How to Make Citrus Vinegar

White Vinegar: This acidic wonder can wipe out tarnish, soap scum, mineral deposits, and more. Among natural cleaners, it’s the clear champ. (Don’t worry, the smell of the vinegar evaporates quickly.) Distilled white vinegar creates an environment that inhibits the growth of mold, mildew, and some bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella.

Add orange peels to vinegar, and let them sit in an airtight container for a couple of weeks. The result: a powerful, inexpensive, natural cleaner that leaves your home smelling like citrus. Citrus peel contains a natural solvent called d-limonene, which chemically breaks down oils.

What You Need:

Citrus Peels
Distilled White Vinegar
Water (optional)
Airtight Glass Container
Spray Bottle

Measuring Cup


1. Collect citrus peels and store them in an airtight glass container.
Note: citrus fruits contain d-limonene, a natural solvent that chemically reacts with oil to break it down.

2. Once your container is full, cover the peels with white vinegar.

3. Date your jar, and let it sit for about 2 weeks.
Note: when ready, the vinegar should have a strong citrus smell and be yellowish in color.

4. Strain the peels.

 5. Dilute with water if you so desire. 
The concentration depends on your intended use and preference.

6. Pour into a spray bottle and use.
This makes for a great, all purpose cleaner.