How to Make Homemade Citrus Vinegar Cleaner

We’ve all heard that vinegar makes a great home cleaner. It works wonders on counters, bathroom surfaces, walls, windows and mirrors. But golly gee, it’s stinky!

If you’re not using vinegar as a cleaner because it smells like – um well, vinegar, try this. Make your own citrus vinegar cleaner.

Homemade Citrus Vinegar Cleaner

All you need to do is take a bunch of lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, pomelo or whatever other citrus peels you might have on hand and stick them in a jar with vinegar for a couple of weeks.  The result?  An eco-friendly, low cost, powerful, homemade super cleaner that smells like sunshine!  Okay, there’s still a hint of vinegar, but the citrus smell is pretty awesome.  It may just be the thing that has me saying goodbye to Windex forever.

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Homemade Citrus Vinegar Cleaner

This cleaner is great on windows, mirrors and kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
Prep : 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins


  • 2 cups Peel of Orange Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit or Pomelo (more or less)
  • 2 cups Plain White Vinegar


  • Fill a mason jar with the peels. Your jar should be at least half full.
  • Add vinegar to cover the peels.
  • Seal tightly with a non-metal lid (the vinegar will corrode the metal).
  • Allow to infuse for 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Strain contents through a fine mesh sieve or a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter if there is too much pulp in your mix.
  • Use as an all-purpose cleaner.


You can stretch out this cleaner by adding 50% water.
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A Few More Tips

  • The essential oils and acids in the peel of citrus don’t just smell good – they’re also natural cleaners with antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
  • Yes, there will still be a bit of vinegar smell, but after the cleaner dries on your newly cleaned surface – the citrus scent will linger while the vinegar scent will disappear.
  • If you eat one orange at a time, you can save your peels in the freezer or start a vinegar jar on the counter and keep adding the peel of one orange at a time.  Once the jar is full, let it steep for another week or so.
  • If you want to stretch out your homemade citrus vinegar cleaner, you add 50% water before you pour it into the spritzer bottle. 
  • Avoid using metal lids if you can.  If you don’t have plastic lids, recycle a commercial pickle jar.
  • Get really crazy and add a few herbs to your infusion – citrus and rosemary.  Come on, how great would that smell!  I’m definitely trying that for my next batch!

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