Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Making use of orange peels
Each morning when my family peeled their clementines they put the peels in a mason jar instead of the normal compost bucket. After breakfast I added enough ordinary white vinegar to the jar to cover the peels. When the jar was filled, I placed it back in the cupboard and left it for a few weeks, shaking it occasionally to make sure the peels stayed covered by the vinegar. About three weeks later I strained out the peels (adding them finally to the compost!) and mixed the orange oil vinegar 50-50 with water in my all-purpose cleaner spray bottle. I have a couple more cups leftover for when we use up what's in the spray bottle, or to mix with water to wash our floors. (Ants hate vinegar. I've never had them enter my kitchen when I've used vinegar-water to clean. I'm assuming the orange oil will smell nice without failing to deter them, although I haven't tried it yet.)
You can see the contrast in this picture between orange peels freshly covered this morning and the rest of the orange-infused vinegar in my first batch. The final product looks orange rather than clear and has an oily feel to it. It no longer has the sharp vinegar smell to it, but rather smells like orange. I don't mind the smell of vinegar as I clean with it and I don't find the smell ever lingers after the vinegar dries. But for those who do mind the smell as they're cleaning, this would be a great all-natural alternative.
Linked with Fellowship Friday, Modest Monday, Works for Me Wednesday, Teach Me Tuesday