DIY All-Purpose Citrus Cleaner

It’s really easy and fun to make your own eco-friendly all-purpose cleaner. It’s also a great way to use up leftover citrus peels that normally would have ended up in the trashcan.

Save and freeze citrus peels in a gallon freezer bag. You can use all sorts of citrus like lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, and clementines. Once the freezer bag is mostly full you are ready to make your cleaner.

When saving peels, make sure to remove the inner flesh and pulp. You want just the peel and pith as the second lemon slice in the above photo shows.

What You Need:
White vinegar
Citrus peels
2 Glass jars
Fine mesh strainer or coffee filter
Spray bottle

1. Fill a glass jar with citrus peels.

2. Pour white vinegar into jar to cover peels. I like to weigh them down below the vinegar with these glass ferment weights (thanks mom for the Christmas gift!), but it’s ok if they float above the vinegar.

3. Let sit out for approximately 2-3 weeks so the citrus peel oil can release into the vinegar. The longer you let it sit, the more the citrus smell will develop and cut through the vinegar scent.

4. Strain out your citrus vinegar concentrate into a new glass jar. I like to line a mason jar with a coffee filter for this step, but you can use a fine mesh strainer if you have one.

5. Pour your vinegar concentrate through a funnel into a spray bottle, then dilute with water. Use 1 part vinegar to 1 part water. Optionally, you can add a few drops of citrus essential oil. This will give it a stronger citrus smell and add to it’s cleaning power. Shake well and spray.

You can use this cleaner for most cleaning needs, except for granite and marble.

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