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Citrus Window and Kitchen Cleaner Recipe

The other day when I was driving with my 2-year-old daughter I noticed that she was chewing on something and asked her what it was. She said, “A raisin! I just found it in my carseat and ate it!” Ugh. Needless to say, I need a surface cleaner that is super safe for all those times when she spills food on various surfaces and then eats it. Or when she pretends she’s a dog and licks the window.

Here’s my favorite all-purpose cleaner. Vinegar has great cleaning properties but it also comes with a strong smell! By infusing it with citrus the smell is minimized and the citrus gives it even more cleaning power! Once the cleaner has dried, any trace of vinegar smell will vanish. I promise!



2 cups White Vinegar

Rinds of several citrus fruits (lemons, oranges, grapefruit or lime). Enough to fill a quart mason jar.

1/4 cup Kosher Salt (where to buy kosher salt)


  • Peel several citrus fruits and spread the rinds on a hard surface pith-side up. One time I did 2 lemons and about 6-10 clementines. I peeled the clementines and kept the insides in the fridge for ready-to-go quick snack. It’s amazing how quickly they disappeared when the 10 second chore of peeling them was already done!! In the pictures you will see one grapefruit and one lemon. I ate the grapefruit and used the lemon to make Chicken Piccata. Really, it’s whatever you have on hand!
  • Sprinkle the rinds with a generous amount of kosher salt. This helps draw out the oils from the rinds. Wait 20-30 minutes.
  • Dust the salt off and stuff the rinds into a quart-sized canning jar. You want this as full as possible. (where to buy quart mason jars)
  • Fill the jar to the top with white vinegar and close the lid.
  • Wait 10 days to 2 weeks.
  • Pour the vinegar from the jar into a spray bottle and and mix 50/50 with water. (where to buy spray bottles)

I like to use this cleaner on kitchen counters, tables and any other surfaces that food might come into contact. Basically every surface in our house since we have a toddler!

For windows and mirrors, most of the time I use microfiber cloths like these with just water. I wet one and use it to wash and then follow it with a dry one to prevent streaks. That way I’m not throwing away paper towels, but my windows look great! For tough and messy marks on windows, like sticky finger prints (why are toddlers hands always sticky?) and dog nose prints, this citrus cleaner is my lifesaver. I just spray it on and wipe clean with my microfiber cloths. Ta-Da! Clean, streak-free glass!

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