Homemade Orange Vinegar Cleaner

Orange Cleaner - E. Jean Homestead


Fresh orange juice is amazing! Since we bought our juicer, oranges are quickly becoming one of my favorite things to juice. When we make a bunch of orange juice, we have a bunch of orange peels. I hated throwing them away so I have found a great way to use up those orange peels. Orange vinegar cleaner is an easy, effective and natural option for the home. Citrus peels contain a compound called limonene or d-limonene. Oranges contain the most limonene of any citrus fruit. Limonene is added to cleaning products for fragrance and its ability to dissolve oil.


  • Add orange peels to jar. Don’t have enough to fill your jar? Freeze peels until you save enough.
  • Fill jar with distilled white vinegar. Be sure that the peels are completely covered with vinegar.
  • Store jar, shaking occasionally, for at least 2 weeks in a cool, dark place.
  • After at least 2 weeks, drain liquid and store in separate airtight container. Don’t throw out your peels just yet! Keep reading to discover additional uses.
Tip: Opt for a plastic lid for your jar instead of metal. Vinegar can erode metal.

Orange Vinegar - E. Jean Homestead  

All-purpose Cleaner

Dilute one part vinegar with one part water. Store in a cool, dark place. Avoid using on granite, marble stone or painted surfaces. Citrus may damage these surfaces.  

Zero Waste Opportunity

You have eaten or juiced the orange flesh and used the peels to infuse vinegar for a natural cleaner. Here are a few ways to utilize those used peels:

  • Cleaning scrub: Let peels dry out. Grind in the food processor and mix with baking soda. Use for sinks, bath tubs or toilets.
  • Garbage disposal freshener: *I have seen a number of bloggers recommend this. We have been advised against feeding peels through the garbage disposal. Use your best judgement for whether this is right for you.
  • Carpet freshener: Let the peels dry out. Grind in the food processor and mix with baking soda. Sprinkle on carpet prior to vacuuming.
  • Compost: Add peels to your compost.

I can’t wait to use this in the kitchen! How do you use your orange vinegar?

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