My kids adore oranges. But, what do you do with all those peels? At first, I start freezing them to make my own orange peel zest. But after the 10th orange, I couldn’t figure out what else to do with them. Leona McEachern of My Healthy Green Family gave me a great idea on how to make my own orange scented vinegar cleaning spray.
Vinegar is my #1 cleaner. It disinfects, reduces smells, mold, and removes calcium build-up. I can’t stop gushing about how much I love vinegar. (For 1001 uses for vinegar, see here.) But I honestly don’t love the smell. Adding the orange peels to the vinegar is going to give it that wonderful citrus smell I love.
Talk about delish smelling. So, simple too.
- Start to store your orange peels. You can put in the freezer if you like. When you have enough, put them in a glass jar. (Note, you add lemon peels too.)
- Fill the jar up with White vinegar and let it sit for 2 weeks. (Updated to reflect that I am using *white* vinegar.)
- Put it on your countertop so you can admire it. So, beautiful. (You can feel like Martha.) Oh, and you might want to take the old jar peel off, unlike my jar…
- After two weeks strain the liquid.
- Put peels in the composter. (Unless you have any other ideas, I am all ears.)
- Mix water with the vinegar in a ratio of 2:1.
- Use and enjoy.
I am thinking of starting to save the peels to make my own birthday and holiday gifts. Wouldn’t that be a great teacher’s gift?
- Check out how to make your own citrus scrub (thrivefarm.wordpress.com)
- Also, how to make your own orange peel syrup (daysontheclaise.blogspot.com)
Join the Conversation:
- What are some of your ideas on how to use orange peels?
- Have you used this idea before?
- Do you make your own orange peel zest?