It is citrus season here in Arizona. This means for a few weeks, everyone that has citrus fruit has to get it off of their trees, and there is always too much for one family. So we share – with anyone that will take it!
One of the things that I like to do when I squeeze oranges for juice is make citrus peel cleaner with some of the leftover peels. This is a great natural product, is easy to make, cuts grease and it smells pretty good. My favorite place to use it is in the bathroom as an all purpose cleaner. I do have to mention that unfortunately, it is not the best for mirrors because the citrus oil will leave streaks. I learned this the hard way! It is great otherwise.
I mixed up the peels and used orange and lemon but just orange is fine. I try to have about 2 cups total to put in the jar.
Fill the jar with white vinegar – try to get a full cup of vinegar into the citrus peels.
Put on the lid and seal tightly. Date the lid so that you know how long it has been since you sealed it. Every so often, give the jar a shake. Allow to steep for 2-4 weeks.
Once it is ready, using a strainer, remove the vinegar from the jar. Straining it into a glass measuring cup is the easiest, as it has a spout to pour into a spray bottle.
Once it has been poured into the spray bottle, add a cup of water. Shake to combine and you are ready to use!
Citrus Peel Cleaner
- 2 cups assorted citrus peels
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- Place 2 cups of citrus peels into a medium sized jar with tight fitting lid.
- Add 1 cup of vinegar.
- Allow to steep for a minimum of two weeks, up to four weeks.
- When ready, strain into a measuring cup with a spout.
- Pour into a spray bottle and add 1 cup of water.
- Use as an all purpose cleaner and degreaser. (For best results do not use on glass or mirrors.)