Oranges – more than just a breakfast food!

We’ve heard of the benefits of lemon for cleaning and as an antiseptic. Spray the juice on your hair and it will help lighten your locks in the sun!  Lemon wedges will also freshen your garbage disposal and drains.  I use a few lemon wedges in a bowl of water to remove odors and clean the microwave.  Just heat the wedges in a bowl of water for a few minutes in the mic and let stand for 30 minutes or so to remove odors and freshen the inside. And of course it’s the perfect addition to water and other beverages! For more on lemons, click here

But have you ever considered the benefits of another favorite citrus – namely the orange? I recently saw an idea for an orange-based spray cleaner that grabbed my attention and tried it out so thought I would pass it along.  I tried it and really like the fact that I know exactly what is in this cleaner!  According to what I read, the orange zest is full of d-limonene what acts as a natural solvent that helps dissolve grease. When using this method of creating your own non-toxic cleaner that’s safe around food and kids, be sure to use only the rind of the orange, cutting away all of the pulp and fruit.  (You don’t want mold in your solution – you’re just trying to draw the oil out of the zest.)

You’ll need:

  • rind only from 2 – 3 oranges
  • 1 cup white vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • a clean jar with lid (a pint canning jar works perfectly)
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Place the ring in the jar and pour the vinegar over.  Tightly close the lid and let it steep on your counter top for 2 weeks.  (I kept it on my guest bathroom counter top as a decoration  – it’s actually kind of pretty!)

When the two weeks of “steeping” is done, drain the vinegar/orange solution into a clean spray bottle and add 1 cup of water.  Done and ready to use!!

Let me know if you try it!  Until next time, be sure to send me your comments and suggestions.  Have a beautiful day!




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