Citrus infused vinegar is my cleaning secret weapon.
White vinegar is one of our go-to cleaning supplies. It deodorizes while killing germs. It’s super inexpensive and versatile for lots of different cleaning jobs. BUT I’m not a fan of the smell, although it does bring back memories of dying easter eggs with my mom & those little fizzy color tablets. Citrus infused vinegar, spices, and herbs combats that tell tale aroma AND adds a powerful punch to your cleaning projects.
What a great way to get more mileage out of that orange (or lemon, lime, grapefruit…) I’m doing a batch with orange peels & cinnamon sticks right now not only because I love that aroma combination, but because cinnamon is one bad ass addition to cleaners.
So what else to use besides citrus? Well, cinnamon of course, clove, rosemary, mint, lavender, pine/spruce. Use your imagination! They all add cleaning power to the already awesome white vinegar. It does take a week or two to be ready to use, so my advice is to always have a jar or two in process.
I can use a whole lemon?
Generally we use just the citrus peels – but you can also try it with a whole lemon. Lemons have a great natural bleaching qualities, so by using an entire lemon you get a citrus infused vinegar with super powers. I guarantee this will become your favorite ingredient for bathroom cleaners – especially for areas prone to mold. #protip Add some to the washer to whiten clothes in the laundry. It’s a great power-up for homemade laundry detergent.
What all can I use it for?
And in the interest of simplifying life while staying as natural as possible, here’s a partial list of the things you can clean with infused vinegar (well, or regular vinegar because let’s face it, sometimes we don’t plan enough ahead):
Sinks with soap scum
Tubs & Showers
…and it’s even a great fabric softener!
Ready for my bathroom cleaning secret? 1 cup each lemon vinegar and water & 8-10 drops lemon essential oil in a spray bottle. It cuts soap scum, cleans mirrors, leaves a fresh scent. If I have a particularly difficult area to clean, I sprinkle baking soda on the area and then spray with the vinegar mixture: fizzy cleaning power!
Need a great all-purpose cleaner recipes? Check out one of my favorites.
If you don’t have enough peels all at once, you can either throw them in a container in the fridge, or start a jar of vinegar with just a few peels and add to the jar as you go. Both work just fine.
So are you ready to make citrus infused vinegar? Let us know how your vinegar infusing goes!
Citrus Infused Vinegar
- Citrus peels: lemons, oranges, limes, grapefruits (optional: whole lemons)
- Spices: cinnamon, clove
- Herbs: rosemary, lavender, mint
- Evergreen: pine, spruce
- white vinegar
- Add citrus, herbs, spices, etc to glass jar. Fill jar with white vinegar. Cover and store 1-2 weeks. Infusing evergreen takes a bit longer. Some recommend storing in a dark place. I keep my jars out on the counter in the kitchen, but they aren’t sitting in direct sunlight.
- Strain out the peels & etc when ready to use.
- Bonus #protip: Throw the vinegar soaked peels in the garbage disposal & run to clean and freshen it