For a long time I have used a few simple items to clean with such as baking soda used as a soft scrub in the bathroom and lemon oil to polish wood furniture but I’ve never made an all-purpose cleaner. So, about a year ago I started searching online for a recipe and found an orange cleaner that I really like. Being a major fruit lover, I am all about the citrus; I love to eat it, smell it, wear the colors of it. The recipes I found call for soaking dried peels in vinegar for a week or so. I’ve been making it regularly and really like it.
Well, this past weekend I was cleaning out my laundry area and found a jar of orange peels that had been soaking for going on two months. Way past time to mix up some cleaner so after straining, I added essential oil to enhance the smell even more and added a couple of drops of dish detergent just to give it a bit of oomph. This stuff is really good! It cleaned up a greasy stove top easily and smelled nice to boot.
- Dried citrus peels, enough to fill a quart jar
- 15 drops or so of Tangerine or other essential oil, optional
- Dish detergent
- Save peels from oranges, lemons or citrus fruit of your choice. Dry in sunny place such as a window sill. Pack into a quart jar and top with white vinegar. Store in dark area such as a closet for at least a month. Strain, saving liquid. Pour into a clean spray bottle, add 2 squirts of dish detergent and about 15 drops of essential oil if desired. Shake to mix.