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A glass bottle of vinegar and sliced lemons

DIY Lemon Vinegar Cleaner

  • Author: Joybilee Farm
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes + 3 weeks
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: herbs


You’ll notice as you are straining your brand new natural cleaning product that the overwhelming vinegar smell is gone.  There is a faint acidic scent with lemony goodness.  It will make you smile as you clean, knowing the toxic chemicals are gone from your house, replaced with this natural cleaning product that cost almost nothing


  • Lemon peels from lemons used for juice or lemonade, no need to clean out the pulp
  • 4 cups of white vinegar or use homemade vinegar
  • 1 wide-mouth glass canning jar
  • 1 medium metal sieve or strainer
  • 1 funnel
  • 1 spritz bottle to hold the finished cleaner


  1. Once you’ve juiced lemons for your tea or for lemonade, reserve the peels.  No need to remove the pulp from the peels.  Simply place the lemons into a wide mouth canning jar. Stuff them in well.
  2. Cover the lemon peels and pulp with white vinegar, making sure that the peels are completely covered.
  3. Stir it up to get all peel surfaces covered with vinegar and to remove any air bubbles. Cap it to keep the flies out.
  4. Place the jar in a sunny window to let it warm up slightly. This will get the lemon oil moving in the peel and begin the osmosis process.
  5. Wait for a month or until you see the vinegar change colour toward a slight yellow tinge, and the lemon peels change colour from light lemon to more of a dusty yellow.  The peels will soften in the solution. Add more vinegar during the month if the peels become exposed, you want to be sure that the peels remain covered with vinegar.


Once the vinegar is yellowed the solution is ready. Pour the liquid through a fine sieve to remove any sediment. Press the peels against the sieve to extract as much liquid and lemon oil as possible. Discard the spent peels in your compost and store the strained solution in a clean glass canning jar.

Keywords: cleaning, herbs, natural cleaners

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