I've been trying to think of social media posts and subjects to talk about in my blog to not only help my customers during this difficult time but also my fellow business owners. I have a few ideas so I'm just going to start with one and work my way through them all, and maybe along the way I can help someone who needed a laugh, encouragement, hope, sanity or even just something to do with their time!! (...stir crazy is a real thing!)
Today I want to start with natural cleaning products, because let's be honest, right now we are all in need of those! If you're like me, when this whole COVID-19 thing started you didn't need to run out to grab cleaning products because if you ran out you had all the ingredients to make your own right in your own home. I have always made my own laundry soap, all purpose spray, room/linen spray and disinfectant spray (it's healthier and a lot cheaper too!). I like knowing what's in my products and that it is safe for me, my animals and in the future, my kids. I'm going to start with making your own infused vodka (extraction) because that can be used in other cleaning products, or alone if you prefer.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- Vodka (I use the cheapest I can find,80 proof)
- Your choice of fruit/herb (orange peel, lemon peel, lavender, sage, thyme are all great!)
- A glass jar (any size, depending on how much you want to make)
You can really use any alcohol, even rubbing alcohol or white vinegar. I prefer vodka because it doesn't have a strong scent so I know that what ever I choose to infuse, will smell great. The vodka will extract the chemicals, scent and other properties of what you put in it to help make a great cleaning product. Vodka is also a great de-greaser, deodorizer and disinfecting spray.
Oranges and lemons are very popular for cleaning products. The d-limonene (natural solvent) in citrus is great for cutting grease and dirt. Oranges and lemons have antiseptic properties, they are antiviral, deodorizing and can disinfect surfaces. Both are great for kitchen and bathroom cleaning and lemons are great air purifiers so they would be a good choice for any air fresheners or linen sprays.
Lavender is anti-bacterial, antiseptic and good for deodorizing. Sage is anti-bacterial, antiseptic and disinfectant. Thyme is anti-bacterial, antiviral and antiseptic.
You don't have to pick just one, lemon pairs well with lavender, sage or thyme. If you're into essential oils and don't have fresh fruit or herbs you could use oils instead, you will especially want to make sure this gets stored in a glass jar and not plastic.
Citrus may be too acidic for some surfaces, I would check into it if you're unsure. I did look up the pH of all the ingredients talked about so it could help.
Rubbing Alcohol 8.0
White Vinegar 2.4
WHAT TO DO:
Place your peels or herbs in your glass jar, as many as you'd like. Pour your vodka or preferred alcohol/vinegar until all the peels or herbs are covered and place the lid on top. Once you've let your peel or herb infuse in the alcohol for 2 weeks you can strain it. Then you will be left with your vodka infusion. From here it can be used alone, 50/50 with distilled water or made into an all purpose cleaner or room/linen spray. If all else fails, you made a tasty vodka drink!
P.S. this has been infusing for almost two weeks, making an extract will change the color of the vodka. When you strain it you may want to use cheesecloth and a strainer to get out any tiny pieces of peel/herb.