Orange, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit… the possibilities with the vast array of citrus available to us are endless. Most varieties of citrus are versatile, natural options for cleaning, beauty, cooking and much more. Aside from their great scents and tastes, these wonderful fruits also have amazing antibacterial properties. They are also perfect for natural beauty care with their skin brightening properties. With their high concentration of acids, citrus make disinfecting, cleaning and brightening your kitchen or bathroom a breeze!
If you are using the rind in any edible fashion, be sure to only use organic fruit which has been washed very well beforehand. Where the U.S. isn’t as focused on using citrus rinds as other countries, our citrus skins can contain many harmful pesticides that should not be consumed.
Here are a few of our favorite uses for your lemons or oranges, long after they’ve been juiced!
- Keep brown sugar moist by keeping an orange peel in the container
- Keep bugs away by rubbing the inside of the orange peel over your exposed skin
- Remove tar from the bottom of your shoes by rubbing orange peel over the tar spot
- Blend chopped up orange peel in water and dump down the hole of an ant hill you want to remove
- Rub the inside of an orange peel over houseplants that you want to keep cats from munching on
- Simmer orange or lemon peel in a little bit of water to freshen up a room
- Chew on a bit of citrus peel to freshen up your breath without the use of gum
- Freeze vinegar and citrus peels in ice cube trays and send them through your garbage disposal to get rid of any undesirable scents
- Combined with sea salt, use a citrus rind to scrub and polish metal surfaces
- To clean and refresh your microwave, place citrus peels in a small bowl of water and set in the microwave. Microwave for around 5 minutes (enough time for it to generate steam) and then wipe the microwave clean of all residue
- Rub a wedge of lemon on the edge of your nails to brighten them
- Place a few lemon peels inside your refrigerator to absorb foul odors
- Dry your citrus peels and use them as kindling to start a fragrant fire
- Rubbing lemon peel over your skin and leaving it on for five-ten minutes before rinsing off will lighten, brighten and tighten your skin
- Sucking on a slice of lemon can aide in relieving travel sickness
- Use half a squeezed-out lemon with some baking soda to aide in the removal of grease and underarm stains from clothing
- Revitalize your cutting board by vigorously rubbing half of a squeezed-out lemon and some coarse salt over it before rinsing well
- Rub the inside of a citrus rind over your teeth to immediately brighten (use sparingly, as too much can weaken the enamel and cause sensitivity)
What are your favorite uses for citrus rinds? Let us know in the comments below!