Zero Waste Orange Peel Cleaner Recipe

Ditch store bought all-purpose cleaners for this simple, DIY orange peel cleaner to save money and  reduce waste!

  • Author: Erin Hendrickson, RDN
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 weeks
  • Total Time: 2 weeks + 5 minutes minimum
  • Yield: 4 cups orange peel cleaner 1x
  • Category: zero waste cleaner



46 whole orange peels 

4 cups distilled white vinegar (or enough to feel glass container)

1 quart size Mason jar or glass storage container

1 glass spray bottle <– my favorite (plus they come with handy labels!)

23 sprigs herb like rosemary (optional)

strainer or cheesecloth (optional)


  1. Save orange peels in a quart size glass jar or other airtight container in fridge. Store covered in fridge until jar is full. (add herbs if using)
  2. Once full, remove jar of orange peels from refrigerator and fill to top with distilled white vinegar.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place for at least 2 weeks to allow the citrus oils and vinegar to infuse.
  4. Strain out orange peels and keep citrus vinegar in an air tight container until ready to use.
  5. Transfer a portion to a glass spray bottle and add water in a 1:1 ratio. (1 cup water to 1 cup orange peel cleaner)


***The longer the orange peels and vinegar are allowed to infuse, the better the citrus cleaner will smell.

***Always check with manufacturer before using orange peel cleaner if unsure how acids will impact surfaces.

***Orange peel cleaner should not be consumed. 


Keywords: orange peel cleaner, zero waste cleaner