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Homemade Citrus Kitchen Cleaner

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Full confession: my kitchen is a disaster. The small space is cramped and cluttered, and a complete mess after spending the past eight months working on a cookbook. My spice cabinets are unruly and have become the kitchen equivalent of the closet we all have and hope no one will ever open. My oven has enough charcoal build-up on the bottom that I could probably scrape it together and make enough coals to cook dinner on my outdoor grill, and the top of the fridge has become the place to put any, but often all, of the following items: bread, cereal, flour and sugar canisters, cookbooks, water bottles, permission forms, and receipts. In essence, it needs some help.

With a little lull in work this week, I’m tackling the trouble spots and hoping to make my happy place a little, well, happier. I’ve purchased a small appliance shelf to go into the basement pantry, a rolling kitchen cart for my bread products, potatoes/onions/garlic, and countertop fruit, and I’ve installed a functional cast-iron hook to hold my many aprons. I’ve also upgraded my broom and mop and I’ve stashed a bottle of homemade citrus cleaner on the counter near the fresh flowers that make the space smell like spring.

To make your own cleaner, juice 1 lemon and 1 orange and chop the leftover peels. Place the peels in a pot and cover with 4 cups of cold water. Bring the liquid to a boil, then remove from the stovetop and allow the mixture to cool. Add the juices, 8 tablespoons of white vinegar and 2 teaspoons of baking soda to the pot and stir well (be careful, it will bubble up a little bit). Then transfer to a spray bottle and use to clean your kitchen.

I can’t change the size or the layout of the room, and I’m not upgrading my oven any time soon (which means I need to clean it), but I’m already liking the look of the place a little more than I did last week.

Do you have any trouble spots in your kitchen right now?

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