15 Ways to Use Citrus Peels

15 Ways to Use Citrus Peels

Before you throw out those citrus peels, start tucking them inside a jar with a lid tightly screwed on. There are infinite ways to use citrus peels, but I’m going to share a few of my favorites!

Ways to use citrus peels

  1. Make citrus infused vinegar. It’s a great all purpose cleaner. Simply tuck your peels into a jar, cover with vinegar, and let sit for 2 weeks. Strain your peels and pour your new citrus infused vinegar into a spray bottle diluted at a 1:1 ratio with water. (say 1 cup vinegar + 1 cup water).

  2. Remove stains from coffee mugs and coffee pots. Place some citrus peel into a stained mug or pot and add warm water. Allow to sit for a few hours before washing.

  3. Make dehydrated citrus peels. Lay them out on a dehydrator tray and dry at 125°F until crisp. Save them whole or run through a blender or food processor to be added to dishes or turned into a scouring cleaner.

  4. Lemon sugar. Pulse some rinds with sugar in a food processor and frost the rim of a cocktail or sprinkle over lemon poppy muffins.

  5. Make body sugar and salt scrubs. Incorporate coarsely ground peels into your next batch of exfoliating scrub or handmade soap.

  6. Refresh your trashcan. Toss a few peels in the bottom of your trashcan before replacing the bag.

  7. Make candied citrus peels. Boil in water and sugar for 15 minutes and let them cool before enjoying.

  8. Repel pests in the garden. Spread peels around your garden and plants to keep slugs and ants at bay. You can also put them in a spray bottle with hot water, shake, and allow to cool. Spray your plants with this natural repellant.

  9. Repel pests in the house. Rub a lemon peel along windowsills or spray with a lemon/vinegar mix.

  10. Repel mosquitoes. Rub an unpeeled orange right on your skin.

  11. Use as kindling. Surprisingly enough, orange peels make a great fire starter. They light easily but burn slowly, giving you extra time to build a strong fire.

  12. Use as an air freshener. Bring water to a boil on the stove and add citrus peels and seasonal spices. Reduce to a simmer and let the fragrance fill your house for several hours.

  13. Make furniture polish. Infuse any kind of furniture friendly oil with your citrus rinds and polish away.

  14. Clean your garbage disposal. Throw one or two peels in the disposal and grind to your hearts content. (try to avoid using larger chunks). Feel free to freeze a few in ice cube trays filled with water or vinegar for future use.

  15. Homemade Goo Remover. Rub a peel right on the sticky spot (sap, stickers, etc).

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