Have you ever wondered what to do with old oranges?   Or maybe you’ve asked yourself What Can I do with leftover orange peels.  Sure there are a ton of food recipes that use oranges, but there is even more you can do with old oranges and even just the peel! You can make orange cleaner for your home!

So how do you make orange cleaner?  In today’s post, we are going to share 6 great eco-friendly DIY Recipes for Orange Cleaners you can use through out your home! 

DIY Recipes for Orange Cleaners

By Sury Jane

I was recently watching the “Orange Bowl”. I am a big Wisconsin Badger fan and I wanted my team to win (they did!). Anyway, I began to crave an orange (go figure) and looked up what the best oranges are.

In my search, I  came across several ways to clean with oranges. I had to reschedule my cleaning service with Think Maids DC this week, so I was able to find some really cool stuff to naturally clean around the house with the leftovers.

There are plenty out there, but so far these are the ones that work for me and will work for you. Here is my list of 6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Use Oranges To Clean Your House.

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DIY Recipes for Orange Cleaners

Wondered what to do with old oranges? Maybe you've asked yourself What Can I do with leftover orange peels. DIY Orange Cleaners are the answer!

Natural Citrus Cleaner

  • Orange Rinds
  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Spray Bottle

Fill the spray bottle with the orange grinds. Then fill the bottle with the distilled white vinegar to the top. Shake and let it sit. You will have the cleaner in about an hour. This is great for counter tops and cleaning the bathroom.

Cleaning Your Sink.

  • Orange
  • Salt

Cut an orange in half and dip it lightly into a dish of salt.
Scrub the inside of your sink with the salted orange.
Rinse thoroughly.

Even an orange that has already been juiced will work with this technique. It’s pretty much a natural course sponge.

Bonus: If you have a garbage disposal, when you are finished toss the orange into the disposal and add a few ice cubes. Turn on the disposal and your disposal is not just only clean, it also has sharper blades. Smells great too!

Soapy Citrus Spray Cleaner

  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ½ tsp liquid soap ½ tsp washing soda
  • 1 tsp Borax 2 cups hot water

Squeeze the orange juice by hand into a bowl.
Mix the other ingredients into the bowl until dissolved.
Pour into a spray bottle for application.

This works especially great on outdoor furniture. However, also works wonders on sinks, toilets and showers.

Furniture Polish

  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 cup olive oil.

Mix this into a bowl.
Lightly dampen a cloth and use on your wood furniture. Wiping it as if were Pledge.

This mixture can also be used to shine wooden floors.

Natural Air Freshener

  • 2 tbsp squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup of water
  • Spray bottle

Pour the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake. It becomes a great air freshener. And so inexpensive.

Clean Your Microwave

  • ½ a lemon
  • ½ an orange
  • 2 cups of water

Place both the lemon and orange into a bowl of water.
Cook on high for three minutes.

Simply wipe down the microwave afterwards, and it will smell fresh.

DIY Recipes for Orange Cleaners

Thanks Sury for these 6 Eco-Friendly DIY Ways to Use Oranges To Clean Your House!  Now we know what to do with left over orange peels.  What is your favorite cleaning hack? Let us know in the comments below!

Alicia Trautwein is an autism parenting coach living in Missouri. She is the creator behind The Mom Kind, a website dedicated to parenting neurodiverse families.  She is one of the head creators behind the #WeLoeveMoms campaign and is also featured in the "Amazing Moms" coffee table book by Hogan Hilling & Dr. Elise Ho.  She shares her expertise along with her experience in parenting children, both with and without autism.

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