Cleaning with vinegar isn’t really a new idea – nor is this DIY orange cleaner recipe. But, I’ve been intrigued by it for a while and thought I’d give it a try. It works really well, is super easy to make and you really can’t get much cheaper than plain vinegar along with some orange peels (which would normally go in the trash around here.)
Start by filling a jar with orange peels. You can also use lemon or lime or even grapefruit – any citrus peels work. Fill a jar with them (a quart jar works best, but a pint works just fine.)
Next, fill it with vinegar to the top.
Set it aside for at least two weeks, I put the date on mine to show when it was ready (because I’m a highly forgetful person.) Make sure to put it in a cool, dark place. You can shake it every few days if you’d like to feel like you’re being active in the process – but it’s really not necessary.
After two weeks, drain the peels and pour the now orange infused vinegar into a spray bottle. It works great for cleaning the kitchen in particular, because it’s absolutely food safe.
But, I’ve gotta admit: It works really well for surfaces, etc – but the vinegar smell will still be rather strong when you’re using it. 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!