This easy recipe is from my latest e-book, Clean, Naturally!, a short guide to the basic essential cleaning products that will have you cleaning your home with effective, non-toxic ingredients in no time flat!
When I'm done cleaning my kitchen, I want it to smell clean.
And I don't mean, I don't merely want it not to smell dirty. No, I want it to smell CLEAN.
Fresh. Enlightening. Invigorating!
That's why, as I've been making and experimenting with DIY homemade cleaners over the last few years, I wanted to get this recipe just right. Obviously, it needed to be effective to deal with all the spills and residues that can build up in a kitchen, but it was also really really important to me for it to smell so good that I wouldn't want to stop cleaning and when I was done, I'd want to stay in the kitchen to have a cup of tea.
That's why I was so excited when the idea to use dehydrated citrus peels came across my radar. I had been using leftover half-lemons and oranges for scrubbing, which was somewhat effective and they did smell good, but they were messier than I liked – I certainly couldn't store them long-term.
So when this recipe worked, I was in hog heaven! (It's so simple I even hesitate to call it a recipe….) Just grind everything together and away you go!
May this cleanser serve your kitchen as well as mine.
DIY Non-Toxic Kitchen Cleanser
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup powdered citrus peels (from 2–4 fresh fruit)
- 1/4 cup borax (optional)
- 20 drops lemon, orange, or grapefruit essential oil (optional)
- First, dry the peels, either by tearing them into dime-sized pieces and letting them sit for 3-4 days OR by placing them in a food dehydrator at 100ºF for 6-8 hours (time will vary widely depending on the thickness of the peel and the size of the pieces).
- When the peels are fully dry, place them in a spice grinder or blender and pulverize them into a fine powder. (Alternatively, you could zest the fresh peels, dehydrate the zest, then skip this step.)
- Mix the citrus peel powder with the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Place in a shaker container or small Mason jar and use on sinks, counters, stovetops, and even (non-wood) floors. Store in a dry place.
- If you're not crazy about using borax, feel free to leave it out. It's merely here as a brightener.