Waste not. Want not. This easy-to-follow recipe for a DIY orange peel cleaner is a great way to make good use of orange peels that would otherwise end up in the trash. It's inexpensive to make and incredibly versatile, meaning you can save loads of money on household cleaning products.
How to make orange peel cleaner
Whether you want to gear up your home cleaning arsenal for a Fall-cleaning session or prepare to welcome in a new year with the Japanese custom of Oosuji, this orange peel cleaner recipe is a cinch to make. Here is the step-by-step:
- Place your orange peels in a large clean jar. A pint-size Mason jar will work very well.
- Pour enough distilled white vinegar into the jar until you have covered the peels completely.
- Leave your vinegar and orange peel solution in a cool, dark place to draw for two weeks.
- Pour your orange-infused vinegar over into another jar, straining out the peels.
- Toss the peels into your compost bucket.
- To make your citrus peel cleaner, mix your orange-infused vinegar with water in a 1:1 ratio.
- For easy application, place the mixture in a spray bottle. Reserve the rest of your orange peel vinegar in a glass jar in a cool, dark place until you need it.
DIY orange peel cleaner: Uses
Your orange peel vinegar cleaner works very well as a surface cleaner. There are a few more ways you can put your orange peel-infused vinegar to good use.
- Get rid of ants on your patio or in your garden. Mix a cup of the orange peel vinegar in a liter of boiling water and pour it into the ants’ nests.
- To deter ants, spray your orange peel cleaning spray around the doors, windows, or cracks where the ants enter the house.
- Use as a hair rinse. Mix one tablespoon of your orange peel vinegar in one cup of warm water. Use it instead of conditioner to rinse your hair and eliminate buildup.
- This orange peel cleaner can also be used as a fabric softener.
- Combine your orange peel vinegar with olive oil or avocado oil to make a tasty salad dressing.
Benefits of using a DIY orange peel cleaner
Orange peel for cleaning — what makes it so ideal? Orange peel contains an oil called limonene, which can cut through grease and is ideal for conditioning wooden surfaces. Here are a few more reasons why using an orange peel cleaner is a good idea.
- Save money on expensive cleaning materials.
- It’s safe to use on most surfaces in the home.
- DIY orange peel cleaner is safe for use around pets and children.
- The orange peel cleaner recipe is an environmentally friendly alternative to most supermarket cleaning sprays.
- Using your orange peels to scent your cleaning spray is a great way to use up orange peels that would otherwise end up in the trash.
Good, clean, and fresh!
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