I've been striving to be more sustainable in preparation to live on a farm some day in the future and getting in the mindset can really be tough while living in the city. We're surrounded by "the norm" constantly - which for the home generally means waste, toxins, and more waste.
We've been doing, what I would say is, 'better than average,' at keeping our waste down. We recycle [but who doesn't these days] we re-use found items, and we compost. Composting is great for food scraps, and our worms are happy and healthy! There are a few items we hesitate to compost because they may hurt the worms - right now it's citrus, onions, garlic [anything we think may be too acidic or burn them, etc.]. So I've been looking ways to put these scraps to use. ENTER: All-purpose cleaner.
This project is a two-fer, because I've also wanted to stop using harsh chemical cleaners for a while. We are exposed to so much toxicity from these in our lifetimes! It's a little worrisome for me to think about. So, here's a wonderful little recipe for a home-made all-purpose cleaner.
Ingredients: White Vinegar & Any Citrus Fruit [whether it's starting to go bad, or you used it and have leftover peels]
- Remove the peels from leftover citrus fruit
- Place in a large mason jar
- Cover with White Vinegar and seal, let sit for 3 weeks
Once your cleaner has "marinated" for three weeks, you can put it in a spray bottle or use it as-is in the jar by dabbing you cloth/paper towel in it.
DID YOU KNOW? That you can also use the interior of lemons to shine up shower fixtures?