I’m excited. I love my all purpose vinegar cleaner but sometimes it burns my nose. I love that it cuts through messes super easy (like last night when I spilled fresh berry juice everywhere) and leaves my table nice and shiny. But the smell of pickles lingers for a while. I like pickles but not all the time. So I’m excited because I’m finally able to make my own little jar of citrus infused vinegar.  No more pickles and little more orange. And you know what, citrus vinegar is super easy to make.

Orange Vinegar

Step One: Eat an orange, or juice a lemon for lemonade and save the peels.

Step Two: Stuff as many citrus peels as you can into a jar.

Step Three: Fill jar to the top with vinegar and screw lid on.

Step Four: Wait 2-3 weeks.

Household Hints and Tips for Vinegar

*Update* This is what it looks like a few weeks later when it’s done.

You can use lemons or any other kind of  citrus to infuse with vinegar. I did use a very small jar, the smallest raspberry jam from Wal-Mart, and used one orange peel, so mine will probably yield about 3/4 cup of the citrus vinegar. For a quart sized jar, you’ll probably need 4-6 oranges or lemons.

 I am waiting for my orange vinegar to “orangify.” That is a word, I just made it up. Then with the leftover orange scrapes, I’m going to make a citrus soft scrub that I originally saw here.

I’m so excited so not have to smell pickles anymore when I clean. I’ll write an update as soon as my orange vinegar is ready.

*Update 4/5/13* I’ve been using my new and improved cleaner and I love it. I sprayed some on my floors and they just glowed afterwards. For food splatters, you’ll say what splatters  because they lift so easily with this cleaner. Oh, the smell, the part ya’ll are dying for,  it smelled like citrus for a week or so then a little funny so I added more vinegar and now it doesn’t really smell like anything. I will take nothing over strong vinegar.

Happy Cleaning.


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39 Responses to Citrus Infused Vinegar

  1. Christy says:

    I use a large amount of vinegar, I definitely need to try this!

  2. Sarah Schultz says:

    This is great. I usually clean with vinegar but this would give a much fresher scent. thank you for sharing at Whatever Goes Wednesdays


  3. Marie says:

    What a wonderful idea. The only thing I have ever done with orange peels is candy them…….and most the time, throw them away. Lol. I’ll definitely have to try this though!

  4. Carrie says:

    Thank you for this! My son and I just had oranges this morning so I went and grabbed the peels out of the trash! (Its trash day here so the bag was a BRAND NEW CLEAN one…hehe) I’ve been looking to increase my DIY cleaners and decrease my store bought ones for a little bit, and this will help make it even better! It will be great when this fully “orangifies”. 🙂 I can’t wait until I can pour this into one of my new spray bottles I bought so I’d have chemical free bottles to use (no need to worry about chemical interactions or chemicals leaching back into my DIY mixes from the bottle….) THANK YOU!!!

  5. Chrissy says:

    Awesome tip! I never thought to do this!

  6. I love citrus-scented vinegar to clean with, too! One trick I’ve learned: really scrape the white part off of the peel or the vinegar will streak appliances for some reason.

  7. Georgia says:

    What a great idea! I will definitely try this…may even put a litlle on my salad, too…lol

  8. I’ve been doing this for the past handful of months and LOVE it. Smells soooooooooo much better. The only problem I had with it was on a mattress. My son had wet the bed and I used the spray to clean it up…ended up turning the top of the mattress light orange! Looks yucky even though its clean. Mental note: do not use on soft surfaces. lol

  9. Interesting idea! Saw your link over at Somewhat Simple’s Link Party and thought I’d come and check it out 🙂

  10. I’ve done this for a long time, it makes the vinegar smell so much better, and cuts grease better!

  11. Pinning this in my “going natural” board. Thanks!

  12. I’m going to have to try this! A much less expensive way to clean! Stopping by from Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop. Thanks for linking this up!

  13. This is awesome! Thanks for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment!
    selene @ restorationbeauty.com

  14. Becca says:

    Looks like a great idea. I would say a citrus smell would be much better than vinegar. 🙂

  15. I tried everyyyythhiiinnggg on my tile kitchen floor and I hated it because Pine based products left it smudgy and slippery and 409 all purpose cleaners left it sticky. I tried a general vinegar cleaner and I’ve not bought any other cleaners (besides Lysol for disenfecting) since. I really love it! Now that I see I can add a citrus smell to it I will try this! Thank you!

  16. […] antibacterial properties and it’s acidic, making it a great natural cleaner. I have my all-purpose citrus vinegar that I use to tackle almost every mess I come in contact with, which is frequently because someone […]

  17. Am definitely going to give this a go – thank you so much for linking up at Empty Your Archive, Alice x

  18. jeanne says:

    I love this citrus infused vinegar idea Angela!! I love to use vinegar for cleaning too, just wish sometimes it smelled a little better. I am going to try this right away! Thanks again. I will be sure to post about it after I do!!

  19. […] upon a time, I made Citrus Vinegar and it was amazing. The leftover peels from this amazing concoction should make another amazing […]

  20. Glenda Moore says:

    Do you white vinegar?

  21. Betty819 says:

    Marie, orange peels are often used in gardening to chase some animals away. I can’t think of which animal it is that doesn’t like the scent of oranges. I will look on one of the gardening websites and post here. Seems like it is squirrells.

  22. Tedie Mulligan says:

    Good Morning!
    My Mom cleaned with vinegar, so I have always used vinegar for cleaning everything as well.
    That’s always been fine, until we remodeled our house. We put in a lovely tile look tub surround with our beautiful new tub. Fiberglass tub. Not cast iron or a porcelain recoat. Fiberglass or plastic. About a year or two later, the finish on the new tub was dulled when one of my children used, you guessed it! VINEGAR! She didn’t know. At least I realized it before she sprayed the surround too! It still comes clean, but it takes a bleach product & increasing amounts of elbow grease. Always check care instructions for new building materials, products & appliances & when you move leave manuals & product care instructions for the next family.
    Happy Day!

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