Orange Infused Vinegar

I have discovered a great way to make some great smelling cleaning products, using ordinary white vinegar, and orange peels.

Spray bottle with vinegar
Orange-scented vinegar as a simple glass cleaner

Cleaning with vinegar is nothing terribly new: there are hundreds of recipes and creative uses for this staple cleaning product. I think the most straight-up useful way is as a glass cleaner. Just squirt it through a mister onto glass or a mirror, and wipe it away with an old rag cloth.

But the smell! Pew, I was initially really put off by the smell of vinegar in the room after I had cleaned. What’s a girl to do?

Make orange-infused vinegar, of  course! I can’t believe how effective and easy it is to turn plain old stinky vinegar into a refreshing cleaning liquid!

How to do it

  1. Get a bottle (I use glass) and mostly fill it with cheap white vinegar.
  2. Cut up an orange, or two, and eat it. Yum!
  3. Stick the orange peel into your glass jar
  4. Put on a lid, and leave it on the kitchen bench for a few weeks.

Over time, the vinegar will leech the colour from the orange peels, leaving a slimy looking peel, and yellow coloured liquid. When you think it has leeched for long enough, empty the vinegar into a bottle and store it: I put mine back into the original bottle, or into a spray bottle. I also combine it with Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda) in various ways to clean surfaces, toilets, ovens, toasters, my kettle … the list goes on and on.

It’s so much more of a pleasure to clean with an uplifting orange-fresh scent. It takes the typical home-made cleaning recipe from a bit dodgy and home-grown to a “proper” product. This is how it’s meant to be done! 🙂

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