Make Your Own Chemical-Free Citrus Household Cleaner!

Make Your Own Chemical Free Household Cleaner

By Sam Benson

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Sick of nasty chemical-laden household cleaners? Think you’re making the smarter, healthier buy with “green” cleaning products? You might still be using some nasty, environment-harming chemicals in your home. Many products that are supposed to be environmentally friendly still contain chemicals like 2-Butoxyethanol, which is linked to birth defects, reproductive problems, and a host of other diseases.

So if you can’t even be safe from chemicals in “green” cleaners, what can you do? You can make your own, that’s what!

Here’s an easy, step-by-step guide to making your own citrus vinegar cleaner.

Make Your Own Chemical-Free Household Cleaner

You will need:

— a jar with a lid.

— white distilled vinegar

— organic citrus fruit (I like to use oranges but you can use any kind)

— some kind of straining device (I use an automotive funnel with a screen in it)

Step 1.

Eat your citrus fruit. It’s super good for you. If you can’t eat an entire package of oranges in a day, you can freeze the peels until you have enough to fill a jar, at which point, fill the jar with the peels.

Step 2.

After putting the peels in, fill your jar all the way up with white distilled vinegar. Be sure to screw the lid on tight!

Step 3.

There’s a bit of a wait involved with this. I like to give the vinegar about two weeks to really absorb the citrus scent and and oil from the peels. It’s always good to display the jar in your kitchen somewhere. That way when people ask, you can tell them about this awesome article!

Step 4.

After about two weeks, strain the solution. Try to get as much of the solid matter out of the vinegar as you can.

Step 5.

Dilute the solution. I usually fill a spray bottle with about 50% vinegar solution, 50% water. It makes it a little less harsh and it still cleans really well.

Step 6.

Get to cleaning! This cleaner can be used on any surface (except marble), so knock yourself out!

Step 7.

After you’ve made your awesome, nasty chemical-free household cleaner, let us know what you think!

For more ideas on chemical-free cleaning, check out the Wake Up World article 5 Ways to Naturally Replace Your Toxic Cleaners.

About the author:

Sam Benson, an avid skydiver, is a writer and founder of, a site dedicated to bringing together like minded individuals and helping them gain a higher perspective on life. Higher Perspective seeks to expand the emerging global consciousness, through the sharing of pictures, art, music, ideas, stories, history, and other information. To learn more, please visit, or connect with Sam on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


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  • Cherie

    Every year my two south facing windows grow mould and mildew over winter. This winter I experimented- one window cleaned with Oust ( meant to be a mould killer and deterrent) and the other window cleaned with white vinegar and lemon oil (home made). 2 months later, the window cleaned with my homemade solution is crystal clear and the one cleaned with oust was a farm of fungi. The results spoke for themselves…

  • Carlos Alvarez

    This is true – a lot of “natural” products on store shelves are truly not as natural and organic as they seem. It’s a good idea to check out the ingredients and formulas – but who understand them all??

    This is a good instructional post with great details on how to make a natural household cleaner. If everyone did their part – it would make such a big difference. It’s not only the consumption/use of un-natural cleaners we have to worry about – but the effects of their manufacturing processes on our environment. Thanks for posting it guys.


  • Name (required)kat

    Granite. This can’t be used on granite. Also cleans jewelry well, except pearls and opals. Vinegar eats natural, soft stones.