Posted on | March 16, 2012 | 16 Comments
I heard about this from a friend of mine, then embarked on a search for more information. Everybody’s doing so why shouldn’t I? And you, too!! 🙂 This is one of the easiest things to do, and it goes right along with my waste not, want not tendencies. 😀
Orange Oil Cleaner
In a jar (any size will do) stuff citrus peels. Pour white vinegar over your peels until they are covered. Cap your jar, gently shake it up & add vinegar as/if needed. The shaking gets air bubbles from under the peels. Typically when you shake it, those air bubbles surface & it looks as though there’s less liquid than you put in. For the steeping period, you want it tightly capped.
Gently shake your concoction as you think about it, but at least a couple times a week. You’ll see as time passes that the liquid begins to get thicker & more “syrup-y.” Your peels will turn a dark colour & begin to brown. This, too, is ok!! Over time the vinegar smell begins to lessen.
I let mine steep about 2 months then did the following ratio- 2 parts water, 1 part homemade cleaner. My friend says she does hers about a week/week & a half & uses it straight. The longer you let it steep, the less you use in your spray bottle of water.
However long you decide to let it steep, make sure you write your start date on the top of your jar.
This is an all-purpose cleaner. Since citrus is said to be antibacterial, you can use this as a disinfectant spray.