citrus cleaner
Orange peels in white vinegar – the perfect citrus cleaner cleaning solution!

In our effort to become more self-sufficient, we have given up using traditional household cleaners and have converted to a greener method for cleaning.  We have all heard of throwing orange peels down your garbage disposal to clean out the drain and to make it smell better. We have also heard of vinegar being used as an all purpose cleaner for your home, but many people avoid it because of the odor that it leaves. But have you considered combining those two concepts to use those orange peels in your home made cleaner?

The orange scented citrus cleaner vinegar is safe, effective, and non-toxic to use on windows and as an all purpose cleaner in the kitchen and bathroom. Not to mention, a whole lot cheaper and healthier than buying chemical cleaners.  And if you don’t have time to clean – just spray a few squirts into the sink, and your house will smell like it is clean anyway!

All Purpose Citrus Cleaner Recipe

Use the peel of 2-3 oranges to make your cleaner.
Use the peel of 2-3 oranges to make your cleaner.

Ingredients:
Orange Peel from 2-3 oranges
Distilled White Vinegar

Instructions:

1. Peel several oranges and place as flat as you can in a pint mason jar.  **You can also save your orange peels in the freezer until you are ready to fill a pint jar.

Pour the vinegar over the orange peels until it reaches the rim.
Pour the vinegar over the orange peels until it reaches the rim.

2. Place white vinegar over the orange peels and fill to within 1/4 inch of the top of the mason jar.

3. Seal with a lid (lid and ring) and let sit for 2 weeks.

4. After two weeks, strain liquid.  Measure how much orange vinegar you have.  Pour into a clean spray bottle.

Place liquid in a spray bottle and add twice the amount of water. Shake well and use!
Place liquid in a spray bottle and add twice the amount of water. Shake well and use!

5. Pour double the amount of water into the spray bottle (2:1 ratio water to vinegar solution). Shake well.

It has really become a great daily all purpose cleaner for my sinks and counter tops!

Happy Spring!

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All Purpose Citrus Cleaner
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Ingredients
  1. Orange Peel from 2-3 oranges
  2. Distilled White Vinegar
Instructions
  1. Peel several oranges and place as flat as you can in a pint mason jar. **You can also save your orange peels in the freezer until you are ready to fill a pint jar.
  2. Place white vinegar over the orange peels and fill to within 1/4 inch of the top of the mason jar.
  3. Seal with a lid (lid and ring) and let sit for 2 weeks.
  4. After two weeks, strain liquid. Measure how much orange vinegar you have. Pour into a clean spray bottle.
  5. Pour double the amount of water into the spray bottle (2:1 ratio water to vinegar solution). Shake well.
Notes
  1. Be sure to check a small surface area before using.
  2. Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms
Old World Garden Farms http://oldworldgardenfarms.com/

27 thoughts on “All Purpose Home Made Citrus Cleaner Recipe

  • June 24, 2015 at 7:39 pm
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    Haven’t tried it yet but it sounds great.

  • March 29, 2015 at 5:06 pm
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    I add an equal amount of cheap rubbing alcohol and that is definitely a disinfectant. My husband liked the way it cut grease in the kitchen so well, he had me make him a spray bottle for his shop. I don’t worry about using it around food as it may make it taste bad but won’t harm if a little gets on edibles.

  • April 14, 2014 at 8:50 am
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    I will be making this. Is it also a disinfectant? If not, do you have a recipe for one?

    • April 14, 2014 at 9:34 pm
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      I don’t think it’s a disinfectant, white vinegar mixed with water at a 1 to 1 ratio will disinfect. Just dont use it on grout, I made that mistake and had to re-grout!

  • March 21, 2014 at 4:18 pm
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    I have used basically this same “recipe” … using lemons instead … it is really good to see the younger folks starting to take more interest in the old ways 😉

  • March 21, 2014 at 2:34 pm
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    Love to recieve ur weekly news

  • March 21, 2014 at 12:56 pm
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    I’ve been using lemon peels to make lemon vinegar and using it for fabric softener in the wash, but now will be mixing with water to use as spray, and putting oranges on my shopping list as well. thank you for the tips.

  • March 21, 2014 at 11:10 am
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    Just be careful not to use thee vinegar on grout. It removes it. I found out the hard way. I did have agreat recipe for citrus peels, brown sugar and yeast, but I can’t find it, so I don’t remember the proportions. if I can find it on the internet I will post it, it works like magic, even to clean your car!

    • March 26, 2014 at 9:38 pm
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      Eileen – (vinegar … ) do you mean unsealed grout or just all grout … any ideas what could be used instead? i cannot use commercial cleaners of any kind! thanks J!

  • March 21, 2014 at 9:58 am
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    Perfect! Just this week, I was thinking about buying some ‘greener” cleansers. Now, I can make my own! I eat halo oranges for snacks, so this will work out perfectly. Thank you so much. Happy Friday!

    • March 28, 2014 at 6:20 pm
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      It seems to remove all grout!

  • March 21, 2014 at 9:47 am
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    wonderful idea!!

  • March 21, 2014 at 9:03 am
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    Thank you! My house is begging for a spring cleaning and I will use your recipe – oranges added to today’s shopping list.

  • March 21, 2014 at 8:12 am
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    Sounds fab – would it work with lemon or grapefruit peel – or a mix of all three? I love the idea of doing the pharma companies out of some more business!

    • March 21, 2014 at 8:16 am
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      Haha – we agree. And yes, you can use any combination of citrus peels.

      • April 1, 2014 at 8:20 am
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        My first batch is stewing away – orange, grapefruit and a lemon – should smell great… It will be done in time for my pre-Easter clean!

        • April 1, 2014 at 11:51 am
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          I can’t wait to hear how it turns out! Happy Spring Cleaning!

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