|Orange Cleaner Ingredients|
Since I picked some oranges from my garden, the other day, I've been eating one a day. As my oranges are organically grown, I can use the peel to flavor baked goods, etc. I have several zippered bags of grated orange rind in the freezer, so I don't need anymore.
One of the other things I do when I have an abundance of orange peels is make orange cleaner. All one needs is some distilled white vinegar, orange peels, and an empty jar.
|Peels from Yesterday's Orange|
I put the peels from my orange into a clean, empty jar (old mayonnaise jar in this case) and covered them with vinegar:
|Orange Peels in Vinegar|
I store the jar in the cabinet under the sink and add more orange peels as they become available. After about 2 weeks, the vinegar becomes infused with the oils from the peels and turns orange in color. I then strain the liquid into a spray bottle and toss the peels.
|Last Year's Orange Cleaner|
I still have some of the orange cleaner I made last year. It stores without any problems. The smell of vinegar evaporates after use. I don't claim that this cleaner is better at cutting grease, etc., than the commercially available products. Maybe it does and maybe it doesn't. However, one of the benefits of homemade cleaners is you know what is in it - in this case, vinegar and orange oil. I believe it is environmentally friendly. I won't claim it is all natural, either, because I didn't make the vinegar from scratch. It's commercially made vinegar which I purchased, and while one hopes it's all natural (it's food grade vinegar, after all) I don't know for sure. But that is the only item I had to buy and vinegar is relatively inexpensive.
I should make a new, prettier label for the bottle of orange cleaner. Previously, I had a solution of water and vinegar in this bottle and when I made the orange cleaner, I just stuck a masking tape label over it! I will be on the lookout for a picture of some oranges in one of my magazines to make a new label.
Meanwhile, I did a little house cleaning, too, today. I dusted the living room and dining room. I tidied the family room, cleared the coffee table and small dining table, and dusted the furniture. I now have two piles of papers to go through, but that's for another day. I also cleaned the 2nd bathroom. I cooked a fish curry for my lunch and several additional meals throughout the week (I did another post about that). I am feeling a lot better about the state of the house! I am finally back on track with my house cleaning cycle! This week (Jan 24-30) is the Whole House Cleaning week. It is actually a sort of "catch up" week, and works out well for me.
I also picked a few more stems of paperwhites from the garden to bring indoors, today, and fresh greenery for the mantel. I might have to put the arrangement in the spare bedroom for the night and close the door, as I am not sure how Dancer might interact with it when I am not awake to keep an eye on him!
|This Week's Arrangement|
Today, my pharmacist friend brought me the box of disposable masks I had asked her to buy for me. Not only did she bring it to me to my doorstep, she wouldn't accept payment for it, either. But I had already suspected she wouldn't and so, was prepared with the jar of jam in exchange. She was so happy to receive the jam; she always tells me that they fight over my jam in her house!
Today, I am grateful for:
- A bright, sunny day
- Still more caring friends
- Getting my house cleaning done
- Fresh flowers from the garden
- Email from a long-time friend
Do you make your own household cleaners? Have you made your own orange cleaner? What else would you do with orange peels?