DIY Natural Citrus Vinegar Surface Cleaner Recipe

Natural citrus vinegar surface cleaner recipe -

You know those people who complain about being too busy to do anything good for themselves?

Hi, hello. I’m a recovering “too busy” addict and the journey to get over myself has been extremely slow-going.

Case in point: making my own eco-friendly green cleaning products. It always seemed simple enough and it’s long been toted as a great way to save money, but instead of trying it, I’d make up excuses for why I didn’t have the time. After all, I was too busy for stuff like that.

I had no idea that making green cleaning products is actually a quick (and rewarding) process.

This is the first cleaner I ever made, and I’ve never changed the recipe because, well, it works.

The vinegar acts as a grease-buster and natural disinfectant. The citrus does the same, and also adds a fresh scent.


Here’s how to recreate it in your own home:


  • peels from 3-4 citrus fruits like lemon, orange, or grapefruit
  • vinegar
  • water


  • small glass jar with lid (I keep reusing the same old small pickle jar)
  • small stainless steel strainer
  • 4-cup glass measuring cup
  • 16-ounce glass spray bottle
  • label + pen

How to Make It

Time needed: 5 minutes.

  1. Get your peels, making sure to remove all the fruit first. If you’re waiting until you get enough peels, dry them out until ready to use. If you have enough peels all at once, there is no need for this step.

  2. Put your peels in the jar. You’ll know you have enough when the jar is full, but not packed. There should be some space in-between for the vinegar to flow into.

  3. Pour your vinegar over the peels. Secure with lid. Shake once.

  4. Leave this citrus infusion in a cupboard for two weeks. It helps to shake it once or twice. You will know it’s ready when the vinegar changes colour to yellow, orange, pink, or a mix if you used several varieties of citrus.

  5. Place or hold your strainer over the measuring cup. Pour your citrus-vinegar solution onto the strainer. Give the peels a press. Set aside for composting.

  6. Slowly pour the colourful solution from the measuring cup into your glass spray bottle. Fill the rest with water.

  7. Before use, give it a good shake.

This recipe can be used on countertops, stovetops, stainless steel, and more — just be sure to test a small patch first.



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