Reduce waste with these 5 great uses for Citrus around your home!

Reduce waste with these 5 great uses for Citrus around your home!

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.

  1. Fill a glass container (ensure it has a lid) with orange peels (Any citrus peels will work).
  2. Pour white vinegar to cover the peels (ensure you cover them in their entirety to prevent mould growing on the peel).
  3. Close container tightly and place in dark place for several week. (I put mine under the kitchen sink for 2-4 weeks.) The orange peels will infuse the vinegar with natural scent and color.
  4. Remove from cupboard, strain out the peels, and use for cleaning. For a powerful mould remover add a dash of tea tree oil to the mix to rid your home of mould and prevent it coming back. 

 Eco-Friendly Cleaner

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 

Frugal Sponge

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. 

Dishwasher Booster

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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