Waste freeeeeeeee, woohoo! When I recently made elderflower cordial there was a bunch of leftover lemon and orange ends, enough to fill an entire jar! Which conveniently is exactly the amount you need for this cleaner. If you don’t have enough citrus peel to fill a whole jar straight away then you can collect them over a few days.
The reason citrus makes such a good cleaner is because it contains ‘d-limonene’ which is a natural solvent that breaks down oil like a beast. That makes this cleaner awesome for all purpose stuff like benches, tables, stove tops, anything with a bit of grease and grime (I’m sure it would work with shower scum too since I usually just use normal vinegar and that works).
Once you have an entire jar of citrus peels or leftovers:
- Fill the citrus jar with white vinegar
- Leave to sit for 2 weeks (date the jar if, like me, you have a memory like a sieve)
- Strain the peels off and the liquid into a spray bottle (the liquid should by then have a yellow hue)
- You can dilute the liquid with about 50% water if you want, depending on how strong you need the cleaner (obviously more baked on grease requires a stronger mix).
Now you’re all set, go forth and be a clean, zero waste hippie! 🙂