We all love the refreshing and immune boosting zing of citrus and with our farmers desperately needing our support, now is the perfect time to stock up on oranges, mandarins, lemons and all the citrus currently in season.
We don't need to tell you how to use the edible part of the fruit - we all have our favourite way or recipe, so lets explore our top 5 ways to use the rind once you have enjoyed the juicy flesh to reduce waste and have a sparkling clean, toxic free home!
Orange Vinegar – Mould remover
This is one powerful combination and so simple to make.
This has been my go-to use for the peels from lemon and lime for years. It cuts grease, disinfects, and smells great. Simply submerge the peels (or juiced whole fruits) in vinegar, let them steep two weeks or longer, then mix the resulting liquid 50/50 with water for a great counter spray, bathroom cleaner, and all-purpose cleaner.
To make this cleaner, Purchase a large bottle of vinegar, pour some out into a small spray bottle (this part can be used for mould remover portion), and then replace the liquid with peels. You can keep adding extra peels to the mix as you use the fruit too. Make sure that the peels are completely submerged in vinegar to prevent mould growing on the rinds.
Set aside for 1-2 weeks then decant into a spray bottle to use as you would each
If you juiced a lemon or orange while cooking, wipe that sucker all over the place before discarding it: cutting board, sink and benches - just watch for some stone bench tops and marble as this can damage these materials.
After you've squeezed the juice out of the lemon, just throw the remains right into the dishwasher. It will help to make your dishes cleaner, and it will freshen the machine at the same time.
Mineral Deposit Remover
Decalcify the inside of a tea kettle by boiling citrus peels inside it, then letting it sit for an hour. Or soak cloudy glassware in a sink full of hot water and citrus rinds for sparkling glasses.
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