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 the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


  1. Great post. This week over on Wildcrafting Wednesdays we’re hosting a special Hygiene Edition and this post would be perfect in the carnival. I’d love it if you would pop over and share this post with our readers.


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