Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lemon Dust Rags

I have almost completely converted my home to all-natural, safe, family friendly cleaners. One of the last things to go (and is actually still in the cleaning closet as we speak) is dust spray. I know it is bad and laden with horrible chemicals and fragrances, but it just works so much better than anything else I've tried. (Granted I've really only tried dry dusting or a Swiffer brush. Neither of which I'm too impressed with.) Every time I dust with the spray I find myself holding my breath and diving towards a 'clean' air pocket that doesn't yet have that choking, lemony smell.

I finally found a fast, easy, eco-friendly alternative!! (Well, actually pinterest found if for me, but I digress.) I tried it this afternoon, and so far so good. The directions were easy to follow, and I had almost all of the ingredients on hand.

To make Lemon Dust Rags you will need:

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 lemon rind
  • an airtight container
  • an old t-shirt (or other rag)
Cut the t-shirt (I used one of my hubby's old undershirts because I like how thin they are) into rags. You can make the size of rag that you prefer to clean with. Mix the vinegar, water, and olive oil in a bowl. Soak the rags in that mixture. While they are soaking, peel the rind off of your lemon. (Now squeeze some lemon juice into your water to have a refreshing drink!) Squeeze most of the moisture out  of the rags. Place the rags into the air tight container alternating a layer of rags with a lemon rind.

Thats it! You did it! How easy was that?! 

I'm really excited to see how they work! My plan is to let them sit a little longer and then try one. My only concern is that I won't get the chance to use them all before the bottom ones began molding...we'll see. At least I won't have to lunge towards clean air or worry about my baby inhaling those fragrances!

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