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Natural Citrus-Vinegar Cleaner

All you need is your choice of citrus, herbs, spices, extracts, distilled white vinegar, a Mason jar and a minimum of two weeks. For spring, I would go with lemon-rosemary and choose the lime-thyme in the summer, while the orange-spice would be nice in the fall and grapefruit-mint is good for winter.  Or mix it up as I did and use whatever you have in the house. This is a super cheap, easy, fun activity for kids to make and healthy way to brighten up and "green" your cleaning regime.
Author The Cowgirl Gourmet came across this recipe on The Yummy Life



  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Citrus peels lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits
  • Herbs rosemary, thyme, sage or mint
  • Spices cinnamon sticks and cloves
  • Extracts vanilla, almond or mint
  • Essential oils optional


  1. Using a 1 or 2 quart jar or sealable container, add citrus peels, spices, herbs and extracts. Pour in enough vinegar to cover completely and cover tightly. Let sit for 2 weeks or as long as a month, shaking the jar every few days to redistribute contents. Strain liquid and store in covered jar or container for up to 1 year.
  2. When ready to use, mix in a spray bottle using 1/3 cup scented vinegar concentrate for each 2/3 cups water. If desired, add 3-4 drops essential oils or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon extract to enhance scent. Shake and use for cleaning most surfaces. Not recommended for granite or marble.

Recipe Notes

I made two batches: ++Lemon-orange-grapefruit and rosemary vinegar became my first batch. ++Orange-cinnamon-clove vinegar is my second batch that waits patiently for two weeks in hiding. Vinegar-citrus combinations: ++Lemon-rosemary--3-4 large rosemary sprigs, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, enough lemon peels to fill the jar. ++Lime-thyme--6 sprigs thyme, enough lime peels to fill the jar. ++Orange-spice--4-6 cinnamon sticks, 1-2 tablespoons whole cloves, 1 Tablespoon almond extract and enough orange peels to fill the jar. ++Grapefruit-mint--8 large sprigs of mint (or 1 tablespoon mint extract), enough grapefruit peels to fill the jar.