DIY Simple & Lovely All-Purpose Cleaner

Updated: Sep 26, 2018

Time to ditch the Lysol and kill germs with plant-based, zero waste power!


Wholesome living starts with removing unnecessary things in your home that are filled with harmful chemicals and toxins. Typical store-bought cleaners have a plethora of added chemicals that are absorbed by your skin and enter into your body. Some of these chemicals can have adverse effects on your health, and the health of those around you.


Not sure if your cleaner is bad? Look for warning labels and advise on the package indicating that you need to protect yourself when you use the product. If the product tells you to keep it away from children and pets, or if it is not safe to consume, you really shouldn't be letting your skin come in contact with it either.


After hearing about these harsh chemicals, we researched ways to avoid household cleaning products, all while killing germs and cleaning multiple surfaces. We soon discovered that you can make a safe and effective household cleaner with just two ingredients, citrus peels and vinegar! By fermenting the citrus peels in vinegar, you create a solution that is safe to use, and effective at killing germs. This recipe is awesome for reducing trash as well by making use of food scraps that would otherwise be tossed out.


For caked on grime, like in a bathtub or sink, make a paste by combining a small amount of this cleaner with baking soda - it will be sure to make anything sparkle. It also won’t cause irritation to your hands, and it’s safe to use around kids and pets. You’re welcome!


So let’s get to it!


Step 1:

Find the biggest glass jar you can get your hands on. It needs to be glass (the cleaner will not be suitable in a plastic container and aluminum will tarnish) the jar needs to have a tight fitting lid. Our favourite are large mason jars, old pickle jars or olive jars. Make sure that it’s clean!


Step 2:

Over the next week, collect all the citrus peels you can - think orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, etc. - make sure to take out the pulp and skin so that you’re left with just the peel. Place the peels in the jar with the lid on tightly, and store in the fridge.


Step 3:

Once the jar is full, or after 1 week maximum, remove from the fridge and fill to the top with white vinegar. Secure lid. Place the jar in a cool dry place for 10 days.


Step 4:

Remove your jar from storage and pour into a large bowl. Remove all the peels and toss them in the compost. Pour the liquid back into the jar. Store your cleaner in a pantry or cupboard, and use as needed. If the scent is too strong you can try to add essential oils such as rosemary, peppermint, lavender or citrus. Essential oils will add a nice clean scent, as well as adding extra anti-microbial power to the cleaner.


Use the cleaner how you would any other multi-surface cleaner! ENJOY a fresh, clean and chemical-free home!



Let us know if you give this a try! Please tag us in social media if you have any other DIY cleaners you'd like to share with us!

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