DIY All Purpose Cleaner with Citrus Peels

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Learn how to make an easy all purpose cleaner with natural ingredients. This simple recipe uses 3 ingredients to create an effective natural cleaning spray.

DIY All Purpose Cleaner made and ready to clean with

All purpose cleaner is something that is used constantly in the house – counters, appliances, floors, bathrooms, everywhere!

Instead of buying them, I often make homemade cleaning products… especially this all purpose cleaner.

It’s ridiculously easy to make a DIY all purpose cleaning spray with citrus peels and essential oils that smells amazing!

If you want more basic cleaning products, try my DIY Window Cleaner or my DIY Tub Scrub!

Glass spray bottle with homemade all purpose cleaner on a table with essential oil bottles and an off white towel

DIY All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

Learn how to make an easy all purpose cleaner with vinegar, citrus peels and essential oils in this DIY cleaning recipe.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 1 Bottle


  • 2-3 citrus peels
  • Distilled water
  • 6 drops lemon essential oil
  • 6 drops orange essential oil


  • Glass bottle
  • Spray nozzle


  • Peel oranges or lemons and slip the peels inside your glass jar. I typically save up peels in the fridge from when we use citrus so nothing goes to waste.
    Orange peels with essential oils and soap bottle
  • Fill your bottle to the top with 12-16 ounces of water. Add essential oils, replace spray nozzle and shake well.
    Water being added to glass bottle with citrus peels
  • This mixture is best when the essential oils from your peels have had a chance to be absorbed, I make two and let one sit while I am using up the other one – two weeks is a good wait period. But since you are also adding essential oils, your mixture will still be an effective cleaner.
    All purpose cleaner on table with towel and essential oils.


How to Top Up Your DIY Cleaner

To make more cleaner, just fill the bottle with more water and add a couple drops of essential oils to remake your cleaner again and again. The citrus peels last for months before they start to become unusable. I just fish them out with a chopstick or other handy device and pop new ones in.

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