A girl's quest to live on the greener side.

Zero Waste Cleaning: Orange Peel Vinegar Cleaner

orange peel vinegar

By: Ariana Palmieri

Recently, I posted a photo on Instagram of my (at the time, unfinished) orange peel vinegar cleaner: It got a lot of likes and so many people expressed interest in making some. That's why I figured it'd be a good idea to share the recipe on my blog, along with my opinion of it as a cleaner. It's really not hard to make at all and makes for easy zero waste cleaning. Oh, and it smells amazing.

Too many cleaners out there contain unnecessary toxins. This orange peel vinegar cleaner is simple: The base of it is made using only 2 ingredients. Then, you pretty much just dilute it with water. I know there are lots of people who find vinegar off putting, but the orange peels do a great job of masking the scent. If you want to, you can even add some essential oils to it (I added lemon essential oil to mine). Also, just a heads up, I do have one affiliate link in this post. It's to the pretty glass spray bottle I used to house my orange peel vinegar. Now without further ado, here's how to make some all-purpose cleaner!


______________________

Orange Peel Vinegar Cleaner
Zero Waste Cleaning

orange peel vinegar

Ingredients + supplies:
  • 4 orange peels (or however many will fit in your jar)
  • 1 glass bottle of white vinegar (I got mine at Trader Joe's - I used it all to cover the oranges)
  • Essential oils (Optional - I added some lemon essential oil to mine)
  • 1 large mason jar (whatever size you want - I'd say aim for a 16 oz. jar or up)
  • Cheesecloth  or strainer (to strain the orange peels from the vinegar)
  • Spray bottle (Use what you have - plastic or glass works well)

orange peel vinegar


How to Make Orange Peel Vinegar Cleaner:
  1. Eat the oranges (or store them in an air-tight container for later) and place the peels in a glass jar. I ate 4 oranges over the course of a week and gradually added the peels to the jar.
  2. Once all the peels have been added, pour in your white vinegar. I got a glass jar of white vinegar at Trader Joe's and used it all up to cover my orange peels. I chose a glass jar to try and avoid buying any new plastic, but if you have to buy a big plastic jug of white vinegar, go for it.
  3. Once the orange peels are completely covered by the white vinegar, cover it with the jar's lid. Now here's the easiest part: Leave it alone for about 3 weeks. The longer you let it ferment, the more potent it will be. Store it some place relatively warm and out of the sun's reach: I kept it under my kitchen sink.
  4. Once the three weeks are up, use the cheesecloth or strainer to separate the orange peel vinegar from the orange peels. Transfer it over to a bowl.
  5. Mix 50/50 orange peel vinegar with water in a spray bottle of your choice. I used a funnel to get it into my spray bottle. You can dilute it less or more, depending on what you prefer and how big your bottle is. Now's the time to add some essential oil if you'd like to as well - I added some lemon to mine to compliment the orange scent. I didn't exactly count how much I added - maybe 20 to 30 drops. It's all up to you - whatever you prefer. When you're done, make sure to compost the leftover orange peels. Tada, you just made orange peel vinegar cleaner!

Note on spray bottle:  If you have an empty glass bottle you can try screwing on a spray nozzle you have lying around. I bought a glass spray bottle via Amazon (pictured below) for this cleaner because all the spray nozzles I had didn't fit on my glass bottles (figures, right?). I made sure to buy it using the frustration-free packaging option Amazon has (I suggest you use it too whenever you shop on Amazon - The program sends your product without excess packaging materials - which equals less waste). You can always put this cleaner in an empty plastic spray bottle if you have no other options at the moment. Reusing what you have is sometimes better for the environment anyway.

______________________

Cleaning with Orange Peel Vinegar

orange peel vinegar


As far as actually cleaning with this stuff goes, I love it. It smells great (just like oranges) and gets the job done. Here are a few cleaning methods I've tried and recommend using:


  • Counter tops - Simply spray it on your counter tops, wipe using a rag, and it'll be good as new! Just one or two sprays should do the trick.
  • Stove tops - This stuff does a great job of cleaning stove tops. Trust me when I say it made my stove top shine like new! I didn't even need to spray that much either.
  • Bathrooms - This will clean almost anything in the bathroom you can think of: Toilet bowls, sinks, faucets, shower walls and tubs. If you have serious grime to clean up, you might need a bit more than the usual one or two sprays.

orange peel vinegar


I've heard some people use it to clean floors too, which is super cool. I'm sure you could, I just haven't tried that yet. If you want to try it, just fill your "quick mop" with the cleaner and use on any hard floor. Let me know how it works!

What are your favorite zero waste cleaning products? Here are 3 other all-natural cleaning solutions to try.

14 comments

  1. Great list! I have never tried orange peel vinegar, definitely going to check that out!

    ReplyDelete
  2. With few exceptions, chemical drain cleaners are highly caustic, react violently with water and emit toxic fumes green gobbler drain opener review

    ReplyDelete
  3. wow, great, I was wondering how to cure acne naturally. and found your site by google, learned a lot, now i’m a bit clear. I’ve bookmark your site and also add rss. keep us updated. https://thetopcleaner.com/michigan-carpet-cleaning/

    ReplyDelete
  4. Remember to start vacuuming from the top to low together with baseboards, light fixtures blinds and windows. Instead of wiping cabinets and drawer tops, better vacuum them for faster and easier cleaning processtrysoclean

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great post! I am actually getting ready to across this information, is very helpful my friend. Also great blog here with all of the valuable information you have. Keep up the good work you are doing here. house cleaning santa barbara

    ReplyDelete
  6. For substantial stains and earth, shower concentrated exhaust. Simply ensure that the room is appropriately ventilated so they will abstain from breathing the splashed exhaust. Workers should wear legitimate defensive rigging to stay away from any suffocation or breathing issues. your one-stop solution for carpet cleaning services in the Tri-State area.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Steam extraction at such high temperatures really dives profound into the strands of floor coverings and flushes out the undesirable particles. The pretreatment and conditioner that we as expert cover and tile cleaners utilize relaxes the undesirable particles setting them up to be removed with the powerful steam cleaners.Mattress Cleaning Service

    ReplyDelete
  8. When you first begin you should run some great arrangements regardless of whether you are earning back the original investment on the real cover cleaning costs at your employments. You will need to get the word out there as much as you can, and on the off chance that you work to perfection word will spread quick. rug cleaning manhattan NY

    ReplyDelete
  9. Normal vacuuming after embodiment cleaning is more compelling likewise in light of the fact that soil can't fall profound inside your floor coverings heap.
    Oriental Rug Cleaning

    ReplyDelete
  10. Continuously attempt and pick a region mat cleaning administration that will clean the carpet for you in the solace of your own home.Oriental Rug Cleaning in Manhattan NY

    ReplyDelete
  11. Fleece is the most widely recognized material used to make hand made mats. They are impervious to soil and are entirely solid. Most are additionally non-poisonous and non-allergenic. Area Rug Cleaning in the New York City

    ReplyDelete
  12. Floor coverings are one of the key things of inside structure. In any case, cleaning them isn't something that their proprietors would need to do. For the most part, the proprietors incline toward the specialists to do it for them on the grounds that the specialists know the diverse strategies that would expel even the smallest earth molecule off a tangle.
    Rug Cleaning Brooklyn NY

    ReplyDelete
  13. Despite the technique utilized for the cover cleaning, at first it is important to vacuum everything from the cover, particularly when profound cleaning is required. Cover proprietors need to comprehend these techniques and recognize the most fitting one relying upon their cover type, spending plan and comfort. Green Choice Carpet Cleaning New York city

    ReplyDelete
  14. An expert cleaner would first apply the chemical detergent to the fabric to loosen embedded filth and then rinse it, extracting both the dirt and the cleaning substance.Furnace Cleaning Calgary

    ReplyDelete