Just the other day I read a person’s comments on a blog post regarding canning oranges. Apparently besides the benefit of being able to can oranges if you have an over-abundance and don’t want to waste the fruit, you can also use the peels to make your own disinfectant. I thought this was a GREAT idea and just happened to have some oranges in the house.
Since I am not canning a bunch or oranges at one time; therefore, I don’t have an abundance of readily available peels, I simply placed the peels I did have ready inside a pint jar and covered with vinegar. After that I sealed the jar with a lid and placed inside the back of a cabinet. Every time I have more peels, I can add them to the jar along with more vinegar until the jar is tightly packed with peels.
It will take approximately 1-2 months for the mixture to steep before it is ready to use. A sure way to test if it is done is to smell the liquid. If you can still smell the vinegar, it hasn’t steeped long enough and should be replaced in the back of your cabinet for a while longer. You should only smell a delightful citrus. Pour the liquid into a spray bottle and you are ready to start cleaning.
This cleaner is good for cleaning kitchen counters as well as bathrooms since the vinegar is a natural disinfectant. Considering the fact that this cleaner is made from two ingredients, one being something you were just going to throw away to begin with, it is amazingly inexpensive! It is eco-friendly, wallet-friendly, and kid-friendly!