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. 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.
2. 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.
3. Skin moisturizer recipe with lemon peels almond oil an honey
This is a hydrating skin moisturizing for dry, chapped skin. Mix the above lemon peel liquid with a teaspoonful each of honey and almond oil. Apply the blend to your face and neck daily. This is a wonderful and enriching lemon peel recipe your skin will thank you for.
4. Lemon peel and orange peel recipes
Boil leftover lemon peels with leftover citrus/orange/tangerine/nectarine fruit peels in a pot of water. Throw in a cinnamon stick and some cloves in the mixture. Continue boiling this mixture for 15 minutes (your home will smell amazing!). Once the quantity of water is reduced, turn off heat. Cool the mixture and store it in a spray bottle. You can do a lot with this citrusy mixture:
- Spray all over the home for a natural, refreshing scent
- Apply the mixture on stinky pets in between baths to repel fleas, ticks etc and also make them smell great.
- Pour the mixture in a foot bath. Add your favorite essential oil and soak your feet in for deodorizing them and also moisturizing the skin. Next, scrub away calluses and corns for soft, beautiful feet.
- Use the mixture as a toner for brightening facial skin.
- Add the mixture to your bath water for healthy skin.
- Use as a final rinse after washing your hair for keeping away dandruff. This lemon peel recipe is ideal for oily hair.
5. Anti-ringworm lemon peel recipe
Lemons are antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. Add the lemon peel powder (as made above) or lemon peel tea along with a few drops of lemon essential oil to your bath water to cure ringworm of the scalp and body. You can also use this lemon peel recipe on pets to ward off fungal and tinea infections.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Pot stain remover
Have a coffee maker or pressure cooked that is heavily stained? Add lemon peels and water and place the stained pot on the stove. Let it simmer for 15 minutes, cool and wipe dry. The pot will be clean and as good as new. You can also use this lemon peel recipe for cleaning and shining brass pots, copper ware and artifacts. Just use some salt and lemon peel to scrub the object. Leave on for five minutes then wipe/wash off.
9. 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!
10. Deodorize your refrigerator
Place lemon peels in the fridge to absorb food odors. Replace them with new ones every few days.
11. Clean your kitchen sink
Cut through grime and salt deposits on steel and chrome sinks by wiping them down with lemon peels. The citric acid in the peels removes the salts, giving you a shiny sink.
12. Fight acne
Got zits? Rub the lemon peel on them to lighten blemishes and prevent scars. Avoid using this lemon peel recipe on broken or open acne.
13. Create a winter humidifier
Boil lemon peels with some cloves on a stove top pot to keep your home humid. This will also remove odors and dry heat in winters.
14. Clean and deodorize cutting board
Cutting boards accumulate lot of bacteria and odors particularly if you use them for chopping meat. From time to time, rub lemon rinds and peels on them to refresh and clean cutting boards without using toxin cleaners. Of the many health benefits of lemon peels, antibacterial and antiviral properties are the important ones.
15. Make lemon vinegar
Grate the rind and peel of lemon. Use an entire peel for 1 cup white vinegar. Mix the two and refrigerate for 3 weeks. Use this as marinades or cleaning etc.
16. Use as a wood polish
Here is an easy to make lemon peel recipe to shine your wooden furniture. Mix ¼ cup lemon juice with ½ cup oil (Almond/olive or fractionate coconut oil) along with thin strips of lemon peels. Shake well to combine. Rest the mixture overnight. The lemon peels release essential oils which impart shine to wooden furniture. To use: take a small amount of the mixture on a soft rag and rub all over the wooden furniture. This wards off insects and gives a clean, shiny look to your cabinets. Store the leftover mixture for no more than a week.
17. For clogged drains
Mix ½ cup baking soda, ½ cup white vinegar, 3 drops of lemon essential oil and thinly sliced lemon peels. Pour the mixture in the clogged drain immediately. Allow it to sit for 3-5 minutes. Then pour boiling water down the drain. Run cold water immediately after. Repeat if necessary. The lemon peels clean and deodorize the drains and wards off insects.
18. Lemon peel tea for weight loss
Of all the lemon peel recipes, this is an easy one: Boil one liter of water and add 2 clean lemon peels to it. Continue boiling for 5 minutes. Add lemon juice from an entire lemon and continue boiling for 10 minutes. Sweeten the lemon peel tea with 4 tbsp honey. Cool and drink 2 cups a day. This detoxifies your system and also wards off colds and flu. It is an ideal remedy for weight loss as it prevents sugary cravings.
19. Lemon peel uses for hair
Apply lemon juice with the peel on the scalp to ward off dandruff. Also apply the boiled and strained lemon peel in water mixture on hair to lighten it. Lemon peel is beneficial for oily hair and scalp.
20. Lemon peel-Raspberry delight for sweet tooth cravings
If you are craving something sweet but do not wish to add calories, use the following lemon peel and raspberry recipe which is sugar free: Using a fork, mash together ¼ cup ricotta cheese, ¼ cup raspberries, 1 tsp lemon juice, ¼ tsp grated lemon peel , 1 drop of vanilla extract and 4 drops of sweetener/Stevia. Enjoy it when the sweet tooth demands!
These are just 20 easy ways to use lemon peels. There are most likely even more.