DIY Homemade Orange Cleaner: Easy & Chemical-Free! ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

DIY Homemade Orange Cleaner: Easy & Chemical-Free!


As you may know by now, I am a huge proponent of recycling, upcycling, and reusing.  Also, I love anything that saves me a few pennies, and this is a DIY tip that is very budget-friendly and super-easy.  Besides, anything that keeps my home sparkling without chemicals is always a plus!


DIY Homemade Orange Cleaner - Easy and Chemical-Free on Vintage Zest


Yes, I had a sneak peek of this tip allllll the way back when I shared my upcycling Mason Jar tips, so this has been a long time coming.  You'll see why I needed to wait so long to share this with you!


DIY Homemade Orange Cleaner - Easy and Chemical-Free on Vintage Zest


What You Will Need:


DIY Homemade Orange Cleaner - Easy and Chemical-Free on Vintage Zest


Directions

1.  Place your orange peels into a glass jar and cover with vinegar.

2.  The hardest part... wait at least 2 weeks!


DIY Homemade Orange Cleaner - Easy and Chemical-Free on Vintage Zest
You may not see too much of a difference, but these pictures were actually taken 2 weeks apart!


3.  After at least two weeks, get out the rest of your supplies.  Place your mesh sieve in your bowl.


DIY Homemade Orange Cleaner - Easy and Chemical-Free on Vintage Zest


4.  Dump the contents of the jar into the bowl.


DIY Homemade Orange Cleaner - Easy and Chemical-Free on Vintage Zest


5.  You can squeeze the orange peels to get all of the liquid out.

6.  Make sure that all little bits and pieces are out of the solution.  You should not need to strain it again if you used a fine mesh sieve.


DIY Homemade Orange Cleaner - Easy and Chemical-Free on Vintage Zest
So orange!


6.  Now, you have two options.  You can leave it full strength for deep-cleaning, but for an all-purpose cleaner, it is better to mix it with water.  I mix it in a 1 to 1 ratio, as you can see below.

  • In this 32 oz. bottle, I filled it to 16 oz. with the orange vinegar solution and added water to the top.


DIY Homemade Orange Cleaner - Easy and Chemical-Free on Vintage Zest


And that's it!  Check out how pretty orange it is below.  You should shake up the solution every time before using it, and it will work surprisingly well as an all-purpose cleaner!




Also, even though it is orange-colored and smells like orange, it still faintly smells of vinegar.  Still, it is not overwhelming and it is soooo much better than the chemical smell that other cleaners have.

Next, I am looking forward to switching out more of my cleaners to more natural brands, whether or not they are DIY or storebought, but this is a great start!


Do you use natural cleaning products?




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32 comments:

  1. I have to try this! Thank you =)

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  2. Can you reuse the orange peels for another round?

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  3. Definitely come back to let me know how you like it!

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  4. You know, I'm honestly not sure! You might be able to, but we have never tried. Instead, I keep the peels in a container to run through the garbage disposal if it starts to smell funky. :)

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  5. I want to try this! I use natural cleaning products frequently and I love it! Thanks for all!

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  6. This is fantastic! How simple to make but like you said so much better than store bought chemical solutions!

    Found you at the Blogger's Digest!

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  7. This is awesome! I tried to but left the oranges in. Ill have try your way. :)

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  8. I need this, thanks for sharing!

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  10. I know! :) Who would have thought it would be so easy. :)

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  11. I'm sure it will be MUCH easier!

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  13. Thanks for visiting! I'm a semi-traveling blogger and I'd love to see where our paths have crossed! http://www.vintagezest.com/p/travel.html

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  14. I bet this cleans like a champ and smells so good too! I'm so excited to see your project on Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! Thanks for linking up with us!


    Pinning and Making!

    ~ Ashley

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  15. I am going to have to try this. I make a lot of my own cleaners and some have vinegar - husband always complains about the vinegar smell even though it goes away pretty quick in my opinion. Maybe the oranges will hid the smell of the vinegar more.

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  16. Diane, I love this, and am pinning to try later! I'm so glad you shared it with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- I'm sharing on Google+! :)

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  17. It does on both counts! Thanks for hosting!

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  18. I hope so! It's still faintly there, but so MUCH better than just straight vinegar and water. Fingers crossed that it works for you!

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  19. I am doing this RIGHT away! I clean everything with vinegar - how nice to have the smell and citrus oils from the orange too. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  20. I tried this, but wasn't so successful with the result...but I'm glad you were!

    Again, thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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  21. I have been using vinegar, lemon juice, and lime juice in my homemade cleaners. I bet this orange citrus would be lovely!

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  22. Hey Girl! It's Deonna from the Child at Heart blog! I would love for you to link up at our party this week and share your great idea! http://www.thechildatheartblog.com/2014/04/link-party-with-morganize-with-me.html

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  23. I've seen this before but never had the time to give it a try. Thanks for sharing this at our HomeAcre Hop!

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  24. Oh no! Maybe one more try? :)

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  25. I've never heard of anyone using lime juice before! So many ways to make homemade cleaners. :)

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  26. Hi Diane! I totally love this and it's going on my got-to-try list! Thank you so much for sharing it at Best of the Weekend - pinned and shared! Hope you're having a great week!

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  27. That's a great idea to make your own cleaner, I bet it smells lovely. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great weekend!!

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  28. Thanks! I hope you like it. :)

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