It's funny how great minds think alike. In the course of a week I had quite a few people ask me if I had ever done the Orange Peel Vinegar cleaner. One person had 2 great questions regarding it 1)does it attract fruit flies? 2) do things get sticky from the orange peels?
had never tried it before, so of course I had to fix that and test the
stuff. I found many, many, many different websites about it but they
all pretty much said the same thing.
Orange Peel Vinegar Cleaner
You will need:
Orange peel (or any citrus peels)
Glass jar with a lid
all the peels into your jar until the jar is full. Pour in enough
vinegar to cover the peels. Seal the jar and let it sit for at least 2
weeks. Pour the liquid into a spray bottle and use as an all-purpose
cleaner. (Some people choose to use it as a concentrate and add 2 parts
of water to 1 part of vinegar)
I loaded up on oranges
and thoroughly enjoyed them while saving all the peels. It took about 2.5
oranges to get enough peels to fill a regular mason jar.
I poured in the vinegar, sealed it, and put it in my pantry.
I never noticed
any fruit flies being attracted to it, but it's also been pretty cold and
the fruit flies are few and far between.
It is a bit sticky when wet, but fortunately the sticky fades as it dries.
that being said, it's a great cleaner. Picture this: a little girl
sitting at the table downing a blueberry and spinach breakfast shake.
For no apparent reason she decides to throw the rest onto the ground.
For many reasons, I didn't get to that spill for 3 days. It just sat
there, happily baking in the sun. I knew it was going to be a beast to
clean when I finally got to it, so I sprayed the citrus vinegar onto it,
let it sit a few minutes then went over it with a wet wag. It came
right up, no scrubbing. Booyah!!!
I was pretty sad that the orange smell didn't stay, so I decided to try lemon peels to see how the smell differed.
the two weeks was up I opened the jar, shoved my nose in and breathed
deep.... HELLO! My sinuses were very clear at that point. There was no
lemon smell at all. But the way it cleans and the sticky texture is
exactly the same as the orange peels.
So even though it stinks and is a bit sticky, it cleans great and I plan on saving all my citrus peels to make more.