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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Jeremy Dixon

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9 questions
  • Jen R.
    on Jan 24, 2016

    I can't wait to try this! However, in your blog post it says not to use this on granite. I have granite in the kitchen and both bathrooms. Any tips on environmentally friendly cleaners I can use on granite?

    • Peggy Kettelhut Anderson
      on Jan 25, 2016

      @Jen R. Hydrogen Peroxide. Use a spray bottle, spray on and wipe off.

    • Jen R.
      on Jan 25, 2016

      Thank you!

    • Kathfz
      on Jun 7, 2016

      I use vinegar mixed with water on my granite counters and never had a problem with it. Just dilute 50 to 50 with water.

    • E Mary
      on Jun 7, 2016

      I mix 1 cup alcohol ( 70 %) 1/2 cup water and dash of Dawn soap in spray bottle for granite great

    • Sue
      on Jul 18, 2016

      Try 1/4 c rubbing alcohol, 3 drops of liquid detergent and 5-10 drops of the essential oil of your choice. Fill a 16 oz bottle with this mix and water. It works great!

    • Nancy
      on Mar 17, 2017

      The rubbing alcohol recipe appears to offer the best with least potential damage. I might suggest tea tree essential oil, also. Check the blogs for any restrictions on it, tho. I know it can potentially kill pets if used directly on them -- tho not humans. I found a product brand I LOVE and it adds a protective coating --- totally "green". It is Bayes, ordered online --but, they say Home Depot carries it. I now use all of their products.

  • Joyce Shoe
    on Jun 3, 2016

    Will it clean inside commode bowl from hard water?

    • Rau8377547
      on Jul 31, 2016

      I don't know if it will but a pumis stone will. Use your rubber gloves & scrub, there's no scaring what so ever.

    • Brenda
      on Jan 22, 2017

      Using a pumis stone will remove the protective finish that all new fixtures have on them. Vinegar will not remove hard water build up no matter how hard you scrub. Sprinkle Lemon kool aid inside the toilet and scrub with a toilet brush. Voila, it's like new.

    • Artemis
      on Mar 17, 2017

      I tried lemon kool aid and it didn't work. I left it on for quite a while and tried it a couple of times (to use up the kool aid).

    • Nancy
      on Mar 17, 2017

      There was a program in the UK that I was addicted to as two very posh ladies went into houses so revolting you WOULDN'T PUT YOUR PET MOUSE IN IT. They, obviously, did this a lot. Fresh lemon g half and salt on it. Scrub around the bowl, refreshing the salt, then leave for a few hours and flush. If I remember , for the worst cases, they made a paste of it and packed it around the bowl and left it.

    • Barb in Texas
      on Mar 18, 2017

      If you remember what it was, please let us know. I just bought a subscription to some Brit tv shows, and would love to look this one up!

    • Kathryn Sanderson
      on Mar 26, 2017

      There was a BBC show called "How Clean Is Your House?" The hosts were a Scottish lady and an English lady. I think one of them was a chemist or some other kind of scientist. They helped people clean unbelievably dirty homes. One of their tricks was cleaning things with mouthwash because it smelled good and actually disinfected things. That might be the show Nancy is thinking of. If not, it was still a good show.

  • Crazyponylady
    on Mar 17, 2017

    can a person just add real lemon juice to the vinegar? if so how much? :)

  • Lillian
    on Mar 18, 2017

    Please advise if you use white or yellow vinegar for the citrus and vinegar infused cleaner. Thank you.

  • Dia22732341
    on Jun 6, 2017

    will this clean plant leaves with harming them?
    • Lori Hall
      on Jun 6, 2017

      I would not use this on plants. When I was head of my daughter's school gardening club, we used vinegar to kill weeds. It can prevent soil from bearing seeds for months after.
    • Dia22732341
      on Jun 6, 2017

      Thank you!
  • Kbr24584072
    on Jun 7, 2017

    how long will this solution last and be effective?
  • 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
    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
    on Aug 13, 2017

    Thanks! I use vinegar and never knew it could be improved to clean and smell better.
  • 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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