How to Make Vinegar-Infused All Purpose Cleaner
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Citrus-Infused All-Purpose Cleaner

Today’s do-it-yourself recipe, Citrus-Infused All-Purpose Cleaner, fits all three of my practical reasons for why I choose to make homemade cleaning products.

Course How To
Cuisine Cleaning
Keyword All-Purpose Cleaner
Servings 2 cups of concentrate
Calories 7 kcal
Author Kristin Marr


  • 8-12 clean citrus peels depending on the size of the peels: lemon, lime, grapefruit, and/or orange peels (enough to fill the jar)
  • 1 cinnamon stick optional, but highly recommended
  • 10 whole cloves optional, but highly recommended
  • 2 cups white vinegar enough to cover the peels/spices and fill the jar


  1. Add the citrus peels and spices to a quart-size glass storage container. There should be enough peels to fill the jar. Pour the vinegar over the peels and spices. The vinegar needs to rest, preferably in an area with lots of sunlight, for 2 weeks. Gently shake the container every few days to stir the ingredients. I've found that vinegar will slightly rust metal lids, so I use a heavy towel and rubber-band over my storage jar, or a Weck jar with a glass lid.
  2. After 2 weeks, strain the citrus and spices from the liquid. Pour the infused vinegar into a clean storage container. I store my concentrate in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

To Use: Find my ideas for using this cleaner under the "Ideas for Using Citrus-Infused All-Purpose Cleaner in the Kitchen" section (above). This cleaner may be used in place of white vinegar in most homemade cleaner recipes.
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