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How To Make Citrus-Infused Cleaning Vinegar

This recipe is wonderful for cleaning countertops, backsplashes, shower doors and windows, removing buildup and grime, and more. It can even be used to repel ants – more info on that here.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Author Heather Dessinger


  • Citrus peels (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit or a combination of these)
  • A sprig or two of fresh rosemary, mint or thyme (optional)
  • White vinegar (enough to cover the peels)


  • To Make Cleaning Vinegar
  • Scrub the lemons/oranges/limes gently and then peel them.
  • Set the juicy flesh aside for use in another recipe and place peels in a clean jar.
  • Pour vinegar into the jar until the peels are completely submerged. If desired, you can use a fermentation weight to keep the peels from floating on the surface, but it’s not a problem if they do float.
  • Screw the lid on tight and let the jar sit for a few weeks (out of direct light) while shaking occasionally. 
  • When you’re ready to use it pour the mixture through a mesh strainer.

To Use Citrus-Infused Cleaning Vinegar

  • To make up a cleaning spray, add a 50/50 mix of cleaning vinegar and purified water to a spray bottle – I like these glass spray bottles.