The temperature of late has been glorious. However this weekend it was not the temperature, it was the wind. Oh my goodness the wind was horrendous!! The wind was certainly not conducive to any type of gardening. The orange tree in my backyard decided to start dropping oranges left, right and centre. I just couldn’t bare to see all these oranges go to waste. So I got my thinking cap on as there were way too many to eat over the next week without getting a sore tummy.
So in the end I decided to zest the oranges and then juice them. I would the zesting in two different ways. Large pieces of zest cut with a knife (to make orange cleaner) and small pieces of zest done with a zester (I’ll freeze and use that zest for baking).
After I have zested the oranges the next job was to juice them. I decided to measure the juice into 1/4 cup quantities and used my silicone muffin tray to freeze them. I use a few cake recipes that have orange juice in then and usually require 1/2 – 1 cup of juice. This way I only need to take out what is required.
I found a really simple recipe and I have heard of others trying it. So let’s give it a road test. I’m hoping it will work as I am trying to find sustainable homemade cleaning alternatives to all the chemical products that seem to inundated our homes.
Here is a quick recipe with pictures that I have tried out. I would be very keen to hear if any readers have tried this and what their feedback is. Alternatively if you, like me, have never tried this please feel free to share your thoughts.
Orange Peel Cleaner
- Fill a jar (I’ve used a repurposed coffee jar) with orange peel.
2. Once the jar is full of orange peel top up with white vinegar.
3. Place lid on jar and stand for two weeks. Give a shake once a day.
4. Strain into a spray bottle and use. N.B. I have noticed on a couple of recipes that it refers to using the cleaner with water to a ratio of 1:1. I will err on the side of caution first time round.