Posts Tagged ‘oranges’

Silent Saturday: Green Goodness Breakfast Smoothie!

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

I might have made today’s green smoothie a tad too thick, lol! It was seriously¬†like mud….but oh so ymmy! My 18month old drank 3 cupfuls! ūüôā Ingredients? Hemp seed, flax seed, spirulina, spinach, mango, coconut milk, and juiced carrots and oranges.

 

Green Smoothies are a GREAT way to start your day!

-Sarah

 

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

Friday, March 16th, 2012

I live in an area where citrus trees are plentiful. Neighbors and friends are constantly offering oranges, grapefruit, and/or lemons because they have way more than they could ever¬†use themselves. Although I am not particularly fond of grapefruit so I would usually decline them. That is until a friend suggested using¬†grapefruits to make an all-purpose cleaner. Now that sounded like a great idea! Here’s the method I used:

1. Removed peels from 5 citrus fruits; any combination of lemons, orange, and citrus will work. I even threw a lime in mine because I had one that was starting to rot.

2. Place peels in a jar. Pour vinegar over peels and cover with a lid.

3. Allow peel-vinegar solution to sit for 1-2 weeks.

4. Remove peels and strain solution to remove any clumps

5. Pour solution into a spray bottle, diluting with 1 part water to 1 part solution.

That’s it! Hard to believe it’s that easy, huh?!? I was impatient¬†curious and only waited one week for the peel-vinegar solution to sit. In that time it went from clear liquid to orange in color. I think if I would have waited two weeks, the smell of the citrus would be stronger as well as have a higher concentration of the grapefruit’s natural¬†antibacterial properties.

Okay so it was easy to make, but the the real question is “did it actually work as a cleaner?” YES! In fact, I love it! I am¬†thrilled¬†to have found such a simple, inexpensive method for making an all-purpose cleaner.¬†I estimate my total expense was¬†maybe .50 cents worth of vinegar. I got the citrus for free and I re-used empty spray bottles so there was no cost there. The diluted solution was enough to fill two 22oz spray bottles which means the approximate cost¬†is¬†only¬†.25 cents a piece. That’s crazy cheap! Even if you had to purchase citrus fruit, you would end up saving money over buying pre-made cleaning solution from the store.

Not only is making your own cleaner cheaper, it’s also an eco-friendly choice. You can re-use the same spray bottle over and over again creating far less waste than buying disposable bottles from the store. Additionally you will be using less toxins and pollutants by using 3 simple,¬†all natural ingredients: citrus peels, vinegar, and water! I know with little ones and pets in the home, I would much prefer to use cleaning agents made with gentle, all natural ingredients.

Do you make your own household cleaners? If so what’s your favorite recipe or tip for homemade cleaning solutions? Would love to hear some more money-saving, eco-friendly ideas!

-Sarah