Kitchen hint: Homemade citrus cleaner



by Catherine Haug, February 9, 2013 (image of hybrid Indian oranges from Wikipedia)

To see all kitchen hints on this site, see: Kitchen Hints. If you’d like to submit a kitchen hint, send it to me and I’ll publish it. Note that if you don’t want your name used, just let me know.

The following hint comes from Kassandra, a new member of our community. She may do an upcoming presentation on homemade skin care and/or homemade cleaning products, so stay tuned.

All-Purpose Citrus Cleaner

Oh dear! What to do with all those citrus peels? Amongst other things, use them to make a great all-purpose, incredibly cheap and super-easy spray cleaner. [Cat’s note: for another great use for whole citrus, see two fermentation ideas: Lacto-fermented Orange Marmalade and Preserved Lemons, etc.]


  • 1 pint jar and lid
  • About 2cups white vinegar
  • 4-5 oranges or other citrus in equivalent amounts


  1. Peel Citrus with a vegetable peeler;
  2. Place peelings in pint jar (make a nice fresh-squeezed juice to drink from the remaining citrus while you are making your cleaner spray);
  3. Cover peelings with white vinegar;
  4. Cap;
  5. Place out of sunlight (your dark cool pantry is a good place). Shake every couple days for at least two weeks;
  6. Get spray bottle. Strain citrus vinegar;
  7. Combine 1 part citrus vinegar and 1 part water in spray bottle.

The vinegar extracts the citrus oils, you see…and together they can cut grease and grime anywhere. You can use this on countertops, windows, sinks, appliances, porcelain, fiberglass, you name it.

The citrus smell is very pleasant, and there is also a great deodorizing ability here, as well as cleansing.

Comments are closed.