natural cleaning

it’s mean, it’s green, it’s citrus vinegar cleaner

There are few things I can’t live without when it comes to cleaning (and living) natural and chemical free: baking soda, coconut oil, and vinegar. These are the key ingredients for so many items that we use daily, and I would be lost without them. From brushing our teeth to washing my hair and face, and even cleaning the house, these basic ingredients make it happen.

Obviously I could write a post focused on my love for these three simple ingredients (I do have a tendency to do such things), but this is more about limiting the undesirable aspects, like the scent of vinegar. Everyone loves the cleaning magic of vinegar, but few like the odor that comes along with it. When Ryan told me about citrus infused vinegar, I had to try it for myself.

Citrus infused vinegar cleaner is easy to make and eliminates the tang vinegar leaves hanging in the air. Better yet, it will add in the cleaning power that citrus holds (especially lemons). Need I say more?

 citrus vinegar cleaner

How to Make Citrus Infused Vinegar

What you’ll need:

  • Jar with lid
  • White vinegar
  • Citrus peels (oranges or lemons are best)

Collect your citrus peels in a jar until the jar is nearly full, or as full as you desire. As I collect peels in the jar, I store them in the refrigerator to keep them lively.


Once the desired amount of peels have been collected, pour vinegar into the jar until it covers the peels. Put the lid on and store the jar in a dark place for at least two weeks.

When the vinegar smells like citrus, it’s time to pour the citrus infused vinegar cleaner into the container of your choice. I turned an old cleaning bottle into my new vinegar cleaner bottle. It’s clear the vinegar didn’t just absorb the citrus scent, but it took on the color as well.


From now on, the smell won’t be so invasive when I clean with vinegar. I am already collecting more citrus peels to start the process over again. Consider me hooked.

psst- Those peels don’t have to go to the trash. Ryan and I toss ours in the compost.

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