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I have been eating my way through crates of winter citrus, and recently decided to use some of the peels to make a homemade cleaner. I added orange peels to vinegar, and let them sit in an airtight container for a couple of weeks. The result: a powerful, inexpensive, natural cleaner.

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What You Need:

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

Instructions:

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1. 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.

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

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3. 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.

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4. Strain the peels.

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

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6. 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.

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