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The most effective DIY orange cleaner for your home

by Dr Prem Community Writer
orange cleaner for your home

Ditch the chemical cleaners and make your own natural cleaner at home. White vinegar is quite popular, but it’s not the most fragrant one. Making orange infused cleaners will liven up the green cleaning regimen of your home. You can make orange oil or orange vinegar or mix with other citrus fruit extracts to make a DIY orange cleaner which is absolutely fantastic. Orange based cleaners can be used to clean counters, hardwood floors, etc. Here are some ways in which orange cleaners can be used as well as some DIY methods to make your very own amazing orange cleaner at home:

Uses of DIY orange cleaner

Check out these uses of DIY orange cleaners for your home. You don’t really peel off an orange and use it to clean. Read on to find out how you can use this versatile fruit as a polish and a cleaner. At first are some easy and quick cleaning liquids you can make. Also, read about how you can make bigger quantities of the orange cleaner.

Natural orange cleaner

 White Vinegar

Ingredients:Orange rinds, White Vinegar (distilled), Spray bottle

Fill up the spray bottle with the orange rinds and vinegar. Shake the vinegar and rinds and let the mixture sit for a while. This homemade citrus cleaner can be used to clean your bathroom and countertops.

Furniture polish from orange juice

Ingredients: 1 cup of olive oil and half a cup of orange juice

Mix the two ingredients in any bowl. Use a damp cloth to clean your wooden furniture with this solution. It can be used to bring the shine back into old wooden floors. This DIY orange cleaner is harmless and can be used on the wood without any worry of chemicals polluting your home. This homemade citrus cleaner is a wonderful tool for cleaning wood in your home.

Soapy orange spray cleaner

Freshly squeezed juice of orangeIngredients: Freshly squeezed juice of orange – 2 tbsp, ½ tsp of liquid soap and washing soda each, 1 tsp borax, and 2 cups of hot water

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl till they are all dissolved and put it in spray bottle. This DIY orange cleanercan clean your outdoor furniture and give it a beautiful sparkle. It can be used on toilets, sinks, and showers.

Sink cleaner

Ingredients: Orange, Salt

This is one of the easiest cleaners you can make. It’s ready in a ziffy – just cut one orange and dip one half of it in some salt. Scrub the sink’s inside with the salty orange, and then rinse thoroughly. You can use an orange which has been juiced already. It’s like a natural coarse sponge. This orange and salt combo works well for garbage disposals too.You can clean naturallyand have a shiny sink, without the use of any chemicals at all.

Air freshener

Lemon juice

Ingredients: 2 tbsps of orange juice, 2 tbsp lemon juice, water – 1 cup, and a spray bottle.

Who doesn’t love the sweet scent of fresh oranges? Mix all the ingredients together and spray all over your home to enjoy the citrusy orange scent. And this DIY orange cleaner doesn’t cost a thing!

Microwave cleaner

Ingredients: ½ orange and ½ lemon, water – 2 cups

Place the orange and lemon into a microwave bowl containing the water. Then put the microwave on high for a period of 3 minutes. Wipe the inside of the microwave to make it clean and fresh. 

Orange oil cleaning agent: Method 1

Orange-peel

Ingredients:Mason jar/air tight container, white vinegar, and dried orange peels

Orange oil is a natural anti-bacterial agent. You can make it easily at home. Collect as many orange peels as you can in an air tight jar /container. When you have enough peels, pour vinegar over the peels to the top of the jar.

Then place the container in a sunny spot, preferably on the kitchen windowsill. Let it stay for approximately 3 days, then after the sunlight has done its job, and after it gets a pretty color, you’ll be able to see that your orange oil is ready. Strain it through a mesh strainer and store in a cool and dark place.

Orange oil cleaning agent: Method 2

Ingredients:Orange rinds, water

What else you need: Safety goggles, waterproof gloves, paring knife, saucepan with a lid, stove, potholders, bowl, strainer, funnel, spray bottle.

Another method to make orange oil cleaner is to remove the white portion from the orange rinds and cut the orange portion into smaller parts, into 1 inch or smaller pieces.

Place the rinds in the saucepan filled with water and boil the rinds. After the water starts boiling, bring it down to simmer. After 5 minutes, remove the orange solution from the stove and cover it with a lid. Once you let the rind solution soak for 24 hours, a wonderful orange oil will be created. Pour the mixture through a strainer and throw away the used rind pieces. 

DIY orange vinegar

cleaning

Ingredients: Citrus fruit peel (peels of one lemon, one grapefruit and two oranges) and white vinegar

Trim away the pith of the peels (the white portion) and place them inside a glass container. Then cover the peels with white vinegar, and let the mixture sit for at least 2 weeks. Once the color of the vinegar and citrus peels turns into a deep orange and smells of oranges, it means your DIY orange vinegar is ready. Some people shake the jar to speed up the process. You can try that too.

You can use a 50/50 diluted solution to clean. The orange vinegar benefits are many – it can remove soap scum, spots caused by hard water, and much more. 

There are many orange vinegar benefits. DIY orange cleanersare very useful non-toxic cleaning agents. Orange cleaners are easy to make – whether alone or in combination with white vinegar – they are very strong natural cleaners. Another plus point of orange based cleaners is the lovely fresh scent which pervades your home after using them.

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