Friday, February 1, 2013

Walking over Oranges........

So many oranges.......

Here in the Cortijo Azahar Garden, the Orange season has been exceptionally plentiful this year.

We have been doing our best, eating them, squeezing them for juice and giving them away but still so many lie abandoned under the trees having fallen down in the gales experienced over the  past two to three weeks.

Thankfully, now, the winds have blown away and the sun is shining full on the lengthening Spring days and the fallen oranges will  provide nutrients for the trees before too much time has passed.

Orange Cleaner

Add orange peels,  or any citrus peel,  to a quart of white vinegar in a closed container and let it set for two weeks. Combine citrus/vinegar solution half/half with water and use for cleaning. Works on floors, tile, fixtures, etc. Smells good and is tough on scum! Best of all there are no chemicals.



1 clean jar with lid
Orange Peels - Lots
Distilled White Vinegar


Using a knife or kitchen shears, cut your orange peels into strips and place them into your jar. Firmly pack your peels into the jar. It will take quite a few peels.
Pour distilled white vinegar into your orange peel filled jar. You want to pour enough vinegar to cover all the peels. It will not take a lot of vinegar if you have really packed your jar with orange peels
(Tightly) Put your lid on your jar
Let your jar sit for 2 weeks, shaking occasionally
In 2 weeks, decant the liquid from your jar for a concentrated orange cleaner! 
Use either diluted or straight depending on how oily/greasy your "dirty" item is.

Possible Options:
You could probably try using lemon, lime, and grape fruit peels as well. 
All 3 of these citrus fruits have cleaning/grease cutting properties.