25 USES FOR LEMON PEELS…INCLUDING LEMON VINEGAR!
Whenever I walk into a grocery store produce section I have this uncontrollable urge to It seems I can’t leave the store without buying 4 or 5 lemons or limes. If you follow me on you will see I have a bit of an obsession with lemons. My has over 340 pins!!
Can you blame me??? They truly are the “multi-purpose” fruit! They have so MANY purposes that I wasn’t even going to to include them all in one post. So today we’re going to start with and work our way into the juice (in a future post.)
I got the idea for this post when I decided to try making my own . I personally like just the way it is and the smell never has bothered me, but when I start using it at home the “boys” act like I’m spraying napalm around the house! They are so (I have no idea where they get THAT from!) I’d seen all kinds of pins on about a cleaning solution made of peels and , and decided to try it out with instead. It was worth a try if it would reduce the whining around here. :-)
I didn’t have any lemon peels just laying around, but I had just purchased a bag of lemons (big surprise) so I decided to , then I went ahead and sliced up the peels.
I had enough to fill two quart-sized mason jars, then I poured in until it reached just under the neck of the bottle. I put the lid on tightly and I waited. Which for me is like lol. I am the most impatient person I have ever met, besides my Dad. :-) I actually had to put the bottles away in a cupboard so I couldn’t see them and be tempted to use it prematurely.
But I am happy to report that it was Not only did the now have a very nice lemony aroma (you still smell the , but not nearly as strongly as before) it cleaned stuff like crazy!
· Fill container of your choice with cut up lemon peels.
· Add to cover the peels. Seal with tight-fitting lid.
· Put it away and forget about it for two weeks.
· After two weeks, strain the lemon peels from the then add water. I used on a 50/50 mix of water and lemon .
The first place I tried my new cleaning solution was the place in my kitchen that gets the greasiest and dirtiest…the stove. It’s kind of a litmus test for cleaners around here. If it can clean , it can clean And it cut through the grease and grime like it was nothing! I am really LOVING this stuff!
The list might surprise you!
Lemon is a natural skin lightener because of the citric acid in them which is a bleaching agent. Apply leftover lemon peels to your hands, elbows and heels to refresh and lighten the skin and tighten pores.
Lemon (or orange) peels tossed regularly into the garbage disposal will keep the garbage disposal smelling fresh.
Add lemon rinds to simmering water along with cloves, cinnamon sticks, and orange peels to make a delightful aroma AND humidify the air.
Scatter small slices of lemon peel along thresholds, windowsills, around door entrances, and near any cracks or holes where ants or pests may be entering. Ants do not like lemon and will not enter your home. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas.
Put a section of lemon peel into a stained coffee mug and add water. Let it sit for several hours, then wipe with a cloth. Stains should disappear.
Cut lemon in half and let it absorb fridge smells.
For mineral deposit build up in your tea kettle, fill the kettle with water, add a handful of thin slices of lemon peel and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let sit for an hour, drain, and rinse well. For coffee pots, add ice, salt and lemon rinds to the empty pot; swish and swirl for a minute or two, dump, and rinse.
Add lemon rinds to a microwave-safe bowl filled halfway with water. Cook on high for 5 minutes, allowing the water to boil and the steam to condense inside. Carefully remove the hot bowl and wipe away the mess with a damp towel.
Cut through mineral deposits on chrome faucets and other tarnished chrome by rubbing with a squeezed lemon half, rinsing, and lightly buffing with a soft cloth.
Brighten copper, brass, or stainless steel by dipping a juiced lemon half in salt (you also use or cream of tartar for the salt) and rubbing on the affected area. Leave on for 5 minutes. Then rinse in warm water and polish dry.
If your home suffers from dry heat in the winter, put lemon peels in a pot of water and simmer on the lowest stove-top setting to humidify and scent the air.
The antibacterial properties of lemons make them a good choice for refreshing cutting boards. After disinfecting give the surface a rub with a halved lemon, let sit for a few minutes, and rinse.
Zest is simply grated peel, and it can be used fresh, dried, or frozen. If you don’t have a zester, use the smallest size of a box grater. To dry zest, spread it on a towel and leave out until dried, then store in a jar. To freeze, use a freezer-safe container. Use zest in salads, marinades, baked goods, grain dishes, etc.
Use a vegetable peeler or a knife to cut the peel into long strips, cutting away the white pith which is bitter. These can also be frozen in a freezer-safe container or bag. Great in cocktails, sparkling water, and tap water.
Using the zest or twists from above, dry the strips skin-side down on a plate about 3 or 4 days. Put in a blender (or spice grinder) and pulverize into a powder. Use the powdered peel in place of extract or zest in recipes.
Add lemon extract powder (see above) to , or use fresh twists, put them in a jar with and let them infuse the .
Mix lemon extract powder (see above) with freshly cracked pepper.
Candied peels can be eaten plain, or dipped in melted chocolate, used in cake, cookie, candy, or bread recipes.
Mix 1/2 cup with finely chopped lemon peel and enough to make a paste. Wet your body in the , turn off the water and massage mix all over your skin, rinse. Feel the softness!
Whiten fingernails by rubbing with a lemon wedge.
Suck on a slice of lemon to help you stop feeling nauseous.
Remove dried food from your grater by rubbing with the pulp side of a cut lemon.
Bake discarded orange or lemon peels until they darken. These create natural, fragrant firelighters.
Throw a few lemon peels in the bottom of the can from time to time to keep it smelling fresh.