Simple All Purpose Cleaner With Orange Peels



I love the fresh scent of oranges. The trees near my house are loaded with oranges, so this winter I have been making all sorts of tasty treats featuring their fruit. You know that I hate to waste anything so when it came to the peels, I didn’t want to just throw them away. I started coming up with or geaning some ideas from my friends.

One of the easiest and I mean easiest ways to use orange peels is to make your own cleaner. I use white vinegar to clean just about anything, unfortunately not everyone in my house likes the smell of it which leads to grouchy kids cleaning and complaining about it and begging to use to “old scented cleaners” again. Not way, not happening! Enter to orange peels.

My friend Mare of Just Making Noise made her own orange extract with peels and vodka, so I decided to make my own cleaner with peels and white vinegar. It’s so easy and smells amazing!

All Purpose Orange Cleaner

Glass Jar
Orange Peels
White Vinegar
Spray Bottle

Fill your jar 3/4 full with orange peels. Pour in the white vinegar, filling to 1/2 inch below the top of the jar. Screw on the lid and store in a dark place. After two weeks you will have an orange scented cleaner with a light orange color.

Strain off the peels and compost.

Fill a spray bottle with one part orange vinegar and two parts water.




This post is part of Homestead Barn Hop,  

About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is a dorm “mama” to a gaggle of amazing girls ages 10 to 18 at a home and school for the Deaf in Baja California, Mexico. She believes that life was meant to be lived barefoot with lots of open space to roam and play. Katie is passionate about nourishing food, herbs and simple living. She can often be found with a cup of tea or coffee and a piece of dark chocolate while she writing, reading and living life.