This simple citrus vinegar cleaner combines the cleaning power of vinegar and lemon to blast through grease and odor. It’s the perfect all-natural cleaner for your kitchen, bathroom, windows and more!
Why Lemon Peel Vinegar is Awesome
- Vinegar is acidic, which helps dissolve mineral deposits like lime and rust (including hard water stains). It also easily cleans away soap scum.
- Lemon peel contains natural oils that deodorize and dissolve grease.
- Vinegar smell too strong for you? Citrus peel is the perfect antidote! The lemon peel in this recipe counters that vinegar smell and leaves your house smelling fresh.
- This cleaner is so easy to make, and you can even make it in bulk concentrate that will last for months.
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How to Use Your Lemon Vinegar Cleaner
- Both vinegar and lemon are naturally antimicrobial, making this cleaner perfect for busting germs in the kitchen and bathroom.
- This citrus cleaner cuts through grease and cleans up oily messes or greasy fingerprints with ease.
- Clean appliances inside and out to remove stains and odors.
- Remove soap scum and hard water stains on bathroom mirrors, glass doors and tile.
- Deep clean and deodorize toilets.
- Clean windows and mirrors, leaving them sparkling clean.
- Clean, deodorize, and remove stains on cutting boards and kitchen storage containers.
- Use as stain removing spray on whites (spot test first).
Warning: Never use vinegar-based cleaners on marble or granite. The acid can damage the surface. Here’s a recipe for a DIY Natural Granite Counter Cleaner to use instead.
Can you use other citrus fruit peel for this recipe?
Yes! I used lemon peel for this recipe, but you can get the same citrus cleaning power with limes, oranges, or grapefruit. You can also make unique combinations like lemon + lime or orange + grapefruit.
Lemon/Citrus Vinegar Cleaner
- 1-2 cups lemon peel (about 4 lemons)
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- Peel lemons carefully and place in a mason jar. Use a plastic lid, as vinegar can corrode metal lids.
- Add vinegar so that peels are completely covered. Use a spoon to push peels down into the jar if needed.
- Cover with lid and let sit for a minimum of two weeks.
- Strain the lemon vinegar through a mesh sieve or cheesecloth and discard peels (run them through your garbage disposal to deodorize it!).
- Add the vinegar to a 16 ounce spray bottle. Fill the rest with pure water and shake gently.
- Use as you would an all-purpose cleaner.
- You can use peels from lemons, oranges, limes, or grapefruit - or use a combination!
- Double or triple the recipe and store the lemon vinegar in a cool, dark place so you can make more cleaner whenever you need to.
- Don't use this cleaner on any surface that reacts poorly to acidic cleaners, such as granite.
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Elizabeth is the founder of The Nourished Life and has been writing about natural living for 12 years. Her work has been featured at Shape, Bustle, and Mother Earth Living. Her mission is to help you lower your stress levels and find fun ways to become happier and healthier. Read more about Elizabeth here.