If you’re anything like me you want to live a cleaner life, at home, in the office and out in the world. If you’re like me, you’ve read all the labels and spent way too much on trying to keep common household chemicals out of the air and water in your home. I stopped using most “big brand” house cleaners long ago when the explosion of more eco friendly, just as good house cleaners emerged at the grocery store.

grapefruitcleanerBut those products often cost more because naturally, we want to “do good” and purchase products that don’t contaminate our homes and the environment. We’re voting with our dollars. I get it…

But when things get tough and you have to cut a few financial corners you should know that you don’t need to compromise your health and the health of your family just because you have to follow your budget a little more closely. You can keep a healthy home and not break the bank. Here’s one of my favorites and actually serves two purposes.

I love the smell of grapefruit peel so when they are in season, I like to make this all natural surface cleaner, but I also like to juice the fruit. This is truly a two for one that keeps your home free of toxic chemicals, provides nutritional support to your body’s health and wellness AND make it easier for you to live clean and drink clean – all in one fell swoop.

You’ll need three organic grapefruits, one lemon and about 2 – 3 cups of distilled white vinegar. That should cost you about $5 total. You will need a quart glass mason jar, a reused empty spray bottle to make the cleaner and just your juicer to make your juice.

To make the all natural surface cleaner,

  1. First peel the grapefruits and lemon as shown in the image to the left.
  2. Place the peels into the glass jar, pour the vinegar over to the top and place the lid on the jar and set aside for about 48 hours.
  3. Funnel the vinegar into the spray bottle and compost the peels.
  4. Use on surfaces, door knobs, light switches and counter tops!

Once you have placed the grapefruit peels into the jar with the vinegar and set it aside, cut the grapefruit into wedges that fit into your juicer and juice them with the lemon. You should have about 16 ounces of fresh grapefruit juice that is packed with vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium – and if you add the pulp back to the juice, you’ll also get some fiber!

There you have it. Two great uses for grapefruits all in one. Remember to Drink Clean, Eat Clean, Live Clean & Stay Clean.

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January 5, 2014


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