Today I’m joining in the fun on the Spring Has Sprung blog tour, which is being hosted by the lovely Cass from Cass Can Sew and Jane from Lil Pip.
With the smell of Spring starting to linger in the air, it’s a great time to get inspired with some Spring themed projects. You can find the blog schedule at the bottom of this post. There will be giveaways and Linky parties, so be sure to take a look around.
Ever since I managed to burn a hole right through a sponge cleaning my shower with some Easy off BAM, I’ve tried to use ‘green’ cleaning products where I can. This is one of my favourites. It’s cheap, natural, works well and smells great!
You can of course clean with vinegar and not bother with the orange part, but it adds that yum citrus scent and the orange oil does boost the cleaning power.
Oranges are cheap at the moment and you can get a whole bag for a few dollars, so it’s the perfect time to make up a batch. Roman eats one every day and hubby and I will often snack on a couple after dinner, so it doesn’t take long to collect enough peel. When we are eating oranges this frequently, I don’t bother to freeze the peel, I just add the pieces into the jar each day over the week until the jar is full.
The first time I made this I used peels that still had a bit of flesh on them. It didn’t turn out to well, so now I clean the peels first.
Orange Power Vinegar All Purpose Cleaner
– A glass jar (I use a 1L jar)
– White vinegar (just the no-name cheapo one is fine)
– Clean Orange peels
To prepare the peel, cut off any of the edible flesh from the fruit. It’s fine to leave the white pith, but you don’t want any flesh.
Put the peels into the glass jar and cover with vinegar. Leave it on the bench for about 2 weeks and give it a shake every day or so. After the 2 weeks, strain the liquid into a jar.
To make up the cleaner, add 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar solution to a spray bottle. You can keep any excess vinegar solution in a jar. Store in a cool dark place.
Use the cleaner on your kitchen bench, sinks, the shower…anywhere! I even spray it directly onto my microfibre mop to give the floor a spot clean.
– You can use any citrus you like, so pick your favourite!
– Freeze your citrus peels until you have enough to fill your jar
– Once you’ve made the solution, the peels can be composted or put through the insinkerator to clean it out
Here’s the tour dates with all the great bloggers you can find joining in the fun:
Sunday 1 September
Lil Pip Designs
Things for Boys
Monday 2 September
Cass Can Sew
Sew Cook Laugh Live
Tuesday 3 September
Mend and Make New
Wednesday 4 September
The Janelle Wind Collection
Thursday 5 September
Friday 6 September
Sweet Little Pretties
Saturday 7 September
Blossom Heart Quilts