Here on Chemistry Cachet, you’ve probably noticed a favorite tool of mine for cleaning: lemon infused rubbing alcohol. Lemon infused rubbing alcohol is found in many of our homemade solutions.
There is a good reason for it too.
Today we are going to share with you why you should use lemon infused rubbing alcohol for cleaning.
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When you infused lemon peels into rubbing alcohol, you are actually using a chemistry technique which moves one substance to another.
This is referred to as extraction.
Since we don’t have fancy machines at home that can mechanically and chemically perform extractions, the easiest way to do this is with a home chemical like rubbing alcohol.
Rubbing alcohol (or any alcohol for that matter), will essentially pull away the chemicals, scent, and acidity from the lemon peels overtime.
Remember this post on lemons? Lemons have some pretty awesome chemicals in them that aren’t just good for your health, but for your home too.
Benefits of Lemon Infused Rubbing Alcohol
After you infuse the lemon peels into rubbing alcohol for at least two weeks, you are left with a lemony alcohol concoction perfect for cleaning.
Here is Why:
We shared this post earlier this year on why rubbing alcohol is a better all-purpose cleaner than vinegar. While vinegar is an awesome acid that cleans many things, it isn’t actually all-purpose. Vinegar cannot be used on natural surfaces because it will eat away overtime. So, vinegar makes a great cleaner, like for the bathroom, but rubbing alcohol can be used on ANY surface without harming it. Therefore, it’s safer for all-purpose use.
Rubbing alcohol is a great disinfectant on it’s own, but adding in lemon peels increases the disinfectant quality.
Rubbing alcohol isn’t very acidic, but acidity is useful for cleaning. Like we mentioned above, vinegar is great for certain cleaning surfaces due to it’s acidity. The problem is it’s too acidic. This lemon infused rubbing alcohol is only slightly acidic making it safe to still use on all surfaces, even natural stones.
Lemon peels contain ascorbic acid (vitamin C), malic acid, and citric acid all which make great cleaning options.
Lemon peels contain the best lemon scent that infuses into the rubbing alcohol, making the pungent alcohol scent lessen plus bringing in a hint of lemon.
Other Chemicals Present
In our post on lemons, we shared analysis that show lemon peels also contain sodium, potassium, copper, iron, zinc, and phosphorous. All of these get extracted into the rubbing alcohol in small quantities which also aid in cleaning.
Lemon peels contain antimicrobial benefits which get infused into the rubbing alcohol which is a great element for cleaning.
So, through home extraction and infusion, lemon infused rubbing alcohol makes a fantastic and CHEAP cleaning tool for using in other solutions.
What about lemon oils?
Readers always ask if they can substitute lemon essential oil instead of lemon infused rubbing alcohol. The short answer is not really. You are welcome to use it in addition to the infused rubbing alcohol, but it can’t replace it.
I have tested all these solutions many times and the lemon infused rubbing alcohol has stronger cleaning benefits than plain rubbing alcohol with some lemon oil added in. The reason is all the ones stated above. Lemon peel plays an important role. But, you are welcome to add in more lemon oil for scent into any solution we have.
Lemon essential oil is typically cold pressed from lemon peels through an extraction machine. Essential oils are expensive because it takes a LOT of an item to get the oils out.
Infused rubbing alcohol at home provides a cheaper alternative for you plus added benefits.
How to Make It:
As a recap, here is how you can make your own infused rubbing alcohol.
Lemon peels to fill up entire jar
91% rubbing alcohol
Jar with secure lid
Add the lemon peels to the jar and fill to the top with rubbing alcohol.
Allow to infuse for at least 2 weeks. You can allow it to sit for even up to two months!