Citrus Infused Cleaning Vinegar smells incredible, and it is super easy to make! All that is needed to make this eco-friendly cleaning liquid is a glass jar, citrus peels, and white vinegar!
If you are interested in starting down the zero waste journey, an easy way to begin is a compost bin for all the vegetable and fruit pieces that do not get used in the kitchen. However, it is not great to fill the compost bin with too much citrus because of the acidity of the peels. So, how else can the citrus peels be used?
Orange peels can be dehydrated and candied for candied orange peels. All citrus peels can be dried out and mixed into potpourri, and citrus peels can be infused in vinegar to make a Citrus Infused Cleaning Vinegar!
Note: the dilution recommendation that I wrote in the instructions is simply a suggestion. If you would prefer a stronger or weaker dilution, feel free to adjust as needed!
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- 1 quart glass jar
- 1 plastic lid or parchment paper underneath a metal lid
- peels from 4-5 large oranges or the equivalent in lemon and lime peels
- white vinegar to cover
- Place the peels in the mason jar and cover with vinegar. Sometimes, I fill a jar at one time, and sometimes, I slowly add enough orange peels over a few days.
- When the jar is full or as the jar is being filled, make sure to use a plastic lid or place a piece of parchment paper between a standard metal lid and the vinegar. If a metal lid is placed directly on the vinegar, the vinegar will corrode the metal.
- When the jar is full with citrus peels, make sure the white vinegar covers the peels and screw the lid on tightly.
- Set the jar aside for 2-3 weeks, depending on the temperature, and let the citrus infuse into the vinegar. If the weather is warmer, the infusion will take less time, and if the weather is colder, the infusion will take more time.
- When the infusion has finished, strain the vinegar and store in a clean glass jar.
- To prepare a cleaning solution, make sure to dilute the vinegar in water accordingly: 1 cup vinegar to 3 cups water.
- Use as a kitchen cleaner, bathroom cleaner, and general all-purpose cleaner!