DIY: Australian Native Lemon Enzyme Cleaner

DIY: Australian Native Lemon Enzyme Cleaner

May 01, 2020Renae Redgen

Next time life gives you lemons, you should absolutely try this DIY cleaner! 

Citrus peels are incredible natural cleaners. They contain a compound called D-Limonene (also known as citrus terpenes). This compound has a beautiful, fresh fragrance but most importantly, is a powerful cleaner that can help to remove stains & grease. It's used in a lot of natural cleaning products because it's such a great alternative to chemical solvents like chlorine or petroleum.

I've also used lemon myrtle leaves which is an Australian native that has antibacterial and antifungal properties. If you are lucky enough to have access to a fresh lemon myrtle plant, you can use the leaves as I have in this recipe. Otherwise, you can substitute it with rosemary or add a few drops of lemon myrtle essential oil at the end of the recipe. 

You Will Need

  • Lemon peels
  • Fresh lemon myrtle leaves (or rosemary)
  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Glass jar
  • Spray bottle


  1. Place your lemon peels & lemon myrtle leaves (or rosemary) in a jar. Cover with salt for an hour to draw the oils out.
  2. Fill the jar half with vinegar & half with water. Let it sit for 2 weeks.
  3. Strain the liquid & pour it into a spray bottle along with a few drops of your favorite essential oil.  

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