Did you know most antibacterial and cleaning agents can reduce your Thyroid function? Triclosan comes to mind but in truth there are many. The essential oils and bioflavonoids in the rind and white pith of citrus fruits have many properties for health, but also excel as a cleaning agent with naturally pleasant fragrances.
This recipe may be used to kill any bugs after there’s been a cold or flu in the home, in the bathroom as a bug killer, or sprayed on animal bedding and hutches/chicken coops etc as a bug killer and deterrent. It’s great for greasy area’s like the stove.
Some people may choose to dilute with water for a general cleaning agent or add to their mopping water for extra clean floors. Learn about more easy ways to detox your home here.
There are many variations online to do a DIY of this natural cleaner, but these are the basic steps to follow:
You will need:
1 x 1 liter glass jar or bottle with a wide mouth/opening and its lid, cleaned/sterilized
1 x large container of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
4 x medium oranges OR 3 x large oranges OR 5 x lemons OR 6 x limes
Masking Tape and a texter or pens for the labels, a sharp knife and chopping boards
Peel of the rinds from your fruit of choice with your hand or paring knife. You do not want the flesh of the fruit, but don’t worry about only zesting the rind, as the white pith has health and cleaning properties too
Place your rind into your clean glass jar or bottle. Set aside the flesh of the fruit to eat later 🙂
Cover with your vinegar of choice, filling as much as you can, try to make sure no rinds are uncovered. They will float a little and stick up when enough liquids added which is fine.
Seal with its lid, making sure it’s on tight enough not to leak.
Use the masking tape to label it as “Orange Rind Vinegar” or” Citrus Blend Vinegar” with the date you have made it.
Pop it out of direct sunlight (in a corner of your kitchen or laundry for example) and agitate the jar each few days, for one week.
Ready to use! Filter into a spray bottle or leave as is before tipping into water or onto cloths.
If you’ve just realized you have some cleaning to do, gone to grab some cleaning liquid or spray and it’s all gone, fear not!
Use ready-made essential oils if you have them, 2-3 drops of any citrus in 200ml water and 200ml vinegar will be sufficient.
My mum tried this version (hers is the pretty little jar!) and both have been great so far, though mine is easier on the budget.
Any essential oils can be added to the natural rind version too, like extra eucalyptus, or cloves in you have a mould infestation that is being stubborn. I’ve never loved the smell of clove but the citrus covers it well, and mould spores exposure can carry some heavy health risks, using bleach and chlorines seems to work as the mold disappear visibly… but they aren’t always gone. So go natural and see the difference!
Learn about more easy ways to detox your home here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Adv Dip Naturopathy, Adv Dip Western Herbal Medicine
Head Naturopath Kimberly Orbons is passionate about encouraging and empowering each person to facilitate their own good health with Nutrition, Herbal Medicine and preventative lifestyle management. Using a combination of diagnostics and symptomatology to identify the different metabolic processes contributing to disease allows her to treat the root or cause of poor health, providing relief of symptoms and long term recovery.
Kimberly believes it is extremely important to build a personalized healing plan, taking all the complexities of a patient’s health and illness into consideration. Her consults have a strong focus on client care and treating each patient as an individual, and may therefore co-ordinate with other medical treatments. The goal is to establish each patient’s ability to live in the best possible state of health, naturally. Her mentors in clinical practice include Founder Lucy Herron, Dr. David Brownstein, Naturopath Angela Hywood and Dr. Sarah Wine. Since achieving her qualifications in 2007 she has extensive clinical experience, and also 3 years managing the natural health sections and seminars within pharmacy