to add a wonderful scent into the air but often I just have to many to deal with.   When I learned about this little trick, I was so excited!   My dear girlfriend, Mrs. Green will be so proud of me!  Hmm, I am going to make a jar for her.  Shhh, don’t tell her, I want it to be a surprise.  You know, this would make a wonderful gift for someone.  I mean, what woman wouldn’t want a bottle of cleaner for that special occasion? lol  Have a new neighbor who moved in down the block?  Why not make a basket up with some citrus cleaner, some new rags, and a CD of up-beat music so they can dance with the mop as they clean away?

Don’t have enough citrus skins to make a full jar?  That’s OK.  Get a jar started.  Add whatever skins you have on hand and cover with white vinegar, place the lid on the jar and let it sit till you have more to add.

Ingredients:

  • Citrus peels
  • white vinegar
  • mason jar with lid
  • patience

Preparation:

  1. Fill a glass jar with clean chopped citrus peels.
  2. Pour vinegar over the peels until they are completely submersed and screw the lid on the jar.
  3. Allow the concoction to sit, occasionally shaking the jar to mix the liquid.
  4. After 10-14 days, pour the concoction through a mesh strainer and into a spray bottle.
  5. Use the cleanser to clean counter-tops, stove-tops, appliances, floors and glass.

 

Tips:

  • As a Spray cleaner:  To use as a spray cleaner combine one part citrus vinegar solution to three parts water, and put in a spray bottle.
  • As a Floor cleaner:  To use on flooring, add 1 cup of the citrus vinegar solution to 2 gallons of water.

MY PHILOSOPHY OF HOUSECLEANING!

I don’t do windows because … I love birds and don’t want one to run into a clean window and get hurt.

I don’t wax floors because … I am terrified a guest will slip and get hurt then I’ll feel terrible.

I don’t mind the dust bunnies because … They are very good company, I have named most of them, and they agree with everything I say.

I don’t disturb cobwebs because… I want every creature to have a home of their own.

I don’t Spring Clean because…  I love all the seasons and don’t want the others to get jealous

I don’t pull weeds in the garden because…  I don’t want to get in God’s way, HE is an excellent designer!

I don’t put things away because… My husband will never be able to find them again.

I don’t do gourmet meals when I entertain because… I don’t want my guests to stress out over what to make when they invite me over for dinner.

I don’t iron because … I choose to believe them when they say “Permanent Press”

REMEMBER . . . .

A clean house is a sign of a broken computer.

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18 thoughts on “Citrus Cleaner

  1. Matthew says:

    Thanks for this excellent natural cleaning suggestion Amie-Sue, will have to go out and get some lemons – btw, love your philosophy – very entertaining! You are a woman of many talents

  2. Jasmine says:

    This looks so useful! I’m going to start mine as soon as possible. I LOVE your idea of treating a neighbour to some cleanser, new rags and a CD of cleaning music.

    • amie-sue says:

      Thanks Jasmine :) I enjoy cleaning in general, but cleaning with my own citrus smelling cleanser makes it even more fun. Odd huh? lol

  3. Gabrielle says:

    Lol Amie Sue… Was that an original Cleaning
    Poem? I wondered why I felt the need to clean.
    My computer is broken. Guess I should just fix it! :)
    Thanks for the tip! If you need extra citrus let me
    know. We have a bunch of grapefruit still on
    the trees. We just need to pick them off and fight
    off a few bees. But, we can call that our arm workout for
    the day, :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Gabrielle :) Grapefruit? I always have open arms for fruit and veggies! I wish we had a grapefruit tree here. I hope all is well! hugs, amie sue

  4. kate says:

    Amazing that you sent this citrus cleaner recipe. I have recently been making a body scrub from my lemon and lime peels. Slice them into strips, put into vitamix, add some apple cider vinegar, and honey (warm the honey a bit) and blend all up to make a paste. Then put into a jar and take into the bath, and use this as your soap (I never use soap, too drying). You can even put a little infused oil and some essential oils in. you will find that this is a nice skin rejuvinator. I sometimes just slice the peels and pop them into the freezer until I get enough to make a batch, then just thaw and proceed. try it.

    • amie-sue says:

      Oh that sounds interesting to try out Kate, thank you for sharing yet another great idea for our citrus peels!

  5. I love this!! I like you go through a bag of costco lemons a week (iced green tea with lemons). I’m going to start my brew tomorrow!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Seemichellecook! Good to hear from you. We have a lemon tree in our back yard but lost most of it to a freeze last year. I was just saddened to death by it. It’s coming back and showing some promise so keep your fingers crossed. I love lemons!!

  6. Nicole Mazza says:

    Just wondering if you:
    1. Pack the jar or fill it loosely?
    2. Do you refrigerate it during the 10-14 days or keep it on the counter?
    3. Do you press or squeeze the peels while straining?
    4. Have you done this with different citrus?

    Thanks <3

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Nicole, thank you for all your great questions.. let me see if I can knock them out..

      1. Pack the jar or fill it loosely? I packed it full, it wasn’t tight but there was enough to where they didn’t “float” in the jar.
      2. Do you refrigerate it during the 10-14 days or keep it on the counter? left it on the counter
      3. Do you press or squeeze the peels while straining? just strained them
      4. Have you done this with different citrus? yes, with lemon, oranges and grapefruit

      I hope that helps, amie sue

  7. Millie says:

    Thank you for this!!! I will start preparing my cleaners today. I also use a mixture of white vinegar and water as a “conditioner” for my hair, and the citrus peel will give a nice smell!! Love your site!

    Thanks,

    Millie

  8. Muriel says:

    Hello Susan,
    I will make your citrus cleaner, you suggested to use on counter tops, you may want to mention not to use on granite. I would like to share a homemade cleaner for that
    I cup of alcohol
    1/2 cup of water
    10 drops of detergent
    spray bottle
    Thank you for your fabulous recipes, today I am making blueberry almond ice cream !!!

  9. Jeanne says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I’ve been throwing away rinds from juicing about 20 pounds of limes every month. I freeze the juice in batches for our alkalizing green drink–lime juice, good water, powdered greens (wheat grass, barley grass, etc), and powdered green Stevia leaf–Stevia heals the pancreas). I’m so glad to have a use for my lime rinds. I buy limes at Mexican grocery stores, which always sells them super cheap–about 50 cents to a dollar a pound–at least in California. Love, love, love your blog and yummy recipes!

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you for sharing all of that Jeanne :) Good tips! We lost a ton of lemons this year to a frost! ack. That just tears me to pieces. Have a wonderful weekend. amie sue

  10. Terry-Ann says:

    What a wonderful site and real neat use of Lemon peel, I use a lot of lemons and love that citrus smell, will be using this, many thanks for sharing.
    Terry-Ann

    • amie-sue says:

      Your welcome Terry Ann… I too love the smell of fresh citrus! So fresh and invigorating. Have a great evening, amie sue

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