A lot of cleaners use harsh chemicals that you wouldn’t want to get in your food. For this reason, I often make my own kitchen cleaner using white vinegar, citrus, and herbs.
This is a great way to repurpose citrus peels and make a healthy cleaner for your home! Vinegar is super acidic — which makes it good at fighting bacteria, cutting grease, and deodorizing. It is also safe to eat — making it a wonderful fit for use in the kitchen and on surfaces you come into close contact with. Adding citrus peels and rosemary creates a pleasing scent plus additional antibacterial and antiviral benefits.
Not to mention, this mix is simple to make. Try filling a mason jar ⅔ full with white vinegar. Add your citrus peels to the jar as you go plus a few sprigs of rosemary. Let the mixture infuse for at least 2 weeks and you are ready to get cleaning!
Note: Vinegar should not be used on select surfaces including marble, granite, and solid wood pieces as the high acidity may affect the finish.
Rosemary Citrus Cleaner
- White vinegar to fill mason jar 2/3 full
- Citrus peels to fill the jar
- A few sprigs rosemary or a few drops of your favorite essential oil
- Water to dilute vinegar solution
- Fill a mason jar ⅔ full with white vinegar.
- Add citrus peels to the jar of vinegar as you use the fruit. Keep going until the jar is mostly full. It is ok if this takes a few days or weeks to fill. Keep the lid closed tight.
- Add a few sprigs of rosemary to the jar or essential oils (if using).
- Keep the lid tightly on the jar and let the mixture sit for 2+ weeks.
- Strain the vinegar and add to a spray bottle diluted with roughly 1 part water to 1 part vinegar. Use less water for a stronger cleaning solution.
- Start cleaning!