Learn how to make an orange peel and vinegar cleaner that’s cheap, effective, all natural and resourceful!
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If you’re looking for a way to use up those citrus scraps lying around (hello half eaten oranges from the kiddos) AND you love all things natural and homemade, then this post is for you.
I love a good DIY that’s resourceful and inexpensive. This orange peel and vinegar cleaner is just that!
As an old-fashioned homemaker, I try hard to make sure I’m cleaning our home with all-natural cleaners. I love to buy my cleaners through Grove Collaborative, but I’ll be honest, it can get expensive!
I also have a DIY bug in me… as in I am ALWAYS wondering if I can make something myself rather than buy it. Everything from canned food to curtains for our kitchen to homemade cleaners.
What I love about this orange peel vinegar cleaner is that its utilizing something I’d otherwise be throwing away.
If you love DIY cleaners, HERE’s an even more simple, homemade cleaning spray recipe! I think you’ll love it.
Orange Peels for Cleaning
Did you know that orange peels are amazing for cleaning?! Citrus fruits in general have awesome cleaning properties.
Citrus fruits have a lot of acid in them, which make them great for cleaning around our homes. The acid helps break down gunk when its applied or sprayed.
Not to mention, they smell great! I love using citrus essential oils when making my all natural cleaners, just for the fresh, delicious scents.
Instead of essential oils, this DIY vinegar cleaning spray uses orange peels, which work just as great for giving it the extra cleaning power with a fresh smell.
Orange Peel and Vinegar Cleaner
Now that you know the great benefits orange peels and vinegar can have for cleaning, let’s make this DIY cleaning spray!
You’ll start by adding orange peels (or a combination any other citrus fruits) to a quart sized mason jar.
Once the orange peels are to the top, add distilled white vinegar, OR cleaning vinegar to the jar, until all of the orange peels are covered.
Place the lid on, and put the jar in a cool dark place for 2-3 weeks.
After the orange peels have soaked in the vinegar for a couple of weeks, get your spray bottle ready. I love THESE amber, glass spray bottles.
Use a funnel to pour the vinegar mixture into your spray bottle (keeping out any orange peels) until it’s about halfway full. Top the rest of your spray bottle off with water. Add the spray nozzle, shake, and enjoy!
How Long do you Leave Orange Peels in Vinegar?
After you’ve added your orange peels to vinegar, you leave them in the vinegar for 2-3 weeks.
If you leave them any longer than this it won’t hurt anything, but vinegar is not going to be extracting much more than it already has out of the orange peels.
How to Use Your DIY Cleaning Spray
To use your orange peel and vinegar cleaning spray, simply shake the bottle, spray whatever surface you’re wanting to freshen up, and wipe clean
DISCLAIMER: citrus and/or vinegar can be damaging to some surfaces. If you’re unsure do a very small, discreet test area. Or do your own research beforehand to make sure the area you’re spraying won’t be damaged!
I love using my cleaning spray in the kitchen. After meals I spray down our table, countertop, and chairs. I let it soak for the amount of time it takes me to get a hot rag. Then, I wipe it all clean!
Other DIY Cleaning Posts You May Like!
- DIY Vinegar Cleaning Spray (pretty much the same, but you use essential oils instead of infusing the vinegar with orange peels)
- Homemade Dusting Spray
- DIY Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap
- DIY Linen Spray Recipe
I hope you enjoyed this easy tutorial! Be sure to share it if you found it helpful 😊