This Lemon Vinegar Cleaner Recipe is a wonderful natural cleaning product to use in the kitchen; however, I also use it in the bathroom, on mirrors, on the floors, and even on my doors both inside and outside. It really cuts through grime, so I use it on surfaces that we touch a lot, like cabinets and door knobs.
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One of the first recipes that I made was a diluted vinegar cleaner for the kitchen. Soon, I was using it not only in the kitchen but also all over the house. It worked well on windows, mirrors, and most surfaces in the home.
I used the diluted vinegar cleaner for several years with great success, but then I read about natural citrus cleaners made with either orange, lemon, or lime. While I had tolerated the vinegar scent for many years, I wondered if the citrus would give my cleaner a little boost and also stop my home from smelling like a salad.
With a pH of 2.4, white vinegar is an acid, which makes it a good cleaner for your home. The acid helps it break down soap scum and even hard water stains.
Since vinegar is an acid, it’s also antimicrobial, killing most household germs. It also cuts through grease, making it a wonderful kitchen cleaner, especially for cabinets and the stove.
Lemons can also help remove stains, including tea or coffee. This gives the vinegar a little cleaning boost, especially in the kitchen.
This lemon vinegar cleaning recipe can also be used on some fabrics, because it is a great natural way to remove perspiration stains on clothes, however, always do a spot test because it can stain some fabrics.
Warning: Vinegar based cleaners should never be used on marble or granite because it can scratch those surfaces. Here’s a recipe for a DIY Natural Granite Counter Cleaner.
I used all lemon peels for this lemon citrus vinegar cleaner, but you can use the peels from any citrus fruit. You can even combine different peels for a unique scent. The oil from the peels infuses with the vinegar, so it really helps cover the vinegar scent while it boosting the cleaning power.
LEMON VINEGAR CLEANER RECIPE
INGREDIENTS & SUPPLIES:
- Citrus peels from lemons, limes, or oranges
- Distilled white vinegar
- Distilled water
- Mason jar
- Plastic lid
- Fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth
- Spray bottle (these amber bottles are pretty!)
Carefully peel the citrus fruit so you have the peel but no flesh. Place the peels in a mason jar and cover with a plastic lid. The vinegar can corrode a metal lid. If you don’t have a plastic lid, cover the jar with plastic wrap and use a metal lid.
Cover the peels completely with distilled white vinegar. Make sure the peels are completely covered.
Let the peels sit in the vinegar for two weeks.
Strain the vinegar through cheesecloth or a fine mesh sieve. Discard the peels.
Use equal amounts lemon citrus vinegar cleaner and distilled water in a spray bottle to clean your home.
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Cari Dunn is homesteading on an 11.5 acre farm with her husband, three kids, 5 goats, and flock of chickens. She currently blogs at Everything Pretty where she features health and beauty tips along with DIY beauty recipes.