How to Repurpose Fruit Peels into Eco-Friendly Cleaners

How to Repurpose Fruit Peels into Eco-Friendly Cleaners

How to Repurpose Fruit Peels into Eco-Friendly Cleaners

I’m always looking for ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle. As I was throwing away fruit peels one day, it dawned on me – these peels could be repurposed into natural cleaners!

Fruit peels are free, eco-friendly resources that can be used to create effective cleaners for your home. With just a bit of effort, I was able to turn my pile of discarded peels into powerful plant-based cleaners.

Why Repurpose Fruit Peels?

There are several reasons why repurposing fruit peels into cleaners is a great idea:

  • Reduces waste – Fruit peels are often discarded, ending up in landfills. Repurposing them keeps waste out of landfills.
  • Saves money – Store-bought cleaners can be expensive. DIY fruit peel cleaners cost next to nothing.
  • Avoids chemicals – Most conventional cleaners contain harsh chemicals. Fruit peel cleaners use only natural ingredients.
  • Eco-friendly – Fruit peels biodegrade quickly, unlike plastic cleaner bottles which can pollute.
  • Natural scents – Fruit peels impart wonderful scents like orange, lemon or grapefruit.

So by repurposing something I used to throw away, I can make effective eco-friendly cleaners that smell divine!

Which Fruits Make the Best Peel Cleaners

Many fruit peels can be repurposed into cleaners:

Citrus Fruits

  • Oranges – Orange peels are ideal for making all-purpose cleaners. They contain d-limonene, a powerful degreasing agent.
  • LemonsLemon peels are great for making disinfecting cleaners, as they contain antimicrobial compounds.
  • Limes – Lime peels impart a refreshing scent. Their acidic juice cuts through grease.

Thick-Skinned Fruits

  • Pineapples – Pineapple peels contain bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down stubborn grime.
  • Bananas – Banana peels are slippery, helping to scrub away dirt. They also fight odors.
  • Avocados – Avocado peels have antifungal properties to inhibit mold growth. Their texture also lifts stuck-on messes.

Other Notable Fruits

  • Grapefruit – Grapefruit peels help to naturally whiten and brighten surfaces.
  • Watermelon – Watermelon rinds contain citrulline, a compound that acts as a grease cutter.

So citrus peels, banana peels, and pineapple peels seem to be the best all-around choices. But don’t limit yourself – experiment with whatever fruit peels you have on hand!

How to Make Fruit Peel Cleaners

Making DIY fruit peel cleaners is simple. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Collect and Prep the Peels

  • Save peels from any fresh fruits and veggies you eat.
  • Rinse peels to remove dirt and residue. Pat dry.

Step 2: Dry the Peels

  • You can air dry peels or use a dehydrator.
  • Drying concentrates the powerful oils and compounds in the peels.

Step 3: Sanitize the Peels (Optional)

  • For disinfecting cleaners, sanitize peels by boiling for 5 minutes or baking at 200°F for 30 minutes.

Step 4: Chop and Store the Dried Peels

  • Chop peels into smaller pieces to increase surface area.
  • Store dried peels in an airtight container.

Step 5: Make Cleaning Solution

  • Place peels in a mason jar and cover with vinegar or vodka.
  • Allow to infuse for 2-3 weeks, shaking jar occasionally.
  • Strain and transfer liquid to spray bottles.

And that’s it – you’ve made yourself a free, all-natural DIY fruit peel cleaner!

Creative Ways to Use Your Fruit Peel Cleaners

Here are some of my favorite uses for fruit peel cleaners:

  • All-purpose surface spray – Vinegar infused with orange or lemon peels works for most surfaces.
  • Glass/window spray – Vinegar and lemon peels mix cuts through greasy grime on mirrors and windows.
  • Disinfectant spray – Vodka infused with lemon peels makes a sanitizing cleaner.
  • Produce spray – Use banana peel vinegar to safely clean fruits and veggies.
  • Drain unclogger – Pour pineapple peel vinegar down drains to break up gunk and freshen pipes.
  • Oven degreaser – Fill a baking dish with water, grapefruit peels and a splash of vinegar. Heat oven to boiling to loosen burnt-on foods.

With a variety of fruit peel infusions on hand, you’ll be ready to tackle any cleaning task naturally!

Tips for Making Your Own Fruit Peel Cleaners

Here are some helpful tips I’ve picked up for DIYing fruit peel cleaners:

  • Use white distilled vinegar as your base for the best cleaning power. Apple cider vinegar also works.
  • Vodka is great for making disinfecting cleaners since it absorbs compounds from peels quickly.
  • Blend different peels like oranges and lemons to create your own signature scent.
  • Add a few drops of essential oils like tea tree or lavender for extra antibacterial power.
  • Make cleaners in small batches and refresh every 2-3 months for the bestresults.
  • Store cleaners in spray bottles out of direct sunlight to maintain fragrance.
  • Always label cleaner bottles with contents and date made.

With these tips, you can create custom natural cleaners using fruit peels that work for your needs and smell amazing!


Who knew that a pile of discarded fruit peels could be transformed into such a powerful cleaning arsenal? Repurposing peels is an extremely easy, cost-effective way for me to keep my home sparkling clean in an eco-friendly manner.

I hope these tips have inspired you to look at fruit peels in a whole new way. Take advantage of these free resources to whip up some all-natural, non-toxic cleaners for your home. Rolling up my sleeves to make DIY cleaners is rewarding and empowering. My home is cleaner than ever, and I have peach, orange, lemon and lime scented cleaners to prove it!