[Product Review] Andin’s Essentials Peppermint Oil

I am a big fan of natural products and have been trying my best to avoid the convenience of what’s available off the shelves cheaply to seek for better alternatives so as to keep my home green and pet friendly. In order to keep things frugal, and eco friendly, I try to research and experiment at home how to create home made cleaning products, or getting base solutions and adding essential oils to help it smell better. I love that essential oils have additional benefits on top of adding a delicate fragrance to literally anything you add drops of EO to.

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Here’s a quick description of Pure Peppermint Oil from Andin’s Essentials:

We at Andin focus on providing you a quality product with quality packaging. We have no sales gimmicks like free e-books. Instead we’re proud our product has a shelf life of up to 18 months when properly stored!
⇒ Andin’s Essential Peppermint Oil helps rid of unwanted creatures such as spiders, bugs and mice.
⇒ Peppermint Oil exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, antioxidant, analgesic, radioprotective, and antiedema properties.
⇒ Customers put our Oil into a diffuser to help with allergies. Its aroma keeps the air fresh and clean.
⇒ Add it to a spray to clean and wash kitchen worktops, counters and surfaces. Also add a drop of Peppermint Oil in the dishwasher to bring a minty fresh smell.
⇒ Each bottle comes with a high-quality long glass dropper as well as a phenolic cap for long-term storage.
⇒ The glass bottle is colored darkly to protect the integrity of the oil. We also made it recyclable because we care about the environment!

What do I think of it?

I was surprised when I received this bottle of essential oil. Its huge! It came in a amber glass bottle with a glass dropper that fits in perfectly. I love using essential oils when it comes to making home made natural products to help give them a boost in benefits and most importantly smelling good! I use black soap for my hand wash and body wash and it does not have any fragrance with it. This is where essential oils come into play to add more benefits of the soap or cleanser, and making it smell so good!

I have used this for my home cleaning products, home made cleaning wipes. home made baby wipes and doggy wipes as well as my essential oil diffuser. It is good to know that peppermint essential oils helps rid of unwanted creatures such as spiders, bugs and mice as well as exhibiting antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, antioxidant, analgesic, radioprotective, and antiedema properties. While these effects are not noticeable now especially in the winter, I’m all too happy that everything is smelling real good, with a bottle this size, I can use this in everything and still have plenty more to play with.

*I received this bottle heavily discounted in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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Kombucha tips #25

Day 25: Cleaning the stove top

This is the 25th post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

Hate cleaning up? You’re not alone.

I’m gonna rant a little on this post. I hate cleaning my stove. I love cooking and eating the food I prepare. But I absolutely hate cleaning up. The husband knows it. We’ll always postpone the cleaning to later, after the show, or maybe tomorrow. Dirty stove top with stains, I’m guilty of it.

By now most of you would’ve known how much I hate the smell of chemicals. Maybe I’m a little obsessive compulsive. Every time  I spray these chemicals to clean my kitchen, I open all windows wide and turn the hood on to absorb as much of those chemical fumes as possible. The ammonia makes me feel suffocated. My eyes get teary sometimes. It doesn’t make sense to me that we are so afraid of contaminating the food that we use such harmful cleaners to clean the very area that we prepare our food in.

Think about it, the sprays we use to clean our stove and counter tops, how much chemicals are inside? Did you read the warning label? What happens if we ingest it? If the warning says if we ingest it in large amounts, we need to see a doctor. What happens when we ingest in the small amounts that land on our kitchen stuff as we clean up after our mess? what happens if it gets in our eyes? Or if your kids get their hands on it? Worst still, your pets consume it?

Has it ever occurred to you that these may be the reasons why we have cracked lips or stomach sensitivities due to ingesting the small amounts of these chemicals over long periods of time? Since moving into this home, I’ve tried to keep everything as chemical free as possible. I use enzyme cleaners for the kitchen. However, eco-friendly cleaners are usually more expensive and may or may not fit into the family budget. Its about time to formulate some all natural kitchen cleaner too.

In the last couple of weeks, through all these experimenting, we’ve found that kombucha vinegar works very well in cleaning many areas in the home. I wanted to put this to test on my gunky stove. That’s like THE ultimate test right? IF it can clean the stove, it can clean everything.

Kombucha tips #25

Here’s what you need: 

  • 250ml kombucha
  • 250ml water
  • dish soap/castile soap/black soap
  • 1 spray bottle
  • 2 cleaning cloths
  • 1 non scratch scrub pad
  • baking soda, optional

How to: 

  1. Mix kombucha, water and 2 pumps of soap in a spray bottle. Shake to mix well.
  2. Remove grills and loose parts from stove. Set aside.
  3. Spray liquid generously over stove top. Let sit for 15 mins.
  4. Soak grills, knobs and any other loose parts in basin filled with warm water. Add 1 cup of kombucha vinegar, and 4 pumps of soap of choice. Let it soak while you work on the stove top.
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  6. Use cloth to wipe off excess liquid on stove top. Use scrub pad to work on tougher stains. Spray more cleaning liquid if needed. For really tough stains, sprinkle baking soda on stain, spray kombucha cleaning mix and let it sit while you clean other parts of the stove.
  7. When you are done with all the stains, rinse first cloth, and wipe thoroughly with cleaned wet cloth. Take 2nd cloth and wipe entire stove top dry.
  8. Now, back to the sink. The soaking solution would have done most of the work by now. I usually just wash through the grills as though I’m washing the dishes. By now, the scrub pad gets whatever stuck on gunk off easily.
  9. Wipe dry with cloth and replace back onto the stove.
  10. And ta da~! No stinky-hurt-your-lungs-chemicals to breathe in. No dry skin on the hands from chemicals.

Tips: Add essential oils if you want cleaning to smell awesome! :)


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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

Day 14 & 15: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

Day 16: Kombucha Drain cleaner

Day 17: Kombucha as Antiseptic 

Day 18: Kombucha Cotton Pads

Day 19: Kombucha smoothie

Day 22: Kombucha Fly Trap

Day 23: Cleaning the coffee machine

Day 24: Making Kombucha Tonic

cleaning the coffee machine

Day 23: Cleaning the coffee machine

This is the 23rd post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

This post is dedicated to all coffee addicts in the world. If you love coffee, and enjoy a cuppa every morning before you start your day, we can be buddies.

I have no idea how I even started. I wasn’t much of a coffee drinker before. I started drinking more coffee when we were in USA. Hanging out with other wives and visiting their homes. Each time they would make a pot of coffee and we’d each pour glass after glass while we shared cakes & pastries.

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Then coming back to Singapore, I would have coffee at work, and meetings over at starbucks and hotel lounges. Seemed like the perfect thing to keep the day going. Well, you know what they say about coffee right?

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I’ve owned this Nespresso capsule machine for like almost a year now. We bought it for our home now that the hubby’s onto coffee as much as I am. Probably the best tasting coffee out there. I’ve started to notice that sometimes there’s dark particles in my coffee, or some extra gunk that I don’t expect to be there. Sometimes if we forget to drop the capsule into the little bin below, bits of coffee grounds would get stuck along the way.

As much as they say that its a 1 button job and the easiest thing you’ll ever have, it still does require some maintenance. The instruction manual does mention it too. You have to buy the descaler from Nespresso to clean the insides of the machine. The descaling kit costs around $26 for a set of 2. They recommend to descale your machine twice a year.  Or at least, do it when you find the taste of your coffee a little off-ish.

 

Why does this work? 

The mild acid in kombucha helps get rid of the hard water spots, remove any mineral build up and coffee bits that get stuck and turn rancid.

cleaning the coffee machine
cleaning the coffee machine

How to: 

Mix kombucha vinegar with filtered water 1:2 ratio.

Pour into the reservoir of the coffee machine.

Follow machine’s instruction manual to get to descaling mode.

For the Nespresso Pixie machine, check out this youtube video on how to get to the descaling mode.

Let the diluted kombucha run through the machine twice then discard.

I had a few dark particles and murky water on the first run through.

When all the liquid is drained, refill reservoir with plain water and allow the machine to go through the descaling mode once more to rinse.

Allow machine to run till water is clear, then exit descaling mode.

Make yourself an Espresso now, or simply turn off the machine. 😉


 

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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

Day 14 & 15: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

Day 16: Kombucha Drain cleaner

Day 17: Kombucha as Antiseptic 

Day 18: Kombucha Cotton Pads

Day 19: Kombucha smoothie

Day 22: Kombucha Fly Trap

kombucha fly trap

Day 22: Kombucha Fly Trap

This is the 22nd post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

How is your weekend? Geez, does my graphics reflect my Monday blues already? 😉

Biggest thanks to Yvonne who wanted to contribute her recipes to our Worldwide Culture group. I love seeing how other people use their cultures. Yvonne had shared her recipes on Day 20: how to make a classic relish with kombucha, and Day 21: how to make a kombucha jelly. Recipes are here: September event: Different ways to make kombucha You have to be a member of the group to see the posts. Just ask to join and we’ll add you right in.

There were some projects that I wanted to share, but had difficulty getting the ingredients as they only sell in specialty stores. Bear with me if you find that I keep going through a similar theme here. I will be keeping a look out for some items and if I’m able to get them, I’ll add to this growing list of tips. :)

kombucha fly trap
kombucha fly trap

 

Today we’ll cover the biggest fear among fermenters. Fruit flies. The greatest terror that we all have. The tiny bodies that sneak their way into our jars and lay their eggs to destroy our brewing buddies. The sight of them in the jar, and fear runs through us. How did they get in there? Did they lay eggs? Do we really have to throw them out?! Can we save the scoby?

It sucks when we have been brewing for awhile to the extent whereby we are habitually drinking them on a daily basis, only to find out one batch of our brew have to be thrown out due to these sneaky buzzards that got into our jars. Then it affects our daily consumption and we have to yet start all over again to get another scoby to bring home and brew once more.

The best bet I say, is to set up 1 jar for them. Dedicated to the pests. Lure them in, trap them, and discard them.

kombucha fly trap
kombucha fly trap

Here’s how I set up mine.

I used a plastic cup so if it starts to get too disgusting, I could throw out the entire cup instead of needing to open it and clean up the innards. I also used a transparent cup so I could monitor whats going on inside.

I added a tissue to absorb the kombucha that I pour in, so in the event I accidentally knock over the cup, the liquid will not pour out entirely across my counter top. I cannot imagine the sight and the need to clean up dead flies on my counter.

Pour in enough kombucha to cover the tissue and a little extra to keep it damp for a couple of days.

kombucha fly trap top
kombucha fly trap top

I sealed the top with a plastic wrap and poked holes in it. Its there to serve 3 purposes.

1) The holes allow the flies to get in and the wrap keeps them in as it will be hard to find their way back out.

2) The wrap slows the evaporation process, so it keeps the liquid inside.

3) By limiting whats coming out from the jar, it prevents from stinking up the area of my home its in.

Possible Improvements:

I have read that its works better with composting fruit/vegetable skins. I’m thinking of adding some smashed grapes to get it going.

It also seems that the flies in my home prefer to hover around my milk kefir than my kombucha. I may add in a teaspoon of kefir to make the trap more attractive for the pests.

I will report again as I experiment and see the results.

Have you made your own fly traps? What do you put inside?


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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

Day 14 & 15: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

Day 16: Kombucha Drain cleaner

Day 17: Kombucha as Antiseptic 

Day 18: Kombucha Cotton Pads

Day 19: Kombucha smoothie

kombucha cotton pads

Day 18: Kombucha Cotton Pads

I feel like I’ve hit a milestone today. Its nothing big to many, but to me, its something. Its progression. 2 updates.

I’ve been sneaking probiotics into my husband’s food. I made rosemary kombucha marinated pork chops yesterday and paired it with my kombucha coleslaw. The kombucha marinated meat works in the same way as when we use alcohol to marinate meats. They break down the toughness in the meat and after cooking, the meat becomes very tender. Despite it being cheap frozen pork chops, the result was tender and juicy, even the husband was surprised himself. Read how to use kombucha as a marinade. 

Another update, my mum asked me if its hard to start brewing at her own home. Some of you may know by now, I’m quite alone in this journey of fermented products. My husband is not really into these, he’s ok with me brewing, but he will not drink it. My friends think I am keeping an alien at home. I’ve experienced first hand the improvements in my body, and how much it helped me in my digestive issues. So when my parents started accepting & drinking my cultures, to now, thinking of starting their own brew at home, its a milestone hit for me. Slowly but surely, I’m influencing them, and making changes to their lifestyle. :)

I think as each day passes, and I am slowly easing myself into building a natural home. The whole idea is to keep it simple to make, and to replace 1 product at a time at home. 1 less commercial product, means less harmful chemicals at home. We are easing towards a healthy & natural home and lifestyle. Doesn’t matter where you are. Country life, or urban homes. We can make it happen, one step at a time. You don’t have to rush into it.

Natural options are frugal options too. I finish the products I have and replace it with these natural options. You no longer have to spend extra dollars to get more products for just 1 use. Get a big bottle of castile soap, a gallon vinegar, and reuse the cleaning bottles you have now. You’ll have more cleaning options than you can complete in a day.

Today’s tip is super simple. Simple is good. If its simple, then you will take the action on it.

kombucha cotton pads
kombucha cotton pads

The idea is to always have pre-soaked cotton pads so that you can always have them on hand, ready to use.

Grab a small jam jar, stuff it with as many cotton pads as you can, pour kombucha over until cotton is completely soaked.

You can leave it on your bathroom counter to use as a facial toner, which I talked about here.

Or you can use it as an underarm deodorant. Simply take a cotton pad, wipe your underarms with it. It kills the bacteria and takes away the odor at the same time.

Heck, you can even double up, tone your face and wipe your underarms after.

Kombucha contains lactic acid which is a naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). Alpha hydroxy acids are effective, but gentle, exfoliants and are useful in the management of dry skin, acne and wrinkles. AHA helps to improve the texture of skin and potentially repair damage done by the sun. Lactic acid is noted for its rich moisturizing attributes and its ability to exfoliate dead skin cells without provoking skin irritation. Lactic acid may also increase collagen production which can help to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Quoted from zeroxeno.com

I’m sure this is especially good for acne and the bumps that women get from shaving.

I’ll definitely be trying this out for awhile to see what the results are.

One great thing about this is the convenience. Time & space saver too. Since they’re all soaked and in a little jam jar already.

You can bring it out like a wet wipe to use on the go, or leave it on the counter and use it to wipe mirrors and dirty taps.

Even better, keep a jar of this in the fridge for summer cool wipes. Have I mentioned they are great for sunburns?

Are you planning on replacing some of your home products with some of the tips I’ve shared here?

I would love to hear from you. Are these tips helping you?


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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

Day 14 & 15: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

Day 16: Kombucha Drain cleaner

Day 17: Kombucha as Antiseptic 

Kombucha Drain Cleaner

Day 16: Kombucha Drain Cleaner

This is the 16th post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

I hate to do this. We all know how beneficial kombucha is and on 1 hand, I keep feeling like I’m wasting it. Like, literally pouring kombucha down the drain. But after brewing for some time, I’m very sure most of us home brewers experienced this before. We’ve transferred our kombucha, bottled/jar them, and as we go through our daily bottles, when we get to this particular bottle, the first mouthful, we cringe. We taste the sourness in our mouth and flowing down our throats and into our stomach.

That mouthful, makes us wonder whether we could finish the remaining ‘booch in that bottle. Then, this bottle of booch, is perfect for this task.

I did a small test first. 1 tbsp of baking soda, added 1 tbsp of kombucha over it. If it fizzes, its good. If it doesn’t, set it aside and leave it to sit for a couple of weeks more.

I usually set aside the yeasty bits at the bottom of my gallon brew in a small jar and leave them to sour to use for my non-edible tasks. eg, cleaning.

After a week, the KT inside usually gets clearer and the yeasty bits will settle at the bottom, allowing you to use the top for your cleaning spray mixes.

Kombucha Drain Cleaner
Kombucha Drain Cleaner

What you need: 

1 box baking soda. I used Arm & Hammers for this.

Excess kombucha that is too sour to drink.

How to use: 

1) Do the test to be sure the kombucha has the right acidity for this task. If it fizzes with baking soda, its good for this.

2) Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain hole. Scale baking soda amount according to drain size. Use 1 cup for bigger drains or drains with slight clog.

3) Drizzle 1/2 cup of super sour kombucha over the baking soda and allow it to sit and fizz. Let it sit for about 2 mins and drizzle another cup.

4) Once the liquid starts to flow smoothly, flush drain hole with warm to hot water to rinse it and declog the remain particles that might still be stuck.

5) Done!

This is great for all that excess, sourish kombucha that is almost near to undrinkable. Don’t waste them, give them a purpose! :)

Also, doing this means I never need to go to the super market to fork out dollars for a gallon of vinegar when I have a supply at home that I’m constantly brewing.


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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

Day 14 & 15: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

 

Clean carpets with kombucha vinegar

Day 14 & 15 combined: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

This is the 14th & 15th post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

From time to time I will sharing some posts from other sites and other people as well. What started out as a challenge to push myself to find more ways to use kombucha has ended up using more kombucha in experimenting than drinking. I ended up tossing quite a good amount as a result of experiments hat came out bad. I feel so bad for the wastage. But its all for the good for experimenting and sharing what works and what don’t so others don’t have to go through it again.

Yesterday, Day 14 of the challenge, I saw an interesting post in one of the fermenting groups that I am part of online. A lady, Doreen, she made soap out of kombucha. It was a cold processed soap with kombucha, coconut oil, honey and oats. She shared the recipe in our fermenting group at  the Worldwide Share group. The recipe consist of kombucha, coconut oil, honey, oats. All known to be moisturizing and healing for the skin.

Check out her recipe here. Its a closed group, so you will need to be a member of the group to view it. Just click request to join, and I will approve it when I see it. If you do not have a starter culture, do join the group and let us know where you are. We have members all over the world, and we share worldwide, at the cost of postage. If you have specifics that you need or have questions that you’d like to ask, feel free to ask in the group, we are all very open to sharing our knowledge and our ‘culture’ is to share cultures. (pun intended!) :)


 

For today, Day 15 of the challenge, we use kombucha as a carpet cleaner.

Clean carpets with kombucha vinegar
Clean carpets with kombucha vinegar

This works best for fresh stains or spills when its still wet.

What you will need:

1 part Kombucha vinegar, strained to ensure no yeasty bits to clog spray

1 part Plain water

Spray bottle with mist setting

Plenty of towels

How to: 

1) Use a clean cloth/towel to blot out as much liquid as possible. Do not let it sit for too long as the color, stain, and odor may start seeping in.

2) Apply a firm pressure over the towel to absorb as much liquid as possible. Do not rub at the spot as it will spread the stain other areas.

3) Once you get the stain as dry as possible, mist the vinegar  generously over the spot. Let it soak in for 5 to 10 mins.

4) Using clean towels, soak up the vinegar. A little elbow grease needed here! If its a tough stain, rub or scrub, and apply pressure as needed.

5) Again, get as much liquid out as possible, and allow it to dry. The vinegar smell will go away as the liquid dries off.

Be careful with white carpets or clothes, as kombucha is made of tea and may leave a slight yellow stain. If needed, after blotting up kombucha, spray water generously and blot dry again.

Note: If you have a steam cleaner, even better, this can be used in the steam cleaner with 2 parts kombucha to 10 parts water.


 

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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

 

 

Laundry Refresher

Day 13: Laundry Refresher

This is the 13th post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

One of my favourite things about kombucha is that when left to brew long enough, it becomes similar to vinegar. In the past few experiments that I had, we’ve found the acidity to be perfect for cleaning, and the deodorizing effect helps take away odors.

This is great for soaking dirty cleaning rags, mop heads, stinky socks, and soiled clothes after a great outdoors workout.

How to use: 

Add 1 cup of kombucha vinegar to the pre-wash of a load of laundry.

Alternatively, you may soak them in a pail with 1/2 cup of vinegar. Pour away the dirty water, and proceed with laundry as usual.

If clothes are stained, you may need to apply stain treatment before wash.

Laundry Refresher
Laundry refresher

Image credits: Celeste Lindell from Flickr

 

Have you tried cleaning your clothes with vinegar? Are you enjoying this series of natural cleaning alternatives?


 

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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

 

Clean your shower head with vinegar

Day 11: Clean your shower head

This is the 11th post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

I’m so happy to meet new subscribers and meeting new friends asking me questions about these projects I’m putting up. We’ve also been seeing more participation in our Worldwide Share group. I’m really happy to have all of you sharing your recipes and ideas together in the group, and also the newcomers who are starting out on fermenting. Welcome, take it slow, and enjoy the journey. If you have any questions, please post in our facebook group, no question is too simple to ask. To learn well, we need to ask and clarify. If you’re just starting out, you can also request for a culture over there. Most of them are happy to share a portion for you to start at the cost of shipping.

I meant to share another recipe today, but it failed on me. Coming up with 30 different ways of using kombucha is harder than I thought. Its still a good challenge though. Have to bring out the creative sides. Since the start of this project, I must have dumped out about 4 batches of stuff now. I guess this is all part and parcel of experimentation. I’m learning new things everyday through this experimentation. So instead, today, I will be sharing another way I use kombucha/jun vinegar for cleaning the shower heads.

For non fermenters, these recipes for kombucha are interchangeable with Apple Cider Vinegar, fermented jun, or store bought kombucha. However, store bought kombucha will make it much more costly and it will be more beneficial to drink them instead. As with all the ideas I add here, they are meant to help stay frugal while enjoying the other benefits of it. I have used jun in some of the recipes here as well because I have more jun brewing than kombucha. Still trying to get enough scobies out of it.

Clean your shower head with vinegar
Clean your shower head with vinegar

We all have seen it before. Shower heads clogged with mineral deposits after years of build up. Instead of heading out to find yet another product to fulfill this specific need, why not use something you may already have in the kitchen? Doing this way is more eco friendly, and no more worries of stinky chemicals filling up your home.

The acidity from vinegar will dissolve any calcium buildup. There are some methods where you take the shower head apart and boil them in vinegar to let it work more efficiently. But for myself, since I can always set aside some kombucha for cleaning, I prefer to clean it by soaking it overnight. Although its a longer waiting time, but its much less physical work. Perfect for lazy me!

Method:

1) Check your plastic bag for any holes or leaks. I filled mine with tap water first to check for leaks.

2) Fill bag half way through with kombucha/jun vinegar. Try to get a bag just big enough to cover the shower head so that there won’t be wastage.

3) You can either unhook the shower head to tie the bag as I did or you may wrap the bag around the shower head and tie it tightly at the back to hold it in place.

vinegar showerhead

4) As mine is a big and flat shower head, I prefered to tie it this way and let it lay flay on the floor to reach all the holes. With this method, you can leave overnight and let the vinegar work on the shower head, or at least leave it for a couple of hours until you need to use the shower head again.

5) After the soak, remove the bag, use a soft bristle brush to scrub away remaining calcium buildup, and rinse thoroughly.

Do you use vinegar in cleaning your home? What have you used it for?


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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

 

 

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Day 9: Removing the smell out of food jars.

This is the 9th post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

Have you ever cooked a pasta dinner, and the pasta sauce came in a very nice glass jar that’s perfect for storing your cookies and what nots. The only thing that’s holding you back? The garlicky, beefy smell that’s coming out from the jar… and it does not go well with your chocolate chip cookies. I had these issues a few times, and the first food I store in these jars, they tend to take after the odor of the previous food.

Kombucha vinegar to the rescue!

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Removing the smell out of food jars

I found this by accident when I had a pasta sauce jar that I was keeping to store food. I threw out the first batch of food because the pasta sauce smell overpowered it.

Even after washing multiple times, the odour still stuck. Garlic & beef. I can remember. I left it aside ever since.

A couple of days back, I had some extra kombucha that I had no more mason jars for.

That being my last resort, I poured the kombucha in, and thought, heck, if my kombucha had pizza flavor in it, I’ll just use it for cleaning.

True enough, few days later, the kombucha had the pizza smell. Yes, I used it for cleaning. I sprayed pizza kombucha all over my shower. :)

But…. after cleaning the jar out, the smell was gone. I doubled checked.

Its gone. I now have a jar that I can store whatever I want.

Us, fermenters can never have too many jars right? Now we can reuse all the jars we want!

Have you ever avoid storing food in containers because of the odor it might leave?


 

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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette