DIY all-purpose cleaner made from citrus peels

DIY all-purpose cleaner made from citrus peels

Many of us have lemons, oranges and the like in our homes on a regular basis. We use them for freshly squeezed juices or as a garnish in a mixed drink or on our plates. But after that, the peels end up on the compost heap. What if we could put all those peels to good use?

There is an easy way to use these fragrant peels to make an effective all-purpose cleaner.

All you need is:

  • approx. 250 g peel of various citrus fruits
  • 250 ml of vinegar

The best way to collect citrus peels is in a large screw-top jar until you have about 250g. But be careful: the peels can start to go mouldy if it takes too long. To be on the safe side, start out with a clean, dry jar.

Then fill the jar with vinegar and let it steep for a few weeks. Make sure that the peels are completely submerged in the vinegar because the peels exposed to air could start to get mouldy at this step too. Check the jar every now and then to make sure it's all right.

After three to four weeks, pour the liquid through a sieve and fill your homemade all-purpose cleaner into a spray bottle.

It can be used in the kitchen and bathroom because it even removes limescale stains. In any case, it is harmless for both you and the environment!