Bathroom, Green Cleaning

Super Orange Scrub Fail


Once upon a time, I made Citrus Vinegar and it was amazing. The leftover peels from this amazing concoction should make another amazing cleaner right? Um no, go directly to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200. More like orange ice cream vomit that smells like oranges, go figure. I guess my thought process there went something like this. “Vinegar is awesome and orange oil from the peel is awesome, combine those two with baking soda and you’ll get a super awesome cleaner and-if-it-fails-add-hydrogen-peroxide.” That and I saw a recipe for it on One Good Thing by Jillee and. . . I didn’t follow it. 🙂 The original recipe called for peels used make an enzyme cleaner, not scenting vinegar. Nevertheless, I tried it and here’s how my super orange scrub fail when down.

orange scrub
Super professional photo in the bathroom.

In my blender went the left over orange peels from the vinegar and some baking soda, actually too much baking soda because it wasn’t blending. So I added some water, blended some more, decided it needed more liquid and added some hydrogen peroxide. Eventually the mixture came to a nice pasty consistency and smelled heavenly. I was sure I had a winning recipe with bits of vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide all married together. With a rubber spatula, I scooped some cleaner and spread it over a part of the tub, only after I flung some in to make a satisfactory splat noise. 🙂

orange scrub cleaner
This tub is as dirty as it seems but not at the same time. Awkward bathroom lighting.

This is the part where it looked like orange vomit and I let it sit for an hour or so. I came back, scrubbed the whole area for a few minutes, and rinsed to check my results. Barely lifted any dirt but left a bit of a yellow tinge. Awesome, not impressed and not impressed enough to take after scrubbing pictures; fail on my part.

Lesson learned here is that three great things do not create one really awesome thing and I probably should have paid more attention in chemistry. Oops. At least it smelled really good.

Happy Cleaning!


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