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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!