Windfalls and a natural cleaning agent

The 2013 marmalade has all been made,sorbets have been frozen, chutney has been bottled, Marmaduke Scarlet´s orange cake has been made nearly every weekend since February, and now we are throwing out windfall Seville oranges by the bucket load. I have been racking my brain for ideas to make use of these poor unwanted fruits,then along came Pinterest,always at the forefront of top tips for house and garden.I have for a long time been curious about what other household uses, other than culinary, vinegar might have.In fact I have found so many that I think there might be a book in the making (been done). Well anyway here is the top tip from my collection.- Orange peels, vinegar in a 2 pint jar, let sit for 10 days or so...strain out the liquid and use as an all-purpose cleaner. Easy, cheap, natural,and smells good!
Forget Cillit Bang forget Mr muscle, Cif, Harpic. Vinegar by itself is a great natural cleaner, but adding the oil from the peels adds additional cleaning power and gives it a subtle citrus fragrance.
All you need to make your own bio cleaner is a few leftover citrus peels from oranges (or clementines), distilled white wine vinegar, and a little water. Simply fill up an airtight container with the peels, cover them with white wine vinegar, and wait two weeks. After that, you can strain out the peels, dilute the mixture with water, and decant it into a spray bottle.
And if you want to vary your household aroma try lemons, grapefruit or lime peel. Happy toxic-free cleaning!!!


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