Friends! Firstly, I must apologise for being MIA during August. I blame the unusually fine Swedish summer weather this year, lovely weekend trips out of town and not-so-lovely technical issues with my computer. I plan to make amends and be around here a little more from mid-September onwards (when we return from vacation). In the meantime, I am thrilled to share with you one of my BIG discoveries this summer…
Many moons ago (well, last year), I started to see images of DIY cleaning products popping up all over Pinterest. Making my own eco-friendly surface cleaner was one of the very first things on my to-do list when I began this blog and I am happy to report that I finally got around to it this summer! All the juicing I have been doing (and all the zests, peels, etc. I have been composting as a result) prompted me to attempt to make a citrus-based cleaner.
The zests of 4 grapefruits and 5 lemons, some white distilled vinegar and water were all I used. I filled a jam jar (Korken, from IKEA) with the zests, poured over the vinegar I had left (around 200ml) and topped up the rest of the jar with water, before sealing the jar and leaving for a week. Using a sieve, I strained the liquid and poured it into a spray bottle which I now keep in the fridge and pull out when there’s cleaning to be done (I am not certain that fridge storage is necessary, but I figured it couldn’t hurt).
The big question: Does it work?
The answer: Yes, indeed it does!
I was a little worried that it would smell too vinegary, however the citrus oil balances the scent, and when the surface has dried completely, any lingering vinegar dissipates completely (leaving only the vaguest hint of citrus remaining).
I am thrilled to have a cleaning product on hand that cuts through grease and eliminates nasties, is environmentally-friendly, chemical-free AND extremely cheap and easy to make. I particularly love using it on kitchen surfaces… and on my toddler’s high chair (that’s a true revelation!). I don’t know why it took me so long to do this!
Hope you’ve all had a lovely summer/winter and that the coming season is just as good
Miss M xx