How to Make Citrus Spray
If you love the smell of citrus, making your own citrus spray is a delightful way to bring the scent closer to you all the time. Citrus can do more than just make your room smell nice, however; you can also use it to make body sprays, cleaning sprays, and even bug repelling sprays! You will need to use essential oils for most of the recipes, but the cleaning spray can be made with just citrus peels, vinegar, and water.
Making a Citrus Room Spray
Select a small, glass spray bottle.Choose a bottle that is able to hold at last 4 ounces (120 milliliters) of liquid. Insert a small funnel into the neck of the bottle to make filling easier.
Fill the bottle with 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) of vodka.This will help dilute the essential oils and make it easier to mix them in with the water.If you can't find any vodka, you can try witch hazel or rubbing alcohol instead.
Add 15 to 20 drops of your favorite citrus essential oil.You can use just one type of essential oil or a combination of different ones. Lemon, orange, and grapefruit are all popular choices, but don't be afraid to experiment with different ones too.
- For a classic citrus spray, try a combination of bergamot, lemon, and orange.
- You can also use this spray on your furniture as a cat deterrent. Try a combination of lemon and eucalyptus.
Swirl the oils and alcohol together to combine.Close the spray bottle or plug the opening with your thumb. Gently swirl the oils and witch hazel/alcohol together. This will create a base and make it easier to mix into the water.
Add 3½ ounces (104 milliliters) of distilled water.If you don't have any distilled water, use filtered water instead.Distilled water will make the spray last longer, however.
Close the bottle and shake it to combine everything.Your spray is now ready to use! Keep in mind that you will need to shake the bottle each time before you use it. You can use this spray to fragrance your room, bed linens, and furniture.
Making Citrus Body Spray
Fill a glass spray bottle with 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) of witch hazel.The witch hazel will act as a preservative. It will also help dilute the essential oils and allow them to blend with the water.If you don't have any witch hazel, you can use vodka instead.Avoid using rubbing alcohol however, as it is too harsh on the skin.
- Make sure that the spray bottle is able to hold at least 2 ounces (60 milliliters).
- Insert a funnel into the neck of the bottle to make filling it easier.
Add 15 to 20 drops of your desired essential oil.You can use just one fragrance, or a combination of different ones. For example, if you wanted a classic, citrus fragrance, you could try: 10 drops grapefruit essential oil, 4 drops lime essential oil, and 4 drops lemon essential oil.Here are some more ideas to get you started:
- For something sweet, try 1/8 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract and 10 drops wild orange essential oil.
- For something energizing, try a combination of grapefruit and lavender essential oil.
- For a Fall-like fragrance, start with a base of sweet orange essential oil, then add a few drops of cinnamon leaf essential oil.
- For something refreshing, start with a base of lemon essential oil, then add a few drops of lavender and sandalwood essential oil.
Gently swirl the two ingredients together.If you want to, you can add in 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) of vegetable glycerin. This is not absolutely necessary, but it will help keep the fragrance last longer.
Add 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) of distilled water.If you don't have any distilled water, try filtered water or bottled water. Avoid using tap water, as it may contain minerals that could interfere with the final spray.
- For a more citrus-y fragrance, consider using orange blossom water instead; note that it is not the same thing as orange juice.
Shake the spray before using it.Close the spray bottle tightly, then give it a shake. You can use it just like you would any other body spray, but using it on any areas that will be exposed to the sun; citrus makes the skin more sensitive to sunlight, which can increase chances of sunburn.
- You will need to shake the bottle each time before you use it.
Making a Citrus Cleaning Spray
Wash your desired citrus fruit, then peel it.Clean the citrus with warm, soapy water first, then pat it dry. Peel the fruit by hand to ensure that there is no pulp clinging to the pith. Any pieces of fruit can lead to mold.
- You can use any combination of lemons, limes, grapefruits, or oranges. You can also use just one type of peel if you prefer.
- You need enough peels to fill up a glass jar.
Fill a glass jar with your collected citrus peels.How many peels you end up using depends on the size of jar. The larger the jar, the more citrus peels you will need. Make sure that you fill the jar all the way to the top. If you can, use a jar with tapering sides. This will reduce the chances of any small pieces floating to the top and causing mold.
- The jar must be glass; the oils released by the citrus peels will break down a plastic jar.
Add some herbs, if desired.You don't have to do this, but it can give your spray a more interesting fragrance. Listed below are some suggestions based on the type of citrus peel you may have used:
- If you used orange peels, add some cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and almond extract for a Fall-like fragrance.
- Add rosemary sprigs and vanilla extract to lemon peels for a fresh, yet sweet, fragrance.
- If you used lime peels, add some thyme for a zesty scent.
- Add mint leaves, extract, or essential oil to grapefruit peels for something more refreshing.
Cover the peels with white vinegar.Pour the vinegar into the jar until the citrus peels are completely submerged. If you see any small pieces floating on the surface of the vinegar, place a large peel on top to weigh everything down.
Let the jar sit in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks.Check the jar every few days to ensure that the peels are submerged and that there is no mold developing.If the vinegar level has gone down, open the jar up and add more vinegar. If you see any mold, you will need to discard the affected piece(s) immediately.
- Write the date on the jar with a permanent marker to help you keep track of time.
Strain the liquid.Once the 2 weeks are up, open up the jar. Place a strainer over another jar, then pour the liquid into it. Discard the peels caught in the strainer. The liquid may still have a lingering vinegar odor, which is normal.
Dilute the liquid with distilled water.How much water you end up using is up to you. For best results, however, plan on using equal amounts of strained citrus liquid and distilled water.
Transfer the liquid to a glass spray bottle.Open up a glass spray bottle, and stick a funnel into the neck. Pour the strained liquid through the funnel and into the spray bottle. Avoid using a plastic bottle, as the oils will cause it to degrade over time.
Use the spray to clean up counters, stoves, and microwaves.Close the spray bottle and give it a shake. Adjust the nozzle, if needed, then spray it on the surface to be cleaned. Wipe the spray off with a sponge or paper towel.
- This spray may cause etching on marble, granite, and other stone surfaces.
Making a Citrus Bug Spray
Fill a small, glass spray bottle part-way with distilled water.Insert a funnel into the neck of a 3-ounce (88-milliliter) glass spray bottle. Pour in 1½ ounces (45 milliliters) of distilled water. If you can't find any distilled water, use filtered or bottled water instead. You can also use water that's been boiled and cooled instead.
- If you can't find a 3-ounce (88-milliliter) spray bottle, you can use one that is a little larger.
Add 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) of witch hazel.This will add to the base as well as act as a preservative. Witch hazel will also act as a natural astringent.
Add 1 teaspoon of liquid aloe vera.This will give the spray a soothing, cooling effect. If you can't find any liquid aloe vera, you can try using some aloe vera juice instead, just be sure to strain the pulp out.You can also try ½ teaspoon of aloe vera gel.
Add 1 teaspoon of citronella essential oil.This is the secret to keeping those bugs away. Make sure that you are using pure essential oil and not lamp oil or torch oil as those are not considered to be skin-safe.
Add some fragrance with lemon and grapefruit essential oil.You will need ½ teaspoon of each. If you aren't a fan of grapefruit, however, you can use more lemon essential oil. Eucalyptus or tea tree essential oil are also great choices; they pair well with lemon and are effective at repelling insects.
- Do not use lemon extract; it is not the same thing.
Close the bottle and shake it to mix the ingredients together.Your citrus bug spray is now ready to use! You can spray it on your arms, legs, and clothes to keep mosquitoes away, just be careful to avoid the face and eyes.
- Shake the bottle each time before you use the spray.
- If you are using aloe vera juice, be aware that the spray may expire.
QuestionCan I not use alcohol?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt's your choice if you want to use alcohol or not, but it is highly recommended to use a light alcohol to preserve the fresh scent and keep it from molding.Thanks!
QuestionWhy use vodka and not 70% isopropyl alcohol? Is there a preference or any kind of alcohol? Vodka is typically 40%.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerOne reason vodka might be a better choice is that it is much more "user friendly" to the human body. The lower alcohol level means less irritation to skin, which is an important factor.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use dry citrus skin?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, but the proportions may vary depending on the extent to which it has been dried. It is safer to use fresh, but dried should work, too.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use this safely on furniture as an animal deterrent?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can use the room spray as an animal deterrent. If you are going to use it for cats, however, avoid adding tea tree oil to is, as this oil is not safe for them. You may want to test the spray in an inconspicuous area first to ensure that the spray does not stain the furniture.Thanks!
QuestionWhy do I need to use distilled water when making the spray?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSo that there isn't any harmful bacteria in it. It's a safety precaution that reduces the chance of the spray harboring disease. If your tap water is drinkable, you can use that, too.Thanks!
QuestionCan I put it in lip scrubs?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, this is not recommended. If you want a citrus-flavored lip scrub, it would be a better idea to just add a drop or two of freshly-squeezed lemon, orange, or grapefruit juice into the scrub instead.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I use instead of alcohol?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can use witch hazel, vodka, or rubbing alcohol.Thanks!
QuestionIs there another way to keep it from molding aside from using alcohol?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry keeping it in the fridge, or keep it in a metal bottle. Also, make sure you keep it in a clean container.Thanks!
- A dark-colored glass bottle will preserve the spray better than a clear one, especially if you are using essential oils in it; sunlight can deteriorate essential oils.
- Store the spray in a cool, dry, dark place, especially if you are using a clear glass bottle. Sunlight can degrade essential oils over time and make them less effective.
- If you are making a body spray or a room spray, you can try substituting fragrance oils meant for soap making. Do not use fragrance oils in spray cleaners or bug sprays, however; they won't have the same beneficial properties.
- If you can't find any glass spray bottles, use ahigh-qualityplastic one instead. The essential oils in this recipe will degrade a cheaper one.
- Try to use organic fruit and products, if you can.
- Always patch test citrus on a small area of skin before using; some people are allergic to acids and other ingredients in citrus.
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