Everyone knows that lemons are packed full of vitamin C and if you saw my recent post about lemon water you’ll already know that sipping a mug of warm lemon water every morning will do more than stop you catch a cold. If you missed it you can read all about it by clicking here.
The problem is, though, once you’ve got lemon water into your routine, you soon realise you’re piling up a stack of juiced peels every week and, like me, you may feel a bit guilty about just throwing them in the bin.
Do you ever wonder if your left over lemon peel can be used for anything else?
The answer of course is a resounding YES. Here are ten great uses for those lemon peels.
Lemon ice cubes
Use a vegetable peeler to remove the vibrant yellow zest and pop these shavings into ice cube trays. Fill with water and freeze. You have pretty little lemon ice cubes that will add a hint of lemon flavour to your drinks as they thaw.
Fragrant Drawer Sachets
Dry your lemon peels, mix them with other spices of your choice such as cinnamon, cloves or cardamom, and then tie the mixture up in little fabric pockets. They’ll bring a freshness to your clothes that will make you smile every day.
Lemon peel placed inside your fridge has a wonderful habit of soaking up unpleasant odours. And when it stops working, just replace it with another one. So simple yet effective.
All Purpose Cleaner
Lemon peels placed in a jar and covered with white vinegar produce an amazing cleaner after just two weeks. If you strain the solution and then mix it 50/50 with water, you’ll have a fabulous grease-cutting disinfectant for everyday use.
Small slices of peel left at strategic places like windowsills, door entrances and ventilation bricks work to deter ants from tramping into your house. Try it!
None of us like emptying the kitchen bin, and the unpleasant smells that emanate sometimes make a horrid job even worse. Help yourself by dropping a couple of used peels at the bottom every day. They absorb those unpleasant aromas and keep it smelling fresh.
Sometimes when you just need to freshen up your house, try this: Get some water simmering on the stove. Add lemon peels, cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Not only will you freshen the house, but you’ll add a bit of humidity too.
Teapot Stain Remover
Rub the inside of a squeezed lemon over the inner surface of your teapot, leave it a few minutes, and then give it a good rinse. You’ll be astonished at how stain free the result is.
To Clean Your Chopping Board
The antibacterial property of lemons lends itself to being a really quick and easy solution to keeping your chopping board hygienic and fresh. Just rub the surface after you’ve wiped the board over, leave it for a few minutes, and then wash the board properly.
Apparently, and I confess I haven’t tested this myself, if you bake your lemon peels until they darken, they create a natural but fragrant firelighter. Great for barbies. Fab for winter!
If you’re into your lemon water and have discovered some other fabulous uses for those leftover lemon peels, why not share your ideas in the comments below.
I’d love to hear from you.