This homemade citrus cleaner recipe is my go-to of all homemade cleaners. And it’s so, so easy to make!
You can use this cleaner as a “general cleaner”, meaning you can use it generally for everything.
I use it to clean counter tops. I use it to clean inside sinks. It can be used to clean spills, and floors, walls, and basically anything dirty or smelly. It cuts through dirt but it also deodorizes.
You can make this citrus cleaner using oranges, lemons, limes, or even a combination of them all. And you add essential oil to transform this cleaner into an anti-bacterial cleaner, or just to make it smell better.
There is one main ingredient. And it’s a super cheap one – plain white vinegar.
The Recipes/How To Make Homemade Citrus Cleaner
Plain white vinegar is the main ingredient to this cleaner.
Honestly, you could just water down some vinegar and use it as a spray cleaner. But the addition of citrus does have some benefits.
Lemon (and citrus) are another staple to natural cleaning recipes. The acid in the lemon helps to cut grease. And it’s a natural whitener/brightener.
The how to:
This homemade citrus cleaner is so easy to make that it barely warrants a recipe. Although it can be used as is, this cleaner is also a base that you can add other ingredients to to change the properties a bit.
What you’ll need:
- A clean glass jar such as a large mason jar
- about 2-3 cups worth of citrus peels
- white vinegar (enough to fill the jar)
Here’s what you do:
- Save the peels from all your citrus fruit. I like orange the best but also mix orange and lemon.
- Place the peels in a large glass jar about 1/2 to 3/4’s full.
- Fill the jar with white vinegar to the top.
- Leave the jar on a shelf, in the pantry, or the kitchen counter for 2+ weeks.
- After a couple weeks go by pour the liquid through a strainer or cheesecloth into a spray bottle or two.
Only fill the bottle about a little more than halfway and then top with water and shake it up. It’s ready to use!
Throw the old peels away or into your compost. Use the jar to start all over again. I always have a jar brewing this cleaner on my kitchen window sill!
Bring your homemade cleaner to the next level!
Make a anti-bacterial countertop cleaner:
To make this citrus cleaner into a antibacterial counter top cleaner all you need to do is add one simple ingredient! Tea tree oil.
add 10-15 drops of the oil and shake it up. You can use it right away. And it is still safe for using to clean just about everything!
Adding scent to your homemade cleaner:
One downfall about this cleaner – it isn’t the best smelling cleaner ever. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar it will take some getting used to. Here is the saving grace though – vinegar is deodorizing! Which means, yes – it will smell like vinegar when you spray it on. BUT once the cleaner dries and the vinegar dissipates, no more vinegar smell or any other stinky smells! Time to clean the fridge out??
But you can add some natural scents to help your cleaner smell nicer. And the smell of the oils will stay after the vinegar dries.
Here are some of my favorite oils to add:
- Lavender (my go to – I LOVE it)
- orange oil (great addition for an even stronger citrus scent)
- Lemongrass (mmmmm lemon fresh!)
- oil blends (add your fave and de-stress or energize while you clean!)
What Can You Use This Cleaner For?
– Use it to clean your counter tops and inside the sink
– Sprinkle some baking soda on your stove top and spray on for grease fighting duo cleaner!
– Clean your appliances (toaster and blender, and bread maker oh my!)
– Clean out your fridge (stinky fridge no more!)
– Clean up yucky smelling stains like animal urine or beer (zaps the stink right outta your rug)
– Clean your tub and shower
– Use it to clean everything!