Clever DIY: Orange Peel Vinegar Cleaner


What’s better than simple, effective cleaning solutions that can be made right in your kitchen for little to nothing?! I can’t think of anything better especially when I’m on a budget.  After all, a part of being clever is saving while still getting the job done. Soon enough, you’ll be calling yourself a DIY cleaning professional. This week I’m sharing one of my all-time favorites – Vinegar infused with citrus! I’m an orange lover but I’m sure lemons, limes, or even grapefruits would be great substitutes depending on your preference.

Orange you glad we said citrus? (I couldn’t resist the corny add-on.)


Here’s what you’ll need:

– Orange Peels

– White Vinegar

– Mason jar (you can transfer to spray bottle later)


I came across this recipe a few months ago while scrolling on Pinterest but it was until I finished an orange one day and stopped myself at the trash. I ended up letting my peelings pile up throughout the day then decided to give it a try with my own little twist. Since vinegar has a far from the pleasant odor, I wanted to maximize the citrus.

Start by boiling your orange peels with very little water. This will also perfume your entire house so that’s a nice perk while preparing your mixture. Let them boil for 2 minutes or so then transfer the peels and what’s left of the water into the mason jar. You can then add the vinegar. Don’t stress too much about measurements but for reference; I had about 4 big oranges with a 16 oz. jar.

The next part is crucial – patience! Your concoction needs to sit for at least two weeks.  This is one of those things that get better over time. So put it under your sink and try not to think about it.  But when it’s time to open it up, you’ll be happy you waited.

When I finally opened my jar up, I knew I was going to go crazy cleaning the house that day. The aroma was amazing! I would definitely recommend spot testing it on certain counter tops but so far I haven’t had any problems using it as a surface cleaner. Vinegar alone is an awesome disinfectant, bug repellent, and safe for all of my “green” readers. If you end up trying this recipe, please leave your comments and feedback! I would love to know how it turned out.


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