My boys really enjoy participating in Lego Robotics each year. As the name implies, the kids are creating robots with legos, however the lego robotics competitions are about much more than legos and robots. The kids have to work in teams and compete on how well they work together as a team. They also have to come up with a solution to a problem within a specified theme each year. This year, the theme was “Trash Trek” and the teams had to come up with a solution to an environmental problem. Car’s co-team, the RoboChicks, came up with this orange cleaner made from orange peels and vinegar. A BIG Thank you to Mrs. D for sharing how the team made this cleaner. 🙂 I love using this cleaner – it takes pennies to make, works really well, and is all natural.
Start out by saving orange peels. This was pretty easy for us to do because the kids love to take oranges in their lunch box each day. I added some coarse salt to a jar and placed it near the compost bucket to remind us to put the peels in the jar.
When the jar was full, I spread the peels out on a cookie sheet to dry for a couple of days.
I placed the peels in a clean recycled jar, shaking off as much of the salt as possible. Then, I filled the jar with white vinegar.
I left the covered jar on the counter for about 1 month (write the date on top with a sharpie marker to remind you when you started the batch).
After one month, the liquid in the jar gets thick and syrup like. When I opened the jar, it had a very strong orange smell. 🙂
I poured this through a strainer and kind of mushed the peels around with a spoon to make sure all the liquid drained through.
Then, I poured this liquid into a glass spray bottle, about half full.
I filled the bottles the rest of the way with water and gave it a good shake. This orange cleaner works well for cleaning surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom. It’s super easy to make – the hardest part is being patient while the orange peels steep in the vinegar. 🙂