Citrus Scrap Cleaning Solution

Don’t toss those citrus peels – make this DIY cleaning solution instead! Combining the cleaning power of citrus and vinegar, this cleaner is easy to make and completely environmentally friendly. Reduce your waste and keep your home smelling citrus-fresh at the same time!

  • Serves: 1 Batch
  • Prep Time: 1 Week


  • 1 lb. Fresh Lemon, Orange, or Other Citrus Bodies, cut into chunks & bruised
  • 4 c. White Vinegar +extra if needed
  • 4 c. Water
  • Optional Additions - 2 tbsp. Castille Soap
  • 8-10 sprigs Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 c. Fresh Sage, bruised
  • 1 c. Fresh Basil, bruised
  • 10-12 sprigs Fresh Lavender


  1. Add citrus chunks and any desired additions EXCEPT castille soap to a large, resealable jar and top with vinegar to cover. Allow mixture to sit at room temperature for at least one week or up to three weeks.

  2. Pour infused vinegar through a fine mesh strainer to remove solids, then transfer to a large spray bottle or other resealable, non-reactive container and top with an equal amount of cold water. Add castille soap if using, then shake to combine. Store in a dark, cool place, and use as-needed around the house.

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