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The Best Homemade Citrus Cleaner Recipe

We love this fantastic homemade Citrus Cleaner! We try to use as close to natural products as we can, products that are safe not only for us but also our animals and we can feel confident and good about using. This is why we use this homemade citrus cleaner!
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Why We Love This Homemade Citrus Cleaner 

Cleaners are one of the harder products to ensure are free of dangerous chemicals that can be harmful to our family and pets. We have some severe allergies in our house and things like all-purpose cleaners, window cleaners, and other products can cause asthma and worse. In our quest to avoid these products we’ve started making many things ourselves, which is where this homemade citrus cleaner was born.

This orange cleaner is super easy to make, with no harsh chemicals, fragrances, or fillers. You can use it in the kitchen, bathroom, or any other place around the house. It’s also kid and animal safe so you can feel good about using it around your family.

What You Will Need To Make Your Own Homemade Citrus Cleaner

  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Large Canning Jar or Pickle Jar

How To Make This Fantastic Homemade Citrus Cleaner

  • Orange, Lemon or Grapefruit Peels (you can also add a citrus essential oil but we prefer to do it this way)
  • 4 Cups of white Vinegar
  • 1 Cup of water

Save all of your orange, lemon, or grapefruit peels and place them in a mason jar (or another jar that seals on top).  

Fill it to the top with vinegar and replace the lid. Sit it in your cabinet for 7-14 days (I do 14) and it really releases the citrus oil from the peels.

Strain the peels from the vinegar, you can either discard them or throw them in the compost bin like we do so they don’t go to waste. 

Take 1/2 cup of the vinegar and pour it into a squirt bottle, fill the rest of the way with water and Castille soap.

Place lid on top of the bottle and secure tightly. Shake the bottle and use. 

Homemade Citrus Cleaner Variations

Wanting to switch it up and try different scents? Try using these items when you make this cleaner:

  • Add cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, or almond extract to orange peels.
  • Use lemon peels with rosemary and vanilla.
  • Use grapefruit peels with mint leaves.
  • Use lime peels with thyme sprigs.

How To Use This Homemade Citrus Cleaner

This all-natural homemade cleaner can be used to clean ceramic, stone, porcelain, marble, granite, and laminate surfaces. You can also use this homemade cleaner recipe to clean your dog house, in the goat barn, or even as a chicken coop cleaner. This cleaner may discolor wood so you’ll want to try it in an inconspicuous place before applying it to a large surface. 

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