Homemade Lemon Vinegar Cleaner

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Homemade Lemon Vinegar Cleaner – This DIY natural cleaner, using every day ingredients, is INCREDIBLY easy to make.

Hey all! It’s Jessica from Fantabulosity, and I couldn’t WAIT to hop over here and share this Homemade Lemon Vinegar Cleaner recipe with you all.

Homemade Lemon Vinegar Cleaner - This DIY natural cleaner, using every day ingredients, is INCREDIBLY easy to make.

After making a big batch of homemade lemonade with my littles the other day, I couldn’t help but stare at all of the left over lemon peels, gathered on my kitchen counter.

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I’m one of those, “How can I use this,” kind of gals… who tries to think of every way to use something, before tossing it out.  I had thought about “freezing,” the peels, and then talked myself out of that, because I’d just be in the same position, months later, when I looked at them buried in the deep freeze.

Then I thought about creating a recipe, where I could zest the peels… but every recipe I could think of, didn’t require the zest of a gazillion (totally exaggerating), lemons.

Then I began to remember that I had heard lemons were good for cleaning.

Homemade Lemon Vinegar Cleaner - This DIY natural cleaner, using every day ingredients, is INCREDIBLY easy to make.

In our home, we try to use as many “natural,” cleaners, as possible.  We are also on the “money saving” plan these days, so making DIY cleaners are right up there on my “to do” list.  So, I decided to combine the peels with vinegar (another FABULOUS natural “cleaning,” ingredient), to create my own Lemon-Vinegar Cleaner!

I’m honestly blown away at how much I LOVE this cleaner.  After letting the lemons soak in the vinegar for a couple of weeks (recipe below), it was ready to use, and I began experimenting.  I was cleaning EVERYTHING with it.  Bathroom vanities, floors, windows, and the list goes on.

Please note: I would pay very close attention to what you can and cannot use this cleaner on, as the lemons and vinegar are acidic. I refrained from using it on our granite countertops, afraid of what reaction it could have on the surface.

Homemade Lemon Vinegar Cleaner - This DIY natural cleaner, using every day ingredients, is INCREDIBLY easy to make.

Lemon Vinegar Cleaner

Ingredients:

Lemon Peels

Vinegar

Glass Container

Directions:

Quantities depend on size of your container.  I simply just choose a container large enough to hold the amount of lemon peels that I have to work with.

Place lemon peels in container, and completely cover peels with vinegar.  Cover and let mixture sit for around 2 weeks.

Remove peels from vinegar and discard peels.  Add water to the vinegar. (I usually do equal parts of vinegar to water.)

Final Note:

The lemon vinegar cleaner isn’t the horrible “smell,” that you would expect.  The lemons seem to help balance out the smell of the vinegar, providing a fresh, CLEAN smell (compared to those harsh chemicals of others) that makes me feel good while cleaning.

Homemade Lemon Vinegar Cleaner - This DIY natural cleaner, using every day ingredients, is INCREDIBLY easy to make.

I hope you all LOVE using this homemade lemon vinegar cleaner too!  I’d love to hear what you think!

Thanks, Jessica!

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Jessica Burgess

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Hey you lovelies! I'm Jessica, and I blog over at Fantabulosity! I'm a "small-town," gal, who loves styling parties, decorating my home, sharing DIY projects, & creating YouTube videos of my recent Stitch Fix's or latest kitchen hacks, and anything else that tickles my fancy! I'd love it if you popped over and said "hello!" XOXO

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  1. Patti posted on February 9, 2016 at 10:08 am (#
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    I love lemon/vinegar cleaners for me ceramic tile floors and counters, but I have heard that you should never use acidic cleaners on natural stone like marble or granite.

    • I Heart Naptime posted on February 9, 2016 at 9:36 pm (#
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      Yes! That’s what I’ve heard, too.

  2. jan dash posted on February 10, 2016 at 3:31 am (#
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    Don’t throw the lemon peels away after distilling them…use them in your laundry…especially good for whites!

    You can also use them in your foot bath (scrub the dead skin away) or soak your hands in warm water with the peels. You can scrub your garden dirty fingernails with the lemon peels and this will bleach out all the stains from the soil and plants.

    • I Heart Naptime posted on February 10, 2016 at 8:29 am (#
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      Thanks for the tips, Jan!

  3. llynnda posted on February 10, 2016 at 11:54 am (#
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    I do basically the same thing with orange peels. Just dump them into a mason jar every morning and adding vinegar to the jar. I mix, as you do, 1/2 water and 1/2 vinegar and then add about a tsp of Dawn liquid soap in a spray bottle and if it doesn’t move it gets cleaned with this. I don’t remember the last time I bought a household cleaner. I do not however wipe the buttons on my Keurig any more. They stuck a little for some reason.

  4. Darlene posted on February 27, 2016 at 11:44 pm (#
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    Hi:  The only thing I do differently is add some lemon essential oil (about 40 drops).  Makes for an incredible smelling cleaner.

  5. Erinn LaMattery posted on April 13, 2016 at 9:22 am (#
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    Love this recipe! Thank you!

  6. Susan posted on June 16, 2016 at 5:26 pm (#
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    I added sprigs of fresh lemon thyme and rosemary to mine then filtered them out and use the liquid in a reusable brown glass spray bottle.

    • I Heart Naptime posted on June 17, 2016 at 7:07 am (#
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      I bet that smells wonderful!

  7. Tracie posted on March 11, 2017 at 10:07 pm (#
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    I love this idea. We have a huge lemon tree so I’m always in stock. I’m just wondering if it has to be a glass jar. I have a big can, like a coffee can. Do you think it would make a difference? I’m wondering if anyone has tried it in something else. 

    • I Heart Naptime posted on March 12, 2017 at 9:59 am (#
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      Hmmm, I haven’t tried a metal can, but I would be afraid of the acid/metal reaction. I know a plastic bottle will not work, and everything I’ve read has said only glass will work. Could you maybe reuse a tomato sauce jar, or some other glass jar?