DIY All-Purpose Orange Cleaner

DIY All-Purpose Orange Cleaner on

Get the natural cleaning power of vinegar with the smell of fresh oranges!

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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

white vinegar

10-15 drops lemon essential oil (optional)

spray bottle


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!


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  1. I am starting to use all natural household cleaners and really appreciate this tip for a DIY all-natural cleaner that smells nice too! So nice to know what's in the items that you use to keep your house clean!
  2. wow! Love your blog :) Already pinned a couple posts that you linked up with us. Book marking this as well :) Thanks so much for sharing this on this week's Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Party! Hope you come back & join us again next week :) Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough
  3. I should really do this. I love cleaning with vinegar but the smell just make me sneeze :) Thanks for linking up at Hit Me with Your Best Shot!
  4. I love this cleaner! I make it a gallon at the time since we go through vinegar like water at my house. My favorite use is to take a 1/2 cup or so of baking soda and use the vinegar to make a stiff paste and use that on dirty sinks, etc. Works great! Think I'm gonna experiment in using the finished vinegar to splash into my laundry instead of just the plain distilled. Visiting you from A Noble Calling's blog. Leah
  5. I use young living thieves cleaner for all my cleaning it works very well not expensive or messy just cleans great and a great bacteria killer it even get rid of mole wouldn't be with out it
    1. Actually the smell goes away when dry and can get rid of some smells, we use it to get rid of animal smells when tenants leave

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