Saturday, October 12, 2013

{Easy} Veggie Wash / Sponge Wash / Drain Wash and Lemon Peel Vinegar

Today my prince needed washed lettuce for the daily salad he takes for lunch, my sponges were dirty, the fridge needed a wipe, and I had some lemon peel vinegar ready to decant. ALL AT ONCE it became vinegar day.

Vinegar kills bacteria.

Here are a few of the ways I used vinegar today to clean and disinfect our home. All are easy.

I washed our lettuce in a large bowl with a couple of glugs of distilled white vinegar, water, and ice for about 20 minutes to remove bacteria and residual pesticide. I rinsed and drained in a strainer for a couple of minutes...

...dried the lettuce on a clean dishtowel,

and stored the disinfected leaves, wrapped in paper towels, in a plastic bag.

Since the vinegar was already out, I disinfected our sponges -- three minutes in the microwave, on high.

...then I gave them a sunbath on the patio.

There was the jar of lemon peels on the counter that had been soaking in vinegar for a couple of weeks.

I gave it a shake and a sniff...a heavenly scent ascended, so I decanted it through a strainer into a small canning jar, and discarded the peels in the compost bin. This is the first time I've made lemon peel vinegar. I use homemade orange peel vinegar to clean our oak floors, and that is what I'm going to do with the lemon vinegar this weekend.

Now it was time to clean the drains.

I poured some baking soda into our sinks -- all of them...

...followed by the vinegar water from my lettuce bath. There is a satisfying bubbly reaction when vinegar and baking soda collide...bubbly and scrubbly -- all the way down the drain.

As long as the baking soda and vinegar were out, I wiped out the fridge and ran a quick wash to clean the dishwasher, using -- what else --  but baking soda and vinegar ? Yep. 

And it was all so easy.

About 31 days of EASY: 
So many things in life are hard.  And some of those hard things are necessary. But why make things harder than they need to be?  For 31 days, I'll be writing about ways to bring ease.  I would be honored if you came along on my journey.  Pack light. 

If you want to know more about the 31 Day Blog Challenge, click here:
Nesting Place: It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful.

or here: Why 31 days?

Many Blessings to you.

Sharing with the other homemaker blogs at:
Deborah Jean's Dandelion House Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop And Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth , housecleaning products

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  1. Very creative post...sounds like it was a busy day.

    1. It I'm renewing the grout in our shower. NOT EASY!

  2. I've made the orange peel vinegar...but didn't know it was good for cleaning oak floors.
    Learned something new today!
    love these easy cleaning tips...

  3. Thanks for sharing this on MAKE YOUR OWN HERBAL MONDAY :) I like your resourcefulness with good old fashioned vinegar (a favorite in our home too). This week we are sharing posts on HOME DECORATION DIY's. This would include instructions (and recipes or household tips) on how to make potpourri, room sprays, candles, herbal wreaths, create herbal sachets, pressed flower decorations, etc.... Home decoration DIY's (such as repurposing and recycling projects for the home) and Misc. DIY's would also be welcome! Please join in ~ JES


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