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{Note from Jessica: Today’s post is shared by my sweet friend Renee, author of Raising Generation Nourished. We became friends several years ago and I am continually impressed with her desire to help change the world, starting with our newest generation. Real food has to be core of our health and should start in the womb. Considering this is the first time in history that our children are expected to die before us, something HAS to change. I’m honored to call her a friend. I hope you’ll stop by her site, Raising Generation Nourished, and say hello!}

I need a little motivation when it comes to cleaning.

Oh, I keep a home pretty well. (As well as you can with three kids 6 and under!).

But it just isn’t my favorite thing to do. When I used to have more time to clean, you know BK (before kids!), I think I enjoyed it more, but in this season of life I need to get things done efficiently – and to be honest I want to enjoy it as much as I can.

The Simplest, Refreshing Lemon CleanerI don’t think anyone can argue that the smell of fresh lemons brightens up any mood! And lemons are great for cleaning, freshening, and cutting dirt and grease – they work for cleaning so well. Making your own lemon cleaner can also be one of those super simple baby steps toward getting chemicals out of your house!

The Simplest, Refreshing Lemon CleanerGrab whatever jar you can find in your house and start stuffing away those lemon rinds after squeezing them for your lemon water everyday – you can stash the jar in the drawer of your fridge to keep it from molding until it is ready to make (you will need a full jar).

Or! You can do what I like to do! I make fermented lemonade by the gallon so there are enough leftover rinds in one shot to make this refreshing lemon cleaner!

The Simplest, Refreshing Lemon CleanerThis is as quick as it gets, it is less wasteful, and the cleaner is super effective. Remember the kid thing? Yeah – they can make a mess real quick!

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The Simplest, Refreshing Lemon Cleaner

Yield: Approx. 1 quart
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 21 days
Total Time: 21 days 5 minutes

When it comes to household cleaning, this is as quick as it gets, it is less wasteful, and the cleaner is super effective. It's a great way to use up all the lemon rinds leftover from your daily lemon-water and tea too!


  • Lemon rinds enough to fill at least a quart jar. I like to use a half gallon jar to do a lot at once! I would also recommend organic lemons as citrus is highly pesticided and we are talking about using the actual rinds here. I wouldn't want to be spraying pesticides to clean the counters we prep food on!
  • White vinegar


  1. Stuff your jar with the lemon rinds and fill with enough vinegar to cover the rinds - I like to really squish down my rinds and get as many in there as I can to make it as lemon-y as possible!
  2. Put a lid on your jar and leave it on the counter, in a closet, or on a shelf for 2-3 weeks.
  3. Strain out the lemon rinds and bottle your lemon vinegar. You can add essential oils of your choosing for extra cleaning power. I keep a lemon cleaner bottle with tea tree and lavender in the bathroom for antibacterial spraying.

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