Give your vinegar cleaning solution a whole new twist with a little citrus boost.  Try your hand at making orange vinegar cleaner.

Orange Vinegar CleanerCleaning with orange vinegar adds the power of orange oil to your cleanser. It also alters the smell so instead of getting a hearty whiff of vinegar when you clean, you get a citrus/vinegar combination. Some people love this. Others think it’s . . . well, a weird citrus/vinegar thing. But, weird is fun, so give this recipe for orange vinegar cleanser a try.  As far as homemade cleaning products go, making orange vinegar cleaner is child’s play.

How to Make Orange Vinegar Cleanser

Step 1: Save your orange peels and pith (that white part most kids pick off) in a mason jar.

Step 2: Cover the peels with undiluted white vinegar. (Why do they call it white? It’s clear!)

Step 3: Cover and label with “Do not eat!” (That last part may only be necessary in my house.)

Step 4: After two-ish weeks, strain out the peels and store the now-orange vinegar in a mason jar or other container. Because we use a lot of vinegar and eat a lot of oranges, we store ours in a gallon jug.

Step 5: To clean with the vinegar, use it full strength or dilute it with water, either 50/50 or one part vinegar to three parts water in a spray bottle. The concentration depends on your intended use.

We make a supply during the winter months when oranges are generally on sale.

Relatively pointless orange facts with which to impress or annoy your family:

  • Christopher Columbus is sometimes credited with introducing oranges to the New World on his second voyage in 1493.
  • The larger the “belly button” on navel oranges, the sweeter the orange. (Too bad you can’t judge people this way. “I don’t think I trust you; show me the navel!”)
  • People in Nepal eat the whole orange, skin and all. That means less peeling duty for Mom.
  • There are over 600 varieties of oranges. (I think I’ve had, I don’t know, six.)
  • Orange juice is very acidic, so try not to drink it on an empty stomach. When drinking, remember that acid and your teeth do not get along, so either sip it through a straw or rinse with water after drinking.
  • Oranges will not become overly ripe if left on the tree.  That’s great news for any of us procrastinators who happen to have a neglected orange tree out back.

Give this simple recipe for making orange vinegar cleaner a try and let us know how it worked!  Trying out the orange trivia on your friends is optional.

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