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Easy DIY All-Purpose Cleaner Using Lemon Peels

Call me a lemon princess because the last month or so, I have been obsessed with lemon water. And not just in the morning. Like all day long!

I wanted to do something with the peels - I know composting is always a great option, but I went to Pinterest to find an idea. That's when I found this article from the The Kitchn (original article from here).

A girl holding a glass jar with lemon peels in it


Vinegar is such a good all natural cleaning agent. It's effective and safe for households, especially for those with sensitivities. I imagine more people would use it if it didn't have such a potent smell...but that's why this mix with lemon peel / citrus is so great.

You can use any citrus peels; lemon, orange, lime, etc.

What You'll Need:

glass storage jar with lid

citrus peels

white vinegar


spray bottle

large bowl

How To:

1. Collect your citrus peels.

Every time I use a lemon in my water, I quickly just cut the peel off and toss into one empty jar until it's full. What you would normally toss, just start saving it.

2. Add vinegar to the jar of citrus peels.

When your jar of peels is filled about 3/4, that's when you can add the vinegar. Pour vinegar over the peels until the jar is full. Cover your jar with a lid, allow it to sit in a dark place for 2-3 weeks. I leave mine in the top shelf of my fridge. The longer you let it sit, the more citrus will infuse the vinegar.

3. Time to Strain.

After the 2-3 weeks, strain the mix over a large bowl. You can discard the peels.

4. Add the cleaner to a spray bottle.

Time to use your homemade cleaner - add it to a spray bottle and use it as you would any other all purpose cleaner in the kitchen, etc.

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