I am so excited to share with you this Orange Vinegar Cleaner. I love the effectiveness of cleaning with vinegar and that it is a natural cleaner. I can spray areas and know that it is not harmful to my children. I clean the bathrooms, doorknobs and kitchen counters. There is always a bottle under my sink with vinegar in it. So when I came across the idea to steep orange peels in it and make it smell better -- I couldn't resist trying it. I was curious to see if it would really work,
keep in mind that the smell of good old regular vinegar does not bother me. However my 8 year old son has Asperger's Syndrome and certain smells really bother him and vinegar is one of them. So I am always trying to clean when he is out of the house.
So much to my surprise after a week of steeping in the vinegar, the orange peels did work. It turned the vinegar into a sweet smelling success. Now this is the only way I use it!
1 16-ounce canning jar
2 oranges, peels only
vinegar to cover
Put the orange peels inside the jar. Pour vinegar in the jar to cover the peels and put the lid on tightly. Store in the cupboard for a week, then transfer the vinegar to a spray bottle and use for all your cleaning purposes!
We considered replacing the mirror altogether, but decided to go the less expensive route first and see how long it would buy us.
*Questions and unexpected events that arose during the project:
I didn't know how well the mirror was attached to the wall. I also didn't know how well my adhesive would adhere to the mirror and trim.
* Cost Comments:
1"x4" MDF (32 ft) - $20
1/2 birch plywd - $15
Trim (40 ft) - $20
Crown (3 ft) - $4.50
Lights - $60
*My motivation to do this project:
The mirror was large and an eye sore. We wanted something a little nicer.
The first step was to replace the single light fixture with matching twin ones. I ran the wiring, secured the boxes and mounted the new lights. This was required due to the shelving unit. I then measured out the surface and determined the size of the shelving unit. Then I purchased the materials and started designing as I cut. The shelving unit was assembled and attached first. It was ~2 inches higher than the mirror and secured to a stud to help support the mirror against the wall. The trim and molding was measured, cut and secured using GOOP adhesive and tape to hold in place until it was dry.
Don't assume the mirror is attached to the wall well enough to hold the additional weight. Make sure it is supported fully.
Do measure twice and cut once.
Wood, MDF, Trim - $0.00
Light fixtures - $0.00
Commented on Jul 04, 2012
Hey, for anyone that has completed this project...what are the dimensions of the lumber used
for the frame around the mirror? I believe it's mdf board being used for the base material, but I'm interested in the thickness and width's used.