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Honestly, this lemon juice water had me purchasing some lemons from the farmer's market recently even if it's quite pricey f...

23 Awesome Uses Of Lemon Peels You Shouldn't Ignore

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Honestly, this lemon juice water had me purchasing some lemons from the farmer's market recently even if it's quite pricey from where I'm living. A good dose of vitamins, the zesty scent, and its multiple uses made me wonder why I had not been a "lemon-fan" until recently.

And it's the not just the lemon juice that we can tremendously benefit from but also the lemon peel. Before you feel guilty (like I did), here's a good read for all of us after doing some digging online. Here are the reasons why you shouldn't toss those lemon peels off the garbage again.

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Use Lemon Peels For Cleaning

1. Get rid of ants, roaches, and other pests.
I will definitely be trying this one! When you have toddlers around, crumbs are like almost in every nook and cranny of the house; a very inviting feat for ants (mostly) and other pests. Apparently, ants and pests like roaches and fleas, don't like the lemon scent. So, place small pieces of lemon peel on door entrances, door and window sills, or cracks and holes where pests are lurking. These fellows would never dare get inside your home.

2. Lemon Peel All-Purpose Cleaner
Fill in any sized glass jar (mason jars would work better) with a bunch of lemon peels and pour over a white vinegar. Put the lid on and leave it for 2 weeks. Strain the liquid and combine it water (50/50 ratio) and you now have your homemade all-purpose cleaner. Works well as a disinfectant and  a grease cutter.

3. Floor Cleaner and Polisher
Toss some lemon peels and 1/2 cup of lemon juice on 1 gallon of hot water and add 3/4 cup of olive oil. Apply it to your floors with a mop (a microfiber mop works great for me) and let it dry on its own. No need to rinse. You'll find your floors cleaner with a nice and natural sheen.

4. Tea Kettle or Coffee Pot Cleaner
Fill in your tea kettle with water and add a handful of thinly sliced lemon peel. Boil the water with lemon peels and turn it off. Let it sit there for an hour, drain and rinse well. Voila! Your tea kettle is good as new.

To clean your coffee pot just add lemon peels, ice, and salt. Whirl it around for a minute or two, dump the content and rinse very well.

5. Cutting Board Disinfectant
The acidity of lemons makes it a good antibacterial cleaning solution. To disinfect your cutting board from bacteria, wash it first with liquid soap, rinse and spray with lemon peel and vinegar. Let it sit there for 10 minutes and rinse well.

6. Microwave Cleaner
Add lemon rinds in a microwavable bowl filled halfway with water. Bring it to a boil or cook it roughly for 5 minutes until the steam covers the wall and tops of the oven. Remove the bowl with water carefully and wipe off the steam with a clean cloth.

7. Stainless Knives Cleaner
Like cutting boards, knives also leaves some nasty residue. To clean it off, just sprinkle some salt on the steel and scrub it with lemon peel to get rid of the dirt. Then rinse.

8. Drawer Sachet Freshener
Dry your lemon peels under the sun and place it on fabric sheets. You may add other nice-smelling spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Put these freshener sachets in the drawers.

 9. Eliminate Fireplace Odor
Winter is coming! If your fireplace is sending off stench into the room, try throwing some lemon peels into the flames or burn some lemon peels along with your firewood.

10. Freshen Up Your Fridge
Place a lemon peel or two inside your fridge to absorb the nasty smell in it while giving off that zesty scent.

11. Trash Can Deodorizer 
Toss some lemon peels in the bottom part of your trash can. This will absorb the bad odor and keeps your can smelling fresh. Way better than the artificial lemon-scented spray.

12. Freshen The Dishwasher
Add some lemon peels to your dishwasher regularly to deodorize it.

13. Garbage Disposal Deodorizer
Throw some lemon and orange peels down the drain and turn on the switch with the water running to deodorize your kitchen's garbage disposal. To keep it smelling fresh, repeat once every month.

14. Make a Room Scent/Humidifier
Make your own room scent and humidifier with lemon peels. Simply add lemon and/or orange peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and apple skins in a bowl filled with water. Simmer the water periodically on your stove top to freshen and moisturize the air in your home especially during winter.

15. Air Freshener
I happen to stumble upon this helpful comment online which uses lemon peels and baking soda as an air freshener. Just add lemon peels with baking soda and put it in a small plastic container with a lid on. Then create some holes on the lid. Now you have your own DIY room air freshener.

16. Scented Firelighters
Bake lemon peels until it darkens. So the next time you plan grilling, have this natural and scented firelighter handy.

Use Lemon Peels For Health and Beauty Treatment

17. Hands Softener
Add a tablespoon of coconut oil to a water with a lemon peel or two. I've done this twice and I love the lemon scent and soft effect on my hands that I'll be doing this regularly especially when my hands get too dry after dish washing.

18. Travel Sickness Cure
Use lemon or orange peels as an inhaler to cure travel sickness. This organic cure works great with kids.

19. Skin Tonic
Lightly rub your face with lemon peel; avoiding the eye area. And rinse.

20. Use As A Body Scrub
Make a paste by mixing 1/2 cup of sugar with finely chopped lemon peels and olive oil. Wet your body, turn off the water and apply the sugary paste scrub onto your body. Leave it for 2-3 minutes before rinsing.

21. Hand-odor Remover
To get rid off strong odor on your hands (like onion and garlic), just rub with a lemon peel and sprinkle a bit of sugar on your hands.

22. Lemon Tea Flavor
Add your water with lemon peels along with shredded ginger and bring it to a boil. Steep your tea with this aromatic and flavorful boiling water. This is an awesome comment post!

23. DIY Perfume
Use Vodka to steep lemon peels. Then drain and place the liquid in a perfume bottle. This DIY perfume can also be use as an air freshener or you may drink it. How cool is that?

Lemons are definitely a must-have in your fridge. How do you use your lemon peels? Share us with your tips in the comment section below.

Sources: Reader's Digest, Thank Your Body


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