Citrus And Vinegar As A Natural Disinfectant And Deodorant For Home

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Natural citrus vinegar disinfectant

Natural citrus vinegar disinfectant

It’s the last day of the year! What an exciting year it has been for me…all the ups and downs like everyone else but I’m sure we can still smile as we look back to think that we survived through, right? We should give a big pat on our own back! Let’s look forward to 2011 with greater excitement.

Well, my 2010 didn’t end well. I fell ill yesterday with high fever, cold, headache, cough and body ache. It’s the winter bug, first time I got it. I guess my body’s immune system has been running low after all the travels and taking care of my dad in hospital, plus the sudden change of temperature from hot to freezing cold. But no worry, I’m still smiling here. Feeling much better today.

Lemon vinegar natural disinfectant

Lemon vinegar natural disinfectant

A friend called up yesterday to ask how I was getting along. I’m supposed to attend her house party today but have to turn down her invitation. She suggested that I boil vinegar to disinfect the house as it’s too cold to open all the windows. Oh yes, old cure. I forgot about it. Immediately I put some vinegar and water into a small pot and put it under low (the lowest) fire to boil. I added a sliced lemon into it too. The smell infused the whole house. It didn’t smell that nice though….vinegar smell with a slight lemony smell, but a good natural disinfectant and deodorant for the home. It takes away all the cooking smell, too.

Orange and lemon skin

Orange and lemon skin

Water, vinegar, orange and lemon skin in pot

Water, vinegar, orange and lemon skin in pot

In the evening, despite my high fever I made an orange lemon cake for my family. The cake didn’t turn out very successful but I have lots of orange skin to add to the vinegar water. Wow…the smell was much better, very citrusy. The whole house smells fresh and nice. What an easy, good way to disinfect the house!

Note: I think my pot is a little too small for so much skin. I should use a bigger pot next time.

white vinegar

white vinegar

Using vinegar is very cheap and it’s natural. Just buy the cheap white vinegar from the supermarket. Don’t buy the synthetic ones. You can even use it for all other cleaning work around the house. It has lots of uses. All cleaning agents contain chemicals, some are very harmful to health. Go for vinegar instead. I use it a lot. Remember to dilute it with water, to clean, disinfect and deodorise the house.

I found a useful article on the internet about vinegar. You can check it out at
Explore The Advantages Of Using Vinegar Over Chemical Cleaners To Clean Your Home Safely

Wishing everyone

“A Healthy And Successful 2011″

Quote of the day……

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Oprah Winfrey

Keep Learning Keep Smiling

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Priya  on December 31st, 2010

Useful post..Wishing u a happy and prosperous new year to u and ur family..

Nasifriet  on December 31st, 2010

Thanks for sharing the post, Mary. BTW, how long can you keep this disinfectant/ deodorant? I’m sure it’ll work well in the fridge as well.

I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a wonderful New Year with good health, wealth and prosperity :-D.

Hope you’re feeling much better now…take care

Mary  on December 31st, 2010

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! Wishing you have a great year ahead! :D

@Nasifriet - You are most welcome!. I actually just leave it on the stove and boil it the next day. It will slowly dry up. Then I just throw away or just throw it around plants outside in the garden for fertilizer (not too close the plants, though). Then make a new batch when I want. It’s easy and simple cos we eat oranges and lemons everyday. Maybe don’t make too much each time. A little amount for each day would be good I think. I have been too adventurous :P Thanks very much. I’m much better now. Wishing you a great year ahead! Take care.

anncoo  on December 31st, 2010

Hello Mary, Thanks for sharing this informative post. I wish you and your family all the best in the year 2011.
Please take good care of yourself :)

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on December 31st, 2010

Hope you get fully recover soon.

Vinegar is very versatile and good for cleaning up. I remember that people also used vinegar to disinfect all areas during SARS strike in Hong Kong.

Happy New Year to you and your family, Mary!

nammi  on December 31st, 2010

Hi! just stopping by to wish you a very happy new year !!!

Cathy at Wives with Knives  on December 31st, 2010

I use vinegar when I clean and actually like its fresh smell. The addition of citrus would be even better. That’s a great way to get rid of stale household odors.

Hope you feel better soon. Happy New Year!

kitchen flavours  on December 31st, 2010

Hi Mary, Thanks for the wonderful tip on usage of vinegar. Wishing you and family A Happy New Year and a great 2011!

Joanne  on December 31st, 2010

Oh no! I hope you feel better sweetie! Thanks for the vinegar tip. I will definitely be using it next time someone in our apartment gets sick.

happy new year!

Belinda @zomppa  on December 31st, 2010

Sorry you got sick! You need to start caring for you, too. Thanks for the tip - may have to try this. Have a wonderful New Year, my friend!

Jeannie  on December 31st, 2010

Useful information about vinegar…will try it out:) Wishing you and family a happy new year too:)

Mary  on December 31st, 2010

@anncoo - Thanks very much, Ann! Yes, I’m pampering myself…with loads of sleep :D Wishing you a great year ahead!

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - Yes, am feeling a lot better today :D Wow…..I didn’t know that vinegar was widely used in such a way! Vinegar price must have gone up a lot then. Wishing you a great year ahead!

@nammi - Thanks very much, Nammi! Happy New year to you, too. Wishing you a great year ahead! :D

@Cathy at Wives with Knives - Lovely to know that you use vinegar in your cleaning also. I’m feeling a lot better today. Thanks! Wishing you a great year ahead! :D

@kitchen flavours - You are most welcome! Wishing you a great year ahead, too! :D

@Joanne - Really glad to say I am a lot better today :D Wishing you a great year ahead! :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Yes, I’m pampering myself…with a lot of good sleep…and good healthy food, too :D Am feeling a lot better today. Wishing you a wonderful ahead, too!

@Jeannie - Give a try. It’s very good. Wishing you a great year ahead! :D

lena  on December 31st, 2010

thanks on the info on the vinegar. hope you’re feeling very much better now.

j3ss kitch3n  on December 31st, 2010

thanks for sharing this useful tip mary!

happy new year and have a wonderful year ahead!

Elin  on December 31st, 2010

Mary Moh…HAPPY 2011 to you and family :) Have a great 2011 :)

Nadji  on December 31st, 2010

Très bonne idée cette recette de vinaigre.
Je note.
Très bonne fête de fin d’année et tous mes vœux de santé et de prospérité pour cette nouvelles année.
A très bientôt.

claudia lamascolo  on December 31st, 2010

Have a fabulous healthy New Year Mary!

Mary  on December 31st, 2010

@lena - You are most welcome, Lena! I’m feeling much better today. thanks very much! Wishing you a great 2011! :D

@j3ss kitch3n - You are most welcome, Jess! Wishing you a great 2011! :D

@Elin - Wishing you and your family agreat 2011, too! :D

@Nadji - Thanks very much. Wishing you a great 2011! :D

@claudia lamascolo - Wishing you a fabulous 2011, too! :D

Devaki @weavethousandflavors  on December 31st, 2010

A super useful post! Here’s wishing you a GLORIOUS New Year!

Chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

lequan  on December 31st, 2010

I hope you are feeling much better today, Mary. You sure are a Supermom, sick and still making cake for your family. I don’t hardly even make cake on my best day. Lol. Thank you for this post. Hubby will be very happy to read this. He used to use vinegar to disinfect the house. It was great that he was cleaning, the only problem I had was the horrible vinegar smell. I was also pregnant at the time and could not stand the smell, it made me want to throw up. Your idea to add lemon and oranges makes so much more sense.

Hope you feel much better soon. Wishing you and your beautiful family a happy new year filled with lots of laughter, good health, and great foodie adventures!

Katerina  on December 31st, 2010

I can imagine the aromas. Happy New Year to you and your lovely family!

Ivy  on December 31st, 2010

I love how optimistic you are and hope you recover the soonest. Thanks for the very useful tips. Never knew there was a synthetic vinegar!

Ivy  on December 31st, 2010

Ooops, forgot to wish you Happy New Year to you and your family!!!

Swathi  on December 31st, 2010

Nice post, hope you will get well soon. Wish you and your family a happy and prosperous new year.

lily ng  on December 31st, 2010

happy new year

Cookie  on December 31st, 2010

Mary, wish you a very wonderful 2011, and pls take care of your health!

somewhere in singapore  on December 31st, 2010

Hope u feeling better….

Happy New Year to u and your family!!!

Angie's Recipes  on January 1st, 2011 mother does exactly the same! If one family member got a flu or sick, she would just practice the same…gotta suggest her to add some citrus to the vinegar.
Happy 2011!

Ellie (Almost Bourdain)  on January 1st, 2011

Thanks for the info! Great cleaning tips. Happy New Year, Mary!

The Kitchen Masochist  on January 3rd, 2011

This is what people used in the old days before the invention of bleach and all of those harsh chemical cleaning agents. Of course, they’re not as fancy as yours. ;) People simply used vinegar without the citrus peels.

Just in case you don’t already know about this little tip:

Pour some baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) then add vinegar in your kitchen and bathroom sinks. This cleans the drain pipes without corroding them.


tasteofbeirut  on January 3rd, 2011

I have always been interested in using vinegar for cleaning my house and with my daughter always sick with viruses, now is the time, thank you!

Thas @ Cooking with Thas  on January 4th, 2011

Your post reminds me of how my last year started, even I fell sick right on last year’s New year’s day. Luckily, this year kicked off well. What an interesting and natural way of disinfecting the house. I’ll definitely keep this in my mind. Wishing you and your family a happy new year! Hope you are back to action now.

Ananda Rajashekar  on January 4th, 2011

This is such a nice tip…and how refreshing and healthy than store brought :)

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