DIY Citrus Cleaner

Homemade cleaners are the best right now, and it’s easy to see why…

People are tired of paying big bucks for store-bought cleaners than almost require a gas mask in order to use safely. Plus, many homemade versions work just as good, if not better than the commercial brands. So what’s not to love?

 I’ve used a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water as an all-purpose cleaner for years now… But, not gonna lie, sometimes I miss the fancy “flavors” and scents of the store-bought cleaners.

Which is why I’ve been thrilled to find a new “recipe” for my all-purpose cleaner.

Plus, it’s a great way to use up those citrus peels that I always seem to accumulate. My goats and chickens generally don’t care for them, and you can only put so many down the garbage disposal!

DIY ALL-PURPOSE CITRUS CLEANER

You will need:

  • 1 or 2 quart sized mason jars
  • A spray bottle (a repurposed one is just fine!)
  • White vinegar (around 1-2 quarts)
  • Orange, grapefruit, lemon, or lime peels (any combination of these will work, too)
  • 3 -4 drops of lemon, grapefruit, or orange essential oil (optional)

Fill your quart jars about half full of citrus peels. Feel free to pack them in there if you need to. I used a combo of orange and grapefruit peels for this batch.

Fill the jars the rest of the way up with white vinegar. Cover tightly with a lid, give it a good shake, and then write the date on the top so you don’t forget!

 

Allow the peels and vinegar to steep for 2-3 weeks.

After time has elapsed, remove the peels from the mixture and strain through a fine strainer to remove any bits of citrus that might be floating in your vinegar. Dilute 1:1 with water (one part citrus vinegar to one part water) and place in a spray bottle.

You may add 3-4 drops of your choice of essential oil if you wish at this point. It’s not absolutely necessary, but I like the extra citrusy-boost that the oils give the mixture, plus they also boost it’s cleaning power.

Use as you would your plain vinegar cleaner: on sinks, countertops, bathtubs, toilets, floors, etc!

It’s amazing how the little changes can make your daily tasks just a bit more fun. I won’t go as far to say that I like cleaning the bathroom now, but it is just a little more pleasant than it was before.