1. 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 the contents and secure the lids.
  2.  Leave the jars to sit and age for about a month. Shake the jars every few days to reinvigorate the contents. The mixture should start to turn an orange-tan color and smell fragrant.
  3. When ready to use, strain the contents and pour into a spray bottle to use full strength or slightly dilute with a bit of water if desired.  Spray in your home or chicken coop as needed or use diluted in a mop bucket to clean floors.

 Crafter’s Note: For the oranges you can substitute a variety of citrus fruit such as six limes, four lemons, two grapefruit or any combination.

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.)

Homemade Citrus Cleaner c/o Country Woman’s featured blogger Lisa of Fresh Eggs Daily.

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Homemade Citrus Cleaner Photos by Lisa Steele.