Everyone loves fresh squeezed orange juice and the taste of real lemon juice in recipes. But citrus can be used for more beyond simply eating the fruit. In honor of our recent workshop with John Panzarella at the Kingwood Garden Center, here are 10 ways to use citrus in your home.
Natural Orange Cleaner
Hold up before you throw those orange peels away. Place the peels in a glass jar of vinegar and let them sit for two weeks. After removing the orange peels, the remaining orange vinegar solution can be mixed with water in a 1:1 ratio for a wonderful natural cleaner that cuts grease with a fresh smell.
Garbage Disposal Freshener
There is nothing that says “yuck” as much as a smelly garbage disposal. Throw your citrus peels in the disposal, let the disposal run for a minute, and watch the odor disappear.
Homemade Beauty Scrub
Combine the zest of your lemons with kosher salt as part of a homemade beauty scrub. The lemon salt can also be used as a seasoning in cooking.
Get rid of mildew, mineral or rust stains in clothes by rubbing them with a paste made of lemon juice and salt and then let dry.
Make your furniture and wood floors shine with a solution of lemon juice and olive oil ( 1:2 ratio.)
Pantry Problem Fix
Keep your brown sugar from getting hard by placing a small piece of orange peel in the bag or container.
Garbage disposals aren’t the only place citrus peels can be used to banish smells. Place lemon or orange peels in a refrigerator or in the bottom of a garbage can to draw the smells away.
Light the Way with Citrus
Create a fragrant candle with this simple tutorial
Create a fragrant and beautiful décor item using citrus peels.
A traditional favorite at Christmas, create a citrus and clove pomander for festive and fragrant décor or gift.
Tips for Expressing Citrus Juice
While some of these tips use the zest or rind of the citrus, others use the juice. Local food blogger, Stephanie Manley shares some of her tips for an easy way to get lemon (or any citrus) juice in her instructions on preparing this delicious lemon bar recipe. Fresh is always best and her recommendation is the lemon squeezer from Amco. Click here for Stephanie's lemon bar recipe.