I am always looking for ways to get more mileage out of the things I buy. I really don’t like to waste anything or buy too much stuff.
A while ago I investigated ways to use citrus peels – beyond composting them. In doing so I came across infused vinegar. I was intrigued. I have since made infused vinegar several times with oranges, lemons and grapefruit. I am addicted!
Why would I want infused vinegar? Do I cook with it? Maybe you could, but I use mine for my homemade cleaners. The vinegar extracts the essential oils from the citrus peels, mellowing the smell of the vinegar and adding a boost of cleaning power to the vinegar.
I love that I can get extra use out of something before it gets composted. If you are just getting started making your own cleaners, this is a great, cheap way to start without investing in essential oils.
I substitute one of these infused vinegars for the vinegar in any of the homemade cleaner recipes, then skip the essential oils.
What You Need
Citrus peels – orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, or a combination
Glass jar with lid – reuse an old spaghetti sauce jar
White distilled vinegar
Save your citrus peels – I save mine in the freezer until I have enough to fill the glass jar.
Fill the jar with your peels, really stuff them in there, the more the better. (Can you tell my orange peels are frozen?)
Fill the jar with distilled vinegar. Make sure all the peels are covered by the vinegar, otherwise mold could start growing. Get the kids to help!
Let the jar sit for 1 – 2 weeks, gently shaking every once in a while. Give it a wiff every once in a while. When you can smell more fruit than vinegar, it's done.
Strain the vinegar and keep in another jar to use.
Have you ever infused vinegar?
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