Citrus fresh: How to make natural household cleaner of out orange peels

Most people are well aware of the cleaning powers of vinegar. As an eco-friendly solvent and disinfectant, vinegar is cheap, versatile and a staple in most households. So, why don’t more people us it to clean their homes?

If you’re anything like me, one of the major turn-offs of vinegar is its pungent odour. Luckily, there are ways around this smelly conundrum, with help from another natural source – orange peels.

I say orange peels, but lemons, limes and grapefruits work equally well. That’s because the rinds of citrus fruits contain d-limonene, the compound responsible for that “citrus fresh” scent. D-limonene is a solvent and disinfectant in its own right, which is why it’s often used in commercial cleaners, air fresheners and soaps.

So stop throwing out your orange peels, and instead follow this simple recipe to make your own vinegar-based citrus cleaner.

What you’ll need:

Orange or citrus fruit peels

Distilled white vinegar

Water

A large, airtight glass container

Strainer

Spray bottle

 

Directions:

-Fill an airtight glass container with citrus peels.

-Fill the container with white vinegar so that the citrus peels are covered.

-Seal the glass container and store it in a cool, dry place for two weeks, or until the vinegar takes on a strong citrus odor (the concoction should also change colour, depending on the fruit used).

-Strain the liquid and pour into a spray bottle, adding water as desired to dilute the solution (a 1:1 ratio will reduce the pungent smell, while maintaining the cleaning power of the solvent.)