Hello everyone!  I am writing today to continue to share my mission to live clean by making one natural household or beauty product per month . So far I have made moisturizer, deodorant* and in April I made a natural multi-purpose household cleaner that I would like to talk about today and share the recipe with you!

Why am I doing this?

Just to recap quickly for those who have not read my previous posts in this subject, I am learning to live cleaner for a few reasons. One being that I am opting out of allowing big corporations who do not have human health in mind dictate what I use to clean my home or my body.  I came across this article in the New York Times that was shocking. It is about how in the US, “… industrial chemicals do not have to be tested before being put on the market.”  YIKES! Learning this was even more fodder for me to continue to make DIY household and beauty products and impress upon all of you how important this mission actually is for our health and the sustainability of the environment.

Another reason I am doing this is because making your own household products is also incredibly EASY, sooooo rewarding, and in most cases cheaper than buying them. So far the 3 products I have made have taken a very short amount of time. In fact, I made another batch of deodorant today in between laundry cycles and still had plenty of time afterwards to clean my entire bathroom and stove-top before swapping loads.

LEMON VINEGAR HOUSEHOLD CLEANER

1)      FILL A MASON JAR WITH CUT UP LEMON PEELS

2)      POUR WHITE VINEGAR OVER THE PEELS UNTIL THE JAR IS FULL

3)      TIGHTEN THE LID

4)      LEAVE IT TO SIT FOR 2-3 WEEKS

5)      STRAIN OUT LEMON PEELS

6)      POUR ONE PART LEMON-VINEGAR SOLUTION TO 3 PARTS WATER INTO A SPRAY BOTTLE

7)      KEEP REMAINING SOLUTION IN A SEALED MASON JAR FOR FUTURE USE

Variations of this recipe are all over the internet. Just Google “lemon vinegar cleaner.” I read all the recipes and used a mish-mash of all of them.  You can make this cleaner with orange peels or grapefruit peels instead of lemon if you want a sweeter smelling cleaner. I happen to really enjoy the smell of lemon, so this time I went with lemon.

I cannot stress how easy it is to make this. It was as simple as it gets.

I noticed right away that upon opening the mason jar that the solution smelled pretty strongly of vinegar, so I added some sweet orange and grapefruit essential oils. That helped cut the vinegar smell quite a bit. I think you will have to be ok with some vinegar odor to use this cleaner.

How does it work?

So far, I have used it to clean my bathroom sink, mirror and tile. I have also used it to clean my kitchen counter-top and stove top, oven door, refrigerator door and kitchen sink.  It worked fine. I will say that the stove top was the most challenging. I had cooked up a pan full of bacon that morning and so it was pretty greasy. After I cleaned it, I noticed a little bit of streaking on the stove afterwards, but it did not feel greasy to the touch. I went over it once with a kitchen towel and that solved the issue.

It works. Even on the bathroom mirror – not a streak on it.

I will say that if you are in love with the chemically-scented industrial cleaners that smell like fruit salad or clean laundry or raisin-bread, then this will take a little to get used to. It smells just like what it is – lemon & vinegar with a hint of orange & grapefruit.  I would recommend experimenting with different essential oils to come up with a scent that pleases you. I am fine with this one.

So what do you think? Will you try one of these simple DIY products this month?

*OH – by the way, the deodorant is still working!!! I don’t stink AT ALL anymore!!! HOORAY!!!

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