How to Turn Your Citrus Peels Into a Non-toxic Kitchen Cleaner

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It’s one of the easiest ways to use any and all citrus peels and keep them from going to waste. Turning them into a non-toxic kitchen cleaning solution allows you to clean your kitchen without using tons of bleach, which isn’t great if you’ve got children or pets around. It has the bonus side effect of making your house smell amazing! Here’s how to do it:


  1. Place your citrus peels in a mason jar and cover with white vinegar. Mandarin orange peels work well for this since they come off so easily and because it’s so hard to eat just one, but you can also use the peels from other oranges or lemons or limes. Use what you have around! Make sure you’re just using the peel and not any of the fruit, as the fruit will make it sticky.
  2. Let the vinegar infuse. It will take 1-2 weeks to infuse its amazing essence into the vinegar. While you are letting your vinegar chill, we recommend binge-watching the Great British Bake Off to soothe your soul and stock up on recipe ideas!
  3. Strain out the citrus. Then combine your citrus vinegar with equal parts water so you can use it around the house as a cleaner.
  4. Use around the house to clean your countertops and cutting board! It’s easy, aromatic, and you’ll feel extra good about putting every part of the citrus in your box to good use. Just be careful to not use on marble, granite, or hardwood floors as it can stain/damage them.

And that’s it! If you loved this simple Non-toxic Kitchen Cleaner and are looking for more creative ways to use leftover produce, you might like this Cucumber Aloe Face Mist or check out these tips from Jackie Alpers on creative ways to reuse your flowers.


  • ปั้มไลค์
    July 13, 2020 at 4:11 am

    Like!! Great article post.Really thank you! Really Cool.

    • Imperfect Foods
      July 14, 2020 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks for checking it out!

  • Sally Roberts
    August 19, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    I love using homemade cleaners. This is awesome. Sharing this with my daughters. Thank you. Always wonderful tips in your blogs. Enjoy the Chef ideas too.

  • Kari Thorn
    July 8, 2021 at 2:29 am

    I can’t wait to try this! I use lemons all the time and have been composting them but this is even better! Thank you!

    • Imperfect Foods
      July 18, 2021 at 11:18 pm

      Be sure to lettuce know how you like it!🍋

  • Natalie
    July 22, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    I freeze my citrus fruits until I have enough to make the cleaner.

    • Imperfect Foods
      July 23, 2021 at 1:05 am

      So smart! 🙌

  • Kacie Kelly
    August 25, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    I absolutely love your writing style! Great advice of course, too! 😉

    • Imperfect
      September 29, 2021 at 7:57 pm

      A-peach-iate you!!! 💚💚💚

  • Antoinette Turner
    August 26, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Thanks for a healthy and safe way to clean areas of your house. Its a natural, environmental way of cleaning. I plan to share with my daughter.

    • Imperfect
      September 29, 2021 at 7:54 pm

      Natural homes are happy homes! And yes, share with her and all you love! 💚


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