Distilled white vinegar is just about the most versatile cleaning product you can buy. Plus it’s non-toxic and cheap as dirt. The only drawback? It smells terrible! Some people may love the sharp smell of pure vinegar, but to me it just doesn’t scream “come on into my fresh clean home!”. More like, “I forgot to wash my gym bag.” Well, not quite, but it’s just not all that pleasant.
Enter oranges. Now they smell fantastic. The bright citrusy smell of the oil from the skin is refreshing in the air and a natural disinfectant. I like to put the peels down the garbage disposal to clean it every once and a while. This is also a good practice as you do not want to add citrus to your compost bin. Again, the oils have disinfectant properties which can also kill off the bacteria you want growing in your compost. But I digress. The point is that orange peels and vinegar makes a wonderful household cleaner that is super simple to make and costs only pennies.
Homemade Orange Cinnamon Cleaner
To make a batch of homemade cleaner, add orange peels to a mason jar and top up with white vinegar. Add a few cinnamon sticks as well to spice it up. Let sit covered in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks then strain into a spray bottle. If you would like a stronger spice smell when strained, add a few drops of cinnamon essential oil. It’s the perfect cleaning recipe for the winter months as it warms it up just a bit more.
Your homemade cleaner is all-purpose and perfect for bathrooms, kitchens, and floors. The more citrus and spice you use the less vinegar-y it will smell. Use within about 6 weeks and make smaller batches so that you always have some fresh cleaner on hand.
It’s so easy to make it would be a perfect handmade gift idea. Perhaps with a pretty apron like this apron in a jar?
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