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.
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!
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!