This DIY natural lemon vinegar cleaner, using every day ingredients, is INCREDIBLY easy to make. Your home will be squeaky clean in no time!
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I am SO excited to share this homemade lemon vinegar cleaner recipe with you all. 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.
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.
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. It works so well!
Why does it work?
The key ingredient here is the vinegar. It makes a wonderful non-toxic cleaning agent and helps get rid of dirt, mold and bacteria. It’s also super acidic, which is great for dissolving any stubborn gunk.
The lemons are added to help offset that strong vinegar smell, leaving your house with a fresh and bright scent.
What to use it for:
This lemon vinegar is an amazing all-purpose cleaner and is so versatile! Use it to clean:
- Bathroom vanities
- Showers and tubs
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, because I’ve heard it can scratch the surface. This applies to marble countertops as well.
How to make homemade lemon vinegar cleaner
- Lemon Peels
- White Vinegar
- Glass Container
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.)
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.
I hope you all LOVE using this homemade lemon vinegar cleaner too! I’d love to hear what you think!
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Lemon Vinegar Cleaner Recipe
- Glass container
- White vinegar
- Lemon peels
- Place lemon peels in container and completely cover 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).
Photography and recipe contributed by Jessica from Fantabulosity for I Heart Naptime.