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A Simple Solution

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This year, I’ve been making a dedicated effort to eliminate toxins and use more orgnaic, natural products in my home.   I have received amazing advice and tips from women who are trying to do the same, not only talking the talk but walking the walk.  My friend Michelle Kim has an ingenious solution to replace cleansers that are chock full of chemicals:  a wonderful, versatile cleanser.  She explains:

“I keep a gallon jar on my kitchen countertop. I fill it with about 1/2 jar of white distilled vinegar. And I keep filling it to the top with orange peels as I eat the oranges. After the jar is filled, I leave for 2-3 weeks (or longer) to steep in the vinegar.  The strong vinegar smell should be tempered by the orange peel oil when ready.  Do not refrigerate. Strain and pour into amber spray bottles. This cleaner is excellent at leaving my stovetop sparkling clean after I cook in my cast iron pan, which splatters out the oil when I cook on high heat.

It’s key to find ways to do these things conveniently so it feels easy – hence, keeping the gallon jar on the kitchen counter.   I get asked all the time how do I think of these things or find the time. If I find ways to make it convenient, it’s feels so easy to incorporate into my life!

I love when I can use all parts of something. Such as beets and the beet tops. Coffee grinds make a great and invigorating body scrub! Avocado pits and onion skins are wonderful for dyeing.”

Photo by Michelle Kim / Instagram:  mkcherries