Homemade Citrus All Purpose Cleaner

Homemade household cleaner

What do you think about homemade cleaning solutions?

I have been wanting to start making my own household cleaners for the longest time, but keep putting it off for one reason or another…

Today I finally did it!

Well, I started the process anyways…

Over the last couple of weeks I have been making a concious effort to save used lemon, lime and other citrus rinds/peels in the freezer, and today I realized I had plenty to make a jar of household cleaner.

The process itself is very simple, but it does need to sit and “brew” for a couple of weeks before you can use it. The peels will then have time to infuse the otherwise very strong smelling vinegar with a lovely citrus scent, as well as add some extra cleaning power to it.

I have no idea why I waited so long to try this??

It took me about 2 minutes to put this together…how much easier can it get!

Of course I haven’t actually cleaned with this concotion yet. However, based on the reviews of this idea on Pinterest posts, magazine articles, etc etc, I am quite confident it will be a good thing.

Bottom line here is that I really want to find more eco friendly and less toxic ways to do household chores, it’s highly overdue and one of my goals for 2016!

So here goes…

I will update this post once I have tried it, and share the results with you. But in the meantime I thought it might be great to share the idea, so you too can get some of it ready.

Do you make your own cleaning solutions?

How do they measure up?

Your suggestions and ideas are most welcome to this newbie🙄


Homemade citrus all purpose cleaner

You will need:

1 large mason jar
sliced citrus rinds/peels, enough to fill 1/2 the jar
white vinegar, enough to fill the jar

(once it’s ready) a clean spray bottle


Fill mason jar half way with citrus rinds.

Add vinegar and fill to almost full.

Close jar, label with ready by date, and store in a dark place for 2 weeks (mine is under the sink)

After 2 weeks have passed, strain liquid through a fine sieve into another jar.

Fill a clean spray bottle half way with the citrus vinegar and then top up with water.
(Store remaining citrus vinegar to make your next bottle of cleaner)

Shake to mix and you are good to go!

Cleaner is now ready to be used wherever you would normally use a store bought household cleaner.


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    Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    I do this all the time! It works really well! I use it as a tray cleaner for my son’s highchair so I don’t have to worry about rinsing it off after. I like to keep a jar in the freezer where I throw the rinds as I collect them, since I rarely get a jar full before they would go rotten. Then just pull it out and throw in the vinegar!

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    Jessica H.

    This is one of those cleaning recipes that I’ve had pinned and have yet to make. You’ve inspired me to make this very soon since I have citrus fruit in my fridge. Thanks so much for linking up this week for Maker’s Mix-Up! Hope to see you again next week!

  3. 4

    This is such a great idea! I love that it uses the rinds that I don’t have much of a use for. Thanks so much for sharing this with us in the #MakersMixUp Link-Up!

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