You will LOVE this citrus anti-bacterial cleaner for three key reasons.
First, it smells great and cleans effectively. You can use it in the kitchen from the counters to the stovetop, and even in the bathroom to tackle the toilet.
Second, it’s supercharged to kill germs and leaves no toxic residue behind on surfaces or in the air.
And last, but certainly not least, it’s cost-effective and allows you to use leftover peels that otherwise would be tossed into the trash.
Oh…and did we mention that this citrus antibacterial cleaner is SUPER easy to make?!?
Citrus Antibacterial Cleaner Materials
How To Make Citrus Antibacterial Cleaner
Fill your glass jars with citrus peels, leaving about an inch of room at the top. Avoid overpacking the peels.
Pour the vinegar in the jars to fully cover the peels.
Screw on the lids. Place the jars in the pantry or under the sink. Let the peels soak and marinate in the vinegar for at least two weeks. You can pull the jars out and use them even weeks or months later.
After two weeks (or when you’re ready to make a batch of cleaning spray), you will need to strain the vinegar solution.
You will notice that the vinegar and the peels have darkened in color. This is normal, and as expected.
To strain the vinegar, pour the solution into the spray bottle so it drips through the funnel covered with several layers (4-6) of cheesecloth.
Pour the vinegar solution until the bottle is 1/3 full.
Fill up the remaining 2/3 of the spray bottle with water. Tap or spring water is fine.
Add Four Thieves oil. While this is an optional step, it’s strongly recommended. The essential oils that comprise Four Thieves give the spray a super boost in anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties.
Screw on the sprayer top and give the solution a gentle shake. You’re now set to clean to your heart’s content.
Four Thieves Oil Recipe
Use these essential oils per spray bottle:
Tips For Making Citrus Antibacterial Cleaner
TIP #1 – Use peels from lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit. If you don’t have enough peels from one kind of fruit, mix them with other kinds.
TIP #2 – If you don’t have enough peels all at once, store them an airtight container in the refrigerator until you have enough to make a batch. Peels will keep in the refrigerator for about a week.
TIP #3 – You can use other repurposed glass jars instead of Mason jars. Just make sure you have a tight fitting lid.
TIP #4 – If you don’t have cheesecloth, you can strain the vinegar through a cotton tea towel or a coffee filter.
TIP #5 – It’s extremely important to strain the vinegar solution because even if your eye can’t see any peel debris, it’s there and eventually it will permanently clog the sprayer nozzle on the bottle. For the same reason, make sure to dilute the vinegar concentrate in water.
TIP #6 – This spray will tackle grease effectively. However, if you want it stronger, add a light squirt of Dawn dish soap at the end and give it a gentle shake to mix it through.
Love this ANTI-BACTERIAL ALL-PURPOSE CLEANING SPRAY recipe. 🍋 🍋 🍋 It's so easy to make, cost effective, plus it smells great and gets the job done without any toxic chemicals. This is one of the best ways we use up all our leftover citrus peels.
Posted by Homestead Spirit on Monday, January 30, 2017