Citrus Infused Cleaning Vinegar | Home with Willow | Katie Emmitt

 You will be happy to know that it is extremely easy to make your own infused vinegar for cleaning with! You just need two things: food scraps & vinegar!


In this blog post, you will learn how to make infused vinegar for cleaning with! This mixture is great to add to a DIY All Purpose Cleaner, to use straight up in a spray for deep cleaning on areas like the tub or shower, or to mix in with an oil on a DIY Wood Cleaner!


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Citrus Infused Cleaning Vinegar | Home with Willow | Katie Emmitt


White Distilled Vinegar

     White Distilled Vinegar can easily be purchased at any grocery store or place like Target/Walmart/Sam’s Club, etc. Since this is for cleaning, you can just buy the cheapest white distilled vinegar you can find. Since I use it for all of my cleaning, I just purchase a gallon of it and then save the bottle to reuse for other things. 

     Alternatively, you can look for Cleaning Vinegar – which simply is a higher concentration vinegar. Standard vinegars are typically at about 5%. A cleaning vinegar may have 20-30% concentration. Two examples shown below (available on Amazon):

Food Scraps/Herbs/Etc for Infusing

     You can use. a number of different items for your infused vinegar, depending on what scent you like. My personal favorite is anything citrus! It does a great job of diminishing the intense vinegar smell, is good at repelling ants, and is also great used to make a wood furniture cleaner.
     The best part is, with a lot of these – you can use food scraps, especially from juicing! Talk about low-waste! Typically, I take a jar and keep it in the freezer and collect my scraps in there. Feel free to mix and match any of. these 
     Alternatively, you can always infuse your vinegar with essential oils. 
   Suggested Infusion ingredients:
  • Orange Peels
  • Clementine/
    Tangerine Peels
  • Grapefruit Peels
  • Lemon Peels
  • Lime Peels
  • Rosemary
  • Ginger
  • Eucalyptus
  • Pine Needles
  • Mint
  • Sage
  • Cinnamon Sticks


Citrus Infused Cleaning Vinegar | Home with Willow | Katie Emmitt

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How to Make Infused Vinegar for Cleaning – Recipe

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Citrus Infused Cleaning Vinegar | Home with Willow | Katie Emmitt
Infused Vinegar for Cleaning
Prep Time
10 mins

Use this simple recipe to make your own infused vinegars - perfect for DIY cleaning product recipes!

Tags: cleaning, cleaning products, infused vinegar, vinegar
Author: Home with Willow
  • 2 cups Citrus Peels, Herbs, etc.
  • ~1 cup Distilled White Vinegar (or cleaning vinegar)
  1. Stuff your ball jar with your infusion ingredients (in these photos, I used orange & clementine peels.)

  2. Pour your vinegar over the ingredients, up to the brim. Apply your lid, and let infuse for one week.

  3. After a week has passed, strain your vinegar through a fine mesh strainer. Store in a clean jar or spray bottle.

Citrus Infused Cleaning Vinegar | Home with Willow | Katie Emmitt

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