When this idea popped up on the internet, I had to give it a try. It seems so obvious, yet I’d never done it. Now I will never throw away citrus peels again.
The recipe is for a household cleaner that will also repel insects and pests. You are essentially making your own orange oil cleaning product. A gallon will cost you about $3.50 for the white vinegar. You can use any leftover citrus or a mix of grapefruit, orange, lemon or lime. The beauty of this is the total utilization of the fruit without waste.
The fruit can be dried leftover rind or pulp and rind left after juicing. The peeled rind alone will dry much more quickly but, either way you will create a luxurious product.
After fruit is allowed to mingle with the vinegar the scent of vinegar dissipates and creates a spray cleaner that is absolutely non-toxic and can be used anywhere. Not only are you inviting a huge cost savings, but your are reducing your overall toxicity tremendously and have eliminated chemical scents that cause lung damage and allergies.
Use a glass jar for a smaller mixture and don’t worry about the quantities in the recipe. The more fruit remnants used, the more scented your product will become. For larger versions, just put the fruit remnants right into the vinegar bottle.
Citrus Peel and/or Pulp
Cover the citrus remnants with white vinegar and seal for two weeks.
Strain and transfer liquid to a spray bottle.
It will last indefinitely
Use the left over fruit remnants to sweeten the kitchen by grinding in the disposal.