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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Homemade Orange Peel White Vinegar Coop Cleaner


Lately I have been looking for recipes to make my own natural homemade cleaning products.  I'm sure you all have seen the orange peel vinegar cleaning spray all over pinterest. In fact, if you google 'homemade orange peel cleaner' 4.4 million hits appear. 4.4 million. So this idea certainly isn't original. But it seems effective and won't harm the environment, our lungs or our pets. I whipped up a batch using the instructions from one of the 4.4 million links and set it aside to 'age'. 

Then thought I would kick it up a  notch and make some for cleaning the chicken coop.  I already clean the coop with white vinegar and water but thought the orange peel would make a nice addition since citrus oil is a natural insect deterrent and proven solvent.

I also decided to add some cinnamon sticks. Cinnamon oil kills mosquito larvae.  Vanilla beans went in next because vanilla repels flies, mosquitoes and other insects.  

Here's my 'recipe':

Ingredients
Four oranges (or six limes, four lemons or two grapefruit or a mix)
Two cinnamon sticks
Two vanilla beans
 Bottle of white vinegar (or substitute inexpensive vodka)
Two canning jars
Spray bottle

Peel the oranges and divide the peels between the two canning jars.  

Break the cinnamon sticks in half and add two halves to each jar.

Slit the vanilla beans, cut in half and add two halves to each jar.

Pour in enough vinegar to completely cover.  

White vinegar is a natural disinfectant. It has antibacterial properties, kills mold and is also an ant repellent.  Apple cider vinegar, while great for adding to your chickens water and drinking yourself for all its health benefits, shouldn't be used here - only white vinegar. Apple cider vinegar will attract fruit flies. You can substitute vodka for the white vinegar. Vodka, in addition to being odorless, kills bugs and has many of the same properties as white vinegar.


Then set the jars in your pantry, in the cupboard or on the kitchen counter to 'age' for about a month.  Shake the jars every few days to reinvigorate the contents.   The mixture should start to turn orangish-tan and smell fragrant.


When ready to use, strain the contents into a spray bottle to use full strength or pour into a bucket and dilute with water.  I will use the spray bottle to spray my roosts and then use the mixture diluted in a pail with a mop to scrub the coop walls and floors.

  

I hope you'll whip up a batch of this safe and natural cleaner for next time you clean your chicken coop.  Right now I'm off to add some cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean to the batch I made for our kitchen !  I like the idea of insect repelling qualities as well as the fragrant scent for us as well as the chickens.


Quick Update: It's now about a month later and I just sprayed the whole inside of the coop. It smells wonderful ! I also used it in our kitchen and this stuff WORKS!  Wow.  It degunked the top of the stove that even that icky-smelling chemical cleaner couldn't handle.  I'm sold.  Good for us and our pets, good for the environment AND it works!  


Note: I reused the cinnamon stick and vanilla bean for a second batch but used fresh citrus peels.

I also make a Lavender Mint Refresher Spray for in between cleanings.



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53 comments:

  1. We are definitely going to try this! Thanks

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  2. I don't know how I missed this post! I can't wait to try this!

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  3. Thanks for sharing I'm definitely going to try this.

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  4. Great idea! I wonder if heating it would take some time off the aging process, so I wouldn't have to wait so long to use it?

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    1. I'm sure it would speed things up but I wonder if it might destroy some of the beneficial properties - maybe not tho.

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  5. Great idea! I have bookmarked this for future use. Thank you, Lisa. :o)

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  6. This is great, I'm going to get the ingredients today. Do you (or anyone) know what I can do with all the apple cider vinegar I bought? I didn't know there was such a thing as ACV with mother so I have this gallon of regular ACV. I did buy the good stuff to put in their waterers

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    1. Sure, you can use the regular ACV to scrub out and clean your waterers. I stopped using bleach awhile ago and just scrub the feeders and waterers with water and vinegar.

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    2. I dilute ACV and wash my hair and use on my skin/face. It acts as a toner and helps with dry skin. It brings out the highlights in my hair and helps dye jobs last longer.

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    3. I use diluted ACV on my hair instead of conditioner - detangles just as well, much cheaper, and no bad chemicals.

      I take a couple of teaspoons worth (of the pricey raw stuff) in my water at dinner time - good for the digestion.

      I recently found that ACV's also good as topical to get rid of warts

      I'll have to try adding it to bath water - sound like a good idea.

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    4. I use diluted ACV on my hair instead of conditioner - detangles just as well, much cheaper, and no bad chemicals.

      I take a couple of teaspoons worth (of the pricey raw stuff) in my water at dinner time - good for the digestion.

      I recently found that ACV's also good as topical to get rid of warts

      I'll have to try adding it to bath water - sound like a good idea.

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  7. Excellent! I've been buying natural citrus cleaners for years for use around my dogs, this will certainly save me some money :)
    I also use lavender around the house/laundry as a pest deterrant.

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  8. Awesome!! I am so trying this! Thanks for the great tutorial :)

    http://mustloveeggs.blogspot.com

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  9. What a great idea. I am always trying to find things that aren't harmful and are all natural. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    blessings,
    karianne

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    1. AND that use things you would otherwise throw away (the orange peel). And this stuff works great for the coop and the kitchen !

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    2. After sraining out, can you put the orange peels etc in the compost?

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  10. Apple cider vinegar is GREAT to add to bath water to soften and soothe YOUR skin and is known to help lull tired kids to sleep. I've used it for YEARS w/ my sensitive skinned kids!!!

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  11. I put Apple cider vinegar in a small bowl with dish soap for a homemade fruit fly trap! Works great.

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    1. Apple cider vinegar does an excellent job of catching flies you're right.

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  12. Do you re-use any of the ingredients for the second batch? ...especially the cinnamon sticks and maybe the vanilla beans. Where do you get vanilla beans anyway?

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  13. I wonder if you could use vanilla extract instead of infusing with whole vanilla beans? I can get the cinnamon stick cheaply enough, but the vanilla beans can be quite pricey!

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    1. I don't think that vanilla extract would work - you need the essential oils, but it would smell good.

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  14. Eggsistential RoodJune 23, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    I'm going to make a batch today and put it in the sun [sun tea like] maybe won't have to wait as long as recipe suggests.

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  15. July 2nd mine will be ready to use,have many people ask what was in my jars,they all wanted to try it,gave them the receipt,my sister is going to use it to spray around her grill area because the cats spray around there,shes hoping it will keep them away.

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  16. Fantastic idea! I use the lemon peel vinegar to clean my house...

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  17. Can you reuse the vanilla beans or cinnamon sticks? I would put in fresh orange peels but do you have to redo the entire thing for more batches?

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    1. I am on my second batch and I did reuse the vanilla bean and cinnamon sticks. I tossed the orange peels and did put in new peels tho.

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  18. What size canning jars are you using? I don't think you say in the instructions. Half Pint? Pint? Quart? I can't tell from your pictures. Otherwise the instructions are clear and the product sounds good... just need the size of the jars you used.

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    1. Not exactly sure - they were repurposed jam jars I had gotten for Christmas. If I had to guess I would say pint-sized, but since you're not technically 'canning' you can really use any size you want.

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  19. I really want to try this!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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  20. Thanks so much have just got some chickens this week

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  21. Sound like it would DUAL as a house refresher, too! With two boys in the house, the bathroom can always use a little freshening....

    Love it, Lisa! Your ideas are always terrific, and user-friendly. Thanks!

    farmhousewife

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  22. Thanks you!!!! so excited to try this.

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  23. thanks for sharing.

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  24. Thanks Lisa I have my first batch going now. I don't have chickens yet but will be trying this in my home. We have VERY hard water which leaves behind water spots on everything. Can't wait to try this natural way to remove them.

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  25. Thanks for sharing this on Wildcrafting Wednesday! Hope to see you again today!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/04/wildcrafting-wednesday-14.html

    If you have time, I'd love to have you join me on The HomeAcre Hop on Thursday too...we'll be announcing a new giveaway you're sure to appreciate!

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  26. thanks for this post. I have been looking for a cleaner for my chicken and this is it. I was wondering is I could make it without vanilla beans?

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    1. Sure you could. Most people only use the vinegar and orange peels.

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  27. I just this moment put a batch together and now the waiting for a month to use shall begin. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I"m eager to try it out. Given the price of vanilla beans I will reuse these in the next batch but might leave them out in the future to save a few pennies. . . that is unless I find a good deal on them as I'm sure the vanilla/orange/cinnamon is and excellent combo! I love the way my hands smelled after peeling the oranges, cutting the vanilla beans and breaking the cinnamon. :)

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    1. The vanilla bean really is important, the links to buy them on amazon come out to about $1/bean...so not bad.

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  28. I love this DIY. I actually just saw it on a Canadian talk show yesterday.

    Irene (heavy haul trucking)

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  29. Cleaningsupplies4u.com is an online shop where you can buy any kind of cleaning product or equipment.

    Thanks

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    1. Thanks so much for spamming my blog. Much appreciated.

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  30. Lisa, before reading this today I had purchased orange oil last week, just got here last night. Do you think I can just add the other ingredients, the vanilla, cinnamon and ACV to the orange oil I have?

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    1. Sure you could do that. Great idea! Let me know how you like it.

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  31. On the fb post I saw vodka but don't see it in recipe. Could this be used on dogs for fleas?

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  32. I have some lemon peel vinegar that I made, would that be safe to use to clean the brooder?

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  33. I wonder if you could add some cloves to this?????? It sure would smell good!!!!

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    1. You sure could. You can really add any spices to it you want to. It really does smell so good - I use it for household cleaning as well.

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