DIY All Purpose Orange Cleaner

I make my own all purpose spray cleaner to save money. My mother would make cleaner using ammonia to wash windows and other uses. I like this recipe using orange peels. Ammonia is hard to find these days when out shopping. There are many recipes for making spray cleaners on the internet now. This is the most simple and basic one that can be made for just a few pennies. You can do some research and find a recipe using this basic orange vinegar that you have ingredients on hand to use.

I take orange peels and put them in a glass jar and cover them with white vinegar. You can use any recycled jar that you have saved with a tight lid so you don’t have to purchase a jar. The more peels you put in the jar the stronger the orange solution will be. Just put the lid on and set it on your counter for several weeks. The orange peel will infuse the vinegar with orange oil from the skins. The skins will turn a little greyish but don’t let that worry you. I have seen instructions that tell you to put the jar in the refrigerator during this process. I let my jars sit sometimes for a couple of months because I forget and they are just fine for use. I use it up pretty fast so I just make more when I get low.

DIY All Purpose Orange Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • Glass jar with tight lid
  • White vinegar
  • Orange peelings
  • Liquid dish detergent with degreaser (Dawn original blue)
  • Squirt bottle

Formula:

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 or3 tablespoons vinegar infused with orange oil
  • 1 or 2 drops liquid dish detergent

Directions:

Place orange peels in a clean jar and cover with white vinegar. Place the jar lid on and set on the counter. You can keep adding peelings until the jar is full. The more you add the more orange oils the vinegar will have. Let sit on the counter until the orange peels start to look grey. Then it is ready. You can make up as many jars of this you want when oranges are in season and use the vinegar though out the year. Just take the grey orange peels out. Don’t let the grey peels worry you because there will be no bacteria or fungus growing in the jar because of the vinegar.

Mix the cleaner in the squirt bottle and give a good shake. You can adjust the amount of vinegar and liquid soup to meet your cleaning needs.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Forestwood says:

    This would smell a whole lot nicer than ammonia and less caustic.

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      She diluted in water with a few teaspoons of dish soap. This was back in the 1950’s. She would clean the windows with it.

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  2. Love this and I bet the house smells so good when you use this!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      If I would use the orange vinegar straight, you would smell it all over the house. I don’t do that too often.

      Thanks for stopping in. Your blog has really grown.

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  3. Bernice says:

    I need to try this. Right now I mix vinegar with Dawn for a shower cleaner and I love how it cleans.

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I like this in my kitchen and I use it wipe up everything. It is probably much more mild then your shower cleaner.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      1. Bernice says:

        Yes, agreed. I bet the orange peels make it smell awesome!

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  4. KerryCan says:

    I hadn’t seen this sort of recipe before–it sounds very effective, and much nicer than ammonia!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      You tube has many videos on this subject. This is just the basic mild formula. Some use essential oils or rubbing alcohol added to it. Others use straight up white vinegar with a little pine sol added to it. My mother was the product of the depression and ammonia was a common household cleaner. She would add a little to her homemade cleaning solutions depending on what she was working on.

      Thanks for stopping in.

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  5. Wow, very impressive, not only is this thrifty, but good for our environment as well, bravo!

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  6. I seem to have all these ingredients, certainly worth a try!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I love hearing when someone wants to give it a try. Thanks

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