DIY: All-Natural Citrus-Infused Cleaners (and An Ode to Messy People)



It’s pretty mind-blowing that we’ve been in the studio space for about three months now. While we ran into some snafus during our build-out, this place is already starting to feel like home. Maybe it’s the fact that I spend so much time here (sometimes in my sweats and slippers) or because the tornado of stuff has migrated from my home to the office. Joe is pleased to have his living space free from the sh*tstorm of stuff that comes with this job. More importantly, I’m starting to feel like I have a routine. It might be the first time in three years that I’ve had a predictable(ish) schedule. It’s helped a lot with my mood, mental health, and recovery post-baby. 


At times I worry that I’m a little too comfortable here, much to the dismay of my studiomates. I prefer to walk around in my socks and I have a tendency to take over a large amount of space while working on a styling project. Not only do I have a mountain of stuff without a home, but I also brought a few little luxuries that make it feel like home, too. My N’espresso machine came with, thanks to Joe’s preference for coffee over espresso; my favorite pillows and throws, and my BFF Winnie (technically she’s not living here, but it is pretty great to be able to bring her to work everyday. I think Nanny Karen is also appreciative of watching only one of our “kids”).

I had the luxury of selecting the appliances and hardware for the brand new space, which is why we have open shelving, a farm sink, and a Delta® Trinsic Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Touch2O® Technology. Knowing our studio space would be doubling as a test kitchen and set for shoots, we’d need to have a faucet that was easy to turn on and off with full and messy hands. Admittedly, this wasn’t a hard decision to make, we already were using the Delta Trinsic Kitchen Faucet at our home since early this summer. I knew how convenient it was to have hands-free technology, plus the TempSense LED light to indicate water temperature, and I wanted to have the same convenience here at the studio. Believe me, the Touch2O® Technology has come in handy on more than one occasion, especially during the initial design phase of the studio. And the Champagne Bronze finish of the faucet fits right in with the rest of the studio décor.wd_deltadiy_blogsized70

If you know me personally, you know I am not a clean person. While I do prefer things to have their place, it goes against every atom in my being to be “neat and tidy.” Sometimes I think making a mess actually makes me feel better. (Anyone have scientific proof of this?)  My messy ways makes for a messy workspace, and I’m slightly embarrassed to admit how much effort goes into each and every post. Like “sticky hair, stained blouse and bloody hands” messy (okay, this only happened once). The “perfection” achieved comes at a price, which I don’t generally like to share.

Naturally, in addition to the practicalities of having an intuitive, touch-free faucet, messy folks need to have some heavy-duty cleaners on hand. The larger question was how to keep a space clean without being too harsh. I was a firm believer that a room (kitchen/bathroom) wasn’t clean until the bleach smell stung my nose. Not so much any more. With the little one, I’m taking some inspiration from my mother, who has told me more than once that the only cleaning supplies I needed were a little rubbing alcohol, vinegar, a little soap and some water.

Growing up, my mom was always fighting a battle with the clutter that comes with three kids. She grew up in a college town with a father who was a professor and a mother who was recycling way before it became mainstream. They were penny-pinchers by nature, and in many ways my mother brought that mentality with her when she built a family of her own. She also brought composting into our vernacular and made her own natural cleaning products for the house. I didn’t realize how nostalgic I would be for the smell of that cleaner until I left home.

Since it is the season of having strangers (and judgy family members) in your house, I’m taking inspiration from my mom and sharing a DIY natural cleaning solution infused with citrus and spices! While I do like the results of vinegar, I don’t necessarily want my house to smell like Easter eggs (PAAS anyone?), which is why I infuse these very simple recipes with citrus. It’s truly so simple and only requires a few ingredients and a little bit of patience. Check out the video we made below, thanks in part to Delta® Faucet, to create three simple and effective vinegar-based cleaners.

How To Make: All-Purpose Citrus-Infused Cleaner


Citrus Peels (I used a combination of orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime)
Distilled White Vinegar
Rubbing Alcohol
Water (optional)
Airtight Glass Container
Glass Spray Bottle


Knife or Vegetable Peeler
Measuring Cup



Step One: Carefully remove the peel from the fruit. Don’t worry about it looking pretty, we are only trying to get the oil from the peels. I also added some cinnamon and cloves to the peels. There is no strict measurement for how much; this part is all trial and error. A pinch will do. What to do with the remaining fruit? Fresh squeezed orange juice, anyone? Or these excellent lemon bars?

Step Two: Place peels in an airtight glass container until full. Carefully pour enough vinegar on the peels to fully immerse.


Step Three: Refrigerate the mixture for about 2 weeks to infuse the vinegar. The vinegar should be colored and smell of citrus. Again, this isn’t an exact science!

wd_deltadiy_blogsized47Step Four: Strain the liquid from the container. Discard the remaining peels. I typically toss these in the garbage disposal along with one of the homemade disposal cleansers (see below for full recipe).

I use the newly strained infused vinegar to create three different types of cleaner:


  • All Purpose Cleaner: Combine infused vinegar and water (1:1 ratio) in a clean and empty glass spray bottle (Apple Cider Vinegar bottles work the best, in my opinion but an old sprayer from Amazon or a previous cleaner works, too.)
  • Window Cleaner: Combine All Purpose Cleaner (see above) with rubbing alcohol (5:1 ratio) in a clean and empty glass spray bottle.
  • Garbage Disposal Cleaner: Combine All Purpose Cleaner with fresh lemon peels (new, peels separate from the ones used at the beginning) in a large ice cube tray. Let freeze until solid. Remove from tray and store in an airtight container until usage. To use, drop frozen cube in the disposal and use as normal.


Truly one of the easiest recipes to follow, and the cleaner works just as well as some of the chemically ones I used to use.

You can download labels for all three cleaners featured in the video and photos here

(ED note: If you are looking for a bit more power, something akin to a scrub, try sprinkling baking soda on a stubborn surface and spritzing it with the infused vinegar until a bubbly, paste forms; similar to elementary science class. Let the paste sit for ~15 minutes and use a sponge to scrub. Spray surface with the infused vinegar to remove any additional baking powder, too!)

Ed. note: This post was sponsored by Delta Faucet. The compensation received in exchange for placement on Wit & Delight is used to purchase props, hire a photographer, write/edit the blog post and support the larger team behind Wit & Delight.

While compensation was received in exchange for coverage, all thoughts and opinions are always my own. Sponsored posts like these allow for development of additional dynamic content to be produced, unsponsored. Thank you for supporting our partners!

BY Kate Arends - December 19, 2016

Did you know W&D now has a resource library of  Printable Art, Templates, Freebies, and more?

take me there 

Arrow Alone

Get Our Best W&D Resources

for designing a life well-lived


add a comment

  1. Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    December 19th, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Ooh, I love citrus fruits so this cleaner will be perfect! Also, your wall tile looks so much like London’s Farm Girl Café’s – super pretty.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  2. Kate

    December 19th, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks lady! We love how the kitchenette turned out.

  3. Alyssa

    December 19th, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Hi Kate,

    Love the video! I’ve been looking to find a way to neutralize the scent of vinegar in the vinegar-based cleaners I’ve made at home and had never thought to add citrus!

    P.S. Where is your green dress from? It’s chic!

  4. Kate

    December 28th, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Thank you Alyssa! I got the dress from Lisa Says Gah a year ago! Love it so much. Here’s the link to her shop (the dress is no longer available!)

  5. Mun

    December 21st, 2016 at 4:15 am

    I started making my own cleaners this year and have never looked back. Would love to try this recipe one day.

  6. Sage

    December 24th, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Beautiful space! What brand is the tile?

  7. Kate

    December 26th, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Hi Sage! It is by Fireclay Tile. All handmade!

  8. Gabrielle

    January 10th, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Kate, thanks so much for giving the info. I am obsessed with this. What size tile did you use?

  9. Kate

    January 11th, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Hi Gabrielle! We went with the 6″ tiles.

  10. Cavin

    December 25th, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Where is the tile from in the kitchen?

  11. Kate

    December 26th, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Hi Cavin! It is from Fireclay Tile!

  12. GO OVERBOARD: Spaces - Autumn Hachey

    December 27th, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    […] 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10 […]

  13. Amanda

    January 3rd, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Where did you find those amazing tiles!

  14. Alyssa

    January 4th, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Love love love this kitchen! What color is on the cabinets?!

  15. Kate

    January 9th, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Hi Alyssa! Here’s a recap of the blog post featuring the kitchen cabinets. The paint is by Dutch Boy:

    The color is Moonlit Walk. Thanks for your kind words!

  16. Festive Home 2017! • A Subtle Revelry

    January 9th, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    […] Photo 1 / Photo 2 / Photo 3 / Photo 4 […]

  17. Martine

    January 15th, 2017 at 7:42 am

    What colour are tiles? Navy Blue or Peacock?

  18. Kate

    January 16th, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Hi Martine, the tiles are navy blue!


  19. GetExBoyfriendGuide

    April 11th, 2017 at 1:44 am

    See how they are decorated their house.

  20. exbackbook

    April 13th, 2017 at 12:00 am

    We are looking for the poor people to give job to them.

  21. the3weekdietsystem

    May 15th, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    We are finding matching tile for our bathroom.

  22. yubafuzu

    May 16th, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Don’t put flowers in the bathroom basin.

  23. Helen

    August 3rd, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Hy! What brand of your Faucet in the kitchen?

  24. All The Home FAQ’S – A Subtle Revelry

    August 22nd, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    […] not your house, so no need to stress about it. On the other hand I LOVE IT! The inspiration came from this pin and I can’t explain why, I just love that rough unfinished look. So no, we didn’t run […]

  25. Brad Browning

    September 22nd, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    This is how we can capture our site.

  26. Bellydetoxreview

    September 23rd, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    First of all

  27. Olivia

    October 19th, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Hi there! Wondering what brand the farmhouse sink is??

    Thank you!

  28. Kyleigh Wagar

    December 29th, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Where did you buy the tile for the backsplash from?? I need it in my kitchen!

  29. MenDesireSecrets

    February 7th, 2018 at 6:27 am

    Great pictures. I really love to see them again and again

  30. TreatHemorrhoids

    February 8th, 2018 at 12:37 am

    I feel this natural cleanser really work to reduce hemorrhoids

  31. White Kitchen Ideas for Your Home Remodel - Sneak Peek Design

    May 18th, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    […] Green hex tile backsplash with brass faucet and open shelving / Source […]

  32. C’è un nuovo colore di moda in cucina: il verde

    June 27th, 2018 at 12:32 am

    […] Witanddelight, foto 2nd Truth […]

  33. Joann

    July 10th, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Kate
    I am looking for those hexagon tiles can you please tell where I can get them

  34. 2017’s Huge Home Décor Trends to Revamp Your Home With – Kings Great Buys Blog

    August 2nd, 2018 at 1:57 am

    […] Sources:Wit & Delight, Heimatbaum, Adore Magazine, and […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Why Decorating Your Home Is Good for Your Mental Health

What 10 Years of Blogging Taught Me

The Hidden Benefits of Being Incredibly Uncomfortable

6 Easy-to-Grow, Can’t Kill Houseplants for Beginners

The Golden Rule: A Dream Career Built From Love, Loss and Resilience

Introvert Dating An Extrovert? Here’s How To Make It Work

Tornadoes to Tablescapes: Life Inside the Lifestyle Blog

Black, White and Love All Over

Marriage – A Requirement of Commitment?

Women vs. Women, and a Little Thing Called “Self-Respect”

Homemade Green Tea and Honey Mask

An Apartment of Firsts: A Personal Story

A Conversation on a New Way to Approach Bad Days with Barbara Powell

W&D Studio Apartment Society: Giselle Ugarte’s Lavish Walk-Up

Look Good, Feel Good in This Made to Last Ethical Clothing Label

You Don’t Know Me, but Thank You

A Choose Your Own Adventure Approach to the Holidays

W&D Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for Tired Parents


Arrow Alone

the latest

Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.

Hi, I'm Kate. Welcome to my happy place.

Easily navigate all our recommended products across beauty, fashion, decor, and wellness. 

SHOP W&D Loves ›