Lemons are bright and refreshing. Not only do they also smell divine, they also have a huge number of benefits for health, hair and skin too. The peels are a nutritional powerhouses as well. They 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
Lemon Olive Oil
To start with, zest some of your peel and use or freeze it for later use. Secondly, add one cup of olive oil to three cups of your lemon zest to give your olive oil a nice lemon flavor. After letting the mixture sit for two weeks, strain it (to remove the peel bits) and use the oil with a new makeover.
Lemon Ice cubes
By adding lemon ice cubes to your drink, you can give it a new twist. Try adding 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.
Trash Can Odor Remover
Try throwing few lemon peels at the bottom of your thrash can, asthis helps absorb all the odor and keeps your thrash can smelling fresh.
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. Once it sticks to the walls of your microwave, all you need to do is wipe it down with a towel. And just like that, your microwave will be squeaky clean.
Get Rid Of Ants
Lemon peels are great ant repellents. Try throwing 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.
Skin Brightening Scrub
Use lemon peels to brighten your skin and make it smoother. You’ll need Epsom salts and lemon infused oil for the same.
Vitamin C Powder
Cut the peels into small squares and place them on a clean cloth. Once you’ve let them in the sun for a few days (once they’ve 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.
Cutting Board Sanitizer
The lemon’s natural acidity provides great antibacterial properties for 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.
Source: Cure Joy