Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Homemade Orange Peel Scouring Powder


 
My mom sent me a link to a homemade grapefruit peel scouring powder.  I didn't have grapefruit but I do have a ton of oranges right now.  So, I thought I'd put my own spin on it. 


The link to the original is on Crunchy Betty's site which you can check out here - http://www.crunchybetty.com/the-great-grapefruit-scouring-scrub

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Here is my stab at a scouring powder -


1) Cut up the peel of two oranges - let dry until brittle
 


2) It will take a day or two to let the peel dry. 
When done it will look something like this....
 


3) Grind peel in your coffee grinder
or food processor until soft and powdery.
 



4) Mix 1/3 cup each of 1) orange peel,
 2) borax, 3) baking soda and 4) washing soda
  


5) Poke holes in a canning jar lid to make a shaker top
 


6) I soaked my sink in coffee to get it really stained up
 


7) I scrubbed for a minute or two and rinsed clean

My opinion of this scrub - 
I liked the way it cleaned the stains up,
even though it took a little more
elbow grease than Comet or Ajax would have. 
I did notice that the grayish scratches
from pans didn't completely come off. 

I would definitely encourage you
 to try this recipe if you would like
 to save a little money and
use simple household ingredients that you have handy.

I'm going to give Crunchy Betty's recipe a try as well.
  It differs in proportions and doesn't include washing soda.
  I'd love to hear from you if you've made her recipe!  
 

26 comments:

  1. I have a lot of grapefruits right now!

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    1. I need to give it a try with grapefruit peel! Let me know how it works for you.

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  2. I'm going to try this! I love finding safe easy recipes for cleaning solutions!

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    1. I'd love to hear how it works for you! Thanks for stopping in!

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  3. Sounds a lot safer than the stuff I usually use. I'll be giving this a try.

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    1. Same here, Sue! It did seem to take a little more elbow grease than Ajax/Comet type scouring powders but my hands weren't raw from this cleaner like they usually are after I scrub my sinks. I'd love to hear how it works for you!

      Have a great day!

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  4. Great ide and I will deinitely be giving it a go. thanks!

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    1. I hope it works well for you! I'd love hear about your results! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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  5. Thanks for sharing this! I love learning new natural cleaning ideas.

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    1. Patty, you are very welcome! Hopefully it works well for you! Let me know what you think!

      Have a great day!

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  6. Awesome share! I must say this is the first time I have heard about this. I am always excited to save $!

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    1. Thanks Prepper J! Please do let me know how it works for you! Have a great day!

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  7. Poppy, thanks for stopping by and following me. I will look forward to your tips on living on less as I am following you now too.
    Barb

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    1. Thank you Barb! I sure do appreciate you taking the time to say hello! Have a wonderful evening!
      RaShell

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  8. The smell of orange is probably good also. Thanks for sharing.
    Thanks for stopping by and following along. Yes - I think the condiments were acting out. :-D
    When have a little more time will be back to check out more of your posts.
    Glenda

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    1. Glenda,
      I really appreciate you stopping in to say hello! Have a nice evening!

      RaShell

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  9. I too think this is an awesome share - great blog here - peace

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    1. Thanks Ruth!

      I'm planning on having a lot more good finds on my blog! Hope you'll stop back by! Have a wonderful evening!

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  10. Thank you for this! I love grapefruit, what a great excuse to buy a bunch. :) I've been using Bon Ami powdered cleanser because it has no bleach and natural ingredients. It requires a lot of elbow grease too.

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    1. Leigh,

      Please let me know how it works for you! As always, I appreciate you taking the time to stop in and say hello!

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  11. Very interesting! Who knew you could do this! I bet it smelled wonderful too!

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    1. It's so much fun to try new recipes! It did smell wonderful. Thanks for stopping by! Hoping to see you again soon!

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  12. This must smell so fragrant! What a great idea, Poppy. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for the lovely comment you left; it made my day.

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    1. You are so sweet to stop by and say hello! I look forward to visiting your beautiful blog often! (Yes, it smells wonderful) Have a fantastic evening!

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  13. Oh my! I LOVE your blog. We are so going to be using alot of your ideas, and I think we might start with this! Looks awesome. Thank you for visiting our blog and leaving a nice comment. I'm still new at this blogging but we wanted to document our journey as we 'create' a farmhouse and property.

    Can't wait to read through your posts!!

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    1. What an honor it is to have you stop by! I too am new to blogging but hope to be helpful to other like minded people. I'm very excited to see how you guys create your farmstead! Sounds right up my alley!

      Have a fantastic day and I'll be visiting you soon!

      RaShell

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