Citrus peels in glass mason jar

I honestly don’t know why it’s taken me so long to do a post about this awesome cleaner. Dylan and I have been consistently making this for around 3 years, and it works great! I’m always on the hunt for easy homemade natural cleaning products, but not everything makes the cut. I’ve tried out loads of variations on a kitchen spray but haven’t found any that work even nearly as well as this one! Plus, I love that this rescues kitchen scraps that otherwise would have gone straight to the compost and makes something useful out of them.


Easy? Check.

Environmentally friendly? Check.

Reduces Waste? Check.

Safe for children and pets? Check

Made from ingredients already found in most homes? Check.

What’s not to love?

So how do you make this miracle cleaner? It’s simple.


Watch this video to learn how, or keep reading below! 



How To Make Your Own Citrus Peel Cleaner


First off, start collecting citrus peels (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, any will work!). Grab a mason jar and store them in there. Make sure to keep the jar of peels in the freezer. The first time we made this I left them on the counter (not sure why…I think I thought they would dry out – not rot…). Alas, of you leave them on the counter, they will rot (duh).


Once your jar is packed full of peels, remove it from the freezer. Pour white vinegar into the jar until all the peels are covered. Now, find a nice room temperature space to store it. We keep ours under our kitchen sink.


Let the peels steep in the vinegar for a minimum of two weeks. We usually do 2-3 weeks, or more if we don’t need it right away.


Once you’re ready, strain out the peels and compost them.


Fill a spray bottle halfway up with the steeped vinegar and set aside any extra (you can save it and use it later).


Fill the rest of the bottle with water.


Now, add a few drops of essential oil. We typically use lemongrass. You do not need to use essential oils in this cleaner, however it does boost the cleaning power and make for a less vinegary smell 🙂 . You’ll find even without the essential oil; the vinegar will still have a nice citrusy smell to it.


To use, simply spray on your counters, or desired surface, and wipe away. For spots where you need a little more scrubbing power, sprinkle on a little baking soda, spray and let sit for a few minutes.




  • Citrus peels
  • White vinegar
  • Orange, lemon or peppermint essential oil (optional)



  1. Gather citrus peels in a mason jar. Store it in the freezer until you have a packed jar.
  2. Remove from freezer. Pour vinegar until it covers all the peels in the jar.
  3. Store at room temperature for a minimum of 2 weeks.
  4. Dilute with water at a 1:1 ratio and pour into a spray bottle.
  5. Add a few drops of essential oil, if desired.
  6. To use, simply spray on counters and wipe away. For a boost in scrubbing power, sprinkle counters with a little baking soda, spray with the cleaner and let sit for a few minutes.


Hope you find this DIY Kitchen Spray useful! Let me know what you think in the comments below. Do you have any other great homemade cleaning products? I’d love to know.