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How to Make Citrus Vinegar Cleaner

Our Citrus Vinegar cleaner came about as I wanted a natural cleaner but my youngest son hates the smell of vinegar and even though the smell dissipates really quickly when you use it for cleaning I looked for an alternative. This citrus-infused vinegar cleaner is a brilliant way to clean naturally without the lingering vinegar smell plus it is an excellent way to use citrus peel that you would throw away.

A brown Spray bottle containing citrus infused vinegar

Bu infusing the vinegar with citrus peels you take away that rough vinegar smell and replace it with a fresh, invigorating scent that your nose will thank you for and that my son certainly thanked me for, plus citrus oils are excellent at cutting through grease and make it an even more effective cleaner.

2 brown Spray bottles containing citrus infused vinegar

I use this basic cleaner all around my home and have jars of it under the sink that I add the peels to instead of the bin! Yu can find all my other green cleaning tips here.

A Jar of orange peels and white vinegar

I decent the basic vinegar into a brown glass spray bottle and add some castile soap for the bathrooms. I have seen plenty of people use essential oils with their vinegar but I have found that it doesn’t emulsify and you get beads of il at the top of the bottle rather than a fully infused vinegar.

As you can see here I have one orange and one lemon infused vinegar (Mini even brings home the peels of his oranges from school to add to the jar), but you can also mix it up a little by using some herbs too such as sage, verbena, mint, rosemary or even basil. Or perhaps you eat grapefruit each morning, so could have grapefruit infused vinegar.

A brown Spray bottle containing citrus infused vinegar

That is the beauty of this Citrus Vinegar Cleaner it is made from things you would throw away and white vinegar so is good for the planet and also really inexpensive.

A jar of lemon peels and white vinegar

Citrus Infused Vinegar


  • Citrus peels
  • White Vinegar
  • Liquid castile soap Optional
  • Herbs Optional


  1. Fill a jar with vinegar ⅔ of the way full.

  2. Throw your citrus peels into the jar as you go. Allow to infuse for at least a week.

  3. Strain the vinegar and discard the peels – I pop ours in the compost bin.

  4. To make all-purpose cleaner, fill your spray bottle with 50% vinegar and 50% Water.

Recipe Notes

To use: Spray onto a surface and wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Initially, this will smell of vinegar, however, the vinegar scent quickly dissipates and you are left with a fresh citrus scent.

Do NOT use this cleaner on natural stone countertops or tiles. Extended use of vinegar can cause pitting in natural stone.

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