This post contains affiliate links Thanks to Netflix, I have gotten hooked on documentaries that focus on health. I think being green is important, but it's hard, especially when you are on a budget. Thankfully, I have discovered that I can ease into a "greener" lifestyle and save a ton of money by making my own cleaning products. Not only am I not cleaning with harsh chemicals and burning a hole in my wallet, but my homemade cleaners are amazingly effective. This citrus enzyme cleaner is new to my homemade cleaning arsenal, and I'm in love. It has really good cleaning power, and it smells wonderful. Warning: Use Extreme caution when making this cleaner and keep away from children - pressure build up in the plastic may cause injuries. I first saw this idea on One Good Thing by Jillee. I thought homemade citrus enzyme cleaner sounded interesting, plus I have yet to be disappointed in a homemade cleaner. So, I made up a batch several weeks ago and have been using the cleaner all over my house. I wanted to do a little more research on this homemade cleaner before writing this post. It turns out "citrus enzyme cleaner" is a little misleading. This recipe does not actually produce enzymes, it's more like a citrus alcohol cleaner. As soon as I took the top off of the bottle of solution to strain it, I was immediately reminded of the beer, Blue Moon (one of my favorites.) Thinking back to my beer class from college, it clicked that sugar and yeast create alcohol. So, no actual enzymes, but the citrus alcohol makes for a fantastic cleaner. Citrus Enzyme Cleaner 2 cups citrus peels (oranges, lemons, or grapefruit) 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon yeast 1 liter warm water. 1. Combine all ingredients in a plastic bottle. Place the top of the bottle on very loosely- this will lower the risk of the bottle exploding. 2. Everyday for 2 weeks, unscrew the cap on the plastic bottle to release the pressure built up from the gas that will form. 3. Once matured, strain the liquid into a separate container and get to cleaning. CleanWell has a variety of natural cleaning products that kill over 99.99% of germs while using the natural disinfecting properties of botanicals.
For more homemade cleaning solutions, and other cleaning tips, make sure to check out my Cleaning board on Pinterest. * Again- use extreme caution when making this cleaner, as the pressure build up can be dangerous.