Double Duty

In an attempt to get a whiff of the Christmas Spirit, I picked up some clementines at the grocery store tonight…AKA “little Christmas oranges” in my house!  Not sure if they’ll do the trick, but they sure are delicious!!

Now, this is obviously not an original idea, and it certainly isn’t me who came up with it…but I love it nonetheless.  A couple of years ago, I made a batch – my husband and daughter aren’t crazy about it, but I love it…so they can stuff it!! 🙂  If you do a Pinterest search with “DIY Citrus Vinegar Cleaner”, you’ll basically get about a million posts about the exact same thing.

I didn’t want to throw our peels in the garbage, and since I don’t have my compost bin yet, I had to be creative.  I thought, why not another jar of all-purpose cleaner…a free one at that!?  So using vinegar I already had, and an empty jar of pasta sauce I kept, in went the clementine peels, and a few drops of peppermint essential oil for an added little boost!  And in two weeks, I’ll have a delicious smelling Earth-friendly FREE bottle of cleaner!  …just don’t use it on glass – the essential oil and natural oils from the fruit tend to leave streaks.   …happy cleaning!