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All Natural Citrus Cleaner

All natural citrus cleaner - Can be used on most surfaces and is made with ingredients you already have on hand!


I wish I could say that I was the one who created this amazing citrus cleaner but that would be a lie if I did. If you search “citrus cleaner” or “DIY citrus peel cleaner” on Google then you will get this recipe. The reason why I am showing you this is because the recipe actually works and it aligns with my core values -- clean ingredients for food and home!


I also do not like wasting food so this is a perfect solution. While there are many uses in repurposing citrus peels, the number one thing I do is to create another batch of citrus cleaner. For every orange eaten for breakfast or for every lime used for tacos (or margaritas!), I add the peels to a large mason jar and fill to the top with white distilled vinegar.


Most pantries are stocked with white distilled vinegar but if you don’t have any, that’s fine - a large jug will cost you about $2 at most grocery stores and will last you a long time! It is best for the peels and vinegar to sit for a minimum of two weeks. You can also mix things up by adding fancy herbs or essential oils.


My favorite part about this citrus cleaner? It’s a genie in the oven!

Our oven has never been the best but when we moved into our home, the bottom of the inside was absolutely awful. Every time you turned the oven on, a burning smell would emit. I tried all kinds of cleaners with no success... until I tried this! You will need to use baking soda in addition to the cleaner. Just cover the area with baking soda, spray the citrus cleaner over the soda, and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Soon enough, you, my friend, will have a clean surface again! (after picture - the center are scrape marks from previous owner :/ )

With that said, if you’re not sure whether the mixture is ready to use, spray the mixture over fresh baking soda. If the baking soda doesn’t activate then you know the citrus cleaner needs to sit for a little longer.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo to #fromtherootsblog on Instagram. We love seeing what you come up with!


  • 1 large mason jar

  • Citrus peels from 4-5 assorted citrus

  • White distilled vinegar


  1. Put orange peels into mason jar

  2. Fill jar with white distilled vinegar until peels are fully submersed.

  3. Place tight fitting lid on.

  4. Store in a dark place for at least 2 weeks.

  5. Strain the liquid and pour mixture into a spray bottle; about halfway full.

  6. Add water to fill up the rest of the half until full.


  1. All natural citrus cleaner is great as an all purpose cleaner that you can use on most countertops, glass windows, and ovens. Please note that this cleaner contains a high acid content that may not be suitable for marble, stone surfaces, and granite countertops.

DIY Chai Spice Mix

A must-have pantry staple that’s perfect for tea, baking, and other recipes.


It never dawned on me that I needed to make my own chai spice mix until I strolled past every grocery store’s herb and spice section to find no chai mix in sight! Now, sure there is chai spice powder and chai tea but there are times that I would just like to have the seasoning.


The perfect chai spice mix can enhance so many traditional recipes that you may not have thought of. For example, add a teaspoon or two of chai spice mix to plain pancake batter and you my friend, will have chai spiced pancakes!


This mix is also great to have on hand if you would like to make a latte, chai latte donut holes or to add to most recipes like pancakes, oatmeal, donuts, bread or vegetables like sweet potatoes...the possibilities are endless!

Seasonings that are used in this chai spice are quite traditional so feel free to mix things up if you would like! For this recipe, I used cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and cardamom.


You can add all the spices to a mortar and pestle to make sure the seasonings are fully incorporated and nicely grounded or you can simply mix all ingredients using a small whisk or spoon. Funnel seasonings into a spice jar and store in a dry place until ready to use!


To make a chai spice latte:

  • Add 1 cup plant-based milk, 1 cup water, 1 black tea teabag, ½ tsp chai spice mix, 2 tsp honey and simmer in a small saucepan for 5 minutes. Add a cinnamon stick and star anise to really enhance the flavors! Discard tea bag, optional cinnamon stick and star anise, and pour into a mug and enjoy!

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  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 1/2 tsp cardamom

  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger

  • 1 tsp allspice

  • 1/2 tsp cloves

  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg


  1. Add all ingredients to a mortar and pestle or small bowl and combine until fully combined.

  2. Transfer to a spice jar and store in a dry place until ready to use!

Notes: ⅛ tsp black pepper (optional for spicier flavor)