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I've found that one of the best ways for me to keep the peace in my home is to maintain a regular cleaning schedule, including a daily wipe down of my kitchen and bathrooms.

But you know what?

Cleaning everyday? It uses a lot of cleaning product!

I've tried to avoid using chemicals in my home as much as possible, and spraying chemical cleaners all over my home daily wasn't something that I wanted to do. “Yes” to the clean house… but “No” to the toxic chemicals.

Not to mention the fact that cleaning products can be so expensive!

(Cheapskate me and semi-crunchy me are in agreement on this one.)

So, after some research and some recipe tweaking, I now have a favorite “go to” cleaner- and it's easy to make, cheap, and most importantly, doesn't spread chemicals around my house and into the air.

 

Vinegar has so many amazing uses- and its non-harsh cleaning properties make it perfect for all purpose daily cleaners.

And the scent? Well, the first time I used a vinegar-based cleaner, my husband walked into the bathroom right after I'd cleaned the sink and asked why everything smelled like ketchup… so, yeah. The vinegar scent may take a little while to get used to, but the smell does dissipate when it dries, and it really didn't take me long to start to enjoy the vinegar-y smell (ahhh, clean!).

I used a simple vinegar and water solution to clean my kitchen counters and to dampen dust rags for several months- just one part vinegar to two parts water- but I wanted some extra cleaning power for doing the bathrooms without sacrificing our health by adding lots of chemicals.

And that's where the orange peels come in.

To make the orange-vinegar base of the cleaner, I grab a couple of quart sized mason jars, some white vinegar, and about four oranges. And then I eat the oranges (with the help of an obliging husband).

The orange peels go into the mason jars, and then I fill up the jars with vinegar. I put the jars in my linen closet for about two weeks (but no longer than a month)- and then take the orange peel out.

Usually by this point, the vinegar has gotten darker and almost syrupy. The orange peel is discarded, and sometimes (if I have the time or motivation) I put the vinegar through a fine strainer before I use it, but I haven't found that to be necessary.

I mix one part orange-vinegar with two parts warm water and shake it up in a spray bottle. The rest of the orange-vinegar can stay in the mason jar until I need it, and then I'm off to clean my bathrooms!

All-natural orange all purpose cleaner

 

I don't use all natural products all the time, and I still have a lot to learn about ways that our home can be more eco-friendly and healthy. In my home, it's all about the small steps- and for us, this small step makes a big difference. Not only does it save us some money, but I feel good about cleaning my house knowing that I'm keeping our home a safe and healthy place.

What small steps (or big ones!) have you made to clean your home in a more eco-friendly, natural way?

 

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4 thoughts on “My All-Purpose, All-Natural Daily Cleaner

  1. Ann Rice says:

    I am so thankful I came across your article and… comment! I like your recipes and the way you explain things… everything seems so easy. The topic is really interesting for me because I am trying to pay attention to all the products I use everyday make sure that they are not harming my health. I am a big fan of vinegar, baking soda and citrus juice – they can be used for plenty of purposes. Thank you for sharing! Happy green cleaning to all!

    • Kresha Faber says:

      Mine usually lasts at least a year (if I haven’t used it up by then).

      I’m not sure what you mean by how many orange peels, but even one will give a very light scent. The more you use, the stronger the scent.

      I hope that helps! 🙂

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