Have you been looking for a safer cleaner to use around the home? Try this homemade orange vinegar cleaner!


Citrus Peels (I used a combination of navel orange and clementine)
Distilled White Vinegar
Water (optional)
Airtight Glass Container
Spray Bottle
Measuring Cup


 Collect citrus peels and store them in an airtight glass container.
Note: citrus fruits contain d-limonene, a natural solvent that chemically reacts with oil to break it down.

Once your container is full, cover the peels with white vinegar.

Date your jar, and let it sit for about 2 weeks.
Note: when ready, the vinegar should have a strong citrus odor and be yellowish in color.

Strain the peels.

Dilute with water if you so desire.
The concentration depends on your intended use and preference. I used a 1:1 ratio.

Pour into a spray bottle and use.
While I have been using it mostly in my kitchen to clean up stove top grease, this makes for a great, all purpose cleaner.


Idea from Apartment Therapy