Did you know that lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the juice itself? That’s right! So next time you use a lemon, don’t throw away the peels.
Here are 17 clever ways you can make the most of lemon peels.
Food & Flavoring Uses:
1) Lemon Zest
Lemon zest is a common ingredient used in many food recipes. By using a fine grater, use the peels to create a fine zest that can be used to add flavor to all sorts of dishes.
2) Lemon Olive Oil
Lemon and oil are both superfoods so why not infuse them together to create a flavorful citrusy oil. Simply add a couple tablespoon of zest to a cup of extra virgin olive oil and let it sit for at 2 weeks. Then strain the oil through a sieve, discarding the zest and there you have it. Visit here for more details on how to make lemon olive oil.
3) Lemon Pepper Seasoning
A very popular and easy to make seasoning. Here is a great lemon pepper seasoning recipe that will compliment well with almost any dish.
4) Tea Infusion
Give your tea an extra kick of citrus taste by adding some peels. With the added health benefit of lemon peels, this can be a health-boosting drink itself.
5) Lemon Water
Lemon peels contain many times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself. So why not add the peels to your drinking water? Research has shown that drinking lemon water every morning can assist with weight loss.
Home & Cleaning Uses:
6) Microwave cleaner
Simply add some lemon peels to a microwavable dish container or bowl and mix roughly with 1 1/4 cups of water. Place the container into the microwave and heat from 5 – 10 minutes on high – this allows the steam to condense inside the oven, cleaning the entire insides of it. Safely remove the container from the microwave once it’s done and wipe down the residue with a cloth.
7) Coffee Cup Stain Remover
Simply add a pinch of salt to a lemon peel then use it to rub the marks off, then wash with hot water. Job done!
8) Sanitize your cutting board
It’s important to make sure your cutting board is properly sanitized from all the bacteria. The natural acidity from lemon has antibacterial properties, which makes a great cleaning agent. Simply rub the surface with a used lemon (Preferably half cut) and let it sit for a couple minutes before rinsing.
9) Getting rid of ants
Lemons are a great natural bug repellent. To keep ants away from invading your house, place lemon peels near doorways, by windows, and next to cracks and crevices.
10) All-Purpose Lemon Vinegar Cleaner
Lemon peels are truly an amazing ingredient with so many uses, especially for cleaning purposes. Check out this all-purpose lemon cleaner recipe from onegoodthingbyjillee.com. It will cut through any grease and grime like its nothing.
11) Freshen Up Your Garbage Disposal
Bring an amazing aroma of citrus scent by deodorizing your garbage disposal with lemon peels simply by throwing a couple of peels down your garbage disposal regularly.
12) Simmering Stove Scents
You can add a heavenly scent to your house by trying this simmering stove scent technique. All you have to do is add lemon peels to simmering water, mixed with cloves and cinnamon sticks.
13) Clean Stainless Steel
Bring back the natural shine of stainless steel by adding a pinch of salt to a lemon peel then scrubbing the metal. This works like magic!
Health & Beauty Uses:
14) Cure for a headache
You can cure a headache naturally by zesting up a lemon peel then mixing with water till you get a paste. Apply this paste to your forehead and lay down for at least 10 minutes. Wash off the paste and you will feel relieved!
15) Skin Lightener/Brightener
Lemon peels are a natural way to brighten your skin. It contains alpha-hydroxy acids which help assist with lightening your skin. Try out this natural skin brightening scrub for yourself to make your skin look lighter, brighter and healthier.
16) Nail Whitener
Whiten your nails simply by rubbing it with a lemon wedge
17) Make a sugar scrub
Mix a couple tablespoons of lemon zest with half a cup of sugar and enough olive oil to make a paste. Now you have a scrub that you can use the next time you have a shower. Massage the scrub all over your skin and rinse off with water. Notice how soft your skin will be afterward.