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How to Produce Detergent from Orange Peel Yourself

We love to eat oranges, especially in winter. Since I have a Bokashi bucket, I fall then always particularly how much space the thick and solid shells take up in this without actually being used. That should change now. I would like to try for the first time with the peel from yesterday and today to prepare a fragrant detergent from orange peel.

Essential oils – not a good idea?

So far, I’ve only ever mixed my all-purpose cleaner with vinegar essence, water and a few splashes of essential oil. This is a great remedy, especially in the bathroom, as here in the north we have quite hard water and corresponding limescale deposits. I particularly liked the option of being able to do without the essential oil completely with this recipe. It is said to be problematic for human and nature (see article on the website of the Federal Environment Agency). We had already mentioned that in our article on chestnut detergent.
After I came across one or the other recipe on the Internet, or I found it in the book by, which I can really recommend to everyone: “Five home remedies to replace a drugstore”, I finally wanted to try it out.

Recipe: Detergent made from orange peel and vinegar essence

Since I didn’t have table vinegar in the house, only vinegar essence, I slightly modified the recipe:

HHands push orange peel into a jar


approx. 400 g orange peel
100 ml of vinegar essence
300 ml of distilled water

1 large jar with lid


Press the orange peel well into a suitable glass (e.g. pickle jar) and fill it up with the liquid so that there is no peel left in the air. I have read the advice to move the whole thing daily in order to additionally prevent the development of mold.

I leave the mixture with the lid closed for about 2-3 weeks and add a little vinegar-water in between. After the steeping time, the liquid can be poured off and filled into an empty spray bottle.


Vinegar is added to the Put orange peel into the glass.

In the original recipe for this detergent made from orange peel, normal table vinegar and no water is used. Since I work with the much stronger vinegar essence, I have to dilute it with water. The distilled water is not a must, boiled tap water will certainly work too. But my previous tenant had given me large quantities, so I thought that this might reduce the risk of mold, it is also not that hard and is very suitable for cleaning. If you work hygienically during preparation, mold shouldn’t be an issue, as it is reluctant to spread in such an acidic environment.

an open glass with orange peel

So the approach will remain until the new year. I’m very curious to see if it will work, how it will smell and how good the cleaner will be. Of course I’ll tell you about it then. Have fun copying. 🙂
While I am writing this post, I have another idea: Orange zest – in stock – dry in the dehydrator. Has anyone already had experience with this? Do you have any further ideas how you can still use the bowl?

  EDIT:  After using the detergent for a few weeks now, I would like to let you know how excited I am about it. Now my cleaning spray no longer smells pungent like vinegar, but rather fresh and fruity. The liquid has lost its transparency, but the slightly yellowish color now shows you where you have already wiped over it and where not yet. So you see, I am totally satisfied with the scent and the cleaning performance (in the fight against limescale deposits from the hard water with us) and will continue to manufacture my all-purpose product myself in this way in the future.

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