Super Orange Scrub Fail


Once upon a time, I made Citrus Vinegar and it was amazing. The leftover peels from this amazing concoction should make another amazing cleaner right? Um no, go directly to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200. More like orange ice cream vomit that smells like oranges, go figure. I guess my thought process there went something like this. “Vinegar is awesome and orange oil from the peel is awesome, combine those two with baking soda and you’ll get a super awesome cleaner and-if-it-fails-add-hydrogen-peroxide.” That and I saw a recipe for it on One Good Thing by Jillee and. . . I didn’t follow it. :) The original recipe called for peels used make an enzyme cleaner, not scenting vinegar. Nevertheless, I tried it and here’s how my super orange scrub fail when down.

orange scrub

Super professional photo in the bathroom.

In my blender went the left over orange peels from the vinegar and some baking soda, actually too much baking soda because it wasn’t blending. So I added some water, blended some more, decided it needed more liquid and added some hydrogen peroxide. Eventually the mixture came to a nice pasty consistency and smelled heavenly. I was sure I had a winning recipe with bits of vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide all married together. With a rubber spatula, I scooped some cleaner and spread it over a part of the tub, only after I flung some in to make a satisfactory splat noise. :)

orange scrub cleaner

This tub is as dirty as it seems but not at the same time. Awkward bathroom lighting.

This is the part where it looked like orange vomit and I let it sit for an hour or so. I came back, scrubbed the whole area for a few minutes, and rinsed to check my results. Barely lifted any dirt but left a bit of a yellow tinge. Awesome, not impressed and not impressed enough to take after scrubbing pictures; fail on my part.

Lesson learned here is that three great things do not create one really awesome thing and I probably should have paid more attention in chemistry. Oops. At least it smelled really good.

Happy Cleaning!


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23 thoughts on “Super Orange Scrub Fail

  1. Thanks for sharing your failed scrub. It’s nice to hear people share the things that didn’t work so we don’t attempt the same thing! Have a great weekend.

  2. I have a disaster like that at least once a week! I guess that is why this post spoke to me! I did find another use for orange peels…not vinegar soaked ones, that makes a fun cleanser.

  3. Beautiful color – and I bet it smelled good. Bummer that it didn’t turn out! Thanks for sharing at the Pinterest Power Party!


  4. Made me laugh! Great ideas don’t always have excellent results, sadly. You tried! I’ve been trying to recall a particular disaster but haven’t had one recently–unless you count my over-enthusiastic hubby sanding right through the veneer on an old dresser with his brand new belt sander :/

  5. I love that you shared it anyway, that AND my family always says the whole, “do not pass go, do not collect $200″…so funny! Thanks for the idea, can’t wait till it becomes a success through different channels.
    P.S.- I didn’t do too well at chemistry either! LOL

  6. You’re welcome! I’m already having ideas brew in my head for next time. Somewhere along the lines of zesting… thanks so much for your sweet comment!

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  8. Angela, Maybe you should have used diffused Orange/Vinegar. I peeled my oranges, put them (peels) into jar with wht. vinegar and let them set covered in Vinegar (covered top) for 2 weeks.Then strained the vinegar into a spray bottle. Exhausted peels went into garden and compost pile….( don’t know why, but it seemed a good idea at the time!). Added the same stuff as you did. Set some aside for Cleaning w/Dawn ( multi-purpose), That was my first batch, OK, I ended up using as drain cleaner w/baking soda. ’cause it wasn’t quite right (don’t know what went wrong…)! Smelled awful!

    Now I can use the 2nd batch, added a little rubbing alcohol to it with a dab of perioxide to keep the bath tile clean (after a week’s worth of deep cleaning). Wanted to start fresh! Just wish it had the wonderful orange smell your orange goop had!

    Some things just are trial and error! Just don’t give up! Maybe your batch can go into the garden too! Ought to keep the critters from eating them and your plants up!
    Live and learn…. LOL

    • Yes, well I tried using the peels but next time I’ll just throw them out and use something else instead. Although the peels did make it smell very nice.
      This kind of makes me wonder if I can scent hydrogen peroxide and still keep the cleaning power. I think that’s my next experiment. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas. :)

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