Who else is finding it increasingly difficult to re-stock cleaning supplies? Panic-buying has my local grocery and pharmacy stores constantly sold out of basic cleaning essentials. Luckily for me, I haven’t had any difficulty stocking up on fresh fruit and produce 🙏🏾 So, let’s use that to our advantage (for eating AND for cleaning)! Citrus is known and used for it’s cleaning power. So, here’s a DIY Citrus Peel cleaner recipe that is still as effective as store-bought cleaners, but uses all-natural, non-toxic clean ingredients that are super easy to find at the moment. I’ve chosen to use orange peels, but you could use any citrus (grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, etc.) fruit peels you like. And, if you are lucky enough to find isopropyl alcohol, here’s my favorite DIY Surface Cleaner that I usually make when I have alcohol on hand. Either way, I got you covered!
About the ingredients/supplies
Organic citrus fruit peels
- Their high citric acid content makes a great cleaner when paired with vinegar
- Great for removing hard water stains. Think stainless steel faucets and coffee (and tea)-stained mugs!
- Have all-natural fruity citrusy scents
Distilled white vinegar
- Is an environmentally-friendly, yet effective cleaner
- I know, I know, but the smell, right? Well, adding citrus peels takes the edge off. After it’s infused, using vinegar is actually tolerable
- Apple cider vinegar won’t work here, sorry! Unless it is refined and does NOT contain “the mother”
- Choose something with adequate capacity that you won’t miss using, since it will be in use for a few weeks (see below for details)
- I used a re-purposed glass jar, but have also linked something similar above
- Re-using containers is a great way to recycle and be more eco-friendly
- Great for cleaning, since it distributes a light mist evenly
- I’ve linked the spray bottle I use above in case you’re in the market
- This cleaner can also be used as a fabric softener (see instructions below), so use a container best suited for how you plan to use this
- This ingredient is completely optional for if you wish to dilute your cleaner
- Of all waters, this is the best option for the cleanest DIY Citrus Peel cleaner possible
- If you don’t have distilled water, filtered water is a close second
How to make
- Remove the peels from your citrus fruit, and add enough to fill an air-tight container (the peels from two oranges filled my container)
- Fill up the remainder of the container with distilled white vinegar
- Seal tightly and place your air-tight container in a cool, dark place (I chose my kitchen cupboard)
- Leave your container undisturbed for a minimum of 2 weeks to allow the citrus peels to infuse the vinegar. Trust me, it’s worth the wait!
- After 2 weeks, strain the vinegar from the citrus peels
- Add to a sprayer bottle
How to use
- Spray onto surface and wipe clean with a sponge or cleaning towel
- For even more cleaning power, allow DIY Citrus Peel cleaner to sit for 5 minutes before wiping clean
- Use 1/4 cup in place of fabric softener to remove odors and soften clothes. And no, your clothes will not smell like vinegar once they’ve dried!
This cleaner is great for removing hard water stains and many other uses around the home. BUT, do not use on marble, granite, soapstone, wood or painted surfaces. And if you’re ever unsure, do a test on a small section before applying all over. I told you this was powerful stuff!