Looking for an easy, green, effective and yummy-smelling natural cleaner? DIY All-purpose Citrus Enzyme Cleaner is a powerful and refreshing change of pace!
I love cleaning with vinegar. Honestly, I do. It’s cheap, it’s effective, it’s not going to hurt me or the little bean if I breathe it in–and heck, if K ever gets into the cleaning supplies and chugs a bottle of my window spray, it’ll just gross her out without doing any lasting damage. Love, love, love.
But, it doesn’t do everything, and it smells like, you know, vinegar.
This is why I love my Citrus Enzyme Cleaner. It’s also incredibly simple to make–it takes a little trash, and a lot of time, but that’s about it.
Here’s what you need:
A few citrus peels (grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime–whatever you’ve got)
That’s it! As for actually making the cleaner, it’s just a few seconds of work and then a lot of wait.
Step one–Put peels in vinegar. I made my first batch when my parents were visiting. We were sitting around the kitchen table eating oranges and talking, and without even having to leave the conversation, I just got up, stuck the peels in a mason jar, filled the jar with vinegar, screwed a lid on, and set it in the window. Step one = done.
Step two–Wait. Let the cleaning solution sit in a sunny window for two weeks. Then fill half a spray bottle with your citrus solution, then fill the rest with water–then you’re done :).
The enzymes formed by the fermenting help with the cleaning. I use it as I’d use any all-purpose cleaner–and, since I have a really small bathroom, I use it as a floor cleaner, too. The best part is the lingering smell of oranges when everything’s all clean.
I hope you try it out!