Citrus brightens your mood! I had a couple of citrus orange peels ready to go to compost and remembered that instead of composting them, I could turn them into concentrated citrus cleaner. Mix 1/2 cleaner with 1/2 water and voila: all-purpose cleaner with a feel-good smell.
Now, I saved this tutorial/recipe from The Prairie Homestead blog to my Evernote feed. (Evernote is so handy for saving recipes and articles, by the way!) So I take no credit for creating the recipe, only seeing it come to fruition! (Or is that fruit-ition?)
The gist of the article is that you take fresh citrus peels, shove them in a jar, cover them with white vinegar, let sit for 2-3 weeks (shake occasionally), dilute with water and spray! I like to use Heinz Distilled White Vinegar because it's made from plants (apples or corn), not petroleum. Did you know the cheap, white vinegar you might eat can be made from petroleum derivatives, a by-product of oil, and they don't have to tell you? So the best way to figure out what's in your vinegar is to ensure it's made with plant products. Heinz prints their ingredients on the side.
Now that my Monday morning project is done and I'm taking a mini-break from cleaning up, I'd like to take a couple of minutes to spread some gratitude with a continuation of my Gratidues List...
Gratidues #425 - 442
425. Homesteading bloggers
426. Amy's jams
427. Nicole moving on to better things
428. A full work schedule again this week
429. Baby hiccups
430. Swagbucks (really!)
431. Our physical body's connection to our emotions
432. Fresh, organic grapefruit
433. Companies with stellar customer service
434. DIY Street Fair 2012 with Nate
435. Waitresses who forgive Pregnancy Brain
436. Dads to the rescue
437. New, unbroken Swiffer sweepers!
438. Bookshelf cleansing
439. Freely giving (also begets freely receiving)
440. Wellness points redeemed for store certificates
441. Bright, purple flowers out the window
442. The smell of fall in the air