What if I told you that I had the secret to your household cleaning blues? You’d buy me an iced coffee to celebrate, wouldn’t you? Well, drink up dearie because you’ll love this. It’s time to make some homemade orange oil cleaner!
Fall is a great time to give your home a deep clean before hibernating for the winter. Living in the Midwest, it’s something that we do annually. Spring means breaking open the windows and airing out the joint, but fall means giving it a good once-over before it’s closed up for the winter. This recipe for a healthy homemade cleaner not only makes my body happy by nixing the nasty chemicals found in many mainstream grocery store brands but it also helps us focus on the “Reduce / Reuse / Recycle” goal we’ve chosen as a family. Bonus —> It makes my wallet happy, too!
Here are the major talking points for why you should use an orange-based cleaner in your home:
- Orange oil disinfects which makes it a good for bathrooms, kitchens, and children’s rooms.
- Powerful essential oils found in oranges help deodorize away the stale or stinky smells which makes it good for all kinds of household spaces. (Got teens? You know what I mean then….)
- Orange oil cleans without drying out which makes it a great conditioner for wood furniture and cabinets.
- It also cuts grease without pain and strain on those elbows of yours! It makes a great cleaner to keep on hand in the kitchen for the stove and surrounding counter tops or walls.
- Who can resist the clean, fresh smell of oranges!
Homemade Orange Oil Cleaner is simple to make so I like to keep a batch curing all the time. In our house, we eat a lot of oranges and other orange-related citrus like mandarins and clementines. I will keep a bowl of an orange citrus fruit sitting in the living room for quick snacks while watching tv or movies. My secret weapon? A spare bowl for the peels. My family thinks that I’m just being helpful but in reality I’m encouraging them to place their peels in the bowl rather than into the compost bin or garbage disposal. After they snack I swipe the peels and pack them into a canning jar. Once the jar is full I add my oil or vinegar. It’s that simple!
Make Your Own Homemade Orange Oil Cleaner
- A clean canning/mason jar with lid
- Enough orange peels to pack it full
- White Vinegar or Olive Oil
- Pack your jar with orange peels. I like to pack mine fairly full but not so tight that they aren’t adequately covered.
- Add your chosen liquid. I like using white vinegar for an all-purpose household cleaner. Olive oil works well for a nice wood polish. Fill so that all your peels are covered.
- Let your jar sit somewhere out of the way like top of fridge! Fix it and forget it… for at least a week (though I admit I usually let mine sit until the oranges are not so orange anymore!) Every now and again give it a good shake to distribute the oil or vinegar and mix the peels.
- Strain your cleaner into another bottle, jar, or container. It should have a nice golden color. There’s no need to dilute your cleaner. It’s simple, easy, and ready to use after straining.
By making your own cleaner, you are reducing the amount of disposable containers – and chemicals – brought into your home. And, you are reusing those peels in a second way giving life to something that most people toss… even though I hope that you are putting them into your compost pile.
What’s your favorite homemade cleaner? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. We love to keep a chemical-free home, so we’d love to hear your tips and tricks as well!
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