Homemade cleaning spray update
Way back in March, I did my comprehensive homemade cleaning kit. One of my favourites, Little Squirt, I use everyday and over time he has evolved and now he is even better and easier and cheaper to make.
The powerful cleaning agent D-limonene found in orange oil has won my heart. It’s not possible to recreate the potency of commercial D-limonene at home, but that’s not really a problem as rarely do we need to work at that potency, unless you’re stripping paint and the like.
I have been making my own orange essential oil and in the process learned that one of the easiest ways to extract orange oil at home is by soaking orange peel in alcohol, water or vinegar. This lead to the discovery that I could cut out the middle man and soak the orange peel directly in the cleaning spray. That way, I no longer need to buy the essential oil or make it separately to add later.
You will need:
Peel of 1-2 oranges
3 ½ cups vinegar
½ cup water A couple of squirts of dish washing liquid (US: dish washing soap).
How to make orange cleaning spray
Place the orange peel into the vinegar and soak for a few days (I usually leave it a week), take out the orange peel, pour the vinegar into a spray bottle and add the water and dishwashing liquid. This can be used on most hard surfaces with a cloth.
Although, I confess I just add lots of orange peel to my bulk bottle of vinegar as soon as I buy it and use it as I need it and and pluck the peel out with super long tweezers after a week. This could potentially be a fiddly option, but so far I have been lucky.
Have you had to some fortunate experiments in the world of homemade cleaning?