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
- Glass jar with tight lid
- White vinegar
- Orange peelings
- Liquid dish detergent with degreaser (Dawn original blue)
- Squirt bottle
- 1 cup water
- 2 or3 tablespoons vinegar infused with orange oil
- 1 or 2 drops liquid dish detergent
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.