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Frugal Tip: Orange Vinegar

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, August 31, 2012 | 0 comments
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Orange Vinegar (a green cleaner)
Have you been reading our tips using vinegar for cleaning and disinfectant - but just hate the smell of vinegar?

Have I got a tip for you! And it won't cost you an extra penny! You use something you would normally throw away!

Soak the left-over peels from a couple of oranges in vinegar for two weeks in a sealed 16 ounce mason jar.

After two weeks, pour the vinegar into a spray bottle.

Then you can use as a non-toxic and yummy smelling "green" cleaner.

You could also use lemons, limes, and Clementine peels instead!

To speed up the process: Heat the vinegar in the microwave and poured the hot vinegar over the peels. It’s only been a few hours but the vinegar smell is mostly gone already, the citrus is heavenly and just need to put it to work, though I might run it through a coffee filter first.

IDEA: Once you make this, you can also use it to help mosquito bite itches. We used to fill up old roll-on deodorant bottles - or bingo dabbers with vinegar and the boys loved to use it on their bites!

IDEA: You can add cloves to the mixture.

IDEA: I was just thinking... I have been using vinegar in my wash instead of fabric softener, and to clean out my front-loading washer. I wonder how this would smell for that??

Idea and photo from: fountainavenuekitchen.com

From our Facebook fan page:

Wynn Genea-Chris posted: I have done this it works great. I'm gonna try on bites - can't stand itching. Thanks.

Yvonne Baxter posted: I have done this and love the results. The orange peels don't make the vinegar sticky or oily only scented. When my family peels an orange, we put the peels in a freezer bag and pop them in the freezer until we have enough peelings to make a fresh batch of scented vinegars. I have also used a combination of oranges and lemon peels. Smells wonderful!

Lisa Ferguson Sullivan posted: FYI: Be extremely careful when heating liquids in the microwave (this is how a friend of mine got burned). Allow the liquid to cool for two minutes before opening microwave.

Yvonne Baxter posted: If you are in a hurry and you require scented vinegar in an instant, try using scented oils. My laundry rinse is vanilla scented vinegar!

Kristin Davis posted: It also makes a good degreaser. You just have to let it sit a while.

Jill Adams Bowsher posted: Gotta smell better than plain vinegar!

Kim Clayton posted: Great idea!

Amanda Hunt posted: Awesome. Can't wait to try it.

Heinz White Vinegar Distilled, 128 ozTropicana California Navel Oranges Premium 4 Lb
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