We often throw away orange peels after we eat them. However, it is possible to bring these orange peels to life by using them for all things house cleaning. Combined with white vinegar, they work wonders for the household. The vinegar orange peel cleaner is easy to make and costs next to nothing. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on toxic cleaners when you already have everything you need to make “green” products at home.

A simple home remedy based on orange peel and white vinegar

Citrus peels combined with white vinegar make a fantastic homemade cleaner. Here’s how to turn those citrus peels into a wonderful antibacterial cleaner: What you’ll need:

  • Orange peel
  • White wine vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Pitcher
  • An essential oil (optional)

Put citrus peels in a jar with a lid every time you consume them. Tangerine, clementines or oranges, all three will do. Just put them in without packing them. The important thing is that they reach the rim of the container. Then pour white vinegar into the jar until it covers all the peels. Then close the jar and put it in a dark, cool place for two weeks. After this time, filter the liquid to isolate the peel residue, then pour your orange vinegar solution into a spray bottle.  After your all-purpose cleaner is ready to use, spray the surfaces you want to treat. Wipe with a damp sponge or microfiber cloth, then rinse with clean water.

You will be pleased to find that the dual reaction of orange and vinegar allows to remove dirt and even perfume the treated area with the good smell so characteristic of citrus. Of course, you can add this cleaner to your floor cleaning routine by adding it to your water bucket. Its natural disinfectant cleaner will add efficiency to your laundry. We should also add that it is also an excellent degreasing and deodorizing cleaner.

Pickled orange peels can claim to replace often expensive and sometimes environmentally harmful chemicals. As a result, your new cleaning fluid won’t affect allergy sufferers because it doesn’t contain allergens. It’s still wiser to wear gloves, as vinegar remains a product that could irritate sensitive skin. Of course, it remains much less irritating than bleach. Still related to ecological cleaning, you can also discover all the other reasons why it is wiser not to throw orange peels in the trash.

What else can you do with orange peels?

Orange peels work wonderfully as a natural cleaning agent, but you can also use them in less conventional ways:

  • Orange peel to prevent brown sugar from getting hard

If you want to prevent your brown sugar from clumping and hardening over time, place a piece of orange peel in your brown sugar container and seal it. While the rind hardens, the sugar will retain its condition.

  • Orange peels for a pleasant-smelling home

Another way to enjoy the pleasant citrus aromas is to simmer orange peel, hot water, cinnamon sticks and cloves in a hot pot. This clever mixture with heat action will unleash wonderful fragrances in your home. As you can see, orange peels hold amazing possibilities that it would be a shame not to take advantage of. Did you also know that lemon peel is very good to eat?