Monday, March 19, 2012

Make Your Own Orange Oil Cleaner!

We never deliberately swipe material from other websites or blogs, and we're not intending to today. But this information is so good, we want to pass it on NOW.

Our good friend, Nola, sent us an email a few days ago about making your own orange oil cleaner. There was no mention of origin of this material in her note, so we've asked her if she can find out where she got this idea. Right now though, the best we can do is say this isn't our information, and we wish we could give credit where credit is definitely due. As soon as we find out where this came from, we'll sing it from the rooftops, you can be sure.

OK, all that said, here's some of the best news ever: All we need to make our own citrus oil cleaner is citrus peels and vinegar. Yes, that's it! Put the jar in a cool, dark place, and let it sit for 4-6 weeks (the longer the better). Every few days, take the jar out and give it a stir or shake. It will begin to smell less vinegary and start to smell lovely--sparkly fresh and clean. That's citrus for you!

Once it is finished, strain the liquid from the peels using a coffee filter or cheesecloth. For most cleaning situations, dilute the orange cleaner to 1/2 cup per gallon of water. Spritz away!

For greasy stove tops, don't dilute the mixture. Just spray a thin layer of straight-up cleaner on the stove and be amazed at the superhero peels that you almost tossed into the trash!

You don't need to eat a huge bag of oranges all at once to fill up your jar. Just keep adding peels to it and covering them with vinegar until the jar is full. (And of course, lemon peels are wonderful as well.) If you do the add-as-you-go method, start the 4-6 week countdown after you toss in the last peel. 

A caution, however, if you aren't using organic oranges, you'll need to scrub them well (preferably with a veggie/fruit cleaner) to remove the wax sealing and whatever chemicals they've been sprayed with. 

And one more caution: Be careful about using citrus oil in your home if you have kitties or cats. They are sensitive to it (hate it) and cleaning an area around their usual hang-outs may cause them to potty on your bed. This is what the author of the original article said--we're not sure how she knows this, but we can guess.  :-)

Citrus cleaners are really coming in to their own--Boeing is using them, computer chip manufacturers are using them, and they're being studied at universities all over the country as proposed pest sprays for orchards and other field crops. So to know how to make our own citrus oil cleaners is awesome, don't you think? This non-toxic (except to cats), heavy-duty, pleasant-smelling cleaner will now cost us pennies per quart or gallon, rather than dollars! 

We started our jar of peels last night. We hope you try this as well, and then let's compare notes. And if YOU have any recipes for homemade cleaners, please share. We always love hearing from you. For now, our thanks to Nola for sending this idea over. Meanwhile, here's to family dinner made easy as we keep our kitchens and other parts of the home sparkling clean and fresh with our own home made citrus oil!


  1. This is AWESOME! And just in time for my big Spring cleaning plans! Thank you :)

  2. We agree--it'll be fun to give this a try! Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment!

  3. Hey there! I am assuming that my blogpost was the original source of this info (due to my picture and some snippets of my writing). I definitely don't mind you sharing the information; citrus power all around!

    Here is the original post:

  4. Hi there, is this any kind of vinegar or the special cleaning vinegar (super strong and stinky). Do you know how long the effects last?


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