Orange Peel - Vinegar Cleaner
Use orange (or any citrus) fruit peels to make a super simple and very effective all natural cleaner you can use just about anywhere in your home.
You won't need many items and you won't need a lot of space to make this and it certainly doesn't cost much. In fact if you can alter your cleaning habits and start using home-made cleaners you will save a mountain of money. Not to mention the health benefits for you, your loved ones and the environment.
Read on to learn how to make an Orange Peel and Vinegar Cleaning Solution.
Step One - Get It Together
First you will need to gather your materials. Luckily this simple recipe doesn't require much. You will need:
- A jar with a lid
- One peel from a large orange (or several small ones)
- Enough vinegar to fill the jar
- Spray bottle (if you wish to use it as a spray)
You won't need a lot of room to make this and is best done over the kitchen or bathroom sink.
Head to step two.
Step Two - Peel
Peel your orange or oranges and set the peels aside. Eat your orange before you start making your cleaner, that's the best part.
Tip - You can leave a jar out to fill if your family eats a lot of oranges, tangerines or mandarins. Just make your solution when you think you have enough peel. The more the merrier as it will be more fragrant with more peel.
Step Three - Put It In Your Jar
Place the orange peels in the jar you had prepared earlier. Be sure to use a jar that you have already cleaned that has lid that fits securely enough to allow you to shake it when filled.
Fill your jar with vinegar making sure to cover the peels you have placed inside. You can then cap it and label it with the date using a piece of masking tape.
Then set it aside for 2 weeks to allow it to steep and wait. I like to to keep a couple of jars in a rotation. Use one while the other one is steeping.
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Step Four - Admire Your Results
The finished liquid will appear slightly orange and should have taken on a lovely orange scent.
You can use this solution by adding 2 parts water to one part orange peel solution. Shake or stir the mixed often with used it to prevent settling.
Special Note : It can be used on any hard surface but you should avoid using it on wood and glass.
Step Five - Use It To Clean
This solution can be strained though a fine mesh kitchen strainer, cheesecloth or even a coffee filter, if you are patient enough, and placed in a spray bottle for spot use.
Be sure to use a clean spray bottle and label it properly.
You can keep reusing your spray bottles if you don't clog them with orange peel. You can find inexpensive ones everywhere or have a look on amazon.