Life on the homestead often times means that we must make our own! I started making my own citrus vinegar one year when I was on a super tight budget and trying to keep the earth green. I wanted to wash my dishes in my dishwasher with natural ingredients and when I priced making my own dishwasher soap with citric acid, I was not determined to make my own citrus vinegar. You can actually make it two ways.
You can read my dishwasher soap recipe here if you want. There are tons of other recipes on Pinterest, most contain slight variations. But, citrus vinegar is made in two general ways: cold storage and heated. Both work, but it depends on your needs and how you want to make it.
Citrus Vinegar Recipe
- A large jar (I used a pint-sized jar.)
- Enough citrus peels to fill the jar
- 1 cup of vinegar (plain or raw apple cider)
- Water to fill the jar to the top
Steps to make it:
Cold Storage method
- Fill the jar with citrus peels (orange, lemon or grapefruit), packing tightly, or weigh them down if you think they will float.
- Measure your vinegar and add
- Fill the jar with water to the top, leaving about a 1/2 inch headway.
- Place the lid tightly on the jar, then store it in the pantry for about 3 weeks.
- When ready to use, pour out the vinegar and toss out the peels. Then store the vinegar in the pantry.
- Toss the peels of about 5 citrus fruits into a small crockpot
- Add 1 cup of vinegar to your peels.
- Then add 3 cups of water to that.
- Cover the crockpot and cook on warm for at least 8 hours, but take care not to boil it.
- When the liquid looks colored, turn off the crockpot and cool the vinegar.
- Then strain out the peels and store the vinegar in a tightly sealed jar in the pantry.
Use your vinegar!
You can use this vinegar by adding it to the rinse container in your dishwasher, add it to your homemade natural cleaning supplies, or even to just shine up your mirrors or windows.