DIY Citrus Peel Cleaner | Homemade Citrus Cleaner with Herbs

DIY Citrus Peel Cleaner | Homemade Citrus Cleaner With Herbs

DIY Citrus peel cleaner
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For years I have cleaned with my trusty vinegar-water mix. I love it more than store-bought cleaners any day. I didn’t think I would ever find something better. When I discovered this DIY Citrus Peel Cleaner can be made with orange, lemon or even grapefruit peels!

Best of all this DIY Citrus Peel Cleaner is super easy to make. The whole family loves it, because it cuts down on our cleaning time. Using up the citrus peels is a great way to reuse items around the homestead. These usually go right into the compost, but now I save them to make a super powerful cleaner.

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DIY Citrus Peel Cleaner


  • 1-quart jar with a tight-fitting lid
  • Water to fill a spray bottle


  • Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 large sprig of Rosemary
  • Orange, lemon, or grapefruit peels, enough to fill the jar
  • Optional items cinnamon sticks, cloves


  1. Put orange peels into the jar.
  2. Add rosemary, (cloves, and cinnamon, optional*)
  3. Pour in the vinegar to cover the citrus peels.
  4. Place a tight-fitting lid on.
  5. Store in a dark place for at least 2 weeks
  6. Strain the liquid.
  7. Place citrus vinegar into a spray bottle halfway.
  8. Add water to fill up the rest of the half.

Citrus cleaners work great in the kitchen and bathroom. I love that it removes the stink from my boy’s bathroom! Another great reason to love this cleaner is that it doesn’t take very long to remove the stuck-on bits.

Vinegar is great at cleaning but just vinegar and water needs to sit on grease, food, pee, etc…for 5-10 minutes before wiping it off. This DIY Citrus Peel Cleaner only needs a few minutes or less. That’s right it saves me time when cleaning. What’s not to love about that?

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10 thoughts on “DIY Citrus Peel Cleaner | Homemade Citrus Cleaner With Herbs”

  1. What do you think about vodka and orange peels? I made a batch of this two weeks ago and I’ve used it on pretty much everything. I like it so far. How and would you use it?

    1. That sounds awesome. I bet vodka make a wonderful cleaner. How’s the smell though?

      I would dilute it 1:1 ratio with water. I bet it could clean all kinds of things though. With new cleaners you may want to try test spots just in case. I don’t think vodka would hurt much, but you never can be too safe. I love this idea. I think I might try it too. I might use it on counters, in the kitchen and the bathroom to start with. How are you using it so far? Still liking it?

  2. This cleaner caught my eye on Wonderful Wednesdays link party. It sounds pretty awesome. I’m going to make some and see how it works. Thank you for sharing. Pinned and shared.

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