Orange Cleaner

In our quest to remove nasty things from our bodies and lives, we have changed more than the way we eat.  It has brought about changes in what we use on our bodies and in our home.  

We use white vinegar and baking soda for most of our cleaning needs, but sometimes we need something a little stronger.  The solution? 

White Vinegar
and Citrus Peels
I save the peels from all the citrus fruit we eat.  Instead of putting it into the compost, I put it in a mason jar and fill it to the top with white vinegar. 
When the jar stopped smelling like vinegar and started to smell like oranges (or whatever peels you are using) it is ready.  Just pour it out!
I pour it into a spray bottle diluted halfway with water.  It is a great degreaser!

This post was featured on Simple Lives Thursday at GNOWFGLINS and the Pennywise Platter at The Nourishing Gourmet!

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  1. Now this is interesting! A degreaser from citrus peels?! I am going to try this. about how long does it take to start smelling like vinegar?

  2. @ZoëI left the first batch in for 2-3 weeks, but it was probably ready after about a week and a half. The vinegar starts to turn from clear to light orange to deep, almost burnt orange. That's when I started to sniff it to check. After it's done, I chuck the used up peels into the compost. I figure, they were going to wind up there anyway, why not squeeze the life out first!

  3. This is brilliant!! Thanks so much for posting on Simple Lives Thursdays! I already use vinegar, water and essential oils for my AP cleaner but this would be ideal!!

  4. Jackie,
    WOW this is awesome! I just wrote a blog post and highlighted your blog article. Thanks!

  5. this is super cool - I would never have thought of it!!!

  6. @KristineThank you so much! I am so honored. I checked out your blog and I love it! I can't wait to explore it some more!

  7. I had no idea how popular this post would be! Thanks, everyone! Do you have any natural cleaners you like to use?

  8. Excellent idea, thanks so much!

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