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How to Make Homemade Citrus Cleaner


 (Kate Legere |

I have been eating my way through crates of winter citrus, and recently decided to use some of the peels to make a homemade cleaner.

I added orange peels to vinegar, and let them sit in an airtight container for a couple of weeks.

The result: a powerful, inexpensive, natural cleaner.

What You Need:

Citrus Peels (I used a combination of navel orange and clementine)
  • Distilled white vinegar

  • Water (optional)

  • Airtight glass container

  • Spray bottle
  • Measuring cup

  • Strainer


  • Collect citrus peels and store them in an airtight glass container.Note: citrus fruits contain d-limonene, a natural solvent that chemically reacts with oil to break it down. 
  • Once your container is full, cover the peels with white vinegar. 
  • Date your jar, and let it sit for about 2 weeks.Note: when ready, the vinegar should have a strong citrus odor and be yellowish in color. 
  • Strain the peels. 
  • Dilute with water if you so desire.The concentration depends on your intended use and preference. I used a 1:1 ratio. 
  • Pour into a spray bottle and use.While I have been using it mostly in my kitchen to clean up stove top grease, this makes for a great, all-purpose cleaner.