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Lemon/Citrus Vinegar Cleaner

This simple infused vinegar cleaner combines the cleaning power of vinegar and oils in citrus peel that blast through grease and odor.
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time5 mins
Infusion Time14 d
Total Time14 d 10 mins
Course: DIY Cleaner
Cuisine: Cleaning
Yield: 16 ounces
Author: Elizabeth Walling
Cost: $1


  • Mason jar with plastic lid
  • Fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth
  • 16 ounce spray bottle


  • 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.