I love to get thrifty whenever possible, so DIY projects are my jam. There is something so empowering about creating items that have a real use in your life with your own two hands. I get such a great feeling using homemade products that I have spent time and energy creating. You get the best of both worlds when making things this way because it can usually save you a few bucks in the process!
Pinterest is my go-to for finding nifty ways to save a few bucks and make things that I use on a daily basis from scratch. I came across this recipe for a DIY All-Purpose Cleaner in You Can Stay Home with Your Kids by Erin Odom, and it is the best thing ever! Erin’s book presents fantastic ways to save a few bucks here and thereby making smart consumer choices and thinking outside of the box. Like making your own cleaner! Her recipe uses ingredients that you may already have lying around the house. Being clean and recycling…what could be better?
Try it out next time you run out of your trusty bottle of cleaning product!
- Citrus fruit peels (I typically use orange, but any citrus peels can work!)
- Salt (amount varies depending on the number of peels)
- Vinegar (enough to cover the peels in the jar)
- Distilled water
- 5 to 10 drops citrus essential oil (optional, for scent only)
Fill a glass container with the citrus peels. Add salt to the peels. You only need enough salt to lightly cover the peels. Let them sit for 20 to 30 minutes (or longer). This will pull the oils from the peels and ultimately make your cleaning solution stronger. You only need enough salt to lightly cover the peels.
Next, fill the container with one- half water and one- half vinegar. Put a tight-fitting lid on the jar, and let the solution sit for two to three weeks. The longer it sits, the stronger the cleaner will become.
Strain the solution and fill a glass spray bottle with your homemade all-purpose cleaner. If you are using essential oils, add them at this time.
ACTION STEP: The next time your family is enjoying citrus fruit, don’t throw out the peels. Instead, begin freezing the peels so you can make this homemade all-purpose cleaner. No need to thaw the peels before making it.