7 Amazing uses for lemon peels
If you’re like me, you love citrus fruits. They are the perfect refreshing snack on a warm spring day. Lemon slices are great in water and you can’t beat fresh-squeezed orange juice. The very thought of digging your nails into a ripe orange is enough to make your mouth water!
But before you throw your citrus peels in the trash, think twice. There are numerous ways you can use citrus peels to add a boost of flavor to your life.
Just remember, when enjoying an orange, lemon, or lime, organic is best. Be sure to only use peels from fruit that has been grown in a pesticide free environment.
Here are 7 Fantastic Ways to Use Citrus Peels:
1. Citrus Zest
You can use citrus zest to add flavor to a variety of dishes and baked goods. Using a fine grater or zester, grate the citrus peels to create a fine zest. You can even freeze unused portions for later use!
2. Lemon-Infused Olive Oil
For a truly gourmet treat, use your lemon peels to make lemon olive oil. Add 2-3 tablespoons of finely grated lemon zest to a cup of extra virgin olive oil, pour into a glass jar and allow to stand for two weeks. Shake the mixture occasionally. Pour the oil into a strainer, discard the zest and your oil is ready!
3. Citrus Scented Counter Cleaner
Save your orange peel and put it in an air-tight container. Cover the peels with white vinegar. Let it sit for a couple of weeks then strain out the peels. Now you have a natural, orange-scented cleaner! For a different scent, lemons and limes also work well for this.
4. Make a DIY All-Purpose Cleaner
Lemon peel can also be used as an all-purpose cleaner. Its acidic property makes it an awesome element for cutting through grease and disinfecting items.
It is particularly effective at cleaning glass windows, mirrors and showerheads, and other household surfaces.
Throw a few handfuls of washed, chopped lemon peels into a clean glass jar half way.
Pour white vinegar into the jar until the peels are completely covered.
Put the lid on and keep the jar on a sunny windowsill for 2 to 3 weeks, shaking it occasionally.
Pour the mixture through a mesh strainer or a cheesecloth.
Transfer the lemony liquid into a clean spray bottle.
Use your homemade lemon cleanser as you would use any other all-purpose cleaner. You can also dilute it with an equal amount of water and then use it.
Note: Do not use this cleaner on porous surfaces like granite and marble.