Natural Homemaking – Grapefruit All-Purpose Cleaner



Today I am starting a short series on natural homemaking.

Our garden is still in hibernation (though I did plant corn this past weekend) and I usually try to post something garden-related on Thursdays.  So, for the next month while the garden is inactive, I’m going to post something about how to approach homemaking in a more natural way each Thursday.  
Today’s post is a recipe for a grapefruit scented all-purpose cleaner.
While I’m not a fan of eating grapefruit, I do enjoy smelling it. Until recently, my go-to has been the Method brand and their pink grapefruit scented cleaner – http://amzn.to/12SvGvP .  It seems to be a great product – naturally derived (whatever that means), non-toxic, not tested on animals, etc.  However, I knew that I could do the same thing more naturally and certainly cheaper.  
Here’s what I did…..
1.  Cut two pink grapefruits in half.   Juice them – http://amzn.to/16UVqEX and save the juice for something else.  Then separate the left over pulp from the peel (pretty easy to do with a paring knife).
2.  Cut the peel into thin slices and put in a quart sized mason jar – http://amzn.to/1c0sQsG .  Fill jar with white vinegar.  Let this mixture steep for a week or more. 
3.  After it is done steeping, remove peels and compost them.  Strain vinegar into a spray bottle.
4.  Add 6-10 drops of grapefruit essential oil – http://amzn.to/19Gt864 . **  I got mine from Bridget – http://www.essentialoils4you.com/Arnold/ .
5.  Mix one part citrus vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle. 
There you have it!  It is truly as easy and natural as that!  If you give it a try, let me know what you think.  
** I am relatively new on the essential oil scene.  I don’t know a lot about them but am very interested in learning more.  Thanks to the wonders of the internet and social media, I recently met Bridget Arnold.  She sells the amazing doTerra brand and I was able to sample some.  I’m sold.  They are amazing and Bridget is a wealth of knowledge.  Check out her site – http://www.essentialoils4you.com/Arnold/  (where you can learn a lot about all the essential oils, as well as buy them) and like her on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/HealingAtHome .  She has a ton of great information to share.



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