STOP! Don't throw away your used lemons

Now that you have been following Lisa’s recipes for baking with lemons, and health benefits with lemons, you must have a lot of used lemons left over. DO NOT THROW THEM AWAY! All those skins you have left over from juicing have great uses too!

Here is what I do with my lemons, new and used:

  • Make your garbage disposal smell new again

    Have some lemon peels? I drop them in the garbage disposal and run it with hot water to deodorize and clean my kitchen sink!

  • Dirty dishwasher?

    Squeeze 1 cup of juice in to a coffee cup and place it on the bottom rack of an empty dishwasher and run the rinse cycle to deodorize and disinfect the dishwasher!  

  • Stinky plastic Tupperware?

    Rinse with lemon juice to take those smells out

  • Need to clean your wood cutting boards?

    Cut a lemon in half and dip the cut end in sea salt and scrub!  It is better than using bleach to clean the wood cutting board after cutting meat on it!

When I used to work for this French company (I shall not name names) we visited the perfumarie in France and they said they use lemon juice in the laundry as a natural laundry disinfectant and to make whites whiter!  They did not use bleach on whites.  Also, they used to make a bath disinfectant called Eau de Cologne which was made from 7 citrus oils and the main ingredient was lemon.  They used to sell it in giant containers (you can still get it at the boutique but in small sprays now) and people used to pour it in their bath and on their skin to clean.  It was also used to repel fleas and insects.  In France, people still use lemon oil in the bath and back in the day many swear by it on their dogs to repel fleas (however, that was used during the days of the plague so not sure if it is true or not, ha-ha)

Quick note:  If you compost at home, worms do not eat lemon peels because they are natural insect repellents.


Josh E.

Customer Service Extraordinaire (Working remotely and cleaning house)