I’ve had a list of homemade cleaning recipes for several years. It’s not advertised anymore, but anyone who signs up in the form on the right, gets the cleaning recipes emailed to them for free on day 2 . Every recipe is tested by me, works, and is super frugal to make.
A lot of my homemade recipes use vinegar. It’s cheap and it works. But what if you are sensitive to vinegar? Is there anything else to use?
Yes! Vinegar works because it’s an acid. Acids break down bases like soap scum and hard water deposits and kill germs. That’s why we water bath can acid foods like salsa or applesauce. Their acid environments are already hostile to germs. But foods like green beans and meat have to be pressure canned to get the temperature high enough to kill germs in their non acid states. Oops, got off topic there.
But just being an acid doesn’t do anything for grease. Have you ever seen how vinegar and oil won’t mix in salad dressing? So vinegar alone isn’t the answer to all our cleaning problems.
Anyhoo, if you can’t use vinegar or can’t stand the smell, try lemon juice. It smells great and has similar acid properties to vinegar. The only drawback is, it’s not shelf stable like vinegar is. So any of your lemon juice cleaning preparations should be stored in the fridge, or stirred up one recipe at a time. And no reason to buy expensive fresh squeezed stuff. Lemon juice from concentrate (Aldi carries it) will work just fine.