Quick & Easy Household DIY – In 2 Minutes or Less

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….

All-Purpose Cleaner

  • White vinegar
  • Lemon peel (I use leftover peels whenever I juice them)
  • Water

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.

Lemons, plain and simple.
Lemons, plain and simple.

Cover the lemon pieces completely with vinegar, screw top on and stick in the cupboard for a minimum of a week.

Lemons and vinegar - That's it!
Lemons and vinegar – That’s it!

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!

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