DIY - Citrus Infused Vinegar Cleaning Solution

Vinegar is an incredibly powerful liquid. There are almost endless health benefits by using it both inside and outside your body (recipe here, here and here. ) You probably also know it can be used as a replacement for most cleaning solutions and detergents, and because it is so good for your health, it has almost no dangerous side effects. If anything, using vinegar as your goto cleaner can only improve the health of you and your family.
Adding citrus to a vinegar cleaner not only adds a pleasant smell, but it increases the cleaning power. Like many toxic cleaners, citrus helps it cut through grease, destroy molds and bacterias that may be hiding in your house and more. There are recipes out there for mixing vinegar with essential oils to get the same thing, but there's something nice about making it yourself that we just love at our house.
Here is the recipe:1. Fill a one quart mason jar with citrus peels.
2. Cover peels with white vinegar, place lid on jar, shake and allow to sit for 2-3 weeks.
3. Strain the citrus peels out of the vinegar.
4. Mix the vinegar solution and water in a spray bottle. (You can mix it in a 1:1, 1:2 or 1:3 solution depending on how strong you want your solution)
5. If you want more recipes and how-tos for making your own cleaners, check out this great post!

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  • Flb33953599
    on Aug 17, 2018

    would this attract ants?

    • Lora
      on Jan 19, 2019

      Vinegar is a preservative. It is used to make pickles, for example. I would expect it to last for years.

  • Sandra H
    Sandra H
    on Feb 2, 2019

    I have what is referred to as an 'Osage orange' tree. The fruit of this tree is as beautiful as any orange, yet too bitter to eat. My question is, can I use them for this great project?

  • Hamdy
    on Feb 3, 2019

    Can I use that for Wool carpets?


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  • Constance Wickens
    Constance Wickens
    on Aug 13, 2017

    Thanks! I use vinegar and never knew it could be improved to clean and smell better.
  • Anna Smith
    Anna Smith
    on Nov 29, 2018

    Yes, I am about to peel and eat an orange, putting peel into a vinegar-filled jar immediately!

    such a sweet-smelling cleaning product.

    Thank you.

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