Many of us have the habit of making fresh lemon juice to wake up our digestive system and start the day with energy. However, we usually throw away the peels without even knowing that that part of lemon is also very beneficial.
They are a great source of minerals, vitamins, and fiber (vitamin C, potassium, and calcium) that provide a nutritional boost.
The problem is how to use them to reap all of their benefits. Well, here you will learn several unusual ways to use lemon peels and never throw them away again.
10 Uses of Lemon Peels
1. 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.
2. Lemon Ice Cubes
Add some lemon peel strips to the water in your ice cube trays and let them freeze. You can also use lemon zest. From now one, your drinks will never be the same.
3. 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.
4. Clean Microwaves
Fill a microwave-safe container with water and add a few lemon peels. Then, heat on high for about five minutes, and the steam will clean your microwave from the inside. Finally, just wipe down the walls of the microwave with a towel, and it will be as clean as new.
5. Ant Repellent
Place some lemon peels near any small space like door cracks where you expect ants to enter your house. The unique smell will keep ants away from your home. What’s more, you can use lemon peels to keep ants away from your sugar jar too.
6. Brighten the Skin
Make a scrub using lemon infused oil, Epsom salt, and some lemon peels to make your face smoother and brighter.
7. Vitamin C Powder
Chop some lemon peels into square pieces and let them sun dry on a cloth for a few days. Let them dry completely, and then turn them into powder using a coffee grinder. You can use this vitamin C powder in smoothies or plain water to boost your vitamin C levels.
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. Freshen Your Fridge
Leaving a few lemon peels inside your fridge will absorb the unpleasant odor from all the foods, giving it a fresh, citrus smell.
If you know any other interesting use of lemon peels, feel free to share it in the comments.
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