Sunday, July 8, 2012

Spring Cleaning in the Summer....

It's a crazy idea, I know, but I made a new batch of my homemade spray cleaner and couldn't wait to try it out. It smells heavenly!

I started in the living room, then onto the dining room, kitchen, and entryway. Seven hours later, I finished just in time to start supper.

Since my homemade cleaner turned out so well, I thought I would share the recipe with you.

I started by getting a nice big jar to put it in. I used a half gallon pickle jar. Then I filled it 3/4 full of white vinegar and added the peelings from 4 oranges. I let it sit on a nice sunny windowsill for 2 weeks.

Then it was ready to use, so I poured it into a spray bottle, filling it 1/2 full of cleaner, and the other 1/2 with water. If you like, you can add some orange essential oil once you put it into the spray bottle to give it a stronger scent. I added clove essential oil and now our house smells kinda like Christmas. I just love that smell!

I think you could easily use lemons instead of oranges. Either way it not only smells great, but it works great, too! I'm sure you were wondering. Since we have grandchildren and animals in our home, using safe cleaners that don't have strong chemicals in them is very important to us.

If you like this recipe, please let me know. I have lots more I can share!



  1. Hi Julie, I love anything that is safe, cleans well and smells good!!! I think I will have to give this a try. Do you use it to clean glass and mirrors....or is it just for countertops and etc.?

  2. I use it on counters, walls, and I even used it as a mist on my furniture. I have a dog, you see, and she is a little spoiled. The sofa is usually where she likes to be. For your windows, you can dilute 1/2 water and 1/2 white vinegar, and then use newspapers as your cloth. They work best. Have fun!

  3. So easy, and so much less expensive than commercial cleaners


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