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I’ve been using vinegar as an all-purpose cleaner for many years now because it’s safe, healthy and frugal, but the smell really bothers my husband. I think a lot of people shy away from using vinegar as a cleaner because they just can’t stand the smell. Well, today I’m excited to share an alternative that works great and smells way better. It’s 100% natural and easy to make. I used orange peels, but you could substitute any other citrus such as grapefruit, lemon, lime. etc. Citrus is in season right now so it’s the perfect time to stock up and recycle all those peels!
DIY All-Purpose Orange Cleaner
You will need:
The peels from 4 oranges (or any citrus)
1 quart mason jar
10-15 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
Step 1: Place peels in mason jar and fill with vinegar making sure the peels are completely submerged to prevent mold.
Step 2: Let sit in a cool, dry place for 2 weeks.
Step 3: Strain and use 50/50 with water as an all-purpose cleaner.
Step 4: Add essential oil if desired and you are ready to clean!
You may reuse the peels by covering them with vinegar again and repeating the process.
Note: Using vinegar on granite may cause etching or streaking.
Do you use natural cleaners in your home? If so, what do you use? I’d love to know!