I love the smell of grapefruit but I’m not a huge fan of the taste. A few weeks ago I was gifted a bag stuffed full of grapefruit that needed to be used up. I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with it, so I juiced it. I tried making a few batches of grapefruit lemonade but it used such a small amount. Since I ended up juicing 3/4 of a gallon of grapefruit juice, I seriously had no idea what to do with such an abundance. Then it struck me. I can make a cleaning solution! I have made lemon vinegar before by infusing lemon peels in the vinegar. Though the grapefruits I used had traces of mold on the rind, so infusing the vinegar that way was out of the question. Then I thought well maybe I could use the juice? That is what I did, combined 3 cups juice with white vinegar in a 1/2 gallon jar. Then froze the remaining juice for when I run out and need to make more.
Did you know?
- Vinegar kills up to 99% of bacteria.
- Vinegar kills up to 82% of mold.
- Vinegar kills up to 80% of virus causing germs.
- Grapefruit is anti microbial
- Grapefruit is anti viral
- Grapefruit aroma gives an uplifting and relaxing effect on mind.
This is safe for children and pets to be around since it has no harsh/crazy chemicals. A simple rule in making at home cleaners is to try to keep things as simple as possible. That is usually the best route for a non-toxic cleaner. Happy house cleaning!
- 1 cup grapefruit vinegar
- ⅛ cup washing soda
- 3 drops of liquid soap (Dr. Bronner’s works great)
- 1 gallon hot water
- 10 drops of essential oils (grapefruit, tea tree or lavender are my choices)
- Mix the grapefruit vinegar, washing soda, soap and essential oils together.
- The vinegar and washing soda will start to foam up. Leave it be till the washing soda is dissolved completely.
- After the washing soda is dissolved pour in hot water.
- Now you are ready to mop your floors and enjoy the pleasant scent of grapefruit! You might even want to have a few guests over since your house will smell so good.