DIY Citrus Cleaner

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Just in time for spring cleaning, here’s a simple yet sustainable and natural all purpose cleaner you can make with citrus scraps and some vinegar. My worms don’t like citrus so I always felt really bad about throwing away my citrus scraps until now. Using citrus to make an all purpose cleaner is a zero waste and safe option for all of your cleaning needs. Not to mention it smells heavenly.

What you’ll need:

-Citrus peels of choice

-distilled vinegar

-spray bottle


Simply put the citrus peels in a jar and cover them with vinegar. Let them soak like that for two weeks to two months. The longer you let them steep, the less vinegary it smells and the more citrusy it smells. For my sprays, I like to steep them for 1 to 2 months. I collect citrus peels for about two weeks in the freezer then when I have enough I cover them in vinegar. I do this about every two weeks so I never run out of supply. Once you’ve completed steeping your peels, add them to the spray bottle and fill the rest of the bottle up with water. If the vinegar it’s self fills up your bottle that’s completely fine just leave it be. Sometimes I like to add essential oil‘s if I want a little extra scent. Some good combos are eucalyptus and sweet orange, or lavender and orange.

Now you have just created a super simple all natural, zero waste cleaner that you can use in all rooms of your house. You no longer have to worry about the toxic fumes that come with traditional cleaners you find in the grocery stores. It’s better for your house, better for your health and better for your wallet.

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  1. sandra gascon says:

    Great website! I’m looking forward to trying these soon.

    1. Lilialopez says:

      Thanks! Lets me know what you end up trying!

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