This citrus vinegar cleaner is natural, cheap and highly effective at killing germs, mold, mildew and dirt.
I have been making this citrus vinegar cleaner for many years now. In my quest for ‘all things’ natural I ditched toxic household cleaners for vinegar. Vinegar is somewhat of a ‘miracle’ cleaner and while I was quite happy using distilled white vinegar for cleaning, my husband absolutely hated the smell. I refused to go back to using those toxic chemicals for cleaning our home and buying non-toxic cleaners would quickly send us to the poor house so I had to work on improving the smell.
I’m pretty sure it was on Pinterest that I first saw someone infuse vinegar with lemon peels and I just had to try it! After infusing the vinegar with lemon peels I was so thrilled with the result that I experimented with other citrus fruits. I always have lots of citrus peels on hand so I collect them in a swingtop glass jar until I have enough. Fill the bottle up with vinegar. Leave the mixture to infuse for 2 weeks then dilute in a spray bottle 50/50 with water.
I felt that the potency of this citrus vinegar cleaner could be further increased by adding essential oils. I chose lemon, tea tree and peppermint. Seriously, this combination is like vinegar on steroids!
Benefits of citrus vinegar cleaner
The low pH and acid content of the citrus and vinegar creates an inhospitable environment for many microorganisms to grow.
Lemon Essential Oil – helps to brighten and remove stains
Tea Tree Essential Oil – antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties.
Peppermint Essential Oil – powerful antibacterial properties, antimicrobial, it also keeps mice, cockroaches and other unwanted house guests away.
I always keep a bottle of this citrus vinegar cleaner on my kitchen countertop, not only is it pretty it’s just about the only household cleaner I ever need! It’s great for cleaning windows, kitchen countertops and sinks, floors and bathtubs.
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- lime peels
- lemon peels
- orange peels
- lemon essential oil
- tea tree essential oil
- peppermint essential oil
- Collect citrus peels in a bottle with a tight fitting lid
- Fill the bottle up with vinegar
- Leave the mixture to infuse for 2 weeks
- Dilute in a spray bottle 50/50 with water