Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Orange Scented Kitchen Cleaner

The good news about this cleaner?  It forces you to eat your Vitamin C!  It takes some patience to get started (2 weeks), but it only uses 2 ingredients, 3 if you choose to use essential oil.  The essential oil isn't necessary but helps mask the vinegar smell a bit more.  Not to mention orange essential oil has numerous benefits including it being a natural antidepressant and aphrodisiac ;)

Ingredients & Supplies:
Peel of 2 oranges
Pint Mason Jar
Spray Bottle
Orange essential oil (optional)

1.  Place orange peels into glass mason jar and cover with vinegar.  Allow to sit for 2 weeks.

2.  After 2 weeks, discard orange peels and pour vinegar into a spray bottle along with 5-10 drops orange essential oil.  Start by adding in one part water to every two parts of vinegar.  Dilute more if desired.  Shake well and start cleaning!

To test out my new cleaner, I went straight for the dirtiest, grimiest, most ignored thing in my kitchen.  My microwave.  We don't use our microwave too often and it gets cleaned even less often so it was in need of a good scrub.  Thankfully, actual scrubbing wasn't necessary.  I sprayed the orange cleaner and let it sit for about two minutes.  All the grime and food stains wiped right off!
I've been using this cleaner exclusively for about three weeks now and I don't plan on stopping.  No more store-bought, chemical-laden kitchen cleaners for our house!

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