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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Nest.

In this Badge Bit, you will make a general purpose natural cleaner.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
   - make a general purpose natural cleaner
         - needs label explaining contents and purpose
         - needs to be entirely edible

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide proof of the following with pictures (or a video < 2 mins long):
   - before, during, and after of making a general purpose natural cleaner
   - demonstrate it meets the above stated requirements
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Water, White Vinegar, Lemon Juice.

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I prefer citric acid to ACV for cleaning. It's fantastic at removing limescale, so gets used on tiles, sinks, toilet bowls and around taps. It's my general go to cleaner for bathrooms and kitchen. I mixed 60g with 500ml of hot water in a beaker, then poured into a glass spray bottle.
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Taking a page out of Mr. Tuttle's book and using the Lemon/Vinegar "method"

Came back from a holiday and found all these fallen lemons so had to put them to some sort of use!
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Assembly time
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Product
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In preparation for deep cleaning a bathroom, here are the cleaners I made:

(note I do not like scented things so did not add the commonly used essential oils, edible or not)
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To become scrubbing powder
To become scrubbing powder
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Scrubbing powder in labeled jar
Scrubbing powder in labeled jar
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Ingredient for glass cleaner
Ingredient for glass cleaner
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Action shot
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Finished labeled product
Finished labeled product
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Vinegar, water and lemon juice.
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Ingredients: white vinegar, water, lemon juice. 16oz bottle
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Before
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Ingredients and measurements on the bottle
Ingredients and measurements on the bottle
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Labeled and complete
Labeled and complete
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Here is my submission for the Nest Aspect - Straw - Make a General-Purpose Natural Cleaner BB.

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I mixed up a solution of Citric Acid to be used as a general-purpose cleaner for counters, tub, etc.

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, I have provided the following:
   - before, during, and after making a general-purpose natural cleaner
   - label/container of citric acid confirms the purity of citric acid
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before: water on the scale in a beaker
before: water on the scale in a beaker
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62 grams of Citric Acid Added
62 grams of Citric Acid Added
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mixed and poured into spray bottle
mixed and poured into spray bottle
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labeled
labeled
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I made my cleaner with water, white vinegar, and lemon juice.
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I prelabeled my bottle before I filled it up (BEFORE)
I prelabeled my bottle before I filled it up (BEFORE)
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Labeled bottle (BEFORE)
Labeled bottle (BEFORE)
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All the ingredients (BEFORE)
All the ingredients (BEFORE)
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Adding lemon juice (DURING)
Adding lemon juice (DURING)
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Adding Water to lemon juice and vinegar (DURING)
Adding Water to lemon juice and vinegar (DURING)
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Bottled and ready to go (AFTER)
Bottled and ready to go (AFTER)
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I mixed up some half-and-half vinegar and water and added a little glug of orange oil. I ended up using this orange flavoring product we had in the pantry for baked goods, rather than the wildly cheaper orange oil we had in the closet of the laundry room meant as a wood-cleaner because the latter had don-not-eat warnings. I wonder though if that's just a matter of concentration...would it be fine to eat once I mixed a teaspoon of it into this mister? Or maybe the emulsifiers aren't food-safe. Oh! The emulsifier comment reminds me, I do have the shake the heck out of this stuff before using or the orange oil will just sit at the top and not get sprayed out.
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Ingredients ready to go.
Ingredients ready to go.
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Vinegar in the spray-base, ready to be topped off with water and then scented
Vinegar in the spray-base, ready to be topped off with water and then scented
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Done. (The oil seperates out in less than ten minutes, so this seems like it'll always need a good shaking before use.)
Done. (The oil seperates out in less than ten minutes, so this seems like it'll always need a good shaking before use.)
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I made a cleaner to use in the "Clean the Bathroom" BB. This cleaner used the juice of 1.5 limes (leftover from dinner) and about 50/50 vinegar and water.

I added a warning to the bottle not to use it on natural stone surfaces. Acid-based cleaners can etch stone surfaces. I wanted to put that out there for anyone looking at this thread for cleaner-making inspiration. Otherwise, acid cleaners are great all-purpose cleaners for non-porous surfaces.
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I use a citrus infused vinegar for most of my cleaning, made from scraps of whatever citrus I've been using.

I'm marinating some chicken thighs today so this batch is made with orange and lime scraps. I've also included a picture of a finished batch I decanted into a reused spray bottle for ease of use.
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Citrus being chopped & juiced for marinade
Citrus being chopped & juiced for marinade
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Orange scraps and vinegar I used
Orange scraps and vinegar I used
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Labelled container
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Finished batch in spray bottle
Finished batch in spray bottle
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I made a general cleaner with half water, half ACV and some lemon juice.
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The lemon juice and ACV I will use
The lemon juice and ACV I will use
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Pouring in the ACV
Pouring in the ACV
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All mixed together and labelled
All mixed together and labelled
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Basic all purpose cleaner: water and vinegar (50/50). Labeled and marked the 1:1 dilution line for when I need to make more.
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I made the citrus vinegar concentrate from the book The Hands-On Home.

I mixed white vinegar, citrus peels, and mint in a glass jar for 2 weeks. Then filled the spray bottle with 1:1 mix of the vinegar/water.
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I need to clean my bathroom for the Nest Sand BB so figured I'd make this for the task.
I’m bottling baking soda to scrub surfaces. Apple cider vinegar and distilled water are
combined for other general purpose cleaning.
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Our typical cleaner. Made it more official.
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Had been using this bottle of white vinegar for cleaning mold and found out my spray nozzle fits on the top!

Mixed ~16 oz white vinegar, ~4 oz lemon juice, and ~4 oz water. Label says “General Cleaner vinegar + lemon juice.”
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Mixed up a bottle of edible, natural cleaner. I used 1 part water, 1 part vinegar and topped off with some lemon juice.
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labeled the bottle and got all the ingredients ready
labeled the bottle and got all the ingredients ready
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all mised up and ready to pour
all mised up and ready to pour
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completed cleaner with label
completed cleaner with label
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second label on back of bottle with ingredient list and ratios
second label on back of bottle with ingredient list and ratios
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