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Homemade Citrus Infused Household Cleaner

Citrus works great as a degreaser, stain remover and freshener.  Vinegar is also a great cleaning agent, breaking down mold, grease, mineral deposits and bacteria.  Combine the two and you have a great natural cleaner.

Citrus Collage // Herbivore Triathlete

This cleaner is eco-friendly not only because it is biodegradable and safe to use, but because it is making use of products that would otherwise be thrown in the trash.


  1. Place the leftover rinds from any citrus fruit (orange, grapefruit, lemon, etc) into a glass jar.
  2. Pour white vinegar over top of the rinds until vinegar covers the rinds.
  3. Put a lid on it and let it sit for 2 weeks.
  4. Remove rinds, strain liquid through a sieve, and store in a glass jar.
  5. Use diluted 1:1 water to citrus vinegar in a spray bottle.

Remember the dishwasher detergent I made? I told you then that the vinegar works as a rinse aid and that citric acid is what keeps deposits and buildups off your dishes. I know sometimes I miss the lemon-y smell of store bought dishwasher detergent. Now, I’ve got a solution! Use this simple, 2 ingredient cleaner as the rinse aid. Perfect!

Check out my other Do It Yourself posts!


Master Recipe: Vinaigrette

I love a good homemade salad dressing, don’t you? For a smooth sauce that clings to leafy greens and has the right balance of creaminess and tang, follow the master vinaigrette recipe below. Feel free to play around with the basic ratio using different acids, binders, flavoring, and oils. There is no limit to the endless and tasty possibilities!

When you blend vinaigrette ingredients, an emulsion is created that suspends droplets of acidic liquid in the oil. Sooner or later, the vinaigrette will separate, but a binding ingredient such as mustard can slow down the process to keep the dressing blended longer.

master recipe:
Combine1 part vinegar (or another acidic liquid, such as citrus juice)
1 teaspoon mustard.
Whisk, shake, or blend  3 parts oil
into vinegar mixture. Toss with salad.
Use about 1/4 cup vinaigrette for every
6 to 8 cups salad.

basic-vinaigrette // www.herbivoretriathlete.wordpress.com

{Source: My Recipes}

Here’s a few vinaigrettes to get you started:

Walnut~Tarragon Vinaigrette
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
4 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons walnut oil
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
1/4 cup finely chopped shallot or red onion

Miso Dressing
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 and 1/2 teaspoon miso paste
3 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil

Cracked Pepper Vinaigrette
1 tablespoon orange juice
1/2 teaspoon red or white wine vinegar, optional
1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
1/2 clove garlic, minced
1 and 1/2 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil
1 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional

Peanut~Lime Vinaigrette
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons grapeseed or peanut oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional

Balsamic Vinaigrette
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon whole-grain Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional

Wasabi Vinaigrette
1 tablespoon white rice vinegar
1 teaspoon wasabi paste
3 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil
1 and 1/2 teaspoon minced gari (pickled ginger)
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional

{Source: Vegetarian Times, September 2012}

What’s your favorite kind of dressing? Do ever make your own at home? I like to keep mine simple and play around quite a bit with different combinations.

Homemade Veggie Wash

Should you wash your fruits and vegetables before eating them? I know I do!

There are several reasons why you should take the time to wash your fruits and veggies before eating them.

To begin with, unless your fruits and vegetables are organic, they grew up in fields covered in pesticides and herbicides. Although the pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables are considered to be at safe levels for human consumption, do you really want those extra chemicals on your food? Once your fruits and vegetables were ready for harvest, they were handled by several different pairs of hands in the fields and orchards, then in the warehouses, and finally again in your grocery store. Bacteria such as ListeriaSalmonella and E. coli may all be lurking on your produce, whether they are organically grown or conventionally grown. These bacteria all cause food-borne illness and need to be washed away.¹

Maybe you only buy organic fruits and veggies, so you don’t believe there’s a need to wash your produce, well think again!

Organic fruits and vegetables may not be grown with pesticides, but they’re still susceptible to “pesticide drift,” which is what happens when the wind blows chemicals from a nearby conventional field. Pesticide contamination can also happen during packaging, since many produce companies use the same warehouses to package both organic and non-organic produce.

But the biggest reason to wash your fruits and vegetables is to get rid of germs, according to Sonya Lunder, a senior analyst with the Environmental Working Group

But I’m eating an orange/banana/cantaloupe you say, there’s a peel on it, I don’t need to wash that! Wait, do I?

The fact is, yes you should even wash produce that have inedible peels such as bananas and oranges. The reason is this: As you peel them, your hands can get contaminants — such as pesticides or bacteria — on them, and this could transfer to the fruit inside. Another thing to remember is that you should wash produce immediately before serving (rather than before you put it away), because washing produce can actually shorten the shelf life of the product.³


Mix ingredients listed below then pour in clean spray bottle. Spritz on fresh produce generously. Sit for 5 minutes then rinse off well.


1 cup water
1 cup vinegar
2 TBS baking soda
2 TBS lemon juice

Note: Make sure to first combine ingredients in deep container since there will be some fizzing action.

Still not sure about the right way to wash fruits and veggies? Read this article from Huffington Post.

Check out my homemade detergent and dishwasher “recipes” as well.

¹ About.com
² The Kitchn
³ The Fun Times Guide