Home made orange and vinegar household cleaner

This makes a great, simple, yet effective, all purpose cleaner - use it for kitchen counters, windows, mirrors, bathrooms and even for cleaning your fruit and veggies, anything really! Vinegar is an age old disinfectant and deodorizer. The orange peels and cinnamon are mostly to take away the pungent smell of the vinegar. Actually, orange oil, which is extracted from the peel, is used in aromatherapy to create a feeling of happiness and warmth - I’m sure we could all use a little of that while doing housework.

You will need:
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • A bag of oranges (6 - 8 should do it)
  • A few cinnamon sticks
  • Optional: Tea tree oil
  • Large glass jar
  • Thinly peel the orange skins with a vegetable peeler. Put them in your jar with few cinnamon sticks and fill up with vinegar. Label the jar with the date and stick it in a cupboard for at least 3 weeks, preferably 4. Give it a shake once every day or two. This may all seem like a bit of effort but believe me its worth the wait - it will hardly smell like vinegar at all, just wonderfully fresh and orangey with a hint of cinnamon. When its ready, just strain and discard the peels and cinnamon. Make a mix of half filtered water and half orange vinegar, pour into a spray bottle and add the tea tree oil if using (about 30 drops per cup). Tea tree oil has powerful antibiotic and anti fungal properties and can be added if you feel you need some extra power (maybe leave this out if you plan to use it for cleaning your fruit and veggies).

    NB: A good tip I read online is to keep a big plastic salt shaker filled with bicarb on hand for more tough cleaning jobs - just sprinkle bicarb, spray on vinegar and scrub.

    References:
    Green Living
    Portland College
    Robyn's View
    The New Home Maker