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Natural orange cleaner

I've mentioned that we've moved to a whole foods diet, no more processed foods. We've even done the Whole30, and for hubby's sake, we've extended it out to a Whole45 as of this weekend. We've had a lot of extra stress, so he wanted to extend the program to see if he got better results now that things are settling down a bit. He's actually not wanting to reintroduce any of the foods we eliminated because he's seen such improvements in his health, so we may be following a strict paleo diet forever. I'll let you know how it goes.
I've started making efforts to be more "green" and natural in other areas too, like with cleaning products so I had to give this natural orange cleaner a try. You can read about it here at Apartment Therapy and Kitchen Stewardship. Just like they say, all you need to do is toss the rinds in a jar. We've been eating more oranges and lemons on Whole30 so it' s been easy for me to quickly fill up a jar. I currently have a lemon batch sitting now.  Once your jar is full, fill with white vinegar and let is sit a couple of weeks. Here's my orange peels soaking.

Strain your new cleaner out after a couple of weeks and enjoy the fruity smell. I've been using it to clean greasy countertops and I'm going to try it on glass. I'm sure you can use it most ways you use vinegar. I also kept the peels and wipe the sink with them and then toss down the disposal to freshen it up.

In what ways have you gone "natural" or "green"?

I'll be sharing this here:


  1. What a great idea and we love fresh squeezed orange juice so a great reason to make some and use up the peels!

  2. I LOVE this!! I use only all natural cleaners and can't wait to make this one too! I am hosting a blog hop today at my site - I would love it if you could swing by and share!

  3. I've been thinking about trying this with lemons or grapefruit! I've also started eating more paleo & greening other areas too! I find when I eliminate high carb/gluten I just feel better!

  4. What a great use for your orange peels! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Sumo's Sweet Stuff. Have a great week :)


  5. What a simple great idea! I love this. Thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful idea! Love it. Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  6. This is a great idea! I would love for you to share this at my Give Me the Goods link party where you can party with five blogs via one link:

    ~Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly

  7. This looks so easy! I'm gonna try this!!

  8. Might try this!!
    Thank you for sharing with us at the Give Me The Goods Link Party!

  9. I love Citra Solv (but have to order it online now) so I will try this too...thanks! I LOVE the smell of real citrus in cleaning products :)

    Thanks for sharing with us, and it's always great to see creative minds at work. :)

    Visiting from Overflowing With Creativity@ It's Overflowing's linky party
    Suz @MaytagNMom
    NW Illinois
    ~~My Current Project At The Party~~

  10. Wow! What a great idea! I bet it smells great! I might just have to give this a try...thanks for sharing!

    Jen @ Yummy. Healthy. Easy.

  11. Oh this must smell amazing!! I love cleaning with non toxic cleaners and especially thrifty ones :) Thank you so much for sharing at Pretty Things this week, hope to see you again tomorrow night!

    xo, Tanya

  12. I am so making some of this to use on cleaning project around our home. Thanks for sharing. ;o)

  13. awesome Im another one who has gone "green" I make my own laundry soap and all household cleaners

  14. To be greener, we only eat organic. I make my own organic olive oil soap. Thanks for being earth-friendly too! Soap


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