Some time ago, I was cleaning cupboards in my kitchen and was disgusted with what I found under my kitchen sink. A mess! A mess of cleaners for this and that, some half used, and I decided I wanted to get rid of all the containers that were taking up so much space and adding clutter.
I made a note of what I had and resolved to use them before buying anything else. Sometimes, we buy cleaners hoping they will do a better job than the previous product we purchased, but in the end, quite often it’s a matter of elbow grease in getting stubborn messes cleaned up. And that is one thing I have got going for me – I have lots of elbow grease and am not afraid of putting in the effort.
Another thing I decided to do was to settle on ONE cleaner for as much as possible. For this, it had to be antibacterial, tough on dirt and that could cut through grease. One thing I hate with a passion is a messy stove and fridge, but with the fridge right beside the stove, it will often catch grease splatters as I am cooking. So what is the answer? A citrus based natural cleaner!
You can make your own orange peel oil cleaner for a fraction of the cost of buying it at the store. It has many advantages as well:
- No harsh and dangerous chemicals
- Fresh and clean scent
- Kills germs and bacteria (so it can also be used in the bathroom too for those yucky cleaning jobs)
- It’s inexpensive
- It works!
Here’s what you do:
Put your orange peels into a glass jar. Cover with vinegar and screw the lid on the jar.
Whenever you eat oranges, add your peels to the jar, adding more vinegar to cover. You can press down on the peels that are already in the jar to make more room for additional peels.
Once you have the jar packed full of peels and vinegar, set it aside for a month. Then, strain off the orange peels from the vinegar/orange oil liquid. Discard the peels the way you normally would, in the trash or compost.
The oil/vinegar that you have left is an amazing cleaner that you can use on just about any hard surface. Mix one part with two parts of water in a spray bottle and use like you would any other cleaner. For really tough dirt and grease, use full strength.
If you use a lot of lemons, you can use lemon peel as well. Another cleaning tip for you – if you have stubborn greasy stains on hard surfaces, cut a lemon in half, and rub (using elbow grease) the inside of the lemon against the grease and dirt, directly. It works as well as any other cleaner and it’s natural and safe!