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Clean Naturally: How to Make Homemade Citrus Spray

Homemade Citrus Spray

Citrus fruits aren't just tasty. They're also incredibly useful! Here's how to make an effective homemade citrus spray that will clean your home naturally.

There may be a dangerous secret lurking in your cabinets. In addition to the products you know are dangerous, such as drain cleaner and bleach, simple all-purpose cleaners might contain chemicals that can cause cancer. But a homemade all-purpose citrus spray is just as effective on a variety of surfaces — and much safer.

Unlike homemade enzyme cleaners, citrus-based cleaners made with vinegar take only a few weeks. But they can be used anywhere a store-bought all-purpose spray containing harsh chemicals can be used, from metal to countertops to glass. And whether you go with an orange peel cleaner or a lemon citrus spray, they smell a lot better too. And yes, they work.

Vinegar and citrus are both acidic. They can remove stains caused by acids or create chemical reactions when combined with alkalines, such as soap, to dissolve the buildup left behind by things like stickers, soap, hard water and more. 

Making Homemade Citrus Spray the Easy Way

Making your own DIY orange cleaner, lime cleaner or lemon cleaner isn't a labor-intensive task. In fact, rather than try to peel every citrus fruit on your tree all at once, you can just toss the peels into a Mason jar as you use them, then make the citrus spray when the jar is about half-full. (Though if you need some recipes to speed up that process, we have a few pineapple-orange recipes you can try.)

After that, it's just a matter of adding the vinegar and letting the Mason jar and science handle the rest. 

Homemade Citrus Spray Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Citrus peels 
  • White vinegar 
  • Citrus essential oil (optional)

Supplies:

  • 1 large (or 2 medium) Mason jar with lid
  • Fine-mesh sieve
  • Large bowl
  • Funnel 
  • Spray bottle

Directions:

  1. Fill the Mason jar at least halfway up with citrus peels.
  2. Cover the peels with vinegar, filling the jar to the top. Secure the lid and set the jar aside in a cool, dark place. 
  3. Allow the vinegar-and-citrus mixture to sit for 2 to 3 weeks. The longer it sits, the more citrusy your citrus-based cleaner will smell, but you can add a few drops of citrus essential oil later if you need to. 
  4. At the end of the 2- to 3-week period, remove the lid and fit a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl. Strain the citrus peels out and discard them.
  5. Fit a funnel into the mouth of the spray bottle and carefully pour in the citrus spray. If you'd like a citrusy-er scent, add a few drops of citrus essential oil, screw on the sprayer cap and shake.
  6. Use the spray as you would any other all-purpose cleaner. 

Now Go Pick Your Citrus

Don't feel like you have to limit yourself to the usual citrusy suspects. Almost any type of citrus that smells good to you can be used. You can even combine them for a unique fragrance combination.

For example, Meyer lemons make a sweeter-smelling choice, while Persian limes are bright and tart-smelling. To get started making your own citrus spray, head over to our citrus trees page to pick a 1-gallon, 3-gallon or tube tree of your own!

Orange Peels and Vinegar: 5 Ingenious Tips for Cleaning with Citrus

Orange Peels & Vinegar

Want your home to smell fresh and stay clean? Here's your guide to making cleaners with citrus like orange peels and natural agents such as vinegar!

How do you clean in an environmentally friendly, chemical-free way that's actually effective?

Sure, you can spend hundreds of dollars on green cleaning supplies, but why not make your own?

By simply combining citrus fruit with other natural agents, such as orange peels and vinegar, you can create the answer to all your cleaning needs!

Read on for our top five ingenious tips for cleaning with citrus!

Lemons for Laundry

Have you ever had trouble with stains that just won't go away?

Pretty much everyone has. Whether you are dealing with ink, food, drink, or underarm stains, this tip can save you time and money. No more replacing clothes after a couple of months or trying product after product of "guaranteed" commercial cleaning agents.

Lemon juice is a great natural cleaner.

For getting out harsh stains, get scrubbing as soon as possible with straight lemon juice.

For basic underarm stains, scour the stain with half water/half lemon juice before throwing it in the wash.

Finally, adding lemon juice to a batch of whites in the cycle can really brighten things up!

Citrus Microwave Cleaner

Does the inside of your microwave resemble something from a horror movie?

Don't be embarrassed, most people are in the same boat. Microwaves are a pain to clean. Anything that splatters onto the surfaces of the microwave gets cooked onto it.

However, for a quick and easy fix, pour one or two cups of water into a bowl with three tablespoons of lemon juice. Then, microwave the bowl for three to four minutes. Be careful taking the bowl out!

Dip a cleaning rag into the solution and wipe out the microwave. The residue will be primed for cleaning due to the evaporation of the solution during the cycle.

You're welcome!

Citrus Degreaser Spray

The only thing worse than the microwave is a greasy stovetop or oven.

Grease is not water soluble and is very difficult to clean. 

However, with just two simple ingredients, your worries will be a thing of the past. All you need is salt and lime juice!

Coat the greasy areas with a liberal amount of salt. Then cover the salt with the lime juice.

Once it has set for five to 10 minutes, use a scrubbing pad or sponge to work the mixture into the grease. Finally, wipe your worries away with a rag or paper towel!

Orange Peels and Vinegar All-Purpose Cleaner

For an amazing all-purpose cleaner, all you need is water, orange peels, and vinegar.

Get a mason jar of any size, depending on how much cleaner you wish to make. Stuff it to the brim with orange peels. Pour white vinegar in over the top.

Now, seal the jar and place in a cool, dark place, such as a pantry or cupboard. Allow sitting for two or three weeks. When the concoction comes out, remove the orange peels and pour the solution into a spray bottle.

This will leave you a fresh, orange scented all-purpose cleaner without a strong vinegar odor.

A Word of Caution

Finally, when using orange peels and vinegar or any other citrus cleaning solution, make sure you know what surfaces will take the solution without causing damage.

For example, some surfaces, such as hardwood floors, stainless steel, and granite or marble countertops, will not react favorably to orange peels and vinegar cleaning agents.

Test your solution on subtle areas first before cleaning the entire surface with your concoction.

Get Your Own Citrus Trees

Imagine walking out into your yard and plucking fresh citrus off of your own citrus trees for eating healthy, wonderful citrus aromas, cleaning agents and more!.

You walk inside and squeeze yourself a fresh glass of orange, then take the peels and repurpose them for an environmentally friendly, chemical-free cleaning spray! Think about how much money you'll save by switching to orange peels and vinegar for cleaning. 

Check out our selection to see what kind of fast-growing trees we have for you!