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By: - at May 3, 2013

Simple Homemade Orange Cleaner Recipe

Orange PeelsLiving in a house with several pets and children means there is always some sort of mess for me to clean up. However, I am careful as far as which cleaning products I use because I do not want to poison the air my family breathes with harsh, chemical cleaners. Therefore, I use a lot of green, organic cleansers in my home. One of my favorite multipurpose cleaners happens to be orange cleaner and although I love the results, I was not in love with the price. Determined to make my own orange cleaner, I set out to find the best recipe to produce the same results as the commercial brand. Through trial and error (along with a little bit of luck) I now make my own multipurpose orange cleaner and you can too! This recipe is very simple, inexpensive to make and requires almost no effort at all.

What You Will Need

  • Spray Bottle1 airtight container - I use an old pickle jar.
  • Orange Peels - Only the peels are needed. You will need enough peels to fill your container. This can be done over a period of several days or even weeks. Just make sure you freeze your peels until you are ready to use them. You can also have friends save their peels for you. Naval or Clementine oranges generally works best.
  • Salt
  • Cookie sheet
  • 1 bottle of white vinegar
  • 1 spray bottle - I reused an old one but you can also purchase these at your local dollar store.
  • Water

How To Make The Orange Cleaner:

  1. Oranges in jar to make your own orange cleanerRemove your peels from your jar or freezer. Place them peel side up (the orange side) on a cookie sheet.
  2. Lightly cover the peels in salt. The salt helps to extract the orange oil from the peel.
  3. Wait 30 minutes.
  4. Fill your container with orange peels (see image on right).
  5. Pour white vinegar into the container with the peels. Use enough to fill the jar.
  6. Close the container and allow it to sit, unopened for 2 weeks. The peels will lose their orange color and become a yellow or golden yellow color.

At the end of 2 weeks, open the jar, remove the peels and set them aside. Fill your spray bottle half way with the orange/vinegar solution. Fill the remaining half of the bottle with water. Cap your spray bottle and shake well before using. If you have extra solution, simply re-insert the peels (you can reuse the peels twice before they must be thrown out), add more vinegar, close the jar and save it for later use. Remember the solution must sit for 2 weeks.

This homemade orange cleaner is very inexpensive to make. It is pet, family and environmentally friendly and can be used to clean a variety of surfaces such as countertops, wood, mirrors and sinks. It effectively powers through grease and grime and leaves your home with the pleasant scent of oranges.





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