DIY: Orange Cleaner
This homemade all purpose orange cleaner will not only save you money, the smell will have you craving cleaning your home with only 2 ingredients! And it's a fantastic way to use orange peels for cleaning rather than tossing them.
Orange oil has a natural fresh, sweet, citrus smell that will fill your house with a clean scent.
How to make
Juice about 3-4 oranges or save the peels from eating them.
Put empty rinds into a quart jar.
Cover with white vinegar.
Allow to sit for about 2 weeks, either in a cabinet or on the counter.
Shake when you think of it.
After 2 weeks, strain out the vinegar, which will smell clean and citrusy, the bite of smelling straight vinegar is gone, and the orange smell is heavenly.
Citrus will help cut the grease when cleaning and be a good substitute for those commercial orange cleaners that harness the natural cleaning power of oranges and then adulterate it with a bunch of other substances.
How to use
Mix in a ratio of anywhere from 1:1 to 8:1 with water in a spray bottle and clean anything, from counters to floors to toilets, with it (vinegar is not recommended for wood floors, granite, or marble).
Pour into your rinse aid dispenser in your dishwasher.
Use the vinegar full strength for things like hard water spots, soap scum and grease.
Keep the jar of orange rinds by the sink. They shouldn’t mold after all that vinegar. About once a week or when your garbage disposal gets a little stinky, use the rind to wipe around your entire sink, especially the drain area, and then put down your disposal. It smells great! Combine with a little baking soda to really scrub the grime out of the sink.
The vinegar smell will dissipate as it dries, and you’ll be left with an orange scent. For pennies a bottle, you really can’t beat this natural DIY orange cleaner recipe, though!