Earlier in the month, I bought a Bella High Power juice extractor. Most fruits and vegetables being juiced do not need to be peeled but citrus fruit does. That leaves the peels to either candy or dehydrate, or discard. I did a bit of searching for something else to do with the peels and came across making homemade orange cleaner. Anytime I can replace a store bought, toxic cleaner with a non-toxic, homemade cleaner I will so I decided to make a batch the next time I juiced oranges.
Materials needed for orange cleaner: large mason jar or similar with lid, white vinegar; later you will need a large measuring cup, fine mesh strainer, funnel and spray bottle.
The orange peels in vinegar looked rather pretty so I was anxious to test the results. Once the sitting time was finished, it was time to move to the next step of making my non-toxic orange cleaner.
I strained the orange cleaner into the measuring cup. At that point the orange peels themselves were of no further use so were put down the food disposal. I ended up with 24 oz (750 ml) of homemade orange cleaning solution.
As is, the cleaner does a nice job cleaning. If a sudsing orange cleaner was needed, a couple of drops of liquid dish detergent could be added but for most cleaning purposes this really isn't necessary. The total cost of the 24 oz of homemade orange cleaning solution using the natural vinegar which is more expensive worked out to 56¢. If using the cheaper, store brand white vinegar the price is reduced to 37¢ at our current prices.
I am very pleased with the results. It is nice to be able to add one more homemade, non-toxic cleaner to cleaning supplies. The nice thing is, this cleaner is made from orange peels that many simply discard to begin with. It is low cost and effective, making it an eco-friendly cleaning product. Do give it a try the next time you have a few orange peels. You will be pleasantly surprised!