Natural Orange All Purpose Cleaner

This totally simple and natural cleaner is so easy you might think how can that possibly work?? You may not know that vinegar is a great cleaner and disinfectant, and it is natural, safe for kids, and environmentally friendly. “White distilled vinegar is a popular household cleanser, effective for killing most mold, bacteria, and germs, due to its level of acidity. Cleaning with white distilled vinegar is a smart way to avoid using harsh chemicals. You’ll also be glad to know that it is environmentally friendly and very economical.” Diluted vinegar can be used to clean just about anything, and if you need extra strength use it undiluted.

Now, I don’t usually mind the smell of vinegar, but some find it unpleasant. One way to add a more pleasant scent as well as more disinfecting properties to your cleaner is to infuse your vinegar with orange, using orange peals that you would most likely throw away.  If you put them on your compost, you can still do that after they are used for your vinegar.

 So easy to make from just two ingredients and time…
Ingredients:
  •  1 Pint size Jar with seal and lid (or plastic jar lid), or any repurposed food jar, rinsed well and cleaned with vinegar.
  • peels from 2 oranges, or enough to loosely fill jar (lemon peals will also work)
  • white distilled vinegar
  • (optional: essential oils such as tea tree, lemon, etc)
Directions:
Place orange peels in jar. Cover completely with vinegar and allow to sit for 3 weeks.  Strain out peels and use diluted 50/50 with water in spray bottle or full strength for tough jobs. 🙂
To use:

Spray on area to be cleaned and wipe off.  In areas such as kitchen or bathroom, let solution sit for a few moments before wiping to be sure to kill the bacteria present.  You may also use to wash your fruits and vegetables.

Use vinegar for surface mold cleaning, just spray and let dry.  Use vinegar to similarly disinfect your cutting boards (or for meat use wood cutting boards and then microwave to disinfect.  plastic will not disinfect in the microwave).

Do you have any natural cleaning products/recipes you want to share? Leave me a comment. I am always looking for new ways to make life easier, more natural and more self sufficient.

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