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How to Make An All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

When we first started to transition to a chemical-free, sustainable lifestyle [circa 2010/11 or so], I had a hard time finding cleaning products that really were natural and organic. Even the 'natural' brands that were available at the time had ingredients that I didn't want to use in my environment. I wanted something that would better align with our values, so I started making my own cleaning products. This all-purpose cleaning spray fast become one of my favorite recipes and it's so easy to make (and less expensive than the most popular grocery store brands)!


  • distilled white vinegar (less than $2.00 per gallon at Target or just about anywhere else)
  • citrus peels (I used Lemons and Limes this time)
  • citrus, conifer, or Lavender essential oil (optional)
  • a mason jar
  • a clean spray bottle


  1. After you've enjoyed your herbal lemonade, pop, or limeade from this months' issue of AC Magazine (or any other homemade, citrusy drink; or even just a piece of citrus fruit), pop your citrus peels into a clean mason jar.
  2. Pour distilled white vinegar over the peels until they are completely covered.
  3. Set in a cool place and allow the citrus to infuse in the vinegar for 2-4 weeks.
  4. Use a fine mesh strainer and a piece of clean muslin or cheesecloth to separate the peels and pulp from the vinegar and pour the clean vinegar into your spray bottle.
  5. Optional: Add a few drops of citrus, conifer, or Lavender essential oil. If you do choose to add essential oil, shake the bottle well before each use and avoid using on hard wood floors or around babies or pets.

Enjoy! Much love,