Namaste crunchy readers,

Today is going to be a fun day for Ava & I. We are prepping all of our cleaning supplies this afternoon! Ava loves helping and I love watching her scoop, pour, mix and just being hands on in general. I figured that since my citrus cleaners are ready, that I would take some pictures and let you see what the fuss is all about!

I typically make 2 different citrus cleaners and this month I attempted a new one (which failed).Lemon and orange are my go to citrus and the failed one was grapefruit….it just started molding all over so I’ll just have to try again on that one….Anyways I love my citrus cleaners not only because they smell great but because they make my vinegar much stronger in the sense of cleansing and did I mention that they make the vinegar smell much more pleasant???

How Do I Make Citrus Cleaner?

I am so glad that you asked! Why waste all your citrus peels by throwing them away when you can really get some good use out of them?? What you do is save up a mason jar full of one type of citrus peels (I keep my jar in the fridge until full), then fill up with distilled vinegar. Close with lid and leave on counter or cabinet, for two weeks! If you can remember, try to shake the jars every few days to get things moving around in there! Now after the two weeks feel free to read below for my two recipes I use!

Oh and be sure not to throw your peels out after that…. freeze them and use them as disposal cleaners!

Lemon Pine

My Lemon-Pine mixture works great because it’s similar to a pine-sol smell minus all the toxic chemicals. Lemon is great as a degreaser, helps to brighten surfaces (such as white tiles or even stains on clothing), antimicrobial, antiseptic and bactericidal. Another great thing about lemon is that it’s scent has been shown to improve one’s mood and more added benefits, according to this study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology in 2008.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/3 vinegar lemon mixture
  • 2/3 hot water
  • 1 tbsp borax
  • 20 drops Pine EO
  • 10 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree) EO

Orange Citrus

My family loves the smell of my Orange Citrus cleaner however the bugs do not! That’s why this is a great spray to use around my patio tables and windows…. ants, mosquitos and other bugs stay away, which leads to one karmically happy mama! The orange also is a degreaser and makes for a great cleaning agent not only for the outdoors but for in all rooms of my home.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/3 vinegar orange mixture
  • 2/3 hot water
  • 1 tbsp borax
  • 10 drops Lemon EO
  • 10 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree) EO

Tea tree EO is used in both of my cleaners as it is an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic and anti-fungal. This is a great EO to use when members of your household are sick, as it is known (and been proven in multiple studies) to stimulate the immune system as well as inhibit specific flu viruses and infections.

Now, lets talk about the actual container. When using EO you want to make sure to use glass otherwise the plastic can cause some of the bad stuff to leach out into your cleaner, which we all know is not a good thing. I use my old Dr. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar bottles, because the sprayer tops always fits them! Easy Peasy!

I did recently learn that it’s not good to keep Tea Tree EO in a clear container as that could have strange chemical effects on its functionality and side effects. Reading more into this soon!

I use this cleaner for counter tops, mirrors, glass, floor, and other random items…like randomly spraying stains out of my daughter’s clothing. They both work great and are totally worth the 2 week wait! I will never go back to buying cleaning products again!!

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Question of the Day:

Would you mix citrus in your vinegar cleaners?
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Ashleigh is a stay at home mom who enjoys blogging about balancing the mind through meditation and conscious parenting, the body through plant based eating and yoga, and the soul through up cycling and sustainability. Keep your life balanced & subscribe to her weekly emails, like OmLivin’ on FB or check her out on Google+ for more.

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