Before I get started, I just want to say that it's a very sad state of affairs that my floors got cleaned today only because I'm writing a blog post on clean floors. <Sigh...> But such is life at my house. I spend a lot of time writing, and it's just so darned easy to put off a thorough cleaning of the Lilliputian Cottage when I
I've been seeing a lot of posts recently for orange-peel infused vinegar. It looked simple, with ingredients that are readily available and relatively inexpensive. That's right down my ally, so of course I had to try it.
But why go to the effort? I could think of several reasons:
- Although I love the smell of vinegar, I know that some people think the odor is off-putting, so one of the things I wanted to test was, could the orange peels somehow counteract--or at least lessen--the vinegar smell?
- Vinegar diluted with warm water is such a great floor cleaner. But wouldn't it be nice to use orange-infused vinegar and leave behind that nice citrus smell? I thought it would be worth a try. (Although I want to say here that the vinegar smell goes away once my floors are dry.)
- Ants don't like citrus. In fact, some people strew their citrus peelings around the base of their homes (outside) to deter ants. So I wondered if this vinegar might not be a natural, nontoxic ant deterrent that could be used inside--even on surfaces where food is prepared. It would be cool to spray where ants were known to travel and see if they hightailed it to somewhere else.
- A lot of wood cleaners/conditioners have orange as an ingredient. So why couldn't I use this concoction to clean and condition my wood cabinets? It sure seemed worth a try.
|Orange peels and vinegar, "percolating" on my kitchen counter|
Next, I strained the vinegar, pressing down on the peels as I poured so I'd get every last bit of citrusy vinegary goodness. Remember that I used a pint-and-a-half canning jar? After straining, I ended up with about 2/3 of a pint of orange vinegar:
|Orange infused vinegar. Note the rich color.|
Now for using it!
1) The infused vinegar definitely had a citrus scent. Very citrus, in fact. That was a good start.
2) Now here's where the floor cleaning comes in. I decided to wash my floors. I use this kind of mop:
|My mop. Made by Cedar.|
I washed my floors by pouring in about 3 tablespoons of the vinegar into the mop container and then filling the rest of the container with hot water. (By the looks of the container, I guesstimate that it holds about 2+ cups total.) Even diluted, it smelled of citrus. Promising!
And then I went to town on the Lilliputian Cottage floors. Here is a picture of the results:
3) Next I turned my attention to my grimy oven and kitchen cupboards. Here I wasn't so impressed. It didn't seem to make any difference to me. I still had to get out my toothbrush and scrub along the edges where there's molding(don't know if that's the right word).
|My shadow is in the lower right corner, but this is a very clean cupboard!|
3) Regarding using this as an ant deterrent, I don't currently have ants inside the house, but I was positive I could scare some up outside, so outside I trekked. But I'd forgotten about my chickens. They obviously like ants for dinner because it further dawned on me that I haven't even had an ant problem on the chicken side of my house since they took up residence more than two years ago, and that's been the only place where I've had an ant issue inside my house (which I'm pretty sure is because it's the kitchen side of things and the ants smell the possibility of food and come marching in). So does it work? I'm not really sure. But I've read where people say it works, so here's hoping.
Bottom line: I won't be buying oranges just to get the peels from them to make this stuff. But if/when I buy oranges on sale in the future, I'll probably whip up a batch of orange infused oil to use on my floors. But then again, I may not, because like I said at the start of this post, I don't mind the smell of vinegar at all. But it sure did spit shine my floors...
Well that's it for today. Would I recommend making orange infused vinegar? Yes, I think I would. Unfortunately, it's not the fabulous, almost miraculous cleaner I was hoping for, but then again, what is? We still need to use a bit of muscle to get things clean. But the citrus scent, and the satisfaction of knowing that you made it yourself, might just be enough to get you scrubbing. It did for me.
I pray you and your loved ones are having smooth sailing currently. There are so many folks that are hurting, even as they (must) go about their days, making a living and taking care of their responsibilities. Pray for them and reach out to someone today. Be generous with your smiles and kind words and make someone's day a bit brighter.