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Easy Citrus and Vinegar Everyday House Cleaner

Updated on July 28, 2013
Easy Citrus and Vinegar Everyday House Cleaner
Easy Citrus and Vinegar Everyday House Cleaner | Source

Fast Orange ~

This idea was sparked by my partner’s love of the commercial hand cleaner Fast Orange.

As a mechanic and confirmed petrol head, he has a gallon of this under our kitchen sink and absolutely swears by it for removing all the oils, dirt and grime he accumulates from working on vehicles.

In fact, he uses it all the time regardless of the reason. With a grainy texture (an automatic hand scrub) and no water need to remove all the offending stains, it is perfect to have as a cleaner in the glove compartment of the car for those unexpected wheel changes.


All Kinds of Citrus Peel May be Used

lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit . . . .  save your skins and save a fortune.
lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit . . . . save your skins and save a fortune. | Source

Homemade Vinegar & Citrus Cleaner ~

With that in mind coupled with the fact I love homemade solutions for beauty products, hygiene products and anything that saves on chemical usage and cost, I knew a homemade house cleaner must be doable with orange.

I have often used lemon juice in the bathroom on the shower door, another citrus fruit with natural fruit acids that powers through grease and residue build up.

It has natural bleaching properties without the bleach smell of commercial bleach but rather a fresh tangy scent of lemon.

With so many of us eating fresh fruits and using them in smoothies, drinks, culinary dishes and homemade skin care products, we often throw out all these wonderful citrus skins which contain natural oils. Hang on to them for this recipe from now on!

This easy recipe costs a fraction of all the cleaning products it will replace in the home.

Having taken inspiration from the article by my friend Carol Stanley on Vinegar uses in the home, I knew the benefits of this wonder product, a perfect partner for citrus peel. Check out Carol's article on 11 great ways to use vinegar around the home.

Orange Peel

you can cut it small as in marmalade making or leave as is, it is up to you.
you can cut it small as in marmalade making or leave as is, it is up to you. | Source

Distilled White Vinegar

cheap and versatile, a kitchen must have!
cheap and versatile, a kitchen must have! | Source

Citrus and Vinegar Recipe ~

Distilled White Vinegar

Citrus Fruit Peel (any or all orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit skins, hang on to for this, the more the merrier)

You Need:

Spray Bottle (recycle old ones)

Large gallon container (to fill up your bottle from) is optional but you will fly through the everyday size.

Method:

  • Add all the peels into a gallon size container. Cover them with vinegar and close with an airtight lid.
  • Another method for smaller quantities is to cut your citrus peels small and place into a large jar and pour the vinegar over to the top. Screw on an airtight lid.
  • Leave sit for 6 weeks to 2 months, giving a good vigorous shake daily to release the oils from the citrus peel which makes it a stronger and more potent house cleaner.
  • When fermented enough, strain the peels out of your vinegar through a sieve into your spray bottle and fill up to the top.
  • If you have made a large quantity, strain and keep your excess supply for whenever your bottle needs replenishing.
  • You may find you will be making a new batch every month or two, bearing in mind it takes 6 wks to 2 months to “cook”. The longer you leave it the better.
  • Your citrus cleaner is now ready to use.
  • The few things it will not work on are glass, windows and any taps.

Are you keen to try it out?

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Uses ~

Add some to your washing up pile in the sink. Hard to remove caked on food on dishes disappears like magic when left to soak in this.

This spray is magic for cleaning the oven, stove top, kitchen counters and the sink. You can even add it to your bucket of water for cleaning the floor.

It works as a bathroom cleaner and even as a furniture polish.

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"

Vinegar, Orange Peel and Spices Homemade Cleaner

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

All dividers used in this hub are used with permission granted on hub, Creating Dividers to Use on Your Hubs

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is such a great idea and I love it. I throw all my peels around my property to repel cats but it doesn't really seem to be doing its job so now I can start this experiment. Thank you. I see more ideas here I will want to check out too!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I need to get this weekend started and go out and have fun with Bev, but I thought I would pop in quickly and wish you a wonderful weekend. Tell the Mickster I send my best.

      bill

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great idea Suzie. We use vinegar often to clean but never considered adding citrus peels. What a great idea. Will have to give this a try. Great suggestion and another wonderful addition to your DIY collection. Have a great weekend. Voted up, shared, pinned, etc...

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      One to vote up, share and save. Thanks for this gem Suzie and enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Jackie,

      Many thanks for being first in here! Appreciate your comments and delighted to hear you are keen to give it a go with the peels. Appreciate your interest greatly.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Cheers for swinging by before you take time off from this writing business! Proper order, you and Bev have a fun day out, will pass on your wishes to the Mickster, thanks!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Many thanks for visiting and your lovely comment. Glad you found it useful and could see the appeal (pardon the pun!! not intended lol) of peel!

      Do give it a go, next time you have some citrus start collecting the skins. Cheers as always for your votes, share and pin, much appreciated my friend.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddy,

      Glad this was of interest to you! Hope you give it a try sometime! Appreciate your comment, votes and shares!!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What a great simple recipe, and how awesome to include such a ringing testimony for it!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Appreciate your interest here and taking time to leave a comment. It's great when ideas take shape and then work better than planned!

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      Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

      Great idea, Suzie! I am actually in the middle of "cooking" my first batch of this cleaner. I decided to give it a try because I use vinegar so much to clean anyway. Also, I am all for homemade products without the toxins! Voted up and pinned.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I use vinegar for cleaning many items in my home. I also use it to kill the weeds that pop up in the cracks of my driveway. Homemade cleaners are the way I go. I've written many "green tips" about making household cleaners from pantry items instead of using chemicals. It's cheaper and more environmentally friendly.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Gail,

      How cool! I am delighted to hear your first batch is under way! Thanks so much for giving it a go, appreciate your support and for voting and pinning!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sha,

      Oh I must check them out and will gladly link to mine if that is okay? Thanks so much for having a read here, it does make sense to utilize what we have when we can.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Suzie, I'd be honored to have you link to this. And thanx for including a link to Carol's hub. I checked it out!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Done, Sha! I linked two of your green tips! Thanks so much for great ideas!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I've linked this to mine, too, Suzie!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I know this works brilliantly. I've used it myself on many occasions.

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      Subhas 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice and cost effective useful idea Suzie.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Brilliant hub, Suzie. One more in your line of awesome DIY hubs. Very simple to make and enjoyed the lovely video.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared, tweeted and pinned as well.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sha,

      Delighted and honoured, many thanks!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Phoenix,

      Good to see another fan already convinced! Cheers for your comment!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi pinto,

      Welcome and good to see you. Glad this appeals and hope you whip it up sometime to try! Appreciate your commenting :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rajan,

      So good of you to stop by. It sure is easy and so effective at cleaning it cuts out so many chemical laden products that certainly add up in cost. Delighted as always to have your comments, visit and input! The video I am glad you enjoyed, simple and quick solutions. Cheers for your votes, shares and pin, you are a true gentleman my friend.

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      Jill Spencer 3 years ago from United States

      So glad to get this information. I use vinegar as a cleaner now but hadn't thought of using orange w/it. Thanks so much! Voted up & shared.

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      This is a great idea. I have already used vinegar for cleaning but not in combination with citrus fruits. Thank you for sharing this.

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      twig22bend 3 years ago

      This makes a lot of sense. I must give it a try.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Great idea! I have used vinegar with water on cleaning my window but no citrus peel on it. Thanks for sharing. I will try this soon.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Jill,

      Many thanks for taking time to comment, I really appreciate your visit as always! Vinegar seems so popular as a cleaner it is great to see so many people using its great many benefits. The citrus skins with their natural oils work wonders for grease and residue cutting through it easily and give a lovely fresh scent. Thanks for the votes and share!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      You are incredible, thanks so much, always supporting me and reading each new recipe. Hope you decide to give this a go in the future after saving those citrus fruit skins. its so easy and okay takes sometime to "cook" but it is worth it and only really costs you vinegar which is cheap too. Cheers again :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi twig22bend,

      Cheers for taking time to comment, have fun brewing up a batch of this great cleaner!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      So you are another fan of vinegar! It really is a great product isn't it?!!! Do add in some citrus and you could use a few drops of citrus essential oils if you wanted instead possibly, I haven't tried that yet but it should work too. Cheers for the thumbs up Thelma!

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      Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      What clever ideas to use citrus peels with vinegar. I would love to give it a try.

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