I started making my own greener, cleaner products when I became a mom. Constantly wiping down little hands, high chair trays, counter tops, toys… All this wiping down had me concerned with not what I was wiping up, but with what I was leaving behind. Many commercial products are laced with fragrance, dyes, ammonia, preservatives, SLS, bleach – all the toxic ingredients that I did NOT want getting back into my baby’s system. Not only are little ones constantly putting things in their mouth, but crawling around and touching everything in sight makes chemicals easy to absorb straight into their bloodstream through their skin and airways.
My go-to resource for natural living is David Suzuki’s Queen of Green. I was recruited by the Queen, herself, to work with families in my neighbourhood in 2012, visiting with and talking to them about recycling, reducing food waste, greening their home and reducing their footprint. I love Lindsay’s easy recipes for many household fixes and refer to them often.
“Acetic acid (white vinegar) is a great disinfectant, deodorizer and grease cutter. It tackles salmonella (some strains), E. coli and other “gram-negative” bacteria that can cause pneumonia, meningitis and bloodstream, wound or surgical site infections.”, says Lindsay about replacing chemical-laced products with simple white vinegar.
I tweaked the recipe and added citrus peels for their natural fragrance and antibacterial properties. This cleanser works well on glass, countertops, high chair trays and toys.
In a large jar, fill with:
- peels from oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes until full
- fill 3/4 with white vinegar
- top with distilled water
Lid the jar and keep closed for 2 weeks, in a dark place, to allow citrus to infuse into vinegar solution. After 2 weeks, remove peels and pour liquid into a spray bottle. Top with more water, if necessary, to dilute mixture. Use around the house to disinfect, naturally clean and deodorize.