If you got two weeks to spare and dark cupboard, you can make these sprays. Begone, Windex, and even Seventh Generation! A tenet of Suppin’ Good is to get as much out of your food as possible. Create as little waste as possible. So imagine my heart wrenching as I juiced the season’s amazing citrus and had to toss the fragrant orange peels. I had been experimenting with vodka as a cleaning agent, a suggestion from my mother-in-law, who also hipped me to vinegar. The vinegar smell was getting a bit too much for me, especially cleaning large areas like my shower and I was looking for an alternative. But this method can also be extracted using vinegar to lessen the odor. I purchased amber glass bottles with matching spray necks, but you can used industrial plastic (especially if you are adding tea tree oil!) from a hardware store.
Orange Vodka Spray, aka. Screwdriver Spray
Using a vegetable peeler, peel just the orange zest, scraping off any bitter white pith that clings on. Fill a jar of any size with peels, then juice oranges, if desired. PEEL ORANGES BEFORE JUICING!! It will be damn near impossible to do it after, please believe. Place peel in a jar of appropriate size. Seal and store in a dark area for 2 weeks. Fill a spray bottle halfway with the vodka extract and the rest with distilled water. Spray away!
For a lavender spray: 1/3 cup dried or 2/3 cup fresh lavender buds per 16-20 oz. vodka. Proceed as orange spray: 2 weeks in the dark, half vodka/half distilled water.
*I’m throwing in cloves for the next extraction. Mulled wine scent and cloves have been used for anti-bacterial functions for centuries. Keep adding peels and vodka and you’ll never waste another orange again! Try grapefruit, lemon, and lime too while you’re at it!