If you haven’t noticed by now, I have a small obsession with vinegar.  I use it in the kitchen, in the laundry room and even to mop my floors. Did I mention I also use it to get rid of ants? I rarely leave the store without a gallon of white distilled vinegar in hand.  Really, what’s not to love – it’s inexpensive, widely available and it works. Vinegar’s antimicrobial properties make it a powerful all natural cleaner and disinfectant.

The following recipe for citrus infused vinegar is included in my new eBook, A Whole New Clean, A Beginner’s Guide to Green Cleaning.  I created this guide to demonstrate how easy  and affordable it can be to clean your home with natural ingredients.  It doesn’t need to be overwhelming or require a lot to get started. The recipes in my book were created with three things in mind:

  1. Simplicity – requires only a few simple ingredients and can be whipped together in minutes
  2. Affordability  –  the recipes are basic to keep down the number of ingredients and cost
  3. Effectiveness – these recipes all really work, they are the same recipes I use to clean my own home

This citrus infused vinegar is a great option for those of you who don’t particularly care for the smell of good old fashioned vinegar.  The citrus peels will boost the cleaning powers and add a heavenly fresh scent as well.  Here’s how to make it:


Citrus Infused Vinegar


  • White Distilled Vinegar
  • Lemon or Orange Peels


  1. In a resealable container, such as a mason jar, add lemon or orange peels and push them down to the bottom.
  2. Fill the container with vinegar until all the peels are submerged.
  3. Seal lid tightly and let sit for two weeks, giving it a good shake every few days.
  4. After two weeks run the vinegar through a fine mesh sieve and store your new citrus infused vinegar in a glass jar.

Be sure not to throw away the peels once you have strained them out of the mixture.  Drop them into your garbage disposal and run as normal.  This is a great way to sanitize and deodorize your garbage disposal.  To use the mixture as a floor cleaner simply add one cup of citrus infused vinegar to an empty bucket and then fill with hot water and mop as usual.  To use it as an all-purpose cleaner pour one cup of citrus infused vinegar into a spray bottle followed by 1 1/2 cups water.  Spray onto surfaces and wipe dry.


For more simple and toxin free recipes such as carpet freshener, soft scrub and laundry soap


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