Citrus Peel – Six Alternative Uses

The properties of both lemons and oranges can help you clean your home in a much more natural way. In addition, it will make it smell delicious
Citrus peel - six alternative uses

Are you one of those people who always ends up throwing citrus peels in the compost or in the trash? You should know that you are missing out on lots of alternative uses that may come in handy.

The peel of lemons and oranges is full of essential oils, antioxidants and vitamins that are both good for health and useful when it comes to cleaning at home.

There is no doubt that you want to take advantage of these tips. Are you ready to learn more?

1. Lemon peel to clean stainless steel

One of the most classic uses for citrus peels is cleaning in the home. To get sparkling countertops, faucets and pans, people usually spend a lot of money on chemical products that, although effective, can often ruin your hands.

Have you ever tried to use just one lemon instead? Once you have squeezed the juice out of it, do not throw away the rest. Save on the shell to clean and make all kitchen utensils made of stainless steel shiny. You will be amazed at the result!

2. Ice cubes with a citrus flavor

Ice cubes with citrus peel

This is a great idea: make ice cubes with flavor by adding a little lemon or orange peel.

They are delicious when you make them with juice or just clean water to make it taste better. All you have to do is follow these simple steps:

  • Remove any remaining pulp from the peel
  • Cut the peel into small pieces
  • Place the pieces in ice cube trays and cover them with water

Are you going to miss this original idea?

3. All-purpose cleaner

You have already heard about the benefits of lemon peel as an effective cleanser. You can both clean and remove odors in areas of your house where you think it always smells musty.

Learn how to make an unusual, versatile cleaning product using citrus peels:

What do you need?

  • A clean glass container
  • The peel of a lemon and an orange
  • 1 cup white vinegar (200 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda  (20 g)

Here’s how to do it

  • After washing the citrus peels, cut them into pieces and place them in the glass container.
  • Pour in white vinegar and baking soda. Stir well.
  • Cover and let this mixture stand for 10 days, away from sunlight.
  • After the time has passed, pour the detergent into a spray bottle. It will come in handy when you need to clean surfaces and remove odors.

4. Orange peel for smelly shoes

Removes odor from shoes

This is another trick that is as simple as it is effective. It is common for shoes to get a nasty smell over time. Sometimes it’s not just because the foot sweat – the material the shoes are made of can also create it.

To avoid this, all you need to do is put the peel of half an orange in each shoe. This is so effective because of the ability of the shell to absorb odors.

Remember to replace the orange peel every other day, otherwise the peel itself will start to smell bad eventually.

5. Cough medicine with citrus peel

Have you ever tried to make a tea with citrus peel and honey to get rid of cough? It is very healing and it is also easy to cook.

Citrus fruits store some of their best nutrients in the peel, so it is wise to take advantage of it even when trying to get rid of a sore throat or cough. Let’s find out how to make this tea.


  • Peel a half lemon
  • The peel of half an orange
  • 1 cup of water (200 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (25 g)

Here’s how to do it

  • Start as usual by heating a cup of water. When it boils, add the lemon and orange peel that you have already cleaned and washed.
  • Then add the tablespoon of honey.
  • Let this mixture simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. After that time is good, let it soak for another five minutes, before drinking it slowly. You will be amazed at how good it feels when the discomfort is gone.

6. Therapy with frozen lemon

Grated lemon peel

We’ve talked a lot about the benefits of frozen lemon on this blog. It is a great way to take advantage of all the medicinal properties found in citrus peels.

Let’s explain how.

What do you need?

  • Peel two lemons

Here’s how to do it

  • It’s that simple. All you have to do is grate the lemon peel after using them to make juice.
  • Once you have the torn shell, store it in an airtight container in the freezer.

When you want to try the therapy with frozen lemon, you just need to add a little grated lemon peel to your salad, to your yogurt natural for breakfast, or in a bowl of natural fruit… It is as healthy as it is tasty. Try it today!

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