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FAIL: Orange Peels in Vinegar

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Orange Peels in Vinegar

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I LOVE making homemade cleaners. It saves money and it's better for the environment. So when I saw this idea floating around Pinterest I had to try it. You take orange peels and soak them in vinegar for a few weeks shaking the jar everyday. The end result, miracle cleaner! My result was a sticky mess!

I follow the directions and was so excited to give it a try. After it had been sitting for weeks I poured the liquid into a spray bottle and was excited to see it's cleaning magic. But what came out with vinegar mixed with orange pulp. I tried straining it but that didn't help. Every time I used it it left a sticky film. I ended up just tossing it.

I'm just passing along my experience of what did not work for me. What are some of your EPIC fails?! We'd love to hear them!




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  1. I did this. I put it in an old pickle jar. I have used both lemons and oranges in my mix. I absolutely love it. It cleans everything. I have some mixed with water in a spray bottle and I use it for my kitchen floor. I do shake mine often but not just before I pour it out. Most of the pulp will stay at the bottom. Just some thoughts.

    1. oh also you need to make sure that the peels are completely covered. I did not do this until I could fill the jar. I keep adding vinegar to my jar also to keep making more.

  2. I did this as well. We filled up our jar with peels first and then I added vinegar and put it in the frig for 2 weeks or more shaking when I remembered to shake it. Mine doesn’t do a great job on mirrors or windows – i think pure vinegar does that better – but it makes a great kitchen cleaner for my sink and countertops. Smells yummy!

  3. I LOVE this stuff! No epic failure here. I use oranges or lemon peel and add water. I also used a jar.

  4. All other pages with this idea show a jar full of peels covered in vinegar. Your image shows vinegar with some peels in the middle. Try it the way everyone else does and get back to us.

    1. Since this didn’t work for me I don’t think that I’ll be trying it again. When I started this experiment my jar was full of orange peels and throughout the weeks they condensed and floated to the top. It seems like this has worked for some of our readers and then others have had similar experiences as I have. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you! I’ve posted many other DIY cleaning tips that I love and use regularly!

  5. You can’t half way follow the instructions and claim epic failure. Also, you to strain through a tight wire mesh like is used in a reusable coffee filter. A regular kitchen strainer won’t work.

    Please follow the directions, retry, then update us.

    I did this and LOVE IT! It cleans almost everything. I’m very pleased. EPIC SUCCESS!!!!

  6. I don’t know how this would work for windows, oranges have oil in them and would, in my opinion, leave streaks and a film.

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