DIY Citrus All-Purpose Cleaner

Let’s put it this way… do you want to have a clean, toxic-free home, save money, and stop plastic from ending up in landfills?

Awesome, me too! This is why I started making my own all-purpose cleaner. But the one criterion for making my own cleaning recipes is that it has to be easy. It needs to be something that doesn’t require a lot of active time putting together because this low-waste natural lifestyle needs to be sustainable.

Life is busy enough as it is. This is part of simplifying my life, not complicating it!

This all-purpose cleaner is one of my favourite cleaner recipes because it utilizes kitchen scraps (i.e. what we usually refer to as waste) and gives them a secondary use! Zero-waste for the win!

By making my own cleaner I am saying no to the chemical based cleaners at the store, many of which contain undisclosed ingredients. I am also saying no to plastic, which contaminates our environment and our bodies. No thanks! Not today, plastic!

This cleaner is vinegar-based which is great for several reasons:

  • Versatile

  • Cheap

  • Natural

  • Non-toxic

  • Cuts through grease and other build-ups

Due to the acidity in vinegar it can cause the dulling of certain surfaces. So avoid using on these surfaces:

  • Granite

  • Marble

  • Soapstone

Wood, stone, grout, concrete are safe to wash with a vinegar-based cleaner as long as it’s diluted, which this recipe is. 

Now, I’m not a fan of the straight up vinegar smell, so the food scraps I was referring to earlier are to infuse the vinegar naturally. This is a more cost effective solution than using essential oils, which can get pricey when you’re using them in all of your DIY recipes.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 jar

  • Any combination of citrus peels, herbs, flowers

  • Apple cider vinegar (white vinegar works too)

  • Water


  1. Fill up a jar with whatever you want to infuse your cleaner with. For the citrus element I typically use lemon and/or grapefruit peels. Thyme, rosemary, lavender make great additions as well.

  2. Fill up your jar with apple cider vinegar or white vinegar.

  3. Let sit in a cupboard for 4-6 weeks

  4. Strain, keeping the liquid. Compost the food scraps.

  5. Dilute liquid 1 part vinegar to 1 part water.

  6. Pour it into a spray bottle and happy cleaning!

DIYPaige ParkerComment