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DIY Orange Peel Cleaner!

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Tomorrow is the first official day of Spring. I am so ready for blooming flowers, listening to the chirping birds, and to finally feel the sun’s warmth on my face. I am also ready to get started on my Spring Cleaning. This month, I have been stocking up on all of the items I need to make my DIY household cleaners.

One of my most favorite cleaners is my DIY Orange Peel Cleaner. I love using this all around my house, but it works especially well in my kitchen and bathroom. Plus it is super easy to make and I don’t have to worry about what chemicals are in the cleaners I am using.

DIY Orange Peel Cleaner


4-5 Oranges Peels

2-3 Cups White Vinegar

Essential Oil of your choice

My kids are constantly eating oranges which makes it easy for me to always have this DIY Orange Peel Cleaner on hand. I always have a jar under my kitchen sink where they can place their orange peels instead of throwing them away. Each time we add a some peel to the jar I just add a little more vinegar so that the peels are constantly covered.

Once the jar is filled with Orange Peels and vinegar, I leave it under the sink for 3 weeks. It can be tempting to pull it out sooner, but don’t. The longer it sits the more potent it will become. Once it has sat for 3 weeks, you will want to strain the liquid through a cheese cloth or strainer. It will be kind of thick and syrupy in texture. After you drain off your liquid, you will want to dilute the orange peel liquid with water to a 50/50 ratio. After I have the Orange Vinegar mixed with water, I pour it into my spray bottle and add some essential oils. I personally love to add lemon, lavender, and eucalyptus oils. Probably about 7-8 drops of each.

This DIY Orange Peel Cleaner works like a charm on my kitchen counters as well as cleaning the soap scum off my shower doors. I use it as an all purpose cleaner around my home. The only surface I don’t use it on is stainless steel just because I worry that the citrus will not react well on that surface.

If you are looking for a “green” DIY cleaner, then I can not recommend this DIY Orange Peel Cleaner enough! I’m sure you will love it as much as I do!

What Is Your Favorite DIY “Green” Cleaner?

Also, Don’t forget to print our Spring Cleaning Checklist!

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17 thoughts on “DIY Orange Peel Cleaner!”

  1. Oh wow, I LOVE this. I had no idea a cleaner like this would be so easy to make! I totally have to try this.

  2. YES! I love to make and clean with DIY peel cleaner! Orange is one of my favorite but I also use grapefruit and lemon too! What a money saver.

  3. Oh my gosh I love anything that I can do myself and make as a cleaner. I’m really not Into the store-bought ones so something like this is perfect. I bet you it smells amazing too.

  4. We love making orange peel cleaner! I was expecting it to smell like vinegar the first time I made it, but it doesn’t at all. It smells so good!

  5. I have made some with lemon but not oranges. I wonder if I can make some this weekend my daughter doesn’t want the oranges I bought her and I can definitely put it to good use

  6. I am all about chucking chemical filled cleaners and trying a more natural approach. This cleaning recipe sounds simple, yet effective. I can’t wait to try it!

  7. I’m chemical free in my home, will definitely try this out. Sounds like it would not leave a strong odor either, great idea.

  8. Wow! This is what I’m looking for, a very dependable all purpose cleaner. Thank you for sharing this amazing stuff to us. I will definitely make for our home.

  9. Love this! I do something similar with lemon peels. But I definitely need to try it with oranges.

  10. I just bought a big bag of oranges, I’ll have to make this instead of composting the peels. I am looking forward to trying this out!

  11. I’ve used this for years and it is such a good cleaner. I haven’t added the essential oils so I am going to up my game with that tip!

  12. I just use plain white vinegar. Never thought of adding orange peel. I will try your cleaner next time. Bet it smells good.

  13. This sounds like it smells wonderful. I have made some DIY cleaners and it is nice to have something that smells fresh.

  14. I use vinegar for cleaning a lot, but I have never made anything like this DIY orange peel cleaner. Definitely going to try it.

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