Lemons are among the most appreciated and used fruits in cooking and household cleaning. However, in most cases only the pulp and juice are used, while the peel is punctually discarded and thrown in the trash.
Nothing could be more wrong: the peel is the most nutrient-rich part of the lemon, is very versatile and can be used in many different ways. Below we list all the uses of lemon peel that will make you think twice before throwing it away.
Air freshener. Cook two squeezed lemons, three sprigs of fresh rosemary and a teaspoon of vanilla in half a liter of water. Boil for a couple of minutes then let cool. Pour into a spray bottle and store in the refrigerator. The air freshener is ready to use.
Air freshener for cupboards or drawers. Let the squeezed lemons dry, then put them in a cloth bag. Add some spices to taste, such as cinnamon, cloves or cardamom, and store in kitchen cupboards or bedroom drawers.
Absorb odors in the refrigerator. Put squeezed lemons directly in the refrigerator-they will be very effective in absorbing odors that come from food and are often not at all pleasant.
All-purpose cleaner. Pour the squeezed lemons into a container and add white vinegar. Close and let sit for two weeks. Strain the liquid and add equal parts water. Use as an all-purpose cleaner, capable of degreasing and disinfecting.
Insect repellent. Cut up squeezed lemons and arrange them around the house at insect entry points such as windows or cracks.