Yes, I suppose I have to confess that it’s been more than a year since my last post here. Too long for sure. I’ve been going through a change in the season of my life and let me tell you it aint no spring season… more like fall or winter. Life seems to whiz by and it’s not waiting for anybody to catch up.
Lots of things have changed in the past year, like I got hooked on Pinterest. One of my favorite categories is homemade stuff. Stuff like bio-green household cleaners, alternatives to lotions, shampoos and the like. Today I decided it was time I shared some of the surprising results with you. Of course, I realize this has been for the most part a food blog but today I guess that will be a thing of the past.
And for my first trick…. watch me pull a rabbit out of my orange tree… well not exactly a rabbit. How about a Citrus Enzyme Cleaner? I didn’t come up with this myself, infact, I found it on Pinterest and figured I’d give it a try since I have an orange tree and don’t like to waste the peelings. (normally they go into my compost pile)
Here’s the link to the original blog post at Homemade Mamas with the recipe and some good information. I’ll forgo some of their details and assume you’ll visit the original post for that. What I will do is share the recipe and my findings.
Citrus Enzyme Cleaner
- 1. In a large 3 liter soda bottle (or similar plastic container) combine 7 Tbs brown sugar and 2 1/2 cups lemon and orange peels and scraps in pieces small enough to get into the container.
- 2. Pour enough water to cover scraps (about 4 cups) into the container.
- 3. Put the lid tightly on the container to make it air tight. Shake the container long enough to get the sugar incorporated throughout.
- 4. Now it’s time to ferment. Write the date on the outside of the container with a sharpie so you can keep track of the progress and remember when you started. The sugar/fruit mixture will ferment for 3 months to get those enzymes going. As it ferments, CO2 gas will build up in the container. The container will swell, open it to release the pressure, unless you want an explosion, then recap it. You’ll need to release the CO2 daily in the first month and less often after that. After 3 months, the process is complete, and the enzymes are ready for use as a household cleaner.
- 6. Filter through a cheese cloth and pour into the containers of your choice. (I recycled some clear bottles with screw caps)
Now look at my microwave… it’s so clean that you cant tell if you are looking through the door at my kitchen or if it’s a reflection. I’ll let you guess which.
So there you have it! Try this at home but I recomend you test this cleaner on surfaces you aren’t sure about. I would hate see you remove the paint off your cabinets or messy up your pretty tile or wood floors. When in doubt go with a diluted solution first then up grade as needed.
Blessings and joy! And happy cleaning. [kiss]
She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms. Proverbs 31:17