DIY Citrus Vinegar Cleaner


A Cheap & Non-Toxic All Purpose Solution

We have always touted the amazing Fab & Fru virtues of vinegar as an eco-friendly – non-toxic – household cleaning solution. Inexpensive and fantastic at getting rid of mold, grease, bacteria and mineral deposits, vinegar is a DIY all-purpose wonder. But let’s face it – vinegar also… stinks. So, when my sister-in-law sent me this tip to use orange, lemon or grapefruit peels to make my own powerful cleaner that smelled brighter (with the added citrus punch of a degreaser, stain remover and freshener) – I was sold. Here’s what you do!


  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Citrus peels of 4-5 fruits – lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges
  • Lemon, grapefruit, lavender or rosemary essential oil (optional but an excellent addition)


1.  Using a 1 quart glass jar, place the peels of the citrus fruits into the jar (unless you have plans to make a batch of fresh squeezed OJ or lemonade, save your peels in the freezer until you have enough to fill a jar).

2.  Pour white vinegar over the peels until jar is full, but not overflowing.

3.  Cover tightly and let sit for at least 2 weeks (& up to one month), shaking every few days just to mix it up.

4.  Strain the liquid and store the concentrate in a tightly covered jar up to one year.

How to use:

Mix 1 part liquid concentrate with 2 parts plain water into a spray bottle or bucket.  Add in 3-6 drops of the essential oils of your choice and mix.

Facts & Tips!

  • This is an all-purpose (including wood floors) cleaner, BUT DO NOT use it on granite and marble. Vinegar is acidic and will mar the finish of porous stone counter tops.
  • While the citrus does not completely eliminate the vinegar scent when first sprayed, as it dries the vinegar scent fades and the citrus & herb scents linger.
  • Get creative with your scent combinations!

What are your favorite vinegar tips and scent combos? Enjoy!


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One Response to “DIY Citrus Vinegar Cleaner”

  1. Tasha says:

    Really Love this! So Green and ideal for families with little ones learning to crawl and getting into everything. Thank you!

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