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What Can You Do With Leftover Lemon Peels?

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Did you know lemon peels are nutritional powerhouses? Lemon Peels contain a spectrum of vitamins, minerals and fiber (calcium, potassium, and vitamin C) that can give you a nutritional boost. A few ways you can make use of your leftover lemon peels are by making lemon olive oil, lemon ice cubes, remove trash can odor with lemon peel, microwave cleaner, cutting board sanitizer, skin brightening scrub and even use them as a anti repellent.

Lemons are bright, refreshing and smell divine. They have a huge number of benefits for health, hair and skin too. But did you know lemon peels are nutritional powerhouses? Lemon Peels contain a spectrum of vitamins, minerals and fiber (calcium, potassium, and vitamin C) that can give you a nutritional boost. Here are a number of ways you could make use of your leftover lemon peels. 

Amazing Uses of Lemon Peels

1. Lemon Olive Oil: Firstly, zest some of your peel and use or freeze it for later use. Next, add one cup of olive oil to three cups of your lemon zest to give your olive oil a nice lemon flavour. Let the mixture set for two weeks before straining it (to remove the peel bits) and use the oil with a new makeover!

2. Lemon Ice Cubes: Give your drinks a new twist by adding lemon ice cubes! Just add some lemon zest to your ice cubes and let the flavor release into your drink when the cubes melt. You could also add long strips of the peel to your ice cubes.

3. Trash Can Odor Remover: Throw a few lemon peels at the bottom of your can. This will help absorb all the odor and keep your can smelling fresh.

4. Microwave Cleaner: Throw in a few lemon peels into a microwave-safe bowl and fill it with water. Heat the bowl on high for about 5 minutes, and let the steam do its job. It will stick to the walls of the microwave, and after a quick wipe down with a towel, your microwave will be squeaky clean.

5. Get Rid of Ants: Yes, lemon peels can also be great ant repellents. Throw some peels by the crack of a door, or any small spaces where ants can enter into your home. If you’re having problems with ants in your kitchen because of the sugar, add some peel to your sugar jar as well.

6. Skin Brightening Scrub: You could use the lemon peel to brighten your skin and make it smoother. You would need epsom salts and lemon infused oil for the same.

7. Vitamin C Powder: Cut the peels into small squares and place them on a clean cloth. Leave them in the sun for a few days , and once they’re completely dried, add them to a coffee grinder to turn them into powder.  You can add a teaspoon to a smoothie, or just eat it plain to get filled with a great source of Vitamin C.

8. Cutting Board Sanitizer: Lemon’s natural acidity provides great antibacterial properties to home cleaning. After properly cleaning your cutting boards, rub the surface with half a lemon. Let it sit for a couple of minutes before rinsing.

If you’ve come across some more interesting uses of lemon peels, please share in the comments section below.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Johan53
Johan53 5pts

I have shredded my into very small pieces. I use the juice in water and tea and using small amounts of shredded peel in my banting or coconut bread and recipes or with meat or with broccoli and omelettes i use the shredded peel in almost anything and love it.

ShashiBagri
ShashiBagri 5pts

Cut a ripe lemon into half and sprinkle some pinchfull of sugar and black pepper powder. Bake over hot charcoal till the sugar melts. Remove and cool down and lick the juice whenever anyone has indigestion, weakness after flu or any fever, an apitiser to feel food receptive and many more you can experience, once you start using it.

Amberleigh14
Amberleigh14 5pts

I let them dry and store airtight for when a recipe calls for lemon zest and I don't have a lemon. 

Radhika Raghuraman
Radhika Raghuraman 5pts

A simple face pack for acne prone skin ..dried lemon or lime peels ,whole cloves and orange masoor dhal (lentils)..grind to powder ..store in a clean jar ..add little milk powder to this and make paste ...apply on face 20minutes ..wash face ....do so alternate nights before sleeping ...try and see no side effects /chemicals ...

Lori Engram
Lori Engram 5pts

Will that remove all the pesticides if I'm not using organic lemons?

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Wow.. Thanks for sharing

Wendy Paul
Wendy Paul 5pts

I cut mine in half, freeze them, and then grind a half to put in what ever I'm making.

Harold Rhynie
Harold Rhynie 5pts

Always soak your lemons in vinegar water. The skins can be frozen and grated as zest on salads, surprise

Anita Alston
Anita Alston 5pts

As a part of my morning routine..I also drink the warm lemon water with raw honey but I haven't tried the ginger, so this morning I will add some thinly sliced fresh ginger Thanks for the tip with the ginger.

Michele Doucette
Michele Doucette 5pts

I zest my lemons and freeze, using the zest in future recipes as needed.

Karleen Brown
Karleen Brown 5pts

Thanks for the tip Mirek Turon...I have been doing 1/2 lemon in water with raw honey..but i am gonna try this...asap.

Mirek Turoń
Mirek Turoń 5pts

I blend whole lemons and bit of ginger with water, make ice cubes, every morning drop 2 cubes to warm water mix with1/2 teaspoon of manuka honey (or other honey if I can't afford Manuka) and drink this every morning on empty stomach.

Elly Moloney
Elly Moloney 5pts

Make stuff lemony fresh, clean my guts (insides), oh wait, scrub my bathroom shower.

Ng Carol
Ng Carol 5pts

Add lemon zest to your buttercake...Delicious..

Miriam Ascher
Miriam Ascher 5pts

Must be organic! All the fungicides, pesticides are concentrated in the oil of the peels.

Kendra Horn
Kendra Horn 5pts

Straight eat them like an apple... have this old compulsion since childhood to eat lemon peels.

Luzy Johnson
Luzy Johnson 5pts

Yes lemon is good for you its help you it cleans you and help you and colds

Jon Sanderson
Jon Sanderson 5pts

Just a caution for people in the UK since many lemons sold in the supermarkets are treated with fungicides such as imazalil, thiabendazole and more ......... even the unwaxed ones

SunandaNaik
SunandaNaik 5pts

Lemon peels can be used as pressure cooker cleaner.Just put in the cooker while cooking rice or dal or any food

Kermit Marcano
Kermit Marcano 5pts

It will make your oatmeal simply delicious, try it!

SandraPedrana
SandraPedrana 5pts

I save my already squeezed lemons in the freezer and when I have enough I put them into a saucepan, cover with water to boil. When they come to the boil I let simmer for an hour or so, then strain well, put into a spray bottle with some drops of tea tree oil. This I use on all my kitchen benches, stove top, chopping boards etc. It is a lovely aroma and yay, no chemicals!

Diane Childs
Diane Childs 5pts

Put in a bowl of water and place in microwave for 30 seconds. Have a nice smelling oven.

Narmadha Rajalakshmi
Narmadha Rajalakshmi 5pts

Sundry it,powder and keep in a air tight container for future use.anybody tried sprinkling apinch of dried powder on toast pizza.awesome

Satinder Kaur
Satinder Kaur 5pts

That's why looking into comment area always beneficial