Since before I began my homesteading journey, I started to replace my everyday items with DIY versions one-by-one as I used them up. After all this time has passed, I’m sure you can imagine – There is a LOT that I “DIY” now!
When I tell people that I make our own dishwashing detergent, all-purpose cleaner, laundry soap, deodorant, and so on, they always say “How do you find the time to do that?”
“Easy,” I say – “I plan ahead.” I make large batches of things I use often – and in reality, it does not take long. At. All.
Just to show you how dang easy it is….
- White vinegar
- Lemon peel (I use leftover peels whenever I juice them)
In a jar with a lid (really, any size will do; I use a quart sized jar), fill 3/4 of the way full of lemon peels. I don’t do anything fancy here – I throw in the entire peel and rind.
Cover the lemon pieces completely with vinegar, screw top on and stick in the cupboard for a minimum of a week.
Lemon has excellent cleaning properties – and it does help with the vinegar smell as well! When my lemon vinegar is ready, I take an old spray bottle and fill halfway with the lemon vinegar. Fill the remainder of the bottle with water – Voila! All-purpose cleaning spray! I use this in the kitchen, on windows, in the bathroom – really anywhere you would need a general cleaner. But wait! Do NOT throw out those lemon pieces leftover in the jar – Cover them up with more vinegar and keep in the cupboard for next time. My current lemon pieces have been in my jar for at least 3 months – and still working great.
There you go! After the lemon vinegar is ready, you can whip up a bottle of cleaning spray in literally a minute or two. Also, if you have any extra grimy areas – use full-strength. Works like a charm.
Stay tuned for more quick – and easy – DIY. Seriously folks – You can do this!
This post can also be found at the Homestead Barn Hop!