I saw this idea on Pinterest a couple of months ago….and I the moment I saw it I knew I had to try it! I use A LOT of lemons…every time I drink water or tea it has lemon in it. I LOVE lemon!
But one thing I didn’t love was lemon peels…they take forever to compost, even if you chop em’ up tiny…and none of the animals readily eat them, oh the chickens will…but only if you cut them up tiny. And so there was always all these spent lemon peels from my lemon water/lemon tea habit…and so I would cut them up tiny, sometimes….and feed them to the chickens, but mostly I would just throw them away…
So I saw this idea where you take orange peels and fill a jar with them and then pour in white vinegar and let steep for a few weeks to get the citrus oils out of the peels and then filter it through a very fine filter into a spray bottle and then you have a citrus cleaner with natural citrus oils in it…
I have been cleaning my house with a white vinegar/water solution for years, so this was PERFECT.
I simply kept a mason jar on the counter and would throw in my spent lemon peels as I used them, filling with a bit of vinegar each time to keep things from rotting. Once the jar was filled to the top with peels I topped it off with vinegar and let it sit for about 3 weeks. I also made one with orange peels too.
After 3 weeks I filtered the vinegar through a reusable coffee filter to get out every tiny solid so that it didn’t mess up the sprayer of my spray bottle…the lemon vinegar smelled like LEMON, not hint of vinegar smell and the orange vinegar smelled like ORANGE…again, not a single hint of vinegar smell. So I combined the two of them in one bottle to create a citrus cleaner, which I now use full strength for cleaning things like kitchen counters and the bathroom vanity.
Smells great, cleans good, and uses up those pesky lemon peels! Can’t get much thriftier than that 😀