I had just peeled a second orange for James to take with him for lunch at work and I was lamenting about throwing the peels away when an idea popped into my head – Why can’t I make some kind of vinegar citrus cleaners with these peels? 

You see, I’ve been on a mission to make cheaper products for my home so I can save money, and sharing them with you, so that, of course, can save money too.

Vinegar is such an incredible all natural disinfecting cleaning product that doesn’t cost very much at all.

These are the DIY recipes I have used vinegar in so far: 

While I love using essentials oils in my DIY recipes, they can be quite costly to purchase outright which can make these recipes quite expensive to make, sometimes defeating the purpose of saving money.

But, if I can make some vinegar citrus cleaners using leftover citrus peels, I could use the vinegar citrus cleaners in all my recipes instead of using the essential oils, or as an addition to, so that I don’t have to use as much of the oils.


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Then, not only would my DIY recipes cost less using the vinegar citrus cleaners because the rinds are basically free, but it would also eliminate the vinegar smell making the cleaners more fun to use! Sounds like a win-win to me!

The great thing about these vinegar citrus cleaners is that you only need 2 ingredients: Vinegar and citrus peels!

And you know they will already work because vinegar works great at all your cleaning needs.

Plus oranges and lemons (basically all citrus) are great at cutting grease, and they just smell so good anyway, you know that vinegar citrus cleaners are going to help boost your cleaning and your mood too!

So let me show you exactly how to make some very cheap and effective vinegar citrus cleaners.

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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • Vinegar
  • The peels of 2 – 3 whole citrus fruits: Lemon, Lime, Orange, Grapefruit (or a mixture of any of them)
  • Pint Jar to steep your peels (or you can repurpose a spaghetti jar or just use the vinegar jug)
  • Time

That’s it! All you need are the 2 ingredients for your vinegar citrus cleaners and something to seep them in to save you money in all your DIY cleaning products that use vinegar!

Essentially, you can replace the vinegar component in all your DIY cleaning recipes with this citrus vinegar one instead! Pretty neat, right?

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If you are using a pint jar, or repurposing a spaghetti sauce jar like I was:

First, peel your orange, lemon or limes and try to get as little of the “flesh” of the citrus. The flesh will make the solution cloudy and can make it sticky, so you want to try and avoid including it on your peel.

If you don’t have a large family like mine, that eats an entire bag of oranges at once, you can refrigerate or freeze the peels until you have enough to fill your jar halfway to 3/4 full.

Once you’ve got your jar of citrus peels, then fill in all the nooks and crannies by pouring vinegar in the jar.

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Next, add the lid to your jar to close it.

Unfortunately you’ve gotta let it sit for 10 -14 days to seep. And I’ll tell you, the longer it sits, the better it will smell!

I like to write the date on the top of the jar (on a piece of washi tape) so that I can quickly look at it and know how long it’s been seeping for and how long it has to go (I am impatient).

This is how they becomes vinegar citrus cleaners. The citrus soaks into the vinegar.

I guess it’s kinda like you are pickling citrus rinds.

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After the time has passed, strain the infused citrus vinegar.

Be careful to use a small mesh strainer, or pour the vinegar through coffee filter laid on your strainer, so that the pulpy remnants from the vinegar citrus cleaners don’t get caught in your sprayer nozzle.

If you have used the original vinegar jug, you can strain it right outta the jug as you measure it.

You can use this citrus vinegar as a 1:1 replacement for vinegar in any of your other DIY cleaning recipes.

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Total Cost

  • 2 Cups Vinegar =  34¢
  • 2-3 Citrus peels: Lemon, Lime, Orange, Grapefruit = FREE

Total Cost = 34¢ for 2 Cups of Citrus Vinegar 

Now let’s make it into a All-Purpose Citrus Cleaner.

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All-Purpose Disinfecting Citrus Cleaner Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

By using the citrus vinegar you’ll get a clean orange scented citrus cleaner. Or lime or lemon… whichever citrus peel you use.

And you can use this all-purpose disinfecting citrus cleaner to disinfect kitchen counters (yes, even after meat) as well as anything in the bathroom.

So there you have it. And talk about cheap. I hope it makes you want to use vinegar citrus cleaners in all your DIY recipes!

You’ll love the scent of citrus when cleaning. It definitely gets the cleaning mojo going!

Using this recipe vinegar citrus cleaners for all my DIY recipes is going to cost a lot less now that I don’t have to use as many essential oils.

While essential oils are great, they can be costly to purchase. Now with my vinegar citrus cleaners, my DIY recipes that use vinegar will already smell great.

Aren’t you just so excited to be saving even more money with these vinegar citrus cleaners? I know I am!


YOUR TURN: Which vinegar citrus cleaners are you going to try first: Lemon, Orange, Lime or Grapefruit? Let me know in the comments below!

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