Magic of Lemon and Orange Peels

Since few months I am attempting less waste lifestyle at home. It includes less shopping and reusing stuff instead of throwing away.
By not throwing things is the second step. But then I tend to fill my home with clutter and then sometimes skip that step altogether. For example, the empty tin boxes of my son’s formula milk. They look amazing once the label is removed. But a home can have how many numbers of vase/cutlery holder/pen holders? Of course, I need to be creative and make something out of it. But living with a toddler full day and lack of proper tools, I am unable to make something out of it. So there is a limitation on the number of tins I reuse in my home. I had a thought of saving such tins and making some artistic gifts for friends. But my store room is already about to overflow because of such ‘would be reusable things’ so I have no other option but recycle the rest of them.
But I am happy to share one of my less waste success story I achieved with lemon, lime and oranges today ;)!

Natural potpourri out of orange peels

Whenever we eat oranges or use them for cooking, we are left with orange peels. Since I started this less waste lifestyle I am trying not to reduce my garbage. Today I made the orange sauce and I started thinking what to do with these orange peels? You could imagine how happy I felt when I found out easy orange potpourri recipe.
Method 
Step 1. First, remove the white fibers on the inside of orange peel
Step 2. Dry orange peels either by keeping it in sun or just by drying with a kitchen towel.
Step 3. Bake the peels in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Watch in between to avoid burning them.
Step 4. I baked even the leaves with peels.
Step 5. Once they are dry in the oven, store in bowl or box.
You can even use these baked peels in food. I kept my orange potpourri in a reused glass jar (a Nescafe jar) in our book rack. Now my book rack is smelling amazing with natural potpourri. You can even add cinnamon sticks or other spices.

Using lemon peels as household cleaner

I found few old limes and lemons at the bottom of the vegetable storage container in the fridge. I would have thrown those dry limes otherwise but this time I decided to use them. Thanks to the Internet, I found multiple articles about using lemon and lime peels.
Step 1. First I cut all dry limes or collect lemon peels.
Step 2. Few pieces kept in different compartments of the fridge for the deodorization purpose.
Step 3. Some peels I kept in kitchen corners, under the fridge etc to get rid of few ants I saw in these days.
Step 4. Other few I put in a microwaveable bowl along with some water. Switched on the microwave for few minutes till water started boiling, removed the bowl and wiped off all mess in the microwave. My microwave was never this clean. All the sticky things, dirt, oil etc came out immediately.

Microwave Cleaning with Lemon peels

Step 5. That hot bowl served as the room freshener as well. I used it to clean stained steel pans.

Step 6. With the same method, I kept few lemon peels in the oven dipped in water. Switch on the oven till water get enough hot and steam starts forming. Wiped off the oven interior and used hot water and lemon peels to clean over accessories.

Oven cleaning with lemon peels

Step 7. Rest of the cut old lemon pieces I rubbed on clean chopping boards and I was surprised to see them even more clean after wash.
Step 8. All these used lime peels I threw in garbage bins and they deodorized the bins as well.

I was delighted to find out how these citrus peels can be a natural all purpose household cleaner too! Now no lime/lemon/orange peels would go to garbage bin without using them in my home 🙂

By using these age old techniques to reduce waste and make my home cleaner with just few old limes was a full filling experience which I couldn’t wait to share with you all!
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This is very practical. I used lemons to remove odors as well. Instead, I put the whole lemon into my fridge or my drawers instead of a slice. This way, I feel like I do not have to clean it up, like the juice coming out from the lemon slice. Also you do not have to replace it frequently, because the whole lemon's capability of removing odors can last for a month.

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