DIY lavender citrus all purpose cleaner

I am DONE with my spring cleaning. Woot. It’s worth celebrating, I think.

I love getting the house opened up, aired and winter stuff packed away as soon as I see a hint of warm weather. Who wants to be inside doing those jobs when you can be out in the spring sun? Not me! It’s nice to get them done early.

DIY lavender citrus all purpose cleaner


This winter I experimented more with using essential oils for wellness and for cleaning. I’ve been beyond happy with both. 

While I have always been a fan of traditional cleaners, because I want to know things are clean, I am really impressed with what essential oils do.

Many of the oils are great at killing germs and disinfecting.

I have seen lemon essential oil take care of sticky, washed and dried on adhesive glue.

Citrus oils are even great at cutting down grease.

This easy DIY lavender citrus all purpose cleaner makes for a great non-toxic cleaner in your home. I have used it for my stove, counter tops, bathtub and just about anywhere.

The combination of vinegar and essential oils also is great at deodorizing. I have safely used it on my couch when we had a milk spill. (Ick!)

I also love that I can use the citrus peels so I get more bang for my buck when we have oranges, grapefruit and lemons.

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How to make DIY lavender citrus all purpose cleaner:

What you need:

How to do it: 

  • Place peels for citrus fruit in the quart jar
  • Cover with vinegar
  • Put on lid and let sit for two weeks (Give it a shake once a day if you remember)
  • Strain your vinegar
  • Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Add 10 drops of any citrus essential oil
  • Add a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol (this helps from the sprayer from being clogged)
  • And now you are ready to clean

DIY lavender citrus all purpose cleaner


I am all about easy and things that work. Trust me, this works well coming from someone who used to love to clean with bleach. 

I love the smell of lavender and citrus together but if you don’t just leave it out and add a few more drops of citrus oil. You really can adapt the oils to anyway that makes you happy.

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Need more DIY cleaning product ideas, here is my Pinterst board for that.

Since I am expanding my natural cleaning supplies, I’d love to hear from you.

What are some of your favorite DIY cleaners that you make at home?

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*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*


  1. says

    This is such a great recipe. I stopped using conventional cleaning products several years ago. I love that this recipe uses citrus peels as well. It must smell great with all the essential oils. I mainly use castille soap and baking soda for cleaning but will be adding this one. Thanks. Does it work on glass?

  2. says

    Holy smokes! I have just been getting into using oils and it happens that I have BOTH the lavender and citrus on hand right now! I’ve been using the lavender on my pillow and in the bath but had not figured out what to do with the citrus yet. Thanks for the idea!

  3. says

    I like to get busy with spring cleaning as soon as there is a hint of warmer weather! I’m always so eager for it after such a long, cold, snowy winter. I love the idea of infusing orange and lavender together!

  4. says

    I did this for our floor cleaner about a year ago. I didn’t have the oils, though and I’ve been considering getting at least some citrus for about as long!

  5. says

    Before all this EO stuff got popular, I used to use this citrus-based cleaner that would get ANYTHING off of ANYTHING! I got like twenty year old scuff marks out of tile. It was AWESOME! This reminds me of that, so I bet it’s great :)

  6. says

    I love this recipe! Very often I clean with vinegar but the smell bothers everyone at home. I think that the citrus smell and the lavender oil will solve this problem! Thank you for sharing! :)


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