How To: Make Lemon Vinegar

Instead of using harsh chemicals to clean my house, I now use baking soda, a bar of soap, and vinegar. I mainly use baking soda and soap when cleaning my bathroom and kitchen, for everything else I use vinegar that I have soaked my leftover lemon rinds in.

cleaning all three

Both the vinegar and the lemons have antibacterial properties so this is a great multipurpose disinfectant. The lemons also make the mixture smell much better than just using vinegar alone. If you’re are looking for a bit more disinfecting power or for a slightly better smell you can add a few drops of lavender essential oil.

Making your own lemon vinegar is super easy!

  1. Use a lemon. I use lots of lemons when I cook so I always have plenty left over to use in vinegar. IMG_4933
  2. Cut up what is left of your lemon into small pieces and place the pieces into a jar of vinegar.IMG_4934
  3. Let soak adding more lemon pieces whenever you want.                     IMG_4937
  4. Soak for how ever long you feel, but it will be ready after the first 2-3 weeks.IMG_4942
  5. Strain out the lemon pieces and pour the vinegar into a sealed container.      IMG_4950
  6. Use! 

To use the vinegar for cleaning, mix it with water. I use a 1:1 ratio for messes and a 1:3 ratio of vinegar to water for every day cleaning, meaning I fill a bottle 1/4 of the way with vinegar and then fill it the other 3/4 with water. To make my solution easy to use I put it into a small plastic spray bottle, a remnant of my pre-livingwastefree days.

Once you’ve mixed your vinegar with water you can add essential oil if you’d like.

To use, I simply spray it onto whatever surface I wish to clean and then wipe it down using a reusable cloth rag.



5 thoughts on “How To: Make Lemon Vinegar

  1. So I just commented on another post but had to comment again and just say THANK YOU. For years the environmental impact of our “disposable” culture has weighed on me. I discovered the idea of “zero waste” about a year ago but thought it was way out of reach in my “busy” life, and regrettably, continued to give in to “convenience”. I’ve made a few changes here and there but nothing major. Ill be honest, it had a lot to do with me just being lazy. I stumbled across your Instagram this morning which led me here and I’ve spent the past few hours reading every post. I truly feel like producing zero waste is SO within reach now and am sad I let my laziness get in the way for so long. Thank you for showing the truth in a simple straightforward manner that makes me feel like within a few months I can completely make the changes I have been wanting to make toward living this way. You are awesome! Thanks for opening my eyes.


    1. You are so welcome! Thank you so much for telling me. My whole goal has been to make this lifestyle seem doable to anyone, so knowing I’ve hit that mark means the world to me.I wish you all the best and I hope you love living a zero waste lifestyle as much as I have!


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