March is here and Spring has sprung! That means it’s time for Spring Cleaning. It’s no secret that store-bought cleaning agents can be full of hidden and harmful chemicals. Limoneira spokesperson and founder of Healthy Grocery Girl, Megan Roosevelt, has put together a bevy of cleaning tips and easily assembled DIY methods for keeping the home sparkling and fresh year round.
While lemon is great in tea, it can also be used for cleaning, who knew!
Grapefruit Multi-Purpose Cleaner
Multi-purpose cleaner is the answer to keeping the home looking and smelling fresh. Follow these easy steps for a DIY solution that skips chemicals in store-bought cleaners!
What You’ll need:
- Peels from multiple grapefruits
- Small glass jar with lid
- White vinegar
- Empty spray bottle
Directions: Separate the peel from the grapefruit (or the citrus peel of your choice). Using a small glass jar, place the peel inside, packing as tightly as possible. Fill jar to the brim with white vinegar. Cover jar with lid, and let sit for two weeks. When the infused vinegar is ready, fill a spray bottle with equal parts filtered water and grapefruit-infused vinegar.
Citrus Pan Scrubber
Fun fact: orange halves can be miracle workers for getting stains off of kitchen pans.
- Orange or lemon halves
- Coarse table salt
Directions: Once the pan in question has cooled, add a few tablespoons of coarse salt. Take citrus halves (for added usefulness, juice them first and use the juice as you wish) and scrub away. Since this cleaner is completely non-toxic, simply wipe off or rinse with water after cleaning.
Lemon Microwave Cleaner
Microwaves can be a hotbed for unsavory smells… and worse. Lemons are here to help.
- One lemon, halved
- Microwave safe bowl
- 2 cups water
Directions: Place water and lemon halves in a microwave safe bowl. Cook on high in microwave for 3 minutes. The hot lemon steam will coat the inside of the microwave, and allow for easy removal of debris and food remnants by wiping with a damp cloth.
Each month, Megan will be featuring another wonderful facet of citrus living. Subscribe to Limoneira’s Youtube channel for more information on the many ways this endlessly versatile fruit can improve life inside the home and beyond.