4/1/13

Orange Comet...For a Tropical Toilet


 I love to soak my orange rinds in Vinegar for a powerful orange cleaner. I also remember reading once about grinding dried out citrus peels to use for cleaning. I thought I would give it a try and I gotta tell you, it was worth the work.
To me, nothing says a clean toilet like comet cleanser. (Except maybe this). First, I cut
my peels up into small chunks and let them dry for 2-3 days.

                                                
                                

Next, I tried to grind them to powder in the food processor, but it didn't work so great. I then switched to the Magic Bullet. That was okay, but I noticed, the peels were still a bit wet. 
 I let them dry for another 2 days. Finally I ground them again in the mighty bullet and got a great powder. A spice grinder works well too. I was looking on Craigslist for something for the farm and do you know what I found? Someone was selling powdered orange peels for $20 a box. Didn't say how big a box is, but still. Talk about a mark up, maybe I am onto something here.

Now for the Comet!
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
2 T Borax
1 T Washing Soda
2 T Orange Powder
5 Drops Orange Oil
Give all the ingredients a whirl in the food processor or blender.



I just so happened to have some extra pieces to my bullet blender in the attic and one of the lids even had these convenient holes for shaking the stuff out. Score! Sprinkle liberally in the toilet bowl and swish. Cleaning a toilet has never been so tropical! I may do it again tomorrow!

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26 comments:

  1. Great post!! I love Borax, I use it to clean everything. This is going on my to-do list, although I never seem to remember to save my orange peels - found you on Mix It Up Monday!

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  2. Looks awesome! I love all of those ingredients- and I have been looking for a homemade natural bathroom cleaner. I will have to make this!!

    Thanks for sharing this on Natural Living Monday!

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  3. Very Cool! Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday. :)

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  4. Found you on Wildcrafting Wednesday and am enjoying your blog! I hate cleaning toilets so maybe this tropical concoction will help me!

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    1. It does a good job, but bits of orange peel get stuck in the toilet brush. I really need to get a cofee grinder and get a finer powder! Thanks for reading. Glad to have you here.

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  5. Does it tackle tough stains? I've been using just Borax but that doesn't seem to get rid of the stains!

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    1. It actually does a pretty good job..orange peels are not necessary. But if you put a bit of lemon oil on the stain and let it sit, then hit it with this "comet" it may help. My sister swears by lemon oil for stains.

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  6. Wooo! I've been looking for something to use my left over orange-vinegar soaked peels for!
    I'd love it if you would share this post or any others some time on F-it Fridays!

    http://www.parloandlogi.com/f-it-friday-and-last-chance-for-april-giveaway/

    Chrissy@
    Parlo & LOGI

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  7. I read and heard a lot of recipes to unclog toilets and drains, but this is the first time I read something like this. I really love the color and citrus has a fragrant smell, so I imagine that you'll have a clog-free and fragrant toilet afterwards. This is definitely a score!

    --->Levi Eslinger

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing this!! I have so much to learn. Your blog is a wealth of information.

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    1. Thanks Judith! I am so happy to know that something I blab on and on about is useful to you. Thanks for letting me know that too.

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  9. I bet this would smell AWESOME! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Yes, yes it does! Thanks for stopping by Lexie

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  10. So cool how much can be homemade! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Congratulations…this post is being featured on Create It Thursday #20 this week! Thanks so much for sharing such a great idea last week!

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    1. Thanks Leslie. I tried to thank you on your blog, but your commenting system wont let me in. Thanks for featuring me!

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  12. Totally awesome! I love cleaning with borax and baking soda. I bet the orange scent is great! I need to try this out.

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    1. Yes, orange makes me happy, so you can whistle while you work!

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  13. Great idea - much more natural than chemical cleaners and a lovely scent as well!

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  14. Wow!! How great is that? Pinning to my organic cleaning board, thanks for sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist.

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  15. What a ridiculously cool idea this is! Now I feel like a doofus for getting rid of all of my orange peel. Thank you so much for sharing this on Wellness Wednesdays :)

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  16. I do something similar although it is not comet (dry) I put orange peels in the nutribullet with vinegar and zip it up. and then I sprinkle the baking soda in the shower or where ever I am cleaning and then pour a little of the orange vinegar over it and scrub, it works very well! :) and smells great :)

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  17. I would like to invite you to come back and share this again at Wildcrafting WEd.'s Hygiene edition.
    http://visionherbs.tumblr.com/post/78668161774/wildcrafting-wednesday-hygiene-edition

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