When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. And don’t overlook the power of the discarded lemon peels. Before you go about throwing them away, think about the numerous health, beauty and toxin-free cleaning recipes you can make with them. We love adding lemon juice to our green tea and herbal teas, but, over time, one is left with tons of lemon peels. In today’s guide, we will study some easy ways to use these in lemon peel recipes for health, beauty and household purposes.
1. Skin brightening lemon peel recipes
Boil leftover lemon peels in water until the quantity of water is halved. Cool the mixture, strain and collect the liquid in a glass jar. Store it in the fridge. Apply a little everyday to blemishes, age spots and sun damaged skin. Leave this skin brightening toner and astringent lemon peel recipe overnight before washing off with cool water. Repeat nightly. Avoid the sun when using lemon peel for skin lightening recipe. You can also apply leftover lemon peels to hands, elbows and knees to brighten and lighten the skin.
2. Lemon peel ice cubes
Freezze leftover lemon peels in ice cubes with a little water. Once frozen, you can use them in the garbage disposal or trash cans to absorb odors and ward off cockroaches, ants and other household pests.
3. Lemon Olive Oil
To add your olive oil a refreshing lemon flavor, zest three cups of lemon peel and add them to a cup of olive oil. Let the mixture stay for 2 weeks, and then strain it. So, after removing the peel bits, you can use your lemon olive oil.
4. Clean your microwave
Boil lemon peels in a bowl of water on full power in the microwave for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the bowl and use a dry cloth to wipe the insides of the microwave. You will be left with a clean, sparkling microwave!
5. Remove Trash Can Odor
Putting some lemon peels at the bottom of your trash can will help absorb the unpleasant odor and give your can a fresh smell.
6. Keep away bugs
Spray boiled water and lemon peel spray (or place lemon peels) on your beds, windows, thresholds, cracks and crevices, as well as on kitchen counter tops to ward off insects, flies, ants, roaches, bedbugs, ticks, fleas and other parasites. Bugs do not like the lemon smell and will not enter your home.
7. Make lemon peel powder at home
Here is how to make lemon peel powder at home in 3 easy steps. Collect the peels and flatten them. Place them on a dehydrator tray and dehydrate them for 24 hours until they are curled up and crispy. Next, powder the peels in a blender- as fine or coarse as you’d like. Store the lemon peel powder in a glass container in a cool, dry place. Use the powder in your baking recipes or for beauty and health. You can even dry the peels in the sun for 3-4 days before powdering them.
8. Keep Your Brown Sugar Soft
If you add some lemon peel to your jar with brown sugar (after removing the pith and keeping traces of pulp), you can keep your sugar soft and easy to use.
9. Freshen Your Dishwasher
Rinse and deodorize your dishwasher by adding a few lemon peels.
10. Deodorize your refrigerator
Place lemon peels in the fridge to absorb food odors. Replace them with new ones every few days.