Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lemon Vinegar Cleaning Spray

So I have seen lots of blog posts and articles about homemade natural household cleaning sprays made of vinegar. First of all, I hate cleaning the house but I most certainly hate the chemical-y smell that lingers when I have to use spray Windex or Lysol.

I read somewhere that one of the common ways we ingest pollutants and harmful chemicals is from overspray onto food prep surfaces, onto food itself, or into the air that we breathe.

I've decided to see if the citrus infused vinegar mixture works as a safer alternate to commercial cleaning products. The concept is that the strong vinegar smell is a bit tough to take, so adding citrus peels helps tame that stench a little bit. The citrus oils then add their own nice smell, and provides some cleaning horsepower as well.

I scored some of these great Improved GEM Jars, made in Canada, at my local thrift. They have an aluminum collar with a glass lid! Embossed! For 25¢ each! I think this is the perfect vessel for a little citrus vinegar project.

I just peeled two lemons, a mandarin orange, and a large navel orange, then poured vinegar over them. The whole mixture is steeping in the fridge, where it will stay for a couple of weeks before I strain it. Then you simply pour into a spray bottle for window cleaning, and wiping down greasy or dirty surfaces. I hope it smells nice and cleans well - has anyone out there tried this before?


  1. No, never tried it but you totally get props for using pretty vintage jars - what a bargain! Let us know how it works out. I use vinegar as a rinse agent in my dishwasher and it keeps it squeaky clean.

  2. I use diluted vinegar - 1 part vinegar to 2 or 3 parts water - to clean my kitchen. It does a good job with removing splatters on my counters and stove top.

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  4. Yeah Lemon and Vinegar are natural cleaning products. My house cleaners also use such natural products for cleaning. Anyways, this is a new recipe for me. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely try it out.


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