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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