Homemade All-Purpose Orange Cleaner

This homemade orange cleaner is very inexpensive to make. It is pet, family and environmentally friendly and can be used to clean a variety of surfaces such as countertops, wood, mirrors and sinks. It effectively powers through grease and grime and leaves your home with the pleasant scent of oranges.

I have a juicer now, and I am really enjoying fresh vegetable & fruit juices. However, I now have citrus peels coming out my ears. This is just one of the many uses for them. I’ll keeping posting more ideas to get rid of them, as I find them. Unfortunately chickens don’t like citrus peels, which is what I do with the rest of the veggie pulp, and I can’t bear to throw them away!

I have cleaned my oven, stove top, kitchen counters, sink, added 1/2 cup to the mop water, and sprayed the whole bathroom. It is very excellent for dusting as well! The only thing it won’t work for is windows/glass or to polish faucets and such. It is also excellent added to your sink full of dishes. If you are soaking some kind of baked on nasty lasagna or something, this does the trick. We all know that vinegar is great for cleaning and is a natural disinfectant, who knew that adding a bit of citrus oil would improve it so much?


  • Vinegar (just plain organic, white vinegar will do)
  • lots of citrus peels (orange, lemon, lime or a combination)

Place peels in a jar with the lid and add vinegar. Let this sit around for 2 weeks or so. When you remember to shake it, shake it. This releases oil from the peels and makes it more a more potent grease cutter. At the end of 2 weeks, open the jar, remove the peels and set them aside. Fill your spray bottle half way with the orange/vinegar solution. Fill the remaining half of the bottle with water. Cap your spray bottle and shake well before using. If you have extra solution, simply re-insert the peels (you can reuse the peels twice before they must be thrown out), add more vinegar, close the jar and save it for later use. Remember the solution must sit for 2 weeks.


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