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. Vinegar is somewhat of a ‘miracle’ cleaner and while I was quite happy using distilled white vinegar for cleaning, my family 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.
How to make a homemade vinegar cleaner that smells good
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! Here’s how to infuse vinegar with citrus peels:
- Collect the peels of lemon, lime and orange in a swingtop glass jar until you have enough to fill it up.
- Once your jar is full of peels, add white distilled vinegar and fill to the top.
- Leave the mixture to infuse for at least 2 weeks.
Does vinegar kill bacteria?
Vinegar is about 5 per cent acetic acid. The acid kills bacteria and viruses, by chemically changing the proteins and fats that make up these nasties and destroying their cell structures. (Source)
It’s important to note that while the low pH and acid content of the citrus and vinegar creates an inhospitable environment for many microorganisms to grow it is not effective against EVERY type of bacteria.
How do you get rid of the smell of vinegar?
Because this citrus vinegar cleaner is infused with lemon, lime and orange the vinegar smell isn’t very strong. But if your family hates the smell of vinegar like mine does you can go a step further and add essential oils to the vinegar cleaner. Not only will this help neutralise the vinegar smell it greatly increases it’s cleaning power.
The best essential oils for vinegar cleaner
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.
What is the ratio of vinegar to water for cleaning
A 1:1 ratio of vinegar to water should suffice for most household cleaning jobs. You can go up to 2:1 for more heavy duty jobs.
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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- 1 cup citrus infused vinegar
- 1 cup water
- lemon peels
- lime peels
- orange peels
- 5 drops lemon essential oil optional
- 5 drops tea tree essential oil optional
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil optional
Collect citrus peels in a glass bottle with a tight fitting lid
Fill the bottle up with vinegar
Leave the mixture to infuse for at least 2 weeks
Pour 1 cup of the citrus infused vinegar and 1 cup of water into a spray bottle. Add essential oils if using. Shake to combine.