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 - .  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 - 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 - .  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 - . **  I got mine from Bridget - .

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 -  (where you can learn a lot about all the essential oils, as well as buy them) and like her on facebook - .  She has a ton of great information to share.

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  1. Great post. This week over on Wildcrafting Wednesdays we’re hosting a special Hygiene Edition and this post would be perfect in the carnival. I’d love it if you would pop over and share this post with our readers. -

  2. Thanks so much for this! I made my first batch tonight and can’t wait to try it. One question: can I keep the grapefruit rinds and add more vinegar for a second batch?

  3. I know essential oils are used for a lot of different purposes. Is it just to intensify the grapefruit scent in this recipe? I’m guessing the cleaner is just as effective and can be used without the oil, right?

  4. Just wanted to add that you should not use vinegar on your granite!!!! It will cause pitting and become cloudy!!!

    Best regards! New Addington Carpet Cleaners Ltd.


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