All Natural Orange Vinegar and Orange Peel Household Cleaner

By Polly Conner

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A long time ago, before we even started Thriving Home, Rachel recruited me to make some DIY All-Purpose Disinfectant Spray. This was the first time that I saw how cheap and easy it was to make your own homemade cleaning supplies. Since then I have dabbled here and there in making my own products. To be honest, I’ve gotten more lazy with the process and realized that a simple white vinegar and water solution is cheap and effective in killing most bacteria, mold and germs.

The only thing that bothers me about using half vinegar and half water is the smell. I do miss the fresh scent of cleaning supplies and have never been able to replicate that with natural products.

In an effort to make my homemade cleaning solutions smell a little better I tried out a method I had read about a few times: soak orange peel slices in white vinegar for 2-3 weeks in order to give it a citrus scent.

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Using a large mason jar, I filled it with clementine slices (since that is what I had on hand) and then poured white distilled vinegar over them until the jar was full. I then put it away for 3 weeks. After three weeks I opened up the jar and gave it a whiff. It wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for but it was much better than plain ol’ vinegar.

I really wanted this to work so I proceeded with mixing the solution with water  (half water/solution). I then sprayed my counters down, wiped them clean and took in the scent.

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Again, not super impressed.

The vinegar smell wasn’t AS bad but it wasn’t the fresh, citrus scent I was hoping for.

In conclusion, I will probably continue to use this method since it did seem to help with the vinegar smell. I also wonder if I would have had better results with lemon or oranges instead of clementines. It’s worth a shot I guess.

Has anyone else tried this? Did it work? I’d love to hear about any success stories!


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