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Lemon (Citrus) Vinegar Cleaning Spray: Homemade & Natural

Don't throw out those lemon rinds or citrus scraps! Instead, turn them into a refreshing, effective, natural cleaning spray! Come learn how to make homemade citrus vinegar spray in only 3 easy steps. Let's also talk about what surfaces you can safely clean using citrus vinegar solutions.
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  • A large glass jar or other container for steeping
  • A spray bottle
  • A fine-mesh strainer and/or cheesecloth


  • Lemon rinds, or other citrus scraps – organic if possible
  • White vinegar (you could also substitute with over-brewed acidic kombucha vinegar)
  • Optional: fresh aromatic, antiseptic herbs such as lavender, rosemary, thyme, sage, or mint


Making Lemon/Citrus Vinegar Cleaning Spray

  • Collect your spent lemon rinds (or other citrus peels) in a large glass container of choice. You can throw in just a handful, or fill the container up to halfway. (The more lemon rinds used, the more citrusy it will be! But you still want plenty of room for the vinegar)
  • If you cannot collect all your citrus rinds at one time, either keep collecting them in the refrigerator over the course of 5 to 7 days. Any longer, store them in the freezer until you've collected the desired amount.
  • Once you have a good amount of lemon or citrus rinds collected, pour plain white vinegar into the container over them. Fill it all the way up, or at least until the peels are all submerged. Feel free to add a handful of fresh herbs (listed above) for increased natural aromatherapy and disinfecting power.
  • Soak the citrus in vinegar for at least one week, and up to three weeks. The container of steeping rinds can sit out on the counter at room temperature. To help encourage the infusion, you could give the container a shake every few days to mix things up. 
  • After it has finished steeping, it is time to strain the lemon rinds from the vinegar. We want to remove as many chunks and particles as possible, to avoid clogging the spray bottle! Therefore, you could pour the entire concoction into a very fine-mesh strainer perched over a bowl to catch it. Another option is to pour the solution through cheesecloth or reusable nut milk bag. It may be worthwhile to strain the mixture twice before bottling.
  • Finally, pour the strained solution into a spray bottle. Grab a funnel if needed!

Using Lemon/Citrus Cleaning Spray

  • Based on my research, vinegar has the most effective disinfecting powers when it is used full-strength. Thus, we do not dilute it with water. Vinegar is also most effective at killing bacteria if is is allowed to sit for several minutes before wiping up.
  • Do clean: laminate kitchen counters, sinks, shower, toilets, bathtub, on tile, stainless steel appliances, inside the fridge, and other durable, sealed surfaces.
  • Great for deodorizing: cutting boards, washing machines, inside the dishwasher, and dishes - especially to remove funky raw egg smell!
  • DO NOT USE vinegar on: granite, marble, or other sensitive stone surfaces. We use it on our laminate “wood” floors and wood cutting boards, but would avoid using vinegar on natural hardwood floors or wood furniture.