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One of the staples in our kitchen is lemons. Once a week, I juice 2 lbs of lemons. My husband loves fresh squeezed lemonade. So, I keep a jar of fresh lemon juice in the fridge and throughout the week I combine some juice, water, ice, and a sweetener to a mason jar. I put the lid on and shake! That’s it. It’s so refreshing and it puts a smile on his face.
Anyway, this always leaves me with a pile of lemon peels. I use them to scrub my sinks, boil them to add a wonderful scent into the air but often I just have to many to deal with. Sometimes I even freeze the peels until I have enough to make a batch or two of cleanser.
When you allow the citrus peels to sit in vinegar for a few weeks, it infuses the vinegar with the oils and scents of the peel. These oils in the citrus not only provide a great scent, but they also provide a bit of extra cleaning power. This is due to D-limonene which is a powerful solvent for dirt and especially grease.
Cinnamon Orange: Add cinnamon sticks, star anise, whole cloves, almond extract and orange peels. Lemon Lavender: lemon peels and lavender buds. Lemon Rosemary: lemon peels, rosemary sprigs, and vanilla extract. Lime Thyme: lime peels and sprigs of thyme. Grapefuit Mint: grapefruit peels and mint sprigs. The combinations keep on going. Be creative!
If you still find the smell of vinegar too strong, keep in mind that the vinegar scent will fade once the cleaner dries. You can also add a few drops of citrus essential oils to the solution to improve the scent. Add either 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of extract or 4-5 drops of essential oil.
These citrus vinegar cleaners are considered all-purpose except for use on granite, marble, and wooden floors. Vinegar is acidic and can mar the finish of porous stone countertops. This acid could also eat the finish off of wooden floors. These cleaners can be used for almost everything else but if you are ever in question, always do a small test spot that is hidden.
For years I have been using Kirkland Signature Ultra High Pile Premium Microfiber Towels (36-Pack). They are over-sized, 16×16″ which is a great size. I am not sponsored by them, just love them! I purchase them at Costco for $15.99. They absorb liquid really really well for dish drying, cleaning, etc. They work like magic without scratching, linting, or streaking. And since I am always in the kitchen creating recipes, I go through a LOT of towels in one day. lol And once they start to wear out, I take a magic marker and put a “X” on the corner of the rag. This then becomes a shop rag. I hope this post inspired you. Many blessings, amie sue
I don’t wax floors because … I am terrified a guest will slip and get hurt then I’ll feel terrible.
I don’t mind the dust bunnies because … They are very good company, I have named most of them, and they agree with everything I say.
I don’t disturb cobwebs because… I want every creature to have a home of their own.
I don’t Spring Clean because… I love all the seasons and don’t want the others to get jealous
I don’t pull weeds in the garden because… I don’t want to get in God’s way, HE is an excellent designer!
I don’t put things away because… My husband will never be able to find them again.
I don’t do gourmet meals when I entertain because… I don’t want my guests to stress out over what to make when they invite me over for dinner.
I don’t iron because … I choose to believe them when they say “Permanent Press”