Citrus peel contains d-limonene - a naturally occurring solvent which breaks down and removes oil from dirty surfaces. Over time, the d-limonene fuses with the acetic acid (a.k.a. white vinegar, which is an excellent disinfectant) to create a wonderful, natural cleaning agent!
This homemade all-purpose citrus peel cleaner is a perfect way to use all your lemon, lime, and orange peels. Not only does it go a long way, it also works out to be much more cost-effective than store-bought at around 30¢ for 500mL.
Step 1. Fill a jar with citrus peels (your jar should be at least half full).
Step 2. Add enough vinegar to cover the peels, and seal tightly with a non-metal lid (vinegar corrodes metal).
Step 3. Infuse for 2 to 3 weeks.
Step 4. Strain and decanter the contents into a spray bottle (in the spirit of reuse, we used an old one we already had on hand)!
Step 5 (optional!): Add a squirt of pure castile liquid soap.
Note: Vinegar isn't suitable for all surfaces. Your DIY cleaner is also quite powerful - dilute where necessary.
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