Citrus fruits like lemons, oranges and grapefruit are great for everyday cleaning around the house, especially when combined with basic household products like vinegar or baking soda. Citrus fruits contain an acidic compound known as d-limonene - a natural solvent that cuts through grease and dirt, is antibacterial and antiseptic, and it acts as a natural bleach. Not to mention leaves your home smelling fresher than ever!
How can you use citrus for daily, non-toxic cleaning?
One way is to create your own cleaning solution by soaking citrus peels in white vinegar. After soaking for two weeks, remove the peels and dilute the vinegar with an equal amount of distilled water (you can add more water if you prefer a less potent cleaner). Pour the solution into a spray container, preferably glass, and use your spray to clean all surfaces*.
Spruce up your homemade cleaner by adding things such as rosemary, mint, thyme, vanilla, cloves, cinnamon sticks, etc.
Don't have two weeks to wait? Simple mix lemon juice with a half and half mixture of white vinegar and distilled water for an instant natural cleaning solution.
More ways to use the power of citrus around the house!
As a Scrub
Cut an orange in half and dip it in salt. Use it to scrub surfaces such as sinks, pots & pans, etc.
Furniture & Wooden Floor Polish
Mix ½ cup of lemon juice and 1 cup of olive oil. Apply to microfiber cloth and buff surfaces.
Natural Air Freshener
Simply mix fresh lemon juice and distilled water in a spray bottle using whatever ratio you prefer.
Microwave Deep Clean
Place half of a lemon in a bowl of water and cook on high for three minutes. Simply wipe down the microwave afterwards, and it will smell fresh.
*citrus may discolor some wood surfaces. We always recommend testing it out first!