Homemade Orange Cleaner





Introduction: Homemade Orange Cleaner

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I kept seeing this homemade orange cleaner on pinterest and knew I had to try it. If you've seen my other instructable on green cleaning products, you know that I love cleaning with vinegar! However, it is stinky. 

This helps combat that problem. :D

I use vinegar on windows, and in the kitchen and bathroom. This orange cleaner is great for wiping down surfaces!

Step 1: What You'll Need:

  • a glass jar
  • citrus peels (I used two oranges, one grapefruit and one lemon)
  • white vinegar
  • a spray bottle

Step 2: Steeping the Citrus Peels

This part takes a little while, but thankfully you don't really have to pay attention. I just shook my jar every few days. :D

I trimmed away as much of the white pith as possible from the peel and put them in a jar. Pour in enough white vinegar just to cover the peels and put on the top of the jar. Let this mixture sit for 1-2 weeks, or until the vinegar has turned a dark orange. It should also smell of oranges - if it doesn't you might need more time and/or peels.

This took about a week for me - I think shaking the jar helped speed up the process!

Keep in mind this will NEVER completely get rid of the vinegar smell, but it will mellow it out and cover it up.

Step 3: Straining

Once the vinegar's nice and orange-y, strain out any excess peels. You can either do this directly into a spray bottle, or pour it back into the original jar to hang out until you need it.

Step 4: Dilution and Use

I typically dilute my vinegar 50/50 with water, which is what I did here.

A 50/50 dilution is great for wiping down bathroom and kitchen surfaces.

You can use the vinegar full strength for things like hard water spots, soap scum and grease, too! Play around with it and figure out what works best for you. :D



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    Should i use the three fruit? Or just one of them?

    well this was very interesting to know about the procedure. Instuctions is very easy and cheaper. If you want to buy cheap, ecofriendly orange cleaner degreasers you can follow the link below:-


    Can I use this for my SIP tommorow?* I dont wanna get arrested for plagarism*
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    Made it with grapefruit peels (what I had) and love it. Thanks for the idea! May I also suggest some orange peels in a little olive oil...

    Thank you so much,! I started making this as soon as I read it and haven't looked back since. I've made some with lemons too. For the bathroom, I add a few drops of thieves essential oil for extra power.

    using the jar and a sauce pan you can heat up the mixture this will open the the peels releasing the oils quicker.

    so basically fill mason jar with peels and vinegar, cover lightly, place jar in a sause pan, then bring water to boil, heat vineagr throughly til it simmers. remove from heat let cool. shake contents. wait 2 days. you can repeat the heating process to speed up absortion. Note: this will only speed things up by days. if the vinegar doesn't smell of cirtus it's not ready.

    I blended the orange peels and vinegar in my Vitamix as an experiment. It smelled like an orange drink and I could barely smell any vinegar. Then I let it set for two months. However, you have to drain it. I used a nylon paint strainer. It is cheap and washes nicely. However, it left the vinegar a littIe filmy. I used it anyway. It cleans great but I had to wipe it down with water when using it on counter tops. But it did not matter when I used it in the bath tub.

    Thanks again...absolutely love this and will be making it

    My wife is constantly looking for a window cleaner that will not streak, any suggestions?

    4 replies

    I worked at a window-washing company for several summers: there's nothing that beats washing the window with soapy water (we used a water with a little dawn and a touch of ammonia) and then squeegie-ing the glass. Unger is a great brand for a squeegie.

    Has she tried using news print to wipe with? If you don't get a newspaper, you can purchase newsprint tablets at most any craft or art store.

    I have found it almost impossible to find a cleaner that doesn't streak, sunlight in the morning made them look even worse. I found a new method. I went to Homehardware (I live in Ontario) and bought a hand mop and hand squeegee in a kit and have never looked back. I use a mild solution of dish soap and warm water, lather up the window and squeegee and you'll be amazed how streak free they are and how little work it is to use this method. Good luck.

    Spray with 50/50 white vinegar/water dilution, wipe with newspaper.
    Do not clean windows in the sun (cleaner may dry too fast)
    Wipe vertically inside, horizontally outside and you will be able to tell which side you might have left streakies on.

    I haven't had any problems with it yet and I live in an apartment with the most easily stained countertops ever.

    I've also used it on my white painted walls with no issues. :)

    I've inadvertantly left a similar mix for more than a few weeks (more like months!) and it thickens up a treat. Absolutely brilliant kitchen/bathroom cleaner. The uses for vinegar are nothing short of amazing.