natural and green cleaning
You have probably guessed by now that I do not visit the cleaning products aisle at the grocery store. Over the years I have developed and tested many recipes and combinations of ingredients to find simple and effective DIY recipes. In a recent post, I shared my Scrubbin’ Bubbles recipe. This week while mixing up a batch of it, I remembered a similar recipe I like to use on occasion for deep cleaning. I figured it would be worth sharing this simple and effective cleaner.
Last time I confessed to not using dishwashing detergent to hand-wash dishes. Well, I have another confession….
I can’t remember the last time I bought hand soap.
…it’s an orange one! The produce we buy consists mostly of local, organic, and seasonal produce. With the cooler temperatures, orange and citrus season will be here soon. Over the years I have made every effort to reduce the amount of trash we throw away. We compost just about every type of non-fatty food item. However, adding too many orange peels is not the best for the compost barrel. So this led me to come up with a few ways to use up our ever growing pile of orange and citrus peels.
1. Dried orange peels can be used as fire starters. I keep a closed glass jar next to my wood burning stove and throw a handful in when starting a fire. Dried peels can also be used as a starter for fire pits and barbecues.
5. Orange peels, dried or fresh, make a fantastic garbage disposal deodorizer.
Health and Beauty
1. Orange peels are naturally high in antioxidants, the peel contains more vitamin C than the actual fruit. I add a piece of orange peel to my daily fruit smoothie.
*Orange peels may increase photosensitivity, use caution with sun exposure after using on skin.